History was made on November 27 when 14 countries, six continents, 18,000 people, 50 DJs and 200+ bartenders joined forces for a never-before-seen, omnipresent, one-night only global affair across 10 time zones. And if you weren’t at one of Smirnoff’s ravishing Nightlife Exchange Project parties, then where the bloody hell were you?
I was lucky enough to be invited to Sydney’s Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange party, where Brazilian nightlife from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro was joyfully brought into Sydney for a big crowd of competition winners. The party featured Brazil’s best, including electric performances from the samba sounds of Rhythm Brazil, before the dancefloor exploded with Bonde do Rolê blasting the crowd with incredible energy and catchy beats. When Rolling Stone picked Bonde do Rolê as one of ten bands to watch as far back as 2006, they were onto something.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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]
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’.
The Nightlife Exchange Project involves 14 countries around the world filling crates with the best of their local nightlife and exchanging their country’s crate with another. It kicked off in Australia with artist and China Heights curator Ed Woodley giving the Aussie crate a good lick of paint at Sydney’s Darling Harbour [pictured], and the crate will be making it’s way around the country before enjoying a send off party in October.