OFF. the. GRID Festival – Melbourne 2015
Can a party transform a city?
Music and renewable energy solutions – it is not the most obvious combination that springs to mind when thinking of live events, but it is exactly what we threw down for OFF. the. GRID festival on December 22, 2016. During summer solstice, the iconic Australian Centre for Contemporary Art forecourt was transformed into a fully-fledged fiesta site, with partygoers joining the likes of Cut Copy DJs, Banoffee, Tornado Wallace and more to raise awareness renewable energy – celebrating renewable energy solutions, as opposed to focusing on the problems.
“The language of renewable energy has been lost in elitism to confuse and delay change. This festival is a step towards a different type of communication. We need to start leading by example and show people how tangible this change is” – Banoffee
The forward-thinking mindset behind the party didn’t end there, as any recyclables were recycled, any organic waste was used for compost – aspiring towards a zero waste policy.
With Melbourne’s finest party crew – Cut Copy, Banoffee, Tornado Wallace, Sui Zhen, Silent Jay + Jace XL and Waxo Paradiso – joining a line up curated by influential DJ and tastemaker Edd Fisher, that solstice was one for the books. Bringing together art and technology all the while contributing to a self sufficient Melbourne, OFF. the. GRID reckons it’s time for everyone to get behind the logical and inevitable transition, because music sounds better when it comes from the sun.