The Golden Era of Sydney’s Candys Apartment
Big sounds, sweat, and a haircut you’d rather forget. Grab your low-rise jeans and follow us underground to reflect on the history of Sydney rave basement Candys Apartment.
20-26 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross is home to Candys Apartment and the recently departed The World Bar / Cali Club. This heritage listed building, which in 2017 was on the Market for $20M, has always been notorious – but never more so than in the late 00s. Prior to 2014, Kings Cross had always been a place that was in equal parts criminal and cultural, a bohemian hub where counter-culture thrived. Candys entered the Kings Cross ecosystem at the turn of the millenium, in perfect time to catch an Australian dance music culture that had been evolving into something truly unique.
Candys quickly established itself as THE hotspot at the forefront of Aus music culture and a place for emerging talent to find their feet. With acoustic talent and DJs coexisting from time slot to time slot, the small sweaty space became a hub of creativity, a place for young talent to connect and club goers to be exposed to an emerging electro sound. As the electronic identity of the 00s grew stronger during the second half of the decade, Candys became the birthplace of some of our biggest exports.
At the peak of its fame Candys was renowned for being the club of choice for international headliners making their Sydney debuts, Skrillex and Porter Robinson included. But rock up to the club on any given Saturday night in your hipster Ksubis (Motorola flip phone in pocket and Jager Bomb in hand) and you could be treated to a fire lineup of Australia’s finest. The Presets, Hayden James (as part of Hey Now DJs), Art vs. Science (possibly playing as punk friends Roger Explosion), Cut Copy, What So Not (Playing as Elmo Is Dead), Golden Features (Bomber of Kyro and Bomber)… the list (and fantastic 00s monikers) goes on. The crew was insanely strong.