Atet floating nightclub to cruise Melbourne’s Docklands

Melbourne’s first floating nightclub will open on a barge moored at the undeveloped North Quay below the Bolte Bridge towers.

Atet can accommodate 550 revelers and will be positioned in Docklands throughout the summer, with the possibility of being relocated to Port Phillip Bay for future events.

Artist’s impression of Atet, which will be moored in Docklands.

Founder Jake Hughes said he spent more than $1 million on the nightclub, which was backed by his family and crowdfunding memberships.

He said the north quay was 500 yards from the nearest Docklands apartment buildings and that Atet was oriented so that all of its speakers faced the quays and past the Bolte Bridge , thus reducing the risk of noise problems.

“It’s still something that needs to be managed, but we certainly have a lot more freedom there than if we were surrounded by a more densely populated area,” Hughes said.

“We are completely in love with the area and I think for what we do this place is probably the only place it could work.

Founder Jake Hughes says the club was inspired by outdoor parties in Europe.

Founder Jake Hughes says the club was inspired by outdoor parties in Europe.

“We obviously went through a pretty thorough process with [the City of Melbourne]going through the building permit process, and a big part of that was…noise.

Atet takes its name from the barge of the sun god Ra, which traveled across the sky every day to light up the world, according to ancient Egyptian mythology.

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