Join Adi Toohey, Simon Caldwell and more on an old Navy vessel in the Sydney Harbour next month

Adi Toohey for Audamus

We love interesting and peculiar venues, and the latest event care of the legends at Electronic Music Conference, Lazydaze and Australian National Maritime Museum is definitely up there. Tapping local legends Adi Toohey, Simon Caldwell, and Marley Sherman, Sydneysiders are invited to attend what has been dubbed as ‘Audamus: A sunset excursion in sound and taste” on February 19th.

Being held on a decommissioned Navy destroyer, HMAS Vampire, ‘Audamus’ has been described as an exclusive alfresco event aboard one of the first all-welded ships built in Australia. Constructed at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in the 1950s, the ship is now featured as a permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum. The name of the event itself has been lifted from the ship’s own motto, and is translated from Latin to mean “Let us be daring” — a very fitting translation indeed as one of the first events to kick off in Sydney in 2021, in a post-COVID era.

Set to be a unique sound and culinary experience, the event itself will be held on the helicopter landing pad of the ship and will feature the stellar lineup curated by Lazydaze, while George Woodyard of Sydney small bar BART Jr. has curated food and drinks to complement the sonic offerings.

EMC Director Jane Slingo said in a press release, “EMC is always striving to present unique experiences that allow everyone involved to celebrate electronic music and its culture. The pandemic has forced us to think even more creatively for ways we can continue to enjoy electronic music while dance floors remain off limits. We’re honoured to be presenting this rare event with our collaborators, these incredible artists and one of our favourite restaurants in Sydney.”

Lazydaze’s Henry Johnstone said, “Outside of bars, cafes and restaurants – where it’s often reduced to aural wallpaper – music genres like downtempo, electronica and ambient are only really experienced at home or in headphones. Anyone who attended the ‘Talk To The Sea’ event back in 2016 will know how wonderful this music is when given a beautiful outdoor setting to work its magic. I couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than EMC to bring ‘Audamus’ to life. Their esteemed reputation in electronic music and track record of pushing innovative concepts and preserving music culture in Australia is always inspiring. This is going to be a truly special and unique evening. Let’s get lazy.”

Simon Caldwell expressed his delight at the event, saying he was “Looking forward to playing in a really original spot. Having played most venues in Sydney, it’s always exciting to play somewhere new, somewhere that’s not usually used for an event like this, and be able to enjoy great sound, food and drinks in a memorable place.” For tickets and info head here.

Audamus poster featuring Adi Toohey

AUDAMUS will be held on Friday 19 February 2021, 7pm – 10:30pm on the HMAS Vampire at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Adi Toohey
Marley Sherman
Simon Caldwell
+ Welcome To Country: Aunty Ann Weldon

AUDAMUS is proudly funded by:
Australia Council for the Arts
NSW Government through Create NSW

AUDAMUS is proudly supported by the following partners:
Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Degree Gin through South Trade International
Pioneer DJ proudly distributed by JANDS
Powered by Void Acoustics and Buzz Speaker Hire

For tickets and info head here.

Words by Emma Jones
Image: Jackson Grant





Just a Robyn stan who loves going to the club.