Preview: Xe54 Woolstore
Tucked away in the inner western suburbs is The Wool Store – a venue that’s namesake describes its origin, will be evolved into a techno utopia for this weekend’s Xe54 all-day event. With the success of the Untitled groups’ Jamie Jones’ event a fortnight ago, Wool Store’s historically significant 1940s architecture provides the perfect industrial backdrop for a Melbourne winter festival. A clear nod to London’s Printworks – the cavernous, sparse interior will host an array of (Xenon) lasers and an all-star line-up of electronic music. The European inspired event is a welcome homage that fills a need in Melbourne techno landscape.
With the first day of winter fast approaching here are your trusted field reporters guide to an excellent session.
Round the troops and start your day right
Why not make the most of the weekend, round your mates up, stop off in Footscray before the event and take advantage of the multicultural food that the inner west provides. Or better yet, loudly exclaim our personal favourite ‘It’s after twelve somewhere right’. There is a strange rebellious sensation to socialized binge drinking. Pop the cork of sparkling wine and mix generously with orange juice, it’s a long day pacing is key. For preferring a sleep in Xe54 will be serving $5 breakfast mimosas from gates open.
Leave the Tech to the Techno
Nothing kills a vibe more than a stranger’s smartphone in your face. Digging a track? Chuck on auto-Shazam. Making your mates jealous that aren’t there? Record the lasers from the side of the dancefloor. Want a video/photo for keepsake? Keep your eyes peeled on the Finding Figaro site after the event.
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From Park Hye Jin’s k-House, to the Catalonian powerhouse John Talabot the day is set to be an absolute stomper. But don’t forget to give support to the local scene; we are spoilt with national treasures and our continued support keeps them from venturing to foreign shores. Catch the Figaro Field reporter at the post-apocalyptic Wax’O Paridiso alter ego, Wax’O Dystopio and at the Canberra native, dark-bass-heavy producer Andy Garvey’s sets.