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Nai Palm Will Kick Off This Summer's Alexander McQueen-Inspired Season of NGV Friday Nights

Score after-hours access to the NGV's new Aussie-first fashion showcase — plus, catch pop-up bars, DJs and live gigs, every Friday night through summer.
By Libby Curran
November 22, 2022
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By Libby Curran
November 22, 2022
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Despite what the weather might have decided, Melbourne is cruising towards December — and that means another season of the NGV's Friday night parties is almost upon us. The much-loved mash-up of art, music and food is set to return weekly from Friday, December 16–Friday, April 14, with a truly tempting lineup of artists in tow.

While Aussie-first exhibition Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse graces the gallery's spaces with an exploration of one of fashion's greats (from December 11–April 16), the new season of Friday nights will respond with a fittingly glittery, creatively-charged program of after-hours fun and live tunes. On the bill, you can look forward to an opening night gig from renowned Aussie neo-soul star Nai Palm, as well as appearances from the likes of Electric Fields, Banoffee, Emma Volard, Kee'ahn, C.FRIM, The Belair Lip Bombs, Billy Davis and stacks more.

Electric Fields, by Morgan Sette

As always, Friday Nights guests will score late-night access to the NGV's current exhibitions — this time around, that'll involve swooning over more than 110 garments and accessories designed by McQueen himself, plus numerous more artworks that drove his inspiration.

Friday Nights will also feature screenings of some of the fashion legend's most dazzling runway shows, during which you'll spy many of the gorgeous designs currently being exhibited.

Tobias Titz

Meanwhile, the Moët Champagne Terrace Bar will be pouring Moët Impérial and Moët Rosé Impérial; the Great Hall's Yering Station Wine Bar will be offering wine tastings and a tidy range of Yarra Valley vino; and gin-lovers can get their fix with classic G&T's and signature sips courtesy of the the Four Pillars Gin Bar.

And in the NGV Garden, don't miss a DJ set or two, played live within the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission, Temple of Boom. The facade of this Parthenon replica is soon set to be decorated with overlapping large-scale artworks by a crew of Melbourne-based artists.

NGV's announcement of 'Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse' at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Kim Landy Getty

THE NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS SUMMER 22–23 LINEUP:

December, 16 2022: Nai Palm, C.FRIM
December, 23 2022: Nikodimos & his Orchestra, Vincent Sole
December, 30 2022: The Belair Lip Bombs, Billos + Klomp
January, 6 2023: 30/70, Zepherin Saint
January, 13 2023: Emma Volard, Priya
January, 20 2023: Billy Davis, Simona
January, 27 2023: Kee'ahn, Adriana
February, 3 2023: Banoffee, Priya
February, 10 2023: Niine, Mabel
February, 17 2023: Electric Fields, Crybaby
February, 24 2023: Middle Name Dance Band, Afrodisiac
March 3, 2023: Thibault, DJ JNETT
March 10, 2023: Aarti Jadu, So Much So Much
March 17, 2023: Waari, Lucreccia Quintanilla
March 24, 2023: Elle Shimada Curates: Co-Dreamers Experience, Henry Guala
March 31, 2023: Teether & Kuya Neil, Ada & Olypso
April 7, 2023: Komang, Moopie
April 14, 2023: Izy, Darcy Justice

NGV Friday Nights will run from December 16–April 14, at NGV International, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. For tickets and details, jump online.

Top Images: Tobias Titz

Published on November 22, 2022 by Libby Curran
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