Party crews you should know

These are the guys bring­ing the fun

Time Out (Sydney) - - INSIDE - By Claire Fin­neran

1Club Ate

Club Ate is the brain­child of artists Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoul­der and it’s a party that high­lights artists and per­form­ers from the queer Asia-Pa­cific di­as­pora. ‘Ate’ is Ta­ga­log (Filipino) for ‘older sis­ter’ and is used as a term of en­dear­ment to em­brace the far reach­ing ten­drils of a cre­ative clubbing community. Though in­fre­quent, Club Ate has a mem­o­rable, cre­ative pro­gram of sit-down per­for­mance, heav­ing dance­floors, par­tic­i­pa­tory vogu­ing and ex­cit­ing, dis­so­nant dec­o­ra­tion, and the party has popped up at Red Rat­tler and ACMI in Mel­bourne. Watch out for more in­stal­ments bub­bling from the col­lab­o­ra­tive caul­dron of the artists and their Ates. à Up next: Club Ate Black­town Arts Cen­tre, 78 Flush­combe Rd, Black­town 2148.­tow­­lik-bayan. Sat Sep 16.

2The Bait Shop

We’re get­ting nos­tal­gic for what feels like not all that long ago. (Re­mem­ber 2016? Those were the days!) The Bait Shop runs par­ties that tug at these near-past me­mory heart­strings very, very well. With themed par­ties largely cen­tred around early 2000s pop cul­ture, the Hud­son Ball­room is trans­formed into a teen disco for peo­ple who are maybe still teens or, at least, have a fond­ness for the Video Hits/

The OC era. Dance­floors have been churn­ing to the in­die rock rem­i­nis­cence of ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance­floor’ and the old-timey wire­less crack­les of vin­tage Brit­ney. The Bait Shop is be­hind some pretty ex­cel­lent cos­tume blowouts too, in­clud­ing a Rick and Morty house party and a tech­ni­colour homage to Stu­dio Ghibli films. à Up next: 2007: 10 Year Re­union Hud­son Ball­room, 53-55 Liver­pool St, Syd­ney 2000. hud­son­ball­ 8pm. $16. Sat Sep 23.

3Peo­ple’s Club

In the base­ment of Good­bar is a throb­bing, DJ-led party night that has flown rel­a­tively un­der the radar (and out­side the lock­out zone). Peo­ple’s Club takes the act of DJing se­ri­ously, nur­tur­ing lo­cal tal­ent with the op­por­tu­nity for ex­pan­sive four-hour sets in a sup­port­ive, sub­ter­ranean den. Each week sees a new head­liner take over the decks in the neontinged bunker and the roster is al­ways a bal­ance of gen­der and genre. There are lim­ited places in Syd­ney to get this kind of Boiler Room-style clubbing ex­pe­ri­ence: here is where you go for those en­durance shuf­fles, well into the morn­ing. à Up next: The Peo­ple’s

Cruise fea­tur­ing Lancelot and Kato Secret lo­ca­tion. par­ 8pm. $30. Fri Sep 1.

4Bad­girl Gar­den

Bad­girl Gar­den presents a roster of fe­male-iden­ti­fy­ing artists, per­form­ers and rap­pers in an elab­o­rately dec­o­rated fun zone at Sly­fox. Run by fe­male street artist col­lec­tive Stayfly, the monthly party is a swirl of em­cees,

live paint­ing, DJs, singers and hula hoop­ers. First Thurs­day of the month the Bad­girl Gar­den crew bom­bard this pocket of En­more with in­clu­sive en­ergy, push­ing women in hip hop to the front of the stage. à Up next: Bad­girl Gar­den VI Sly­fox, 199 En­more Rd, En­more 2042. www.sly­fox.syd­ney. 9pm. Free. Thu Sep 7.


This hip-hop and R’n’B party has emerged from out­side the blokey jug­ger­nauts who dom­i­nate the floor and the decks. Fa­cil­i­tated by Jessie Tank, who DJs un­der the moniker Phat Con­trolla, Slime has been pop­ping up at the Hud­son Ball­room, Cliff Dive and the Chippo Ho­tel, fling­ing both old and new hits. It’s the clas­sic, solo cup in the air, old-school hip-hop house party you crave on a Fri­day night with con­tem­po­rary idols like Fu­ture and Ri­hanna chucked in. ■ à Up next: Slime: Hip Hop Party Hud­son Ball­room, 53-55 Liver­pool St, Syd­ney 2000. hud­son­ball­ 10pm. $11. Fri Sep 8.

Hud­son Ball­room

Peo­ple’s Club at Good­bar

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