Smalltown @ B3: Review

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When DJ Koze and Gerd Janson come to town, you know you’re in for a treat. When you throw a few thousand Melbournians and the launch of a repurposed carpark into the mix, it’s safe to say you can cancel your Friday plans…

Yes, Grand Final Thursday saw Melbourne’s newest (& arguably, coolest) club yet, B3, open for business with Novel presenting smalltown @ B3.

Reminiscent of Europe’s underground scene, B3 delivered some serious warehouse vibes as Janson, Koze and Charotte de Witte took to the decks in succession. Despite being at capacity, the venue managed to maintain an intimate vibe, aided by the low ceilings and minimal lighting.

All eyes were on Gerd as he stepped up, commanding attention from 11-1. He kept the carpark moving, throwing out unidentifiable bangers in amongst forgotten classics – a textbook move from Gerdy lad.

Before the crowd knew it, Techno was ricocheting off every surface as the unmistakable sound of Charlotte de Witte took hold. She had the crowd transfixed, expertly pairing the tunes to the somewhat unorthodox setting.

DJ Koze closed the show, lifting crowds out of their techno daze with an upbeat, disco-flavoured set. He teased with snippets of old favourites throughout the set, eventually dropping ‘Pick up’ as his closing track. Quite a moment.

If you missed out on this one, don’t fret – the sell-out event was the first in a series of B3 offerings, stay tuned for upcoming events.

The legends at Novel have also got you covered, with Living Room Fest on 13th October, followed by another corker of a Smalltown in December, a day-event featuring Stephan Bodzin, Marcel Dettmann and Dense & Pika.