Melbourne Social 101 will be providing our readers with an up to the minute guide about all things Melbourne Cup – Our wonderful sponsor: InterContinental Melbourne is hosting the Sounds of Spring racing and we simply can’t wait!

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is delighted to announce its schedule of activities for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, including the launch of its Sounds of Spring Racing musical series of after parties.


Set in the luxurious Market Lane Bar at the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the series of music performances is designed to showcase the best of Melbourne’s emerging musicians and artists, while offering a lavish after-party destination for race-goers and the public on key race days.

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The series will kick off with Caulfield Cup on Saturday 18 October, where talented musicians and artists from Melbourne’s leading entertainment and creative industries college JMC Academy, will serenade guests into the night with an assortment of indie-pop, acoustic and soul.


Market Lane Bar offers an expansive wine, whisky and cocktail menu, as well as a range of gourmet bar food from potted duck rillettes with brioche to natural Coffin Bay oysters, available for guests to purchase and indulge in throughout the night.


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Chris Pickering, Melbourne based singer songwriter and Head of Contemporary Music and Performance at JMC Academy, said, “Sounds of Spring Racing is a chance for Melbourne’s top emerging artists to showcase their talents during a carnival of Melbourne’s best racing, style and entertainment.


“Tailoring their musical styles to suit the unique themes of each race day, the musicians and artists will help to create a memorable after-party event for all race-goers and Melbournians alike.”
The five-star hotel will also deliver a range of race-themed activities to entertain and pamper guests in style during the Carnival, including a partnership with premium hair salon Rakis on Collins which will offer in-house salon service for race-goers on the mornings before Derby Day and Melbourne Cup.


In addition, G.H. Mumm will build a decadent Champagne tower in the lobby area, allowing visitors and guests to celebrate Melbourne’s week of glamour, fashion and racing in luxury. The hotel will also curate three life size art horses to inject an artistic expression of glamour throughout the property.

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Sebastian Germershausen, Hotel Manager at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, said, “Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is engrained in our city’s culture, and is a true celebration of fashion, racing and style.


“We’re thrilled to be in the midst of the excitement, offering guests the best in luxury as they prepare for a day at races, as well as a luxurious after-party destination for celebrations to continue into the night.”


Sounds of Spring Racing is a free event open to the public, and will be held from 6pm – 9pm on Saturday 18 October for Caulfield Cup, Saturday 25 October for Cox Plate, Saturday 1 November for Derby Day, Tuesday 4th November for Melbourne Cup, Thursday 6 November for Oaks Day and Saturday 8 November for Stakes Day.


InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is located on Collins Street just a short walk away from Southern Cross Station, offering convenient access to Flemington Racecourse by train. The heritage hotel is one of Melbourne’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian architecture, offering a unique combination of historic opulence with cutting-edge Melbourne style.


For more information, please call 03 8627 1400 or visit


Sounds of Spring Racing:


Location                               Market Lane Bar, at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

495 Collins Street,



Time                                      6pm – 9pm


Dates                                    Caulfield Cup, Saturday 18 October

Cox Plate, Saturday 25 October

Derby Day, Saturday 1 November

Oaks Day, Thursday 6 November

Stakes Day, Saturday 8 November


Cost                                       Free entry


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