After weeks of packing Australia’s crate with the best of Aussie nightlife, our crate was farewelled in lavish style at the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange send-off party in Sydney last week. We discovered Australia is swapping with Brazil, so we’re hanging out for the samba and cachaça to sway ashore and lead us astray. Lost At […]
The AP Tour brought metalcore music heavyweights and a convoy of sponsor vans head-first into a stormy Seattle last night. The Hurley denim reps were rattled; they’d endured a long drive from Utah through what they described as the worst weather they’d ever experienced. Joking around with them before the show I realised how shaken up these guys actually were; hands were still shaking and their laughter was racked by nerves.
There’s a great story behind this prog-surf film. Riley Blakeway was an aspiring surf film-maker with incredible talent and a handfull of small film projects to his name. Chippa Wilson was a relatively unknown but amazing aerial surfer without the opportunity to show the world what he could do. In 2009, they won STAB magazine’s Little Weeds competition, respectively taking out the film-maker and surfer prizes.
Trading nightlife between countries. What a neat idea to switch music, parties, food, places, drinks, people and the inner workings of far-flung cultures for a night and just see what happens. We’re into it, so we figured that a good way to support would be to discover what nightlife means to some of our favourite Aussie creatives.
I met Aaron Craig at a festival some seven years ago and had no idea the kid was an artist. He told cracking tales and had wanderlust in his eye, a likable guy who was always planning an adventure. Since then, he’s lived in various cities around Australia and undertook a sabbatical across the globe, calling Canada home for several years. His travel updates were the sort you longed for.
An Australian-born artist living and working in New York City, Craig Redman creates colourful and bold artwork across mediums including illustration, painting, sculpture, typography, pattern and editorial design.
We asked Dan Single of Sydney’s Ksubi and Bang Gang Deejays what Aussie nightlife means to him. Just like the rest of the series we asked for one thing that represents Aussie nightlife, but Dangerous Dan refused.
Electric Coffin opened the doors to a new space in Seattle’s 1020 Building last night, hosting artists and skaters for a Marginal Way art show benefit. Marginal Way is a successful DIY skatepark project. Previously the park’s location was public property in disrepair and skaters took it upon themselves to clean it up. With the support of local businesses and Seattle’s Department of Transportation, DIY construction began in 2004. It’s now a legal skatepark. Respect.
We asked Sydney-based creative director Luca Ionescu what Aussie nightlife means to him. Like musician Jai Pyne, it’s all about food and friends. ‘A recent night out was at a friend’s apartment in Potts Point, where a small gathering of friends converged to share good food and wine and listen to music. We spent the evening talking about art and design and the hours rolled by without notice’. [design by Luca Ionescu]
Stencil, fine art and mixed media street art will combine shortly in Sydney for M.A.R.s Attacks. Opening at Red Bull Gallery on October 15, the exhibition features Australian favourites Meggs and 2026 alongside street art pioneers Remo and Adam McLevey.
Complementing their Game Day, Sunday collection, ZANEROBE’s debut eyewear range has dropped just in time for summer in the southern hemisphere. Fashion-forward styles and trusty ZANEROBE build quality combine to create these damn fine shades suitable for work, play and anything in between.
We asked Sydney artist Anthony Lister what Aussie nightlife means to him. In typical style, his answer was blunt and a touch mysterious: ‘sticking to the shadows is paramount’. If we were to elaborate, we’d suggest a handful of monsters and superheroes are sneaking between shadows, stealing cover in the gritty darkness of building enclaves and alleyways. Or perhaps on his canvas. [artwork by Anthony Lister]
We asked Jai Pyne of indie-rock band The Paper Scissors what Aussie nightlife means to him. ‘A night out in Sydney for me is probably not the most thrilling experience compared to others. I could lie and tell you about how much I love Ching a Lings, or Shadey Pines. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad there are some nice bars in Sydney now. But the truth is that I lay pretty low. For me, the best nights happen when food is involved. I think that’s one of the things that keeps me sane and keeps me in touch with Sydney. I often doubt the city and my reasons for living in it, but when I go out and eat, it reminds me of the reasons why I stay and why I begrudgingly love Sydney.’
We asked Hobogestapo photographer Pat Stevenson what Australian nightlife means to him: ‘I believe the main characteristic that makes Sydney and Australia stand out from the rest of the world is how tightly knit our community is, everyone knows everyone. This may sound like a bad thing, but it actually makes things great. I find in Sydney we are like one big family, everyone is on good terms with each other and for the most part it’s a very positive, supporting group of very talented musicians and creatives pushing each other to achieve something truly unique’.