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Gaming-changing ‘Floating’ Live Venue To Open In Melbourne

21 October 2022 | 1:45 pm | Dan Cribb

“We have insisted on the best in sound and lighting."

(Pics via Facebook)

Promising to breathe new life into Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, the city’s first-ever floating, open-air club and event space ATET will finally open this weekend.

Described as an “unprecedented concept”, the new live space five years in the making will focus on local and international electronic artists.

The venue itself can host 550 punters across its two-story layout (expansive open deck as the primary space with a mezzanine level above) and has “sweeping views of Melbournes skyline across Victoria Harbour”.

It also has a retractable roof made of clear PVC so that events can proceed even in the event of terrible weather, two bars, a commercial kitchen and loose, modular furniture.

ATET has been created as a unique social experience built around community and creative culture. It wouldnt have been possible without the initial support of 130 loyal supporters from the electronic music community who have helped fund the project from its inception,” ATET’s Jake Hughes said.

“ATET is more than just a bar on the water – we are channelling the open-air day party experience of European festivals and day clubs and providing it regularly in the heart of Melbourne. This environment creates a sense of freedom that cant be replicated indoors. 

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“Its also the reason behind the venues name. In ancient Egyptian mythology, ATET was said to be the solar barge of the sun god Ra, which would travel through the sky daily, providing light to the world.

We have insisted on the best in sound and lighting to accompany these unrivalled city views. Our community would expect nothing less.”

Moored on North Wharf beneath the Bolte Bridge towers, ATET was built on the repurposed Alma Doepel barge.

The setting just feels surreal. You have the dramatic backdrop of the Bolte Bridge on one side and uninterrupted waterfront views of the city skyline on the other,” Hughes said. “Youre walking distance from the city, yet theres no one here.”

The venue will run from 1pm to 1am and will provide courtesy buses at the night's end to transport people back to the city or to Southern Cross Station.

ATET will officially launch this Saturday, October 22 with Cane Trott, Clare Choveaux, Donald’s House, Emma Renée, Olivas, PDC, Petra, Very Jerry and Walter Juan. For more details, click here.