Philosopher, journalist and adult human in training.
Published March 4th 2017
Capulet is no ordinary club. It's a strange hybrid creature that looks like any other Fortitude Valley venue from the outside, but conceals a secret within.
Through the normal looking bar, you sneak out into an open-air courtyard. Tucked between tall, brick buildings, with grass underfoot and greenery all around, it's like a tiny nature reserve. They do make you keep your shoes on, but it's a sanctuary nonetheless.
Elements Festival Celebrations at Capulet
The native creatures drawn to this environment are always lovely. Worlds apart from the usual Fortitude Valley animals. The gigs are always good but you do need an appreciation for the hypnotic beats, barely perceptible changes and slow building algorithms of House and Techno.
The club opens early so you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air they have on offer. On the last weekend of summer, Elements Festival teamed up with Capulet to present a killer array of international and local Techno producers.
Minilogue's cruisy beats provided the perfect soundtrack for the afternoon, dripping in liquid sunshine. As the light ebbed away from the sky, it drained from the music too. Knobs elegantly wove layers of darkness into the night, sucking people out of their casual conversations and changing the dimensions of the dance floor. It became a moving, morphing creature. A hive mind, driven by the beats. Vinny Xavier brought the night to a close, building to a frenetic percussive crescendo that had the dance floor vibrating.
Starting in the day and finishing early is one of Capulet's greatest features. You get to enjoy the sunshine, get in a full night of partying, but still be in bed by 10pm (if you want). It adds to the sense of magic Capulet has created in their little haven of a bar.