It’s time to pull out the lycra – Cocoloco is back, and bigger than ever before.
Long-time local groovers will remember past events put on by Caroline Mudge, including a Tiki-themed party held behind Blue Sky Brewery in 2016 and a winter-style Steampunk event at the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron.
Following the last Cocoloco Tutti Frutti at Laneway, the event is returning to the Westcourt venue after a two-year hiatus.
This iteration, Cocoloco Electro, is a celebration of all things 80s neon culture. Think Prince, Madonna and Miami Vice vibes.
The dress code is described as a “riot of colour,” with spandex the material of choice.
The event will spill out from the laneway bar and into Motel Nomad’s poolside patio and gallery space, hosting a diverse collection of DJs, performers, and visual artists.
The carpark will also host a freestyle BMX display, flash mob performances and a light display. Talk about extra!
Caroline, a renowned artist, illustrator and designer in her own right, is co-hosting the event with DJ Bart Robbins of Electric Dreams.
Together they are excited to showcase local artists across all mediums.
“Cocoloco has always drawn hundreds of punters who come out of the woodwork for this unique event,” Caroline said.
“It’s usually a diverse crowd of people who share a love for our local creative culture.
“This year our visual artist line-up features established, emerging and junior artists, including Blake Hudson, Olivia Azzopardi, Wade Lewis, India Collins, Rachel Wolfe and many others.”
“When asked to collaborate with Coco Loco Electro it was an automatic YES!,” Bart said.
“All the previous parties were party of the year for me so it’s a privilege to be involved.
We have local hero and probably Cairns’ most famous export Jesse Kuch joining us from Brisbane ... as well as Anna Maria, DMH, No Hat No Play and Liam Mac and DLAZZ playing, with more to be announced.”
A silent disco with debut DJ Man-e-Queen is also part of the day’s activities, with food sorted by The Hungry Nomad and Thai Coins.
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This story originally appeared in Tropic magazine Issue 32. Read the issue here.