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Published May 21st 2014
Art parties just took on a whole new meaning
Yes, it really is an art gallery! Source: Facebook NGV
The popular Friday Night series returns to the National Gallery from the 27 June to the 29 August. These are particularly popular with young people although anyone is welcome to attend.
They are a bit of fun, entertainment and culture all rolled up into a great night out. They start at 5.30 and go till 9.30, leaving you time to go out afterwards if the feeling takes you.
The Friday Nights series revolves around the exhibition the Italian Masterpieces. The tickets include entry to this blockbuster exhibition, talks as well as DJs.
Light dinner is available at the Gallery Kitchen or there is an Italian inspired bar menu in the Great Hall.
Every week will see different musical act in the Great Hall. As there are a number to choose from I thought I would put some of their songs up as well to make that choice a little easier for you.
On Friday 27th of June is Kirin J. A reviewer at Beat magazine raised the question "Is Kirin J Callinan the greatest guitarist in Australia?" - Beat
On the 4 of July you can see Owl Eyes whose singles collectively reached over 1 million hits on Youtube and who was on Huffington 'Post's 30 Acts About to Break' list, as well as FasterLouder's 'Five Buzziest Australian Bands' list.
On the 11th of July there is Mick Turner who was reviewed in the Austalian as "one of Australia's most distinctive guitarists (who) is always worth a listen, and usually worth dwelling on at some length."
Turner is also an artist and creates his own covers.
On Friday the 18th of July it is Teeth and Tongue.
As one reviewer put it, "Talk about drawing us in. That overcast voice, that metamorphosing guitar, that ticking drum machine."
On July 25th the Orbweavers take the stage. Advertised as "Dark and dulcet melodies, chiming guitar, violin and trumpet meld to hypnotic effect …"
Friday August 1st is Dan Kelly whose three albums have been lauded by critics and fans. He is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist as well as being Paul Kelly's nephew.
The Audreys (duo) are on Friday the 8th of August. The Audreys are a folk-rock duo/band from Adelaide.
The New Gods take the stage on August 15th. They play songs inspired by their favourite music of the past and present, including Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Television and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.
Then on Friday August 22nd, all the way from the UK, is solo artist Ben Watt formerly of Everything But the Girl.
Lastly there is The Break on Friday August 29th who are described as "Australia's most powerful and innovative surf rock band."
The NGV is certainly going all out to provide entertainment to traditional non-gallery goers. If they can get you through the door they might just open your heart to art.