Another Melbourne Music Week event that had caught my eye in the leaflet about it was the Red Bull Tram Jam- three DJ's would be playing Afro-Caribbean disco music on three different trams, and they would take you to Discolypso, the closing event of Melbourne Music Week held in Birrarung Marr, in the same tent as the Beats & Bass thing last week. I had to enter a competition and describe my ultimate festival line up and why in 25 words or less, so I was pretty surprised when I won after my 'Bob Marley because it would be the right combination of chilled out after a heavy night before and upbeat to dance to. Plus would get to see a reincarnation!' entry. However I spoke to one guy who had just been given tickets that day so I'm guessing it probably wasn't that much of a popular competition, so I shouldn't get too chuffed.
The party started at the Espy Hotel in St. Kilda, and you could claim your entry from 1 pm. Me and Alice arrived in St Kilda at 1.01 pm and so decided to have a drink in another place first. When we got to the Espy Hotel, we were allowed upstairs in the private function room, where they had a bar and a DJ playing, but it seems quite a cool place to check out in the future because they had posters advertising that Talib Kweli and De La Soul would be playing there in December. When I went to the toilet I passed the room that the gigs must be held in, as I saw a drum kit set up and it was pretty big.
It was pretty weird partying on a tram- dancing was hard when you had to hold onto a railing or something with one hand, and it must take some talent to be able to DJ on a tram. It was entertaining seeing the reactions of the regular passengers at the tram stops, but it didn't take long for me to get over the fun of having a party on a tram- maybe if it was more my sort of music I would have appreciated it a bit better. The same went for the Discolypso event- it didn't have a lot of atmosphere given that there wasn't many people in the tent as they were all outside drinking, so me and Alice decided to check out the Noodle Markets, which are in honour of The Age Good Food month, and are held over the river from where the event was. It was quite slushy and muddy on the ground and so Alice got her shoe covered in mud, but we persisted at looking round all the stalls. I decided on massaman curry with brisket and peanuts from Chin Chin because I didn't know what Brisket was and I think Chin Chin has quite a good reputation, and Alice had a pad Thai. Tanqueray Gin was one of the sponsors, and since a girl who came into Sienna had told me that the reason I didn't like gin and tonic is because I had only ever had it with Gordon's, I decided to get one, and Alice followed suit. I felt very sophisticated sipping at it in the sunshine at a Good Food month event.
As we were leaving, a group performed a dance with one of the dragon outfits similar to what they would probably celebrate Chine New Year with, which was quite interesting.
We then got the train to Prahran so that we could go to Three Monkeys again. They had $3 bottles of cider, and the music was very good. Flo, Mia, Lucas and Samia came to meet us and persuaded me to stay later than the just one or two I had planned to have.