Consume, commune, converse, create controversy and have a cuppa at FODI’s outdoor gathering space at Carriageworks’ Blacksmiths Workshop.
Let your dangerous ideas flow freely, mingling with friends and foes, sitting amid a conversation activation from our friends at Glider, while enjoying a coffee, the sounds of DJ Charlie Villas and DJ Jack Shit and delicious food from Kitchen By Mike.
Charlie Villas is one of Sydney’s favourite party starters and most in-demand DJs. A vibe maker and dance floor legend. A master of combining styles in unexpected ways. Think disco and Prince, Paradise Garage and music from legendary New York clubs and memories from the best house party you’ve ever been to. This is the spirit of Charlie Villas. Charlie is a staple at the best parties and events. Internationally, she has played sets at The Glory in London, at Paris’ favourite late-night venue Le Comptoir Général and in Tokyo in the city’s legendary women’s only bar – Goldfinger. Her life-long obsession for music sparked in her teens collecting disco, funk and soul vinyl. Her deep knowledge and love of music from all around the world has seen her work as a music consultant for film and television working at Universal Music Publishing and for retail and hospitality giants at SBA Music, and curating soundtracks for luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as Adidas, Aesop, Google and Screen Australia. Charlie has brought her versatility and infectious energy behind the decks to special events like the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, MCA Late and Vivid Sydney.
Image: Chloe Paul for Gucci, 2020.
Jack Shit is the hardest working man in no-business: an event programmer whose radio show remains unrivalled for breadth and bravery. He is a disc-jockey for the ages: delighting in spinning songs for kids and animals one day, a Dementia Disco for otherwise-isolated older folks the next. This exemplary curator and selector is an on-air evergreen, hosting the longest-running show on Sydney’s FBi Radio. He was the founding curator and booker of the underground club Tokyo Sing Song and remains a highly sought-after DJ at festivals from Golden Plains to Panama, Falls to Splendour, Semi-Permanent to Dark Mofo. He has also had the privilege of serving as FODI’s resident DJ from the get-go. Jack’s collection spans a century of sound: on formats from shellac 10″ 78RPM records, through to vinyl platters, compact discs and digital files. He combines these relics and modern manifestations with state-of-the-art software to weave sonic stories in detailed, site-specific sets of stirring sound.
The energy, skill and vision that makes Mike a forerunner in the Australian food industry has been cultivated over 30 years of experience. He has led some of the world’s finest restaurants and been an inspiration to many. Beginning his career at Sydney’s acclaimed Chez Oz and Rockpool in 1990, Mike moved to London in 1995 where he worked at the Michelin starred Pied a Terre and ran the kitchens of Mezzo, Bluebird, The Pharmacy and Scott’s.
Since returning to Australia in 2006 to head up the Rockpool kitchen, in 2011 Mike undertook his first personal project, Mike’s Table. The acclaimed underground dining experience set the stage for the award-winning Kitchen by Mike to open in 2012.
2018 saw the opening of Kitchen by Mike in the newly transformed Sydney Airport International Terminal, Kitchen by Mike Express followed soon after. Kitchen by Mike CBD opened in May 2019, and in April 2020, Mike launched Kitchen by Mike at Home. Since 2021, Kitchen by Mike Events has catered for large-scale experiences including Westpac Open Air Cinema and Opera Australia’s sell-out production of Phantom of the Opera.
Mike takes great pride in his position as Creative Director of Australia’s largest farmer’s market at Carriageworks, and is the curator of the bi-annual Night Market.
Mike is author of two cookbooks, Kitchen by Mike and Real Food by Mike. He lives in Bronte with his wife Joss and their three boys.