Posted by Danni Le Toullec on May 30, 2011
The smell of hot buttered popcorn filled the air of Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory for Sosueme’s 4th Birthday on Saturday eve. Party hats adorned most heads and the fairy floss lady spun her delicious orbs of sugar all night long.
Proudly 99% genre free, Sosueme is the cultural conglomerate that regularly provides Sydney with artistic and musical stimulation. The self-proclaimed “tear in the space/time fabric of PARTY” combines behind-the-scenes action - the producers, designers and promoters - with the spotlight queens, a.k.a the bands, DJ’s and fashion superstars.
In celebration of Sosueme’s day of conception, a bunch of up and coming bands dropped by to say Happy Birthday. Melbournites Stonefield and Redcoats joined Parades, Guineafowl, Pluto Jonze, Alison Wonderland, Joyride & the Accidents, Mrs Bishop, Bon Chat Bon Rat and Furnace & the Fundamentals in the Live Art Space and the Gallery Bar. More...
Posted by KB on March 11, 2011
For an animal lover, the power of the pooch is not dissimilar to the effect of a cute baby on a clucky woman. The presence of man’s best friend can, as if with the flick of a switch, turn a usually rational, mature adult into a babbling lunatic. Such is the force of a much-loved pet. With so much unconditional love to give and unquenchable thirst for fun-and-games, it’s astounding to think that 20,000 unwanted, lost and stray pets every year are cared for at the Lost Dogs’ Home in North Melbourne, alone.
Somewhere Store and Gallery has got behind Australia’s largest animal shelter with the Besties exhibition, a fund- and awareness-raiser for helping Lost Dogs’ to continue to fight for animal rights and provide welfare and community services including responsible pet ownership programs.
The Besties launch unveiled 22 donated artworks inspired by artists’ personal experiences with dogs and cats. There were pugs in portrait and kittens on canvas. A “working” dog in a suit ran for the tram, perhaps sending a deeper message about the nature of nine-to-five.More...
Posted by KB on February 7, 2011
We’ll forgive you if you haven’t been down to Darling Harbour lately. After all, it’s easy to dismiss it as the realm of the tourist and the school group. But if bar openings over the past couple of years are anything to go by (think Grasshopper, Grandma's, Good God Small Club), the city is heading for a reinvigoration. Plus, it’s about time we stopped taking those lovely harbour views for granted.
To give you a little nudge in the right direction, we’re giving you the chance to win a $100 bar tab courtesy of Helm Bar. On February 26, Helm are hosting a party to celebrate the launch of their Lower Deck area, and to mourn the end of summer. There’ll be a seafood barbecue, music and, of course, that cracking view. Should you be lucky enough to win, the bar tab will be yours to spend on the day, so start thinking about which of your friends have been the nicest to you lately.
To enter, email us with your full name and phone number. Of course, you’ll need to be over 18, and you’ll need to be signed up to Kluster. Entries close February 22. Please note the bar tab is only redeemable on Sat Feb 26, so clear your diary.
Posted by KB on February 3, 2011
That festival that had such small beginnings has not only blown up in Australia (covering five Aussie cities at last count) but now has plans to take over the US.
Ahead of the first Australian shows (which kick off in Brisbane tomorrow), the folk at Laneway have announced they’ll be hosting a party at every music buff’s favourite festival, SXSW.
To be held on March 16, the party kicks off at noon and includes music from Cloud Control, Cloud Nothings, Foster The People, Givers, Hanni El Khatib, Huw Stephens (DJ set), Noah & The Whale, Royal Bangs, The Holidays, Twin Shadow and a special guest performer.
For more info, hit up the Laneway website.
Posted by kluster on December 15, 2010
Our online managzine-extrodinaire buddies, The Blackmail, are throwing a Christmas party at Good God Small Club this Thursday night. And - unlike so many of these exclusive, elitist office bashes that take over whole venues and promote rooms full of uncouth, frenzied, booze-induced, inter-office relations, while other, non-company employees are forced out into other, sub-standard venues - they’re opening their doors wide in the spirit of giving and Christmas. In other words, you’re invited.
Some of our Kluster staffers spend their days penning words for The Blackmail, so we’ll be there with Santa hats on, festive spirit in tow.
It’ll be more than alright on the night.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on November 30, 2010
Last Saturday night, Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project brought the vivacious culture of Brazil to Sydney's doorstep. The event was part of a massive social experiment from Smirnoff, which gave people all around the world the opportunity to see how their foreign counterparts get down and dirty. Fourteen countries across the globe - including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela - exchanged their local nightlife for one evening of debauchery.
The vibrant culture of Brazilian Carnivale transformed Sydney's Metro Theatre with bright feathers, pounding drums, sculpted bodies and delicious cocktails. Street signs showed us the way to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Fresh Caprioskas with guava, Batidas and Brazilian Mules were on offer along with Smirnoff's new ginger beer/vodka concoction called Mule and the standard Smirnoff Double Black and Ice.
DJ Anna Lunoe warmed up the crowd with a flawless mix of funked up Bossa nova and Baile Funk that was perfect for dancing around with one of the many brightly coloured feathers that decorated the tables. The headliners for the night, Bonde do Rolê, were so full of energy it was hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement. At one point the lead singer jumped into the crowd, bare-chested wearing only a cape, to lead a massive conga line. The four-piece put on a great performance with their newly recruited female singers, including a New Zealand lass who was found via a hit MTV reality show in Brazil. More...
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on November 29, 2010
As part of their Design For Humanity charity initiative, Billabong held their second annual benefit to raise much needed funds for UNICEF's Pakistan Flood Children's Appeal last Wednesday night. Using the collaborative powers of the beautiful trifecta that is fashion, art and music - they managed to sell out Sydney's Oxford Art Factory. With 100% of all ticket sales going to the charity, to say the event was a success would be quite an understatement.
Australian fashion designer Lill Boyd collaborated with Billabong bikinis to produce a range of one-off swimsuits for the show. Bringing the beach to the factory, the glass divider room was transformed with sand, beach babes, beach balls, fluffy clouds and a deckchair. With long-legged, tanned beauties stomping down the Virgin Blue runway and an art wall decorated with glossy surfboards suspended against foamy waves, organisers did a great job of bringing everybody's favourite season to life.More...
Posted by kluster on November 16, 2010
As you are probably all well aware, Smirnoff recently launched its newest foray into international events, the Nightlife Exchange Program. The "one of kind global experience" sees creatives from 14 countries putting together crates containing cream-of-the-crop aspects of their city's nightlife. The countries then send them abroad to party start.
Australia was hooked up with a crate from Brazil, compiled by MTV VJ, Leo Madeira. If our experiences in party paradise are anything to go by, we reckon there is going to be some serious fun fodder in that bad boy.
We're offering three lucky Kluster subscribers the chance to win a double pass to the Sydney event on 27th November.
To be in the running follow the instructions below.
To enter simply email email@example.com with the subject: I love the nightlife
Closes: 4pm, Friday 19th November, 2010 (that's this Friday, folks).
Before you get to entering, we've been informed by organisers there are a few small catches: You have to be over 18. Sorry kids! And, you have to live in Sydney or be willing to get yourself here and house yourself. Flights and accommodation are not included. Sorry struggling artists!
Posted by Audrey Lee on September 14, 2010
Sharing the love for all things “pretty” and “vintage”, the Pretty Vintage Party comes with fabulous trunk show in tow. In celebration of NYC fall fashion week, the event showcases plenty of hand picked vintage fall items including bags, shoes and accessories. Attendees may also be lucky enough to win vintage items raffled off during the event.
Nuff said, come join The Pretty Vintage Party to RSVP.
The Pretty Vintage Party happens on 15 September at the upstairs lounge of Revival Bar, 129 E 15th St, b/w Irving and 3rd Ave, NY 10003. The event will begin at 6:30pm or head down early to enjoy a pre-event drink at 6pm.
Posted by Joel Werner on September 10, 2010
Live/Sound/Slides is a new media approach to one of the most staid and unchanging formats in journalism – the live music review. Kluster's reviving the potential in the dormant, dusty behemoth. We have the technology to give the people who care about music a voice and a face. And we’re going to.
Posted by Audrey Lee on September 7, 2010
On the back of last year's sold-out event, Halloween Monster Mash is set to be resurrected at Sydney's Metro Theatre this October. The likes of Kluster indie favourites, Dappled Cities, SPOD and Last Dinosaurs are listed on the bill. Dress in your best ghoulish costume and get ready for a night of fright.
Ok, enough with the scary puns, let's get down to details:
Halloween Monster Mash takes over the Metro on Saturday, 30 October. Early bird tickets are $25 (limited release), normal pre-sale at $35 and $40 at the door. Visit the website for more information and ticketing.