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NGV Friday Nights Summer 2018

Gear up for summer gigs, gin spritzes and after-dark access to the NGV's new Escher exhibition.
By Lauren Vadnjal
November 15, 2018
By Lauren Vadnjal
November 15, 2018

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The NGV is pretty practiced in juxtaposing the classical and the contemporary, and the gallery is set to do it again with its summer exhibition celebrating Dutch artist M.C. Escher and Japanese design studio Nendo. And, as is now custom, with a seasonal blockbuster, so comes a brand new season of NGV Friday Nights.

The gig series is now a quintessential way to end a steamy summer week in Melbourne. And, thanks to a partnership with Bombay Sapphire, you'll get to enjoy this after-dark art excursion with a suitably quirky cocktail in hand.

It'll kick off on December 7 with a set from Andy Bull and run all the way through to a Friday-Saturday finale with infectious duo Confidence Man on April 5 and a Saturday party with San Cisco on April 6.

As always, you'll get after-hours access to the gallery as well as the gigs. Rove between the current exhibitions, Between Two Worlds and Julian Opie, and, out in the garden, explore this year's NGV Architecture Commission to the soundtrack of local DJs, who will rotate on a monthly basis. There'll also be an aural installation called Bach x Reimagined, a piece that references the influence that Bach's compositions had on Escher's art, as well as the lots of food and a couple of pop-up bars from Bombay Sapphire.

The bars will be slinging Bombay Twists, a summery spritz-like cocktail, for you to sip before you roam the gallery's many goings on — take your pick between a classic gin and tonic, raspberry and basil, lemon and thyme or mint and ginger.


December 7 — Andy Bull (DJ Set)
December 14 — Hoodlem (DJ Set)
December 21 — Fantastic Man (DJ Set)
December 28 — Nicole Millar (DJ Set)
January 4 — Andy Hart
January 11 — KLP (DJ Set)
January 18 — Film School Collective
January 25 — Zuri Akoko
February 1 — Chela (DJ Set)
February 8 — Harvey Sutherland (DJ Set)
February 15 — Alice Ivy (DJ Set)
February 22 — OJ KUSH
March 1 —Gold Fields (DJ Set)
March 8 — Dappled Cities (DJ Set)
March 15 (Melbourne Art Book Fair X Design Week Edition) — Jonti (DJ Set)
March 22 — Japanese Wallpaper (DJ Set)
March 29 — Woodes (DJ Set)
April 5 — Confidence Man (DJ Set)
April 6 (special Saturday event) — San Cisco (DJ Set)


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