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City Pages: Melbourne with Bamboo Musik


you want to attend one of Melbourne's infamous Bamboo Musik parties then you have to be ready to do one thing — dance. Directed from the DJ booth by Misha Hollenbach and Rohan Bell-Towers, Bamboo has become infamous for its themes, its fun and — naturally — its Musik. Here, Misha and Rohan lead us through Melbourne from dawn till dusk.

Interview by Nadia Saccardo


guys are in Melbourne! Why don't you live somewhere else?

The lifestyle is good here. The city is small so it's easy to get around and also very easy to get out. Drive an hour or so out of town and you either end up at a nice beach or in the countryside. Another advantage of a small city is the small population, thus "scenes" become less particular and more diversified, you get to meet and hang out with lots of different types. For instance, Bamboo doesn't have a particular type of person. The only required attribute is that you must like dancing!

If you were forced to move elsewhere, where would you go?

Somewhere along the Mediterranean where we could clean our skin with olive oil and eat oysters for breakfast.

What is one thing that people shouldn't do when they come to Melbourne?

Go to D.F.O. [Direct Factory Outlet. Don't go there, ever.]

And that begs the question — what's one thing they shouldn't miss?


What's the best way to see Melbourne?

To enjoy Melbourne to its fullest, go by tram, foot and bike (foot is the most important). Use what's appropriate to the time and place. Sure, public transport sucks but it's easy and cost effective.

There seem to be more galleries in Melbourne than you can throw a red wine glass at. Which ones do you frequent?

Which live venues and clubs are a safe bet?

The Forum

is a really nice space when something good is on.

When you're hungry in the city after midnight, what's good?

Nothing! Enter Jono's Mobile Hot Tamale stand— E.T.A mid 2011.

What's the best way to find out what's really going on in Melbourne?

Ask around, people are generally accommodating and friendly.

Where would you go outside the city?

The Grampians in the off-season for extreme natural beauty.

Have you been to or completed the following tourist traps:

  • Eureka Tower? No
  • Botanic Gardens? Yes
  • Luna Park? Yes
  • That big wheel at The Docklands? No
  • Hairspray the musical? No
  • Possums in the park? Yes
  • Geelong? Yes
  • Williamstown via ferry? Yes

Which do you recommend?

The Botanic Gardens has many great spots in which to lose yourself on a sunny afternoon, and feeding possums with international visitors is always fun.

You also mention a place called 'Suicide Park' in your list. Can you tell us a little about that?

Suicide Park is located somewhere beneath the Western Ring Road, past Sunshine. It is a place of dreams and broken dreams. It is recommended that you visit on a Tuesday night, were it is possible that you will see either a burning car or pack of kangaroos.

How did you guys meet?

At the P.A.M. shop, Someday.

Could you tell us a little about the Bamboo Musik nights that you run together?

Bamboo started as a place where we could play the music we like all night long (until sunrise). Further elements— such as a decorated room, our copious use of the smoke machine and strobe— heighten the party to the next level. The vibe is welcoming, deep, positive and fun.

How long do you spend planning the Bamboo sets before you play?

We often talk via phone to discuss the vibe for the night: "Should it be more disco, more tough, more friendly, more scary?"

Who comes up with the themes for each Bamboo night?

Collectively. Although our friend Kiah has been responsible for some of the best themes.

If you had to repeat one Bamboo theme again, what would it be?

SPICY CHILLI. We love Antonio Banderas!!!

What's the strangest thing to ever happen at a Bamboo night?

Every night is magical journey with its ups and downs...

If you could bring Bamboo to one city in the world, where would it be?

Tokyo or Milan.

What's the best way to find out more about the Bamboo parties?

Write to

or check some mixes on

Bamboo aside, do you guys have any other music projects planned?

Music is a very important part of our lives, so something is always under construction. Misha is working with some other guys on kinda strange techno music and Rohan is working on solo music with a 12" release coming out soon on Hole In The Sky.

Perks and Mini
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Bamboo Suggests


45 Colllins St and Shop 28G, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne
61 3 9654 8933

130 Acland St, St Kilda
61 3 9525 3333
Bamboo says: Order steak.

L1 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 7660

'Little Korea'
Between O'Connell and Cobden St, North Melbourne
Wherever you go, get the
marinated beef rib.

+39 Pizzeria
362 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne
61 3 9642 0440

Bar Lourinha
37 Lt Collins St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 7890

Baker d. Chirico
4/149 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
61 3 9534 3777

Dolcetti Cake Shop
223 Victoria St, West Melbourne


L3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
61 3 9654 6458

Geoffrey Hatty Applied Arts
296 Malvern Rd, Prahran
61 3 9510 1277
Special vase.

Design Age
90 High St, Windsor
61 3 9525 1228
Special lamp shade.

Licorice Pie Records
249 High St, Prahran
61 3 9510 4600

Bill's Farm Deli
Shop 17-18, Queen Victoria Market, North Melbourne
61 3 9328 2003


Collingwood Children's Farm
18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
61 3 9417 5806
Baby lambs.

Suicide Park
Somewhere beneath the Western Ring Rd, Sunshine
See interview.

111 Sturt St, Melbourne
61 3 9697 9999

Middle Brighton Baths
251 The Esplanade, Brighton
61 3 9539 7000


Izakaya Den
114 Russell St, Melbourne
61 3 9645 2977

Gerald's Bar
386 Rathdowne St, Carlton
61 3 9349 4748

Brother Baba Budan
359 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne
61 3 9606 0449

Nihonshu Shochu & Sake Bar
163 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 8118

Meyers' Place
20 Meyers' Pl, Melbourne
61 3 9650 8609


The Mercat, 465 Queen St, Melbourne
See Facebook, BAMBOO MUSIK.

Carlton Garden's Fountain
Carlton Gardens, Carlton
For just chillin'.

Tin's apartment
Somewhere in Melbourne
You will know if you find it.



Earl Canteen
500 Bourke St, Melbourne
61 3 9600 1995
Order anything with pulled pork.

Beat Box Kitchen
L6 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Follow the Tweet for burgers.

300 Smith St, Collingwood
61 3 9417 1377

51 Cromwell St, Collingwood
Sandwich break!

Trunk Diner
275 Exhibition St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 7994
Does one thing — burgers — and does them oh so well.

1/11 Collins St, Melbourne
61 3 9650 3821
Go straight for the corn and then onto the quesadilla.

Brunswick St Alimentari
251 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
61 3 9416 2001

Journal Canteen
253 Flinders St, Melbourne
61 3 9650 4399


Seven Seeds
106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton
61 3 9347 8664
For serious coffee drinkers. Some of the beans are even grown on site.

Jungle Juice
20 Centre Pl, Melbourne
61 3 9639 8779
Bloody Mary bagel!

Lawson Grove Shop
1 Lawson Gve, South Yarra
61 3 9866 3640

253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
61 3 650 4399
In front of the City Library, peaceful.

Fandango Café
97 Errol St, North Melbourne
61 3 9329 0693

Café Rosamond
191 Smith St, Fitzroy
61 3 9419 2270
Hole in the wall with yummy breakfasts.


484 Smith St, Collingwood
61 3 9417 5539

Joe's Shoe Store
233 High St, Northcote
61 3 9482 7666
Drinks and records.

Von Haus
1 Crossley St, Melbourne
61 3 9662 2756
Small list of good wines matched by a smaller, very good menu.

Borsch, Vodka and Tears
173 Chapel St, Windsor
61 3 9530 2694

Hell's Kitchen
20 Centre Pl, Melbourne
61 3 9654 5755

Ponyfish Island
Yarra Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne
61 426 501 857

The Grace Darling
114 Smith St, Collingwood
61 3 9416 0055
A Fitzroy local.

The Toff In Town
L2 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
61 3 9639 8770
Go here late after you've been somewhere else.

The Worker's Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
61 3 9415 8889
One of the best for bands. Check the website first.

K Box
52 La Trobe St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 9663
Karaoke, open late

Siglo Bar
L2, 161 Spring St, Melbourne
61 3 9654 6300
Fancy drinks overlooking fancy buildings.


Captains of Industry
L1, 2 Somerset Pl, Melbourne
61 3 9642 5013
A cobbler, a tailor, a barber and a

GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne
(Fat also has stores in Fitzroy and Prahran)
61 3 9662 3332

Alice Euphemia
241 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9650 4300
One of the best for local fashion labels.

Rocco's Shoes
43 Station St, Malvern
Specialty hand made leather shoes.

201 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
(Alphaville also has stores in Fitzroy and Prahran)
61 3 9663 3002

Third Drawer Down
93 George St, Fitzroy
61 3 9534 4088
Designed genius.

Comeback Kid
L1, 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9670 7076

World Food Books
C/O: Y3K Gallery
205 Young St, Fitzroy

226 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(Obus also has a store in the city)
61 3 9416 0012

Shop 6a, 274 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9663 9933

Metropolis Book Shop
L3, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 2015
Best for art, photography and design books.

Somebuddy Loves You
193 Smith St, Fitzroy
61 3 9415 7066

Kids In Berlin
472 Victoria St, North Melbourne
61 3 9329 5578

Missing Link
Basement, 405 Bourke St, Melbourne
61 3 9670 8208

Shop 1C, 268 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9663 0862
Australian skin care in a cardboard store.

Meet Me At Mike's
63 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Cutesy crafty.

Sticky Institute
10 Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway, Melbourne
61 3 9654 8559
Melbourne's zine headquarters.

Polyester Records
387 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
61 3 9419 5137


7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
61 3 9850 1500
Former artist retreat come gallery.

The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St, Melbourne
61 3 9415 3600
Bars, galleries and restaurants by the river.

Rooftop Cinema
L6 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
61 3 9663 3596
Screens all through summer and into fall.

The Narrows
2/141 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9654 1534
Cleverly designed gallery space.

Utopian Slumps
33 Guildford Ln, Melbourne
61 3 9077 9918


Red Hill
Wye River