After Dark

Come alive after dark

A celebration of food, drink and music

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When the sun sets on Melbourne Showgrounds, The Show After Dark comes alive.

An unmissable combination of some of Australia’s best recording artists ready to rock Victorian audiences, delicious food, refreshing beverages and good vibes only, along with nightly performances by death-defying motocross stunt show Airtime FMX, grand illusionist Cosentino and an amazing laser light show set to the beat of fantastic tunes. Incredible value at only $25 entry after 5pm. An AfterDark ticket or a Melbourne Royal Show ticket will admit you to the Show After Dark.

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  • Thursday 22/09

    HAVANA BROWN

    Havana Brown is an Australian DJ, singer and dancer. She made her debut as a recording artist in 2011 with the single "We Run the Night", which reached number 5 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). She has toured with international artists including Britney Spears, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown & Enrique Iglesias. 

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  • Friday 23/09

    THE VERONICAS

    The Veronicas are Jess and Lisa Origliasso, a pair of identical twin sisters with omnivorous tastes who specialize in smart, stylish pop. The Veronicas released Godzilla, their first album in seven years, in May 2021. It was followed the next month by Human, an album that found the band exploring new electronic-influenced territory.  

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  • Saturday 24/09

    MOTOR ACE

    Five Star Laundry, the debut album from the Motor Ace went gold in Australia – a massive feat when considering what it takes for a record to go gold in 2001, with just 7 Australian albums having been certified gold that year plus unbelievable support slots alongside Foo Fighters, Oasis and Blink-182. Their timely sophomore album Shoot This was released in 2002 to abundant critical acclaim. It spawned lead single Carry On that held the coveted #1 most played song on Australian airwaves for 8 weeks in a row, and Shoot This, debuting at #1 on the charts and achieving gold sales on release.

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  • Sunday 25/09

    VIKA & LINDA

    Vika and Linda are an Australian vocal duo. They came to prominence after singing backing vocals in Joe Camilleri's band The Black Sorrows from 1988. They left that group early in 1994 to start their duo with a self-titled album appearing in June that year. The duo scored their first number 1 album in 2020, with their retrospective ‘Akilotoa: Anthology (1994-2006)’.  

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  • Monday 26/09

    GRETTA RAY

    Gretta Ray is an Australian singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Victoria. In 2016, she was the winner of the national Triple J Unearthed radio competition for bands and songwriters, and the 2016 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, with her song "Drive". 

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  • Tuesday 27/09

    TOUCH SENSITIVE

    Touch Sensitive is the ultimate triple-threat; a producer, in-demand live performer and DJ. Whether it’s remixing RÜFÜS DU SOL, collaborating with Flume or touring internationally with Flight Facilities, he’s become renowned as the man with an ear for hooks and impeccable taste. On the stage, Touch Sensitive has become a festival favourite, having appeared at Splendor In The Grass, Falls Festival, Laneway, Lost Paradise, Holy Ship, Splash House and more.

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  • Wednesday 28/09

    OWL EYES

    Since her debut album Nightswim entered the ether in 2013, Owl Eyes has built a devoted fan base with her vulnerable songwriting, heady strain of alt-pop, and disarming persona. In and around her hectic touring commitments, Owl Eyes has been refining her craft both as an artist and songwriter.  

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  • Thursday 29/09

    BRITISH INDIA

    Playing tough, garage-influenced rock & roll with abundant energy and charisma, Declan Melia (guitar, vocals), Nick Wilson (guitar), Matt O'Gorman (drums), and Will Drummond (bass) were all teenagers when they formed British India. Their debut single, "Tie Up My Hands," reached number one on Triple J TV, and the group took home an AIR Award for best new artist in 2007. In July 2017, the band dropped the single "Precious" in anticipation of full-length Forgetting the Future, which arrived later that September.

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  • Friday 30/09

    SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM

    Electro-pop group Sneaky Sound System emerged among the premier Australian club acts of its generation with its self-titled 2006 breakthrough LP. Spearheaded by a spectacular salvo of chart-topping hits – UFOPictures and I Love It – Sneaky Sound System won ARIA Awards for Breakthrough Artist and Best Dance Release, the first of 14 nominations to-date. 

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  • Saturday 01/10

    BAKER BOY

    The Yolŋu superstar Baker Boy (Danzal Baker) relishes keeping people on their toes. Five years after he broke out with the empowering ' Cloud 9 ' and winning the first of successive National Indigenous Music Awards; Baker Boy is a pop culture phenom, amassing over 55m streams globally. In 2021 he received an Order of Australia (OAM) medal. That October, Baker Boy aired Gela – a chronicle of identity and personal growth – led by the ARIA Gold jam ' Cool As Hell '. 

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  • Sunday 02/10

    BAG RAIDERS

    Known for synthy, dance-oriented electro-pop, Australian duo Bag Raiders broke through in 2007 with their hit "Fun Punch." The band's 2010 eponymous full-length also spawned the single "Shooting Stars," which gained further attention after it became attached to an online meme in 2017. In 2019, Bag Raiders issued their sophomore full-length, Horizons. They also paired with Mickey Kojak for the track "Wild at Heart" and issued the single "Lightning" featuring the Kite String Tangle. 

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