The Dip turns 2 on Thursday, and they’re celebrating with a HUGE night in the Front Bar… including the first week of our brand new Dip Hop Thursdays – a weekly Rap and R&B party coming hot n’ fresh outta the kitchen with Dip head chef Levins and special guests!
To get you warmed up, Levins has put together Do The Dip vol. 2 – a brand new mix full of Dip kitchen favourites!
If that wasn’t enough, they’re also celebrating with the First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest! It’s kicking off from 6:30pm, and if you want to watch, there’s still limited tables left – book now!
There’ll be special birthday creations from the Dip kitchen, including the Mac & Cheese Dawg and Deep Fried Birthday Cake!
On Saturday night, we had the pleasure of hosting UK electronic pioneers Loefah & Chunky (Swamp81) for a massive night in the Danceteria – in fact, it was so huge that they’re sneaking in a spontaneous party before they go back home!
If you were there on Saturday, you already know what’s in store… for everyone else, consider this a second and final chance!
Tickets are just $15 on the door, from 9pm. Check out the full deets here!
It’s The Dip’s second birthday next week! For their first birthday they held a wing eating contest which ruined the lives of all entrants due to some insanely spicy hot sauce. This year there’s no spicy surprises – The Dip is holding The 1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest! It’s a no holding back, who can eat the most hot dogs in 5 minutes competition!
Entry is $20 and the winner gets an amazing prize of $100 Dip dollars, a jug of punch and a one-of-a-kind Hot Dog Eating Contest CHAMPION T-Shirt! If you miss out there will be Hot Dog Eating Contest tees on sale on the night as well.
Register yourself for entry now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps the glory of HOT DOG CHAMP will be yours?
The Dip will also be celebrating with a fun array of birthday specials on the menu, including DEEP FRIED BIRTHDAY CAKE! Plus we’ll be launching our new weekly hip hop / r&b party DIP HOP!
With a recent reformation and their first gig of 2013 this weekend, it’s time to meet one of Sydney’s most influential post-punk groups!
Pel Mel were originally from Newcastle, forming in 1979. With little going on locally, they built their own DIY community with regular gigs around town, creating a following so huge that they even had to form new off-shoots like The Limp and Swami Binton to support.
Things moved quickly, and a year later, amidst a number of lineup shuffles, they moved to Sydney. In 1981 they released their No Word From China, a still-celebrated debut that made immediate waves through Sydney’s music community, and even saw them beamed to television sets across Australia with an appearance on Countdown!
Not a band to slow down, they followed it up with two more singles in the same year, before their debut record Out of Reason a year later. It found them moving in an increasingly pop direction, and saw them play with the likes of New Order, The Fall and Elvis Costello, as well as their Australian peers at the time. With the band’s eclectic approach, they ranged from The Birthday Party, to INXS, to Laughing Clowns, to Scattered Order, amongst others.
It took just one year for them to follow it up with Persuasion, their second album. Released in 1983, it took the band further into a pop direction and featured the killer single Pandemonium. It would also signal the end of the band, with the group’s influential run coming to an end a year later, leaving a permanent mark on Sydney’s music scene.
Good news came mid last year though, with Pel Mel unexpectedly reforming to play their first gigs in 26 years. After some select shows last year, we’re thrilled to invite Pel Mel to play their first show of 2013 in the Danceteria, along with the also-reformed The Limp, likeminded upstarts Bad Jeep, and local music oracle Paul Gough spinning tunes throughout the evening.
Pel Mel are an essential part of Sydney’s music culture – don’t miss this rare chance to see them performing live! Info here.