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Friday 1 December: NO ZU, Mildlife, Opalakia

Nocturnal heats things up for the first day of summertime with a musical spectacular guaranteed to get you dancing, featuring: NO ZU, Mildlife, Opalakia.

Book now for $25 early bird tickets!



NO ZU are an 8-piece, body-music extravaganza dug up from deep within the Melbourne underground dance world. Otherworldly group vocals, wild horns, housey synths, deep groove basslines and Latin percussion are the ingredients that make up their acclaimed and art-damaged sound.

The high energy moods of no-wave, boogie, dub, disco and salsa manifest into NO ZU’s very own ‘heat beat’. They are inescapably antipodean in outlook and feeling, yet are particularly global and universal in influence.

Each NO ZU show, whether at a local/international music festival or at a smokey basement club, always threatens to manifest into an unbridled, sweat-fest of a mutant dance party where distinctions between performer and audience disappear and the heat beat possesses all.


music group with instruments

Mildlife take the musical canvas, rip the lids off the paint tins, and throw vibrant slashes of colour into kaleidoscopic jams. Old friends, the four-piece bonded over the desire to push musical boundaries, developing tight live shows bolstered by wild improvisation and a debut record that mines jazz, psych and disco for its irresistible groove.

Taking cues from pioneers Can and Herbie Hancock, creating a Mildlife song is a constant process of teasing and tugging, expanding and refining. Occasionally, they start with an individual idea, but most often, they come from moments of spontaneity, jamming together in the studio to find the seed of a strong notion, plucking it out of the session, and nurturing it to see where it grows.


woman in a garden with flowers

Opalakia, also known as Adriana, is the host of world music program Opalakia on PBS 106.7FM. Adriana plays both traditional and contemporary sounds from different planes of the world. These rhythms that are either native or foreign to her audience can evoke a sense of belongingness or wonder from within. Most recently, Adriana has hosted the likes of Pilotwings, DJ Fitz (NTS), Troy from Melting Point (Red Light Radio) as well as many Melbourne locals including James Tom (Krakatau) and Left Ear Records who are leaving their own imprint across the world.

Beyond the airwaves, Adriana’s passion for music cannot be ignored during her energetic DJ sets. Exploring world, boogie, disco and everything in between, this young lady feels every single beat she is playing. Adriana’s dedication to her music has landed her support duties for artists including Jamie 3:26 and most recently for John Gomez and Mark Grusane at CC:Disco's 'Club Coco'.

First Friday of every Month

More than just a party, Nocturnal is the transformation of the museum into an adult playground. Enjoy a rotating list of the latest bands and DJs performing live in the museum, with open bars, great food, roving entertainment, discussions with museum experts and learning experiences across collections, cultures and time.

These are after-hours events for adults 18 years and over.

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