The Avalanches are hoping to lift the spirits of Melburnians amid stage four lockdowns with the news that, along with Attica and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, they’ll be holding a free virtual dance party on September 12th.
All Aussies are invited to join A Party for Melbourne, which will feature The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi, as well as DJ Soju Gang, who will be live-streaming their sets straight into the comfort of your home.
“The idea for A Party for Melbourne grew out of our friendship with Ben and Kylie [Staddon, Attica’s operations manager],” said Avalanches founding members Tony Di Blasi and Robbie Chater in a statement. “We began to think about what we can do for this city that has nurtured us. How do we say thank you to Melburnians for their sacrifices during lockdown, and also offer a light at the end of the tunnel?
“We have watched people struggle desperately with mental health, lose businesses and so much more. This is a love letter and a thank you to this city that has supported us for so long.”
Attica chef Ben Shewry will also be releasing a series of party tip videos including recipes for an array of party foods including cheese and pineapple hedgehogs; “better than sausage, sausage rolls”; and “hectic” prawn cocktails.
According to Shewry, “Nothing truly shows a person’s party food chops like a cheese and pineapple hedgehog. The wackier the better, so lean into your inner 1970s vibe.”
The event is free, all you have to do is register via melbournefoodandwine.com.au. Shewry’s party food videos will also be available on the site and released a week ahead of go time.
A Party for Melbourne will be broadcast at 7.30 pm on September 12th.