Arbory Afloat might be known as the city’s most buoyant spot for a riverside tipple, but it’s the live events that often keep people coming back.
The tides turned and the decks spun with Arbory.Live – a ten-week unique music and creative experience – giving Melburnians another reason to jump on board.
The events – co-curated by HQ Group (the guys behind Arbory and Arbory Afloat) with Skylab Radio and art duo Supple Fox in partnership with Grey Goose – broke attendance records and kept curious commuters at Flinders Street Station, wishing they could stay in the CBD for knock-offs.
Each Friday night Arbory.Live hosted a range of special music acts, DJs and theatrical performances with the music program mixed by SkyLab founders and DJ’s Gus Carmichael (Chico G) and Simon Tarrant (Simon TK), who showcased a diverse line-up of local heavy hitters and touring international talent. Familiar faces such as JNETT, Fantastic Man, Adi Toohey played alongside internationals: Lovebirds & Moxie.
The creative team from Supple Fox brought to life their roving performance ‘Birds of A Feather Squawk Together’. As the sun set over the Yarra, a frenzied flock of avian creatures came alive and presented a stunning sequence of song, dance and colourful shenanigans.
New Years Eve was a (literal) blast that lit up hearts and skies. While the birds that turned the most heads tended to ignore the sky all together. Instead these living installations – part of the Arbory.Live series – preferred to lounge on deck chairs, and peck at vodka cocktails with their glitter beaks.
Images by Simon Shiff