The iconic Spring Racing Carnival is one of the world's greatest horse meets, with the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at its heart attracting huge numbers of international visitors each year. In 2017, the dial has been turned up to eleven on local music with a range of genres to suit the taste of every racegoer, curated with the support of Melburnian and Mushroom Group Chairman, Michael Gudinski.
Now in its second year, The Park will bring together an array of pop-up restaurants from Melbourne’s culinary scene, Mumm champagne and cocktails at the Pony Bar and not one, but two, stages of music to scintillate the senses.
Saturday 4 November
Beautiful, bold, blacks and whites set the scene for Victoria Derby Day when fashion fuses with first-class racing for a lavish start to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
One of the most prestigious days on the national racing calendar, sophisticated elegance and tasteful indulgence will be complemented by the British pop influenced DMA’s and festival favourite Tkay Maidza in the Park, alongside Melbourne-based DJs across the afternoon.
Tuesday 8 November
A crowd of more than 100,000 is set to descend on Flemington Racecourse for the race that stops a nation on Melbourne Cup Day as thoroughbreds from around the world gather to stake their claim for a share of the $6.2 million prize purse.
At The Park, the crowd will be buzzing, with global phenomenon Hot Dub Time Machine to take to the decks and deliver a time warp of hits that spans more than 60 years to suit the young and young-at-heart.
Thursday 9 November
Traditionally known as Ladies Day, Oaks Day brings out the very best in everything visitors enjoy about spring racing. The meet is a particular favourite with local 'A' listers and is a fixture on Melbourne’s social and cultural calendar. Colour abounds as Fashions on the Field ensures competition off the field, with the selection of the women’s racewear national winner.
Those looking for a dance floor experience can join Bag Raiders at The Park to end the day after indie-pop stars San Cisco and the Preatures get the day started.
Saturday 11 November
It’s the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but Stakes Day is by no means the quietest. Families and other race lovers alike will arrive with a sense of anticipation and looking forward to a day of spectacular racing, wholesome fun and activities for racegoers of all ages.
The Park provides a singalong opportunity as family favourite Sheppard headlines those on stage just days after returning from a sold-out American tour.
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