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The Wilds

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WED 1—SUN 19 JUNE

ENTRY FROM 5PM
TUE, WED, THU AND SUN, LAST ENTRY 9PM
FRI—SAT, LAST ENTRY 10PM
CLOSED MONDAYS

TICKETS

$12—22
  • Entry times every 30 minutes
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Ice-skating and dining in The Lighthouse must be booked separately
  • New sessions 14—19 June now on sale
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Wilds season extended to 19 June. More tickets also available for ice skating and The Lighthouse restaurant.
Let your imagination flourish under the cover of dark. Light, music, food, ice and art is blooming in our fertile night garden.

The Wilds is our moonlit forest of stimulation—a fluoro fantasy of art, sound, taste and ice. At a transformed Sidney Myer Music Bowl, you’ll encounter voluminous inflatable sculptures, towering projections and mind-expanding soundscapes in previously inaccessible areas of the iconic venue.

Sprawling structures and eccentric performances blur the lines between the earthly and otherworldly. Cult snacks and multi-course feasts provide fuel for new leaves to bud at pop-up kitchens and the glowing glasshouse bistro, The Lighthouse.

Finally, ascend the Bowl’s stage to zip around an ice-skating rink, while our choir belts out reconstructed ‘80s and ‘90s hits over the ice. The Wilds is our trippy trip for young saplings, curious shrooms and old growth trees alike.

ART

Enveloping your senses at The Wilds is a new world on the boundaries of art and science—an evolving ecosystem of sculpture, soundscapes and digital movement-responsive art. Plants, humans, architecture and technology take on otherworldly forms in a multicellular meadow.

Exploring the dimension between nature and technology, the New York City-based Australian artists and creative technologists Tin & Ed have nurtured a glowing biosphere driven by their deep curiosity for the natural world. Playful, technicolour bursts of newly imagined life forms inhabit a new world built from inflatable 3D sculptures and gaming technology.

Meanwhile, mythic architectural organisms will populate The Wilds care of the Filipino contemporary fine artist Leeroy New. Using the recycled bamboo bones of The Wilds 2021, New has constructed sprawling structures across the verdant amphitheatre. It’s a tangled, abundant landscape blurring the lines between the organic and constructed.

A voluminous inflatable, octopus-like creature with a giant eye in its centre sits in front of a blue lit Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The Melbourne skyline can be seen in the background.
Against a dusky sky, nested among fluorescently lit skyscrapers, bioluminescent inflatable sea creatures and fungi glow.

FOOD

Life needs sustenance, a little fertiliser to keep cells multiplying and limbs limber. The Wilds has the nutrients you need to keep your beans sprouting—cult snacks, charcoal spits, plant-based morsels and layer upon layer of good times pasta.

Melbourne’s rock and roll vege boss, Shannon Martinez, brings her celebrated, plant-based, Fitzroy diner Smith & Daughters to the Bowl. Find new twists on Smith & Daughters’ greatest hits and beloved B-Sides—faux-meat and three veg this is not.

Barrelling in from Thornbury is 1800 Lasagne's Joey Kellock—the big-hearted host with the most, responsible for the best slab of lasagne in town. The jazz-obsessed Kellock will bring his irrepressible party spirit, rich ragu and migliori melanzane.

Rolling down the grass from their glowing bistro at The Lighthouse, are acclaimed chefs David Moyle (The Saturday Paper Food Editor; formerly Franklin, Longsong), Jo Barrett and Matt Stone (futurefoodsystem, formerly Oakridge Wines).

Then there’s the elemental forces of fire and ice. Smoke and spice waft from Hoy Pinoy’s charcoal-fired skewers—Filipino barbeque handed down through generations, to Culinary Curator and Chef power couple Regina and James Meehan, .

Also keeping the fires roaring is Melbourne’s reigning masters of Argentinian barbeque, The San Telmo Group. Their team have exceptional cuts of meat and in-season vegetables flying off their woodfired grill.

And to cool you down when things heat up, Piccolina Gelateria’s scoop saviour Sandra Foti has three dessert collaborations with Smith & Daughters, 1800 Lasagne and The Nighthouse.

PERFORMANCE

Life is anything but static. Chaos reigns in The Wilds’ performance petri dish.

Observe performance group Discordia busy themselves throughout The Wilds' terrain. Gleaning, preening and convening amongst makeshift habitats, these meandering mascots will keep things weird, as they artfully engage in acts of mindful mindlessness.

Beached on the shores of our primordial swamp are Melbourne’s least professional water ballerinas, The Clams. Lured from the shallows of suburban pools, they’ve emerged from their shells as The Siphonophores—a deeper, darker and drier evolutionary state. A shapeshifting bioluminescent collective drifting through the Bowl.

Three people, wearing vintage knitted swimming caps and red lipstick, and veiled in gauzy fabric float together in inky black waters.
Up a carpeted wall, five arms with glittering, sequined sleeves reach up, each hand's fingers cross over themselves like prawn legs

MUSIC

DECON MASS is a cleansing sonic shower, preparing you for entry to The Wilds. Sound artists Mark Mitchell and Pascal Babare utilise multiple speaker arrays and physics-based algorithms over four sites of condensed natural energy. The pair deploy synthesised and processed sounds to create an atmosphere that's both organic and otherworldly. Nature concentrated and digitally digested into waves and surges of cascading sound, all radiating from a grand old tree.

Soundtracking your snacking is a crew of 1800 Lasagne DJs, coming in hot from the Thornbury pasta palace. Music is an essential element of 1800 Lasagne, an extra layer on top of the bechamel. Every weekend, the city's best DJs decamp from nightclubs to spin vinyl from behind the bar. They'll bring their extensive record colleections and even bigger vibes to The Wilds each night. Jazz licks, wordlwide funk obscurities and house music party starters are on the menu.

Rising above it all like bats in flight is the screeching RISING Night Chorus—our nocturnal choir, belting out reconstructed ‘80s and ‘90s hits over the ice of Rinky Dink. Big voices and even bigger hearts, rising into the night when the moment takes them.

Sound artist Mark Mitchell sits against a plain background. A hand extends into the frame from the top left corner casting a "rabbit ears" shadow above Mark's head.
A simple black and white photograph of sound artist Pascale Babare. Pascale stares straight down the lens and his face fills the frame. He has black facial hair.

Session Details

WED 1—SUN 19 JUNE

ENTRY FROM 5PM
TUE, WED, THU AND SUN, LAST ENTRY 9PM
FRI—SAT, LAST ENTRY 10PM
CLOSED MONDAYS

SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL
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$12—22
  • Duration | Please allow 1.5 hours for exploration. You're welcome to wander the site from your ticketed entry time until close
  • Night Chorus | Times:
    Wed, Thu and Sun: 5.40PM, 6.40PM, 8.10PM and 9.10PM
    Fri and Sat: 5.40PM, 6.40PM, 8.10PM, 9.10PM and 10.10PM
  • Note | The Wilds is a licensed venue. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Babies under 2 years of age do not require a ticket
  • Note | Rinky Dink and The Lighthouse are ticketed events. Limited capacity and subject to availability
  • Tickets also on sale via Arts Centre Melbourne.

Accessibility Services

Session times offering the following services:

  • Auslan | Fri 3 June, 5—10PM and Sat 11 June, 5—10PM
    • An Auslan translators will be on site to offer support

Credits

IMAGES:

WINTER GARDEN BY TIN & ED, 2020. BROOKFIELD PLACE, NEW YORK CITY. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

MONSTER BY TIN & ED, 2020. RISING 2022. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

THE WILDS. RISING 2021. PHOTOS: EUGENE HYLAND

SPACE—PSYCHOPOMP’S REEF BY LEEROY NEW, 2011. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

THE SIPHONOPHORES. PHOTO: BRI HAMMOND

DISCORDIA. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

VIDEO: ANTUONG NGUYEN (SILKY JAZZ)

MARK MITCHELL. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

PASCAL BABARE. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

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