Earlier this month, 30 lucky (and we mean lucky) winners were spirited away to a surprise gig at a secret venue. It was all courtesy of the legends at Cloudy Bay, and their good friends Parlour Gigs. The first big reveal was the location. The atmospheric backdrop of Montsalvat, a European style 1930s manor set in lush grounds at Eltham, was revealed through the tree line and set the tone for the gig.
As the crowd got cosy in front of a roaring fire in the glorious high-ceilinged halls, the guests of honour revealed themselves. Fractures, the moniker of Melbourne artist Mark Zito, played an intimate, bespoke set featuring many songs that have never been performed acoustically before.
Guests were served a smorgasbord of culinary delights, curated by food stylist Amanda Luck. Deli boards piled high with cured meats, olives, cheeses, seasonal fruits and warm, succulent dumplings were shared amongst friends as the afternoon turned to evening. The stunning venue also enjoyed a tszujing from stylist Janice Luck, who decked the halls in garlands of silvery green foliage and fairy lights.
Cloudy Bay came through and generously flooded the event with bottles of their rich pinot noir, the perfect accompaniment to grazing platters and crispy tunes.
Does this sound like your idea of heaven? Stay tuned to @cloudybay and @parlourgigs. More secret shows will be announced soon.