Melbourne’s first-ever openair floating club launches this spring

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Melbourne’s first-ever openair floating club launches this spring

A two-level party venue, ATET will be Melbourne’s first ever floating open-air club and event space pulling into Docklands in Spring.

Joining Melbourne’s most famed floating bars like Arbory Afloat and Yarra Botanica, ATET is upping the ante with a floating openair nightclub.

A first for the city, this multi-level club and events space is looking to become the go-to outdoor destination for electronic tunes, playing host to a bumper lineup of local and international artists.

The brainchild of local architect and DJ Jake Hughes, ATET is built on a repurposed barge and anchored on North Wharf beneath the Bolte Bridge towers. Inspired by the day clubs of Europe, it’s named after the solar barge of the Egyptian sun god Ra.

Showing off a two-storey twin deck fit out, the space can hold over 500 potential punters, and provide them with views of Melbourne’s skyline across Victoria Harbour. Primarily as an outdoor open-air space, it is also capable of being completely enclosed with a series of clear PVC roof and wall panels, providing protection from the elements while maintaining the open-air experience.

Housing an expansive open deck as its primary space, with a mezzanine level above it, ATET also boasts two bars and a commercial kitchen. Filled with loose modular furniture, the venue can be rearranged to suit a diverse range of events and functions.


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A concept five years in the making, DJ and Architect Jake Hughes says “ATET is more than just a bar on water. We are channelling the open-air day party experience of festivals and day clubs around Europe and providing it on a regular basis in the heart of Melbourne.”

Situated on Docklands’ last remaining undeveloped wharf, and only a short distance from the CBD, ATET is highly accessible while still feeling secluded. While ATET will be permanently moored in Docklands this summer, the mobile venue has the ability to relocate and there are plans to venture into Port Philip Bay for special events in the near future.

With the first shows still to be announced, Jake and the team behind the project are busy curating the sound of ATET, with a host of talented local and international artists in the works for the upcoming 2022 Melbourne summer.

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