EMC and Lazydaze announces AUDAMUS

New Year's Eve 2017 - HMAS VAMPIRE, Action Stations - Waterfront Pavilion *** Local Caption *** New Year's Eve events at the museum, 2017. HMAS VAMPIRE moored beside Action Stations - Waterfront Pavilion, 31 December 2017.

In the aftermath of Sydney’s lockout laws, a throwback to the more immersive shades of electronic music has emerged. The closure of significant nightclubs and venues between 2014 and 2019 has seen a flourishing community of producers and DJs pivot from writing and curating dance floor music in favour of genres like ambient, downtempo and melodic electronica. This renewed curiosity for all things ‘chill-out’ has only increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As lockdowns replaced lockouts, music lovers began seeking out sounds designed to soothe, not move.

Inspired by the downtempo/trip-hop era of the ‘90s, the lost ‘chill-out’ rooms in nightclubs of yore and the burgeoning sounds re-emerging locally led Henry Johnstone to launch Lazydaze in 2018. A monthly series focusing on ambient, downbeat, electronica and all shades of non-dance floor music, Lazydaze features artists from Sydney, NSW and around the globe performing an exclusive online DJ mix accompanied by an interview and beautiful bespoke artwork.

In 2020, EMC and Lazydaze had planned to collaborate on a sunset event at EMC’s annual festival. These plans were unfortunately parked due to the impact of COVID-19, which led to EMC’s 2020 festival being postponed. Now with Sydney reopening once again, EMCLazydaze and the Australian National Maritime Museum are excited to present ‘Audamus’ – an exclusive alfresco event hosted on the HMAS Vampire. One of the first all-welded ships built in Australia, HMAS Vampire was constructed at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in the 1950s and today features as a permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum. The name Audamus comes from the ship’s motto (Latin meaning: ‘Let us be daring’). 

A unique sound and culinary experience, Audamus will be held on the helicopter landing pad of the HMAS Vampire set against a stunning Barangaroo backdrop. The relaxed and intimate heli-pad picnic juxtaposes the naval setting. A line-up of well loved NSW artists will perform live DJ sets accompanied by the food and drinks specially curated by George Woodyard of boutique Sydney restaurant BART Jr. Ticket price includes entertainment, sunset arrival drink and a gourmet picnic including food and two paired natural wines.

To complement this high quality sound and culinary excursion, Audamus will be powered by the stunning Void Acoustic sound system. A soundtrack of lush, laidback and immersive music with many intricate layers requires state-of-the-art audio and a standard PA won’t do the experience justice. Void Acoustics has a global reputation for PAs that make it possible to hear, feel and connect through unforgettable, crystal clear sound.

Action Stations Waterfront Pavilion aerial view, 2016 *** Local Caption *** Aerial views of the ANMM shot by drone, November 2016. Action Stations Warships Pavilion with navy destroyer HMAS VAMPIRE and navy submarine HMAS ONSLOW (right side of pavilion).

EMC Director Jane Slingo said:
“EMC is always striving to present unique experiences that allow everyone involved to celebrate electronic music and its culture. The pandemic has forced us to think even more creatively for ways we can continue to enjoy electronic music while dance floors remain off limits. We’re honoured to be presenting this rare event with our collaborators, these incredible artists and one of our favourite restaurants in Sydney.”

Lazydaze Founder Henry Johnstone said:
“Outside of bars, cafes and restaurants – where it’s often reduced to aural wallpaper – music genres like downtempo, electronica and ambient are only really experienced at home or in headphones. Anyone who attended the ‘Talk To The Sea’ event back in 2016 will know how wonderful this music is when given a beautiful outdoor setting to work its magic. I couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than EMC to bring ‘Audamus’ to life. Their esteemed reputation in electronic music and track record of pushing innovative concepts and preserving music culture in Australia is always inspiring. This is going to be a truly special and unique evening. Let’s get lazy.”

Simon Caldwell (DJ) said: 
“Looking forward to playing in a really original spot. Having played most venues in Sydney, it’s always exciting to play somewhere new, somewhere that’s not usually used for an event like this, and be able to enjoy great sound, food and drinks in a memorable place.”

Adi Toohey (DJ) said: 
“Can’t wait to hop on board the HMAS Vampire and soundtrack Bart Jnr’s menu!”

AUDAMUS will be held on Friday 19 February 2021, 7pm – 10:30pm on the HMAS Vampire at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Adi Toohey
Marley Sherman
Simon Caldwell
+ Welcome To Country: Aunty Ann Weldon

AUDAMUS is proudly funded by:
Australia Council for the Arts
NSW Government through Create NSW

AUDAMUS is proudly supported by the following partners: 
Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Degree Gin through South Trade International
Pioneer DJ proudly distributed by JANDS
Powered by Void Acoustics and Buzz Speaker Hire

About the Author

Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.