Billigan's Island! P&V + Mary's Cockatoo Island Takeover // Saturday 5 September

This is a walk in event, no bookings!

Led by the duo who have activated the island for Biennale of Sydney in 2020, Jezza Gordon (Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Boogie Festival) and Billy Minett (Splendour In The Grass, Torpedoes and band member of Kimono Drag Queens), are handing over the reins to their ‘Mary’s On The Edge’ indoor-outdoor space to let the teams from P&V and Mary’s throw a good times party that lets them flex their muscles and blow off some steam. 

P&V Merchants’ Mike Bennie and Lou Dowling are setting aside a stack of often-unseen, rare and delicious wines and drinks, everything from the wild sect of Australia’s avant garde winemakers through alongside cult orange wine vigneron Radikon to Tissot’s Jura classics and back to obscurities from Georgia, Beaujolais, Czech Republic, Sardinia and more. They’ll be running a free-flowing wine bar where single bottles of rarities will disappear and new, hard-to-find wines will reappear at pace. There’ll be heaps of cool wine by the glass too, from sizzling pet nats to esoteric orange wines and chilled reds, farmhouse ciders, wild ferment beers, great rose, whites, pinks, and all the colours of the rainbow. Alongside the drinks, they’re bringing their best oyster shucker and bivalves from best-of-best oyster farmer Wapengo Rocks Organic Oysters. Of course and with great pleasure, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham from Mary’s are slinging burgers, frying fries and generally bringing the good times. The wines will be A-game stuff, next level. A wine bar for the ages on a single day - Mary’s x P&V with oysters. 

 Music will be special too. Long-time friends of P&V and Mary’s, Julian Hamilton (The Presets) and Dave Bowman (record collector extraordinaire) will be making things sound very good. Julian will be DJing 2-4pm, focussing on music that inspires and delights him, with a net cast over ambient, artistic-sonic landscapes and lesser-known electronic music. Pretty awesome to have Julian doing this, a rare performance outside his amazing The Presets body of work. Dave started collecting records over two decades ago, with arguably one of the great record collections of funk, soul and R&B 45s, but will switch focus to play records across genres including ambient micro music of Japan, polyrhythmics of West Africa, funk-tinged music of the Middle East and tracks from the brass bands and street music culture of Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans. He’ll be playing around Julian throughout the day and the two will be changing up the music by the hour in themes on a menu board. Pretty awesome. 

The event is running 11am to 9pm. Ferries are running regularly to Cockatoo Island. There is no entry fee, but there is a (large) Covid-era capacity at the venue, so seats are on a first in, best dressed capacity. The venue is indoor/outdoor warehouse so will cater for weather vagaries. Go to the Mary’s On The Edge venue for this event. Last two ferries back to the mainland are at 10.19pm and 11.19pm. Wines are plentiful, and though the rarer ones tend to run out first, P&V will have surprises throughout the event. Biennale is still running, so there’s plenty of art to check out and exploring to do around the island, outside of the Mary’s x P&V event. 

Join us. 

date: Saturday 5 September

time: 11am-9pm

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