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Melbourne Electronic Music Hub XE54 Is Reopening In a Three-Storey Space with a 24-Hour Licence

The club night is returning with weekly parties in a new location.
By Samantha Teague and Libby Curran
February 25, 2021
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By Samantha Teague and Libby Curran
February 25, 2021
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After a year mostly void of dancing and nightclubs, some Melbourne party favourites are making their much-anticipated returns. The latest: electro music hub Xe54, which is making its comeback in a big way. Following 12 months in hibernation, the club night is moving into a new multi-storey venue on Little Collins Street with — wait for it — a 24-hour licence. You'll probably already know the space as The Bottom End.

Kicking off this new iteration with a bang on Saturday, March 6, Xe54 is set to fire up the new digs every Saturday night, spinning electronic tunes until the wee hours each week. You can expect the same signature neon strip lighting as that of the night's former Southbank home, though this time around, it's backed by an upgraded sound system and re-energised music programming.

First launched back in 2017, Xe54 has become a staple of Melbourne's underground house and techno scene, teaming up with a swag of leading promoters, and pulling an impressive mix of local and international talent to its decks. Solomun, Carl Craig and Gerd Janson are just some of the reputable names to have drawn crowds to its dance floor in recent years, though there's also been a strong focus on supporting local emerging acts.

Organisers are plotting a huge night to kick-start the new series on Saturday, March 6, with the musical lineup to be revealed in the coming days. Stay tuned for all the details.

Find XE54 at The Bottom End, 579 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, every Saturday from March 6. For more information and music program updates, visit its Facebook page.

Published on February 25, 2021 by Samantha Teague

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