Melbourne Museum
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Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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Celebrating gender, identity, & queer culture

Nocturnal waves the rainbow flag this month in celebration and appreciation of our vibrant queer culture with Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, Brendan Maclean, Whiskey Houston, Brooke Powers & Dandrogyny.

Always striving to be diverse and inclusive, December Nocturnal explores issues around gender and identity with specially themed floor talks and collection items in the galleries backed by the sizzling sounds of this electrifying line up.

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Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir
Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir

Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir

With our disco ball mounted and ready to swing, what better way to welcome summer than with Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir. The brainchild of renowned Melbourne based DJ Sunshine, who brings gospel house/techno sounds backed by a live 15-piece choir, this genre-blending outfit flips the usual DJ script into a live interactive extravaganza. Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir's unique style of gospel house and techno is nothing short of a spiritual experience.

Brendan Maclean
Brendan Maclean

Brendan Maclean

Brendan Maclean is a multifaceted, multitalented, multitasking musician and then some. With recent release Hibernia, Maclean showcases a natural pop lyricism over a dynamic arrangement, boasting tight guitar hooks and throbbing electronic baseline amongst a high energy full-band aesthetic that is impossible not to move to.

Whiskey Houston

Whiskey Houston is a dance floor authority. Her distinctive sound is born from a long-standing love of disco in all its incarnations and is marked by an extensive knowledge and respect for its history and cultural roots. At the forefront of Australia’s queer dance scene, Houston's refined command of the more soulful side of disco and house has seen her grace sound systems across the country and internationally throughout the past decade, and this month she brings her wildly energetic set to Melbourne Museum.

Brooke Powers 

Brooke Powers has carved out a name for herself in the Melbourne clubbing landscape, bringing an unmistakably idiosyncratic vibe with every performance. Brooke’s sets are a reflection of herself - energetic, unpredictable, passionate, and honest - taking inspiration from queerness and feminism, she digs deep into the lineage of dance music to blend genres and emotions across decades of club music to take you on a journey.


Dandrogyny is a non-binary performance hybrid who blatantly defies gender norms while mirroring the ways in which we define our personal identities. A defiant, charismatic, subversive, homo-erratic party favourite, Dandrogyny catwalks the fine-eyeline of the pop cultural and political, leaving a neon trail of desire on every dance-floor. Come early to get amongst their ever evolving revolving performance.

Nocturnal talks

Talking on the floor for this special event will be not just the regular museum experts, but also more broadly LGBTIQA+ members of staff and allies. Museums Victoria recognises the importance of celebrating and elevating LGBTIQA+ lived experience and has strongly encouraged contributions from staff who identify with the following communities: Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, queer people of colour, trans and gender diverse, intersex, disability and invisible groups in the community.

Midsumma Festival x Nocturnal feat. Nakhane

Friday 1 February 2019

Midsumma Festival have announced their 2019 program, including a special edition of Nocturnal featuring South African performer and queer rights activist Nakhane. Tickets on sale now

Partnership opportunities

Aligning your organisation with Nocturnal provides unique opportunities to reach new audiences (2 million+ annually) in authentic and engaging ways via promotional activations, multichannel brand exposure, and alignment with a reputable and trusted brand.

Contact Alex Fisher at [email protected] or 0412 34 6756 to discuss further. 

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