Domingo Latino: Quarter Street
Aug
20
to Aug 21

Domingo Latino: Quarter Street

The masters of the analogue era of Salsa are back at The Night Cat this Sunday! 
Make sure you come and witness the fine lead vocals by their front man Sergio Botero and the heavy musicianship of the band members who keep the ensemble pumping out the classics of an era which marked the beginnings of a global dance craze called Salsa. They also have a record out on the HopeStreet Records label featuring their own original songs! Band starts at 9pm

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm, $20
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

$10 entry from 8:30pm general entry (no classes)

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CLOSET - Fight The Plebiscite Edition
Aug
25
to Aug 26

CLOSET - Fight The Plebiscite Edition

On Fri Aug 25, CLOSET is interrupting its regular scheduled party programming to fight the impending plebiscite on marriage equality.

We will be donating 50% of the proceeds from this party to help support Australian Marriage Equality & Australians for Equality to fight the YES campaign.

WITH:
JLAW
RUBY SLIPPERS
LUKE AGIUS
SALVADOR DARLING
+ SPECIAL GUESTS TBA

According to the Australian Electoral Commission, Thursday August 24 is the last day you can enrol to vote or update your enrolment details so don't forget to enrol!
Visit check.aec.gov.au - it only takes a minute!

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NATG & The Golden Tribe LIVE
Aug
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

NATG & The Golden Tribe LIVE

On August 26th Natalie will be sharing the love and giving her audience a spectacular show, filled with the sounds of soul, funk, reggae and hiphop. All original tunes, with her 8 piece orchestra - The Golden Tribe, Melbourne’s world class musicians all in the same house, playing music like you haven’t seen it before and this is a night to remember! 

Natalie will be selling signed EP’s of Part 1 - Back To life, from her new album, exclusively at The Night Cat - for one night only! 

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Relax with Max
Aug
26
to Aug 27

Relax with Max

Relax with Max are a melbourne based outfit formed by band leader Max Vella. The group presents a uniquely soulful blend of funk, afro-beat and R&B. They join us here at the Night Cat once again for a special late night set! 

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Domingo Latino: La Influencia
Aug
27
to Aug 28

Domingo Latino: La Influencia

Gathering some of the cream of the crop from Melbourne's music scene, La Influencia is the brainchild of Salvador Persico (Blue King Brown) and Daniel Mougerman, whose mutual love of music from Latin America inspired the creation of Melbourne's newest salsa powerhouse.

La Influencia's sound can be described as a fusion of Salsa, Timba and Jazz. Expect original tunes as well as music by Eddie Palmieri, Havana D'Primera, Los Van Van, Ray Barretto, amongst others. Band starts at 9pm, tickets at the door! 

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm, $20
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

$10 entry from 8:30pm general entry (no classes)

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Better Late - Sugar Fed Leopards
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Better Late - Sugar Fed Leopards

Sugar Fed Leopards are a blazing sextet,conceived at the nexus of classic pop and disco. With smoking hot costumes, sweet harmonies, tight dance routines and a cranking rhythm section, Sugar Fed Leopards have been breaking a disco-sweat for four years.

Their new record, Take You Out Tonight is a true cosmic disco party full of future hits.

You don’t need to tell me twice. 2 sets. Late $5

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Better Late - Black is Vinyl
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Better Late - Black is Vinyl

From Australia’s Soul Capital comes two of Melbourne’s outstanding vocalists, Fulton Street's Shannen Wick and jazz, soul, rhythm and blues extraordinaire, Vanessa Fernandez, bringing a mix of old, new and original soul to The Night Cat on Friday, September 8th, 2017
Breathing life into their favourite old school vinyl records by some of the all-time great soul and jazz legends, Shannen and Vanessa perform together, live-on-stage, accompanied by some of Melbourne’s hottest soul performers including Saskwatch's keyboardist, Olaf Scott and saxophonist, Sam Boon.  

Like a vinyl record, original, authentic, rich and beautiful, Shannen and Vanessa’s voices will meld together contemporary and traditional music to breathe new life into old, new and original soul. The two will perform music from the likes of Etta James, Sharon Jones, Sam Cooke and the latest local and international new releases from, Snarky Puppy and Melbourne's own The Meltdown, as well as original music written by the two Soul songstresses themselves.

$5. 2 sets. Better Late

Singers: Vanessa Fernandez and Shannen Wick
Keyboard: Olaf Scott
Drums: Matt Gibson
Bass: Jamie Stroud
Guitarist: Diego Villalta
Trumpet: Tom Sly
Saxophone: Sam Boon
Trombone: Connor McIndoe

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Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti
Sep
9
to Sep 10

Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti

PBS 106.7FM Melbourne is proud to announce the return of Beasts of No Nation – a special event paying tribute to Fela Kuti featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra plus special guests at The Night Cat on Saturday September 9.

Presented by Stani Goma of PBS show Flight 1067 to Africa, Beasts of No Nation is dedicated to afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti – one of the most celebrated and audacious artists of the 20th century, who continuously put his life on the line for his music and what he believed in.

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are a seventeen-piece orchestra comprising some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and powerful MCs, whose tribal rhythms and West African grooves will bring contemporary African funk to the Night Cat dancefloor while always remaining faithful to the message of afrobeat.

Special guests vocalists and MCs include:
Sampa The Great
Kylie Auldist
Emma Donovan
Franḉoise D’Argent
Candy Borquaye
Gbade Okunade and;
Lemi Ghariokwu (direct from Lagos)

Lemi Ghariokwu – the visionary behind dozens of Fela Kuti’s original cover art between 1974 and 1993 – will be MCing the night, bringing a personal touch to this special event. 

Beasts of No Nation is named after Fela Kuti’s final studio album, and serves as a poignant reminder that 20 years after the musician’s death, Fela’s music is as powerful and relevant as ever. 

This event is part of a wider month-long tribute to Fela’s legacy lovingly curated by PBS presenter Stani Goma. More information available on request. 

Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti
Saturday, September 9 at The Night Cat
9pm – late


 

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Jourdain
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Jourdain

Jourdain and his 10-piece band return to the Night Cat to put on a show like no other. Having studied at the world-famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S.A., Jourdain is an emerging artist who specialises in the classic soul/funk sounds of the '60s, '70s and '80s. With his authentic arrangements of hits from artists like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, Prince and Bruno Mars, plus Jourdain original songs, Jourdain is sure to set the 360 on fire with his raw soul tones and soaring falsetto.

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Bachelors From Prague at The Night Cat
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Bachelors From Prague at The Night Cat

Melbourne's finest purveyors of cool Bachelors From Prague are back to play The Nightcat and Caravan Music Club. Having reformed for two sold out shows in Melbourne last September, the Bachelors are back with two more performances in 2017. Returning to their original stomping ground The Night Cat on Friday 6 October, they then take the show on the road for a special Sunday afternoon session at Caravan Music Club on Sunday 8 October.

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An Evening with Plini + Friends
Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Plini + Friends

Following wildly successful debut headlining tours across Europe and North America, October will see Sydney prog-wizard PLINI return home for unique performances in two of Australia’s most prestigious small venues. With the aid ofan expanded live ensemble, these special evenings in Sydney and Melbourne will include rarely-played fan-favourites and magical re-arrangements, aswellas material from his critically-acclaimed debut album “HANDMADE CITIES”– described by STEVE VAL as “one of the finest, forward thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard.”

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The Vibraphonic Orkestra
Aug
19
to Aug 20

The Vibraphonic Orkestra

The Vibraphonic Orkestra have a signature sound that is built on a foundation of deep funky bass, heavy drums and driving rhythms, with rich arrangements driven by almighty horn lines.

Seamlessly blending all these elements to consistently deliver high energy performances that leave punters calling for more.

Saturday 19th they are back at The Night Cat to grace us in the round for a night of big funky dance music and energetic rhythms! 

Entry from 11pm.

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Rock Latino
Aug
19
8:30pm 8:30pm

Rock Latino

Revolunaticos are thrilled to present an updated 90 minute concert paying tribute to the following legendary LATIN ROCK ARTISTS:
LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS, 
LOS ENANITOS VERDES,
LOS PRISIONEROS,
SODA STEREO,
CHARLY GARCIA
G.I.T.
VIRUS

Los Revolunaticos are lead by Marquito Rossi and Kekoski Virán whom will be joined by the great: Dj Jean Arenas and some of Melbourne awesome musos and singers such as Germán Silva, Johnny Molina, Anthony Peel, Jethro Negrón & Elvis Negrón.

Join us at the NIGHT CAT on SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH
for another epic night of song and dance

$12 on the door
Doors at 8:30pm
Band on stage at 10PM

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Hopkins Creek pres. Night Cat Oasis
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Hopkins Creek pres. Night Cat Oasis

With four months until the big dance, Hopkins Creek would once again like to invite you out of the cold and into the blissful warmth of the Night Cat for a one night only musical oasis. Shut your eyes, open your mind and allow the sounds of Sunnyside, Loure, Wax Nomads + friends transport you temporarily forward in time and space.

$10 before 10, $15 after.

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Ella Trinidad
Aug
13
to Aug 14

Ella Trinidad

The most exciting and spunky new Salsa powerhouse Ella Trinidad are back again this Sunday for Domingo Latino. 
The band return with a full 10 piece ensemble fronted by the most talented female musicians who bring their fire and passion with funky original compositions and renditions of the best Afro-Cuban salsa music to get you dancing all night long. 
They are back with extra vocals by the beautiful songbird Stef Quint and an extended brass section making the perfect line up which is Ella Trinidad. Band Starts at 9pm

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced


***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

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LABJACD at The Night Cat
Aug
12
to Aug 13

LABJACD at The Night Cat

Festival favorites LABJACD are currently working on their 4th studio recording.

While taking a break in 2012 to pursue other projects such as Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Bombay Royale, Quarter Street and the Hope Street Record Label this new LABJACD sound has evolved organically with the influence of some new members from The Red Eyes, San Lazaro and The Twelve Tone Diamonds. The influence takes a jazzier direction while maintaining the original hip-hop and latin roots sound that is LABJACD. 

The band are sounding tight and are excited to showcase the new material from their upcoming record.

LABJACD is
Nick Delaney on bass
Nashua Lee on guitar
Luke Collins on drums
Elisha Maiyah on trumpet
Peter Brodie on trumpet
Jimi Orr on saxophone
Mark Lewis on vox
Luis Poblete on congas/vox
Cristian Saavedra on timbales/vox

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The Do Yo Thangs
Aug
12
10:30pm10:30pm

The Do Yo Thangs

Minty fresh alternative R&B band The Do Yo Thangs share their silky bangers and their new line up at The Night Cat, August 12.

An infectious blend of “jazz elements, soul nods and glitchy synths with heavenly vocals on top” (The Music, AU). The band’s sweet beat treats make for a joyous lip pouting and head bopping affair, whilst the heart felt soulful lyrics move both feet and emotions simultaneously. 

Brainchild of drummer/songwriter/co-vocalist Hugh Rabinovici the tunes take influence from artists such as Anderson .Paak, Solange, The Internet and an extensive love for Stevie Wonder’s back catalogue.

The Do Yo Thang’s released their debut EP, One Plus One, through HopeStreet Recordings in September 2016, connecting with soul enthusiasts to hip hop heads alike.

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Domingo Latino: San Lazaro
Aug
6
to Aug 7

Domingo Latino: San Lazaro

San Lazaro are back in action for another round at the Night Cat! The three founders of the band Robert Sola, Oscar Poncell and Keko Viran have played and written originals for the band over 15 years and they're back at Domingo Latino to bring their own brew of Salsa made right here in Melbourne. 

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm!
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner Level-Intermediate and Advanced Level
8PM – SALSA - Beginner Level-Intermediate and Advanced Level

***ALL FOR ONLY $20*** (CASH ONLY)
Whether you choose one class or 2 classes its $20 flat rate including social dancing from 9pm.
$10 entry General entry (no classes)

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HONEY feat. Amber Ferraro
Aug
5
to Aug 6

HONEY feat. Amber Ferraro

Honey is returning to the Night Cat stage with 2 sets of B Side Disco bangers sprinkled with House music vibes and drizzled in modern soul. 
$5 entry at the door for 2 sets of live music from some of Melbourne's best up and coming musicians as well as a DJ before, between and after. 
We hope to see you all there!

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Kooyeh LIVE
Aug
4
to Aug 5

Kooyeh LIVE

The Kooyeh dub collective wants to make you feel good. This explosive act combines an articulate synthesis of musical styles with outstanding songwriting to produce a high quality sonic experience like no other.

August 4th they grace the 360 degree stage at The Night Cat for dub infused bonanza!

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Revolution Incorporated
Aug
4
8:30pm 8:30pm

Revolution Incorporated

Revolution Incorporated will be performing for the first time in Melbourne with the award winning reggae act Ras Jahknow Band and reggae selectors Chant Down Sound and Zare Demus at this iconic Melbourne venue


This huge reggae night in the heart of Melbourne is not to be missed. Tickets will be $15 on the door or $12 pre-sale. The ticket link will be shared shortly.

Night starts 8:30pm!

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Domingo Latino: La Influencia
Jul
30
to Jul 31

Domingo Latino: La Influencia

Gathering some of the cream of the crop from Melbourne's music scene, La Influencia is the brainchild of Salvador Persico (Blue King Brown) and Daniel Mougerman, whose mutual love of music from Latin America inspired the creation of Melbourne's newest salsa powerhouse.

La Influencia's sound can be described as a fusion of Salsa, Timba and Jazz. Expect original tunes as well as music by Eddie Palmieri, Havana D'Primera, Los Van Van, Ray Barretto, amongst others. Band starts at 9pm, tickets at the door! 

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm, $20
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
8PM – SALSA - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

$10 entry from 8:30pm general entry (no classes)

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CLOSET
Jul
28
to Jul 29

CLOSET

CLOSET is back once again for homosexuals and those who love 'em! Join us for this July's edition of Melbourne's most iconic LGBTQ+ club night! 


DOOR POLICY: 
We have a zero tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour, homophobia, transphobia and harassment of any kind.
CLOSET is an 18+ event, so please bring photo ID.

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Billy David and The Good Lords - Leaps and Bounds Closing Party!
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Billy David and The Good Lords - Leaps and Bounds Closing Party!

Hailing from Melbourne, BILLY DAVIS & the Good Lords, are a musical juggernaut in waiting, selling out their recent shows at the Gasometer and Howler, the 11 membered, neo-soul & hip hop band, alongside Good Lords MC, Jordan Dennis who will launch energy in the room into complete and utter pandemonium. Joining will be new Afro-funk outfit Cool Out Sun (Sensible J, Lamine Sonko, N'fa Jones and Nui Moon), one of Melbourne's hardest working DJs, straight off the back of Groove in the Moo, MzRizk (DJ).

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Zillanova
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Zillanova

From the crew that brought you The Bombay Royale, Gospel Sundays and Illzilla - Funk and soul late night session at The Night Cat! Do yourselves a sweet soul favour and come through to experience these RNB/soul heavyweights! 

 

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Jazz Party - "Flowers" Launch - Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Jazz Party - "Flowers" Launch - Leaps and Bounds Music Festival

Jazz Party is like nothing you have seen before or will likely see again – as if a wild shindig collided with a cult gathering. Performing McNulty’s originals as well as jazz, gospel and everything in between, Jazz Party’s punk attitude invites well-dressed freaks and self-confessed jazz haters to join them in wild revelry. Led by former saxophonist and songwriter of Clairy Browne & The Bangin Rackettes, Darcy McNulty and supreme diva Loretta Miller, this eight-piece powerhouse have a punk attitude and a penchant for jazz, soul and rock n' roll.
Presented in partnership with Leaps and Bounds Festival, the partys at The Night Cat this Winter.

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Domingo Latino: San Lazaro
Jul
9
to Jul 10

Domingo Latino: San Lazaro

San Lazaro are back! The three founders of the band Robert Sola, Oscar Poncell and Keko Viran have played and written originals for the band over 15 years and they're back at Domingo Latino to bring their own brew of Salsa made right here in Melbourne. 

Melbourne Salsa Classes from 7pm:
7PM – BACHATA - Beginner Level-Intermediate and Advanced Level
8PM – SALSA - Beginner Level-Intermediate and Advanced Level

$10 social entry or $20 for classes! 

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Relax With Max
Jul
8
to Jul 9

Relax With Max

Legendary Relax with Max return to their favourite stomping grounds The Night Cat this week to perform all their fun disco, soul & funk classics! 

Relax with Max are a Melbourne-based outfit formed by band leader Max vella. The group presents a uniquely soulful blend of funk, afrobeat and r&b!

Join us this Saturday.

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CLOSET - 8th Birthday Margaret Court Edition
Jun
30
to Jul 1

CLOSET - 8th Birthday Margaret Court Edition

CLOSET is turning 8! We're celebrating with a grand slam of a party in honour of Margaret Court, legendary Australian tennis player.

For our grand slam birthday bash, we've got Brendan Maclean (House of Air).

This one will be full of more lesbians (and homosexuals of all persuasions) than an Australian Open after party. 

WHERE: The Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston Street Fitzroy

WHEN: Fri June 30th

WHAT: CLOSET's 8th Birthday - Margaret Court Edition

THEME: Tennis!
Lesbian tennis players, doubles partners, ball boys and bad boys. 

DOORS OPEN: 10pm till late

TICKETS: 
Limited presales are available for $15 + bf from Tuesday June 5. 
Door entry will be available for $20

DONATIONS: We'll be taking and making donations to Minus18 andAustralian Marriage Equality.

FURTHER INFO:
Facebook: facebook.com/closetpartyoz
Instagram: @freddiecloset

DOOR POLICY:
CLOSET is a night for homosexuals and those who love them. Like tennis, we're full of lesbians - and gay men and queer people of all persuasions. We welcome all the colours of the rainbow and their friends. We have a zero tolerance policy towards antisocial behaviour, harassment, homophobia, transphobia. 

POSTER GIRL: Margaret Court
Margaret Court AO MBE is a retired Australian tennis player and former world No. 1. In tennis, she amassed more major titles than any other player in history, and she has a Melbourne tennis stadium named in her honour. In more recent years, Ms Court has become a Christian minister in Perth, WA, where she is an outspoken critic of same sex marriage and LGBT rights. In recent weeks, Court wrote a letter to the editor of the West Australian calling for a boycott of Qantas. She also told a radio station that tennis was 'full of lesbians' who predatorily 'took young ones into parties,' and compared the efforts to teach children about gender fluidity to the methods of Nazism and communism. 

 

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Au Dré
Jun
24
10:00pm10:00pm

Au Dré

Au Dré are gracing the Night Cat, Saturday 24th June!

Au Dré is a collaboration between Producer/Keyboardist extraordinaire JamBau (James Bowers) and Vocalist/Trumpeter Audrey Powne. The two will be familiar to Melbourne music lovers as resident members of Sex On Toast, The Do Yo Thangs, True Live, Clever Austin, The Vaudeville Smash and many more.

The pair was bought together over a shared love of maximalist electronic music by the likes of Pomrad, Lone and Hudson Mohawke and an equally affectionate passion for late 70‘s/early 80’s Disco/Dance music from Herbie Hancock and Chaka Kahn and lesser known gems like Donald Blackman and Cameo.

In an attempt to fuse together these two infatuations Au Dré deliver the perfect combination of a contemporary “banger” with the sophistication and energy of old school funk and R’n’B. 

Check out their music here!

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Spank! featuring JULIANA HUXTABLE (US)
Jun
17
to Jun 18

Spank! featuring JULIANA HUXTABLE (US)

We've barely eaten the final crumbs of our first foray into the Night Cat and we're starting to feel a little spooky, ready to tickle the more mystical corners of your mind. Are you ready for another Spank!? 

Prepare for twice the juciness, twice the sorcery, as we team up with our friends at Crown Ruler to bring you double the party, starring New York's JULIANA HUXTABLE!

Founder of queer party SHOCK VALUE, Juliana's talents reach above and beyond the sphere of the club as we know it, with her multidisciplinary practice blending poetry, music, art and DJing. A celestial delight that Spank! is privileged to witness in this, the infancy of our soirée. 

As we trek into the longest nights of the year and move towards the winter solstice, preparing for a series of new beginnings, the magical Juliana will be backed up by Melbourne's gorgeous own:

BROOKE POWERS
HABITS
SIMONA CASTRICUM (dj set)
KANDERE
ANURAAG

We're mixing the potions for a bubbling brew of queer delight, and you'd be remiss to miss, taking a big old sip.

Summon your power and align your mind with music that moves you, June 17 at the Night Cat. $15 concession, $20 full!

The Night Cat is a wheelchair accessible venue. 

This event will take place on stolen land traditionally owned by the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty has never been ceded.

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