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Shell House's huge two-month food and music festival is back with sets from Ben Fester and Wax'O Paradiso alongside pop-ups from Melbourne's Tipo 00, Chef Toshihiko Oe and Dale Ridgers.
Ben Hansen and Nishika Sharma
Published on May 20, 2024


Across May and June, the CBD's historic multi-storey venue Shell House is throwing a huge food and music festival once again, with a local lineup of musicians and chefs taking over all four of the building's venues across eight weeks of festivities.

Beginning with food and beverages, there's a whole heap of special one-off menus and kitchen takeovers happening throughout the month. The Shell House crew is exploring the world of tuna via a two-part series called Wet, Cold and Delicious — there'll be a Dale Ridgers-led event called Hand Dived taking place on Wednesday, June 10, and A Deep Dive Into Tuna, including a live Maguro Shoten (a traditional Japanese tuna cutting show and auction) followed by a five-course meal, with Chef Toshihiko Oe (Sushi Oe) and Narito Ishii (Sydney Fish Markets) on Monday, June 24.

Further program highlights include a one-day pop-up from Melbourne's Osteria Ilaria and Tipo 00 at Menzies Bar on Saturday, June 22, and a beef-focused dinner in partnership with Anthony Purharich of Victor Churchill and Vic's Meats on Thursday, June 20. You'll also have the chance to sip your way through the world's smallest champagne bar throughout the duration of the fest.

And don't go past the familiar favourites — happy hour martini, margarita and negroni specials will also be available across Shell House venues if you're unwinding during the bustling precinct's biggest festivities.

As for the music, you can expect local favourites like Jonti, Kirin J Callinan and Aussie jazz legend James Morrison to pop up for sets alongside Shell House's own house band. Plus, Sky Bar will host a heap of free gigs, with sets from Ben Fester and Wax'O Paradiso alongside takeovers by Planet Trip, Bypass and Veer East planned for the two months.

Topping the whole thing off will be cultural and art installations from the likes of Regression Studio, MIKEY FREEDOM, Jai Winnell, Troy Emery, Lauren Brincat and street performers at the Clocktower Bar.

You can check out the full schedule at the Shell House website.

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