A celebration of Hardware’s 30 years of electronic music culture in Melbourne and Australia
On NYE 1991, Richie McNeill and Hardware threw its first rave party at the Mercantile Rowing Club, on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD as a fundraiser for Charity Organisation Try Youth and Community Services.
Try was the charity Richie’s father ran, helping young kids throughout Victoria in a time where state funding FOR YOUTH PROJECTS was in short supply.
30+ years on, and Richie has taken the Hardware juggernaut on a rich journey, putting Melbourne on the international map from the early 90s to unquestionably contributing the most to Australia’s STORIED electronic culture.
From an inthemix Lifetime achievement award to countless legendary award winning festivals including Apollo, Two Tribes, Stereosonic and now Festival X, Hardware continues as strong as ever presenting shows, music and artists in what is now a noisy, cluttered, AND more fashionable than ever, culture.
Richie DJ’d across the planet and Australia flying the flag for his proud Melbourne town from 1990 til the mid 2000s whilst establishing record stores, a music distribution business, a record label and publisher, a hire production company, club nights, a clothing label and more. He also ran Australia’s most influential independent dance distributor, Mushrooms “DANCENET” from 1992- 1995 during the global explosion golden era of dance music.