What do you love most about Melbourne’s diverse club scene? Losing yourself to deep house at Brown Alley? Throwing shapes at a sweaty techno rave at New Guernica? Discovering your new favourite ’80s-revival electro duo at Boney? Debating the Melbourne Bounce movement?
Next month, Melbourne’s electro-pop titans Cut Copy will release Oceans Apart: a compilation of new music from 19 of our city’s most innovative dance artists, mixed into a continuous, 80-minute club set by the four-piece themselves.
The idea came to ‘Lights and Music’ frontman Dan Whitford in a local club. “We’ve always found deep inspiration in the music of our home city,” he says. “The dance scene in Melbourne has gotten so interesting over the past few years – someone should really document this!”
The result is a blissful, very danceable snapshot of Melbourne’s club culture. Somehow, the record feel cohesive, even while roaming from electro-pop to tribal funk and out into the far reaches of ambient house.… Read more
Back for round three, Let Them Eat Cake is quickly becoming the right way to kick off a new year. Held on the pristine lawns of the Werribee Mansion, this festival fuses together a garden-party vibe with an electronic sound.
And a garden party must have food. In fact, there’s a food rave arena where you’ll be served everything from providores, street food and boutique cuisine. We presume there’s cake too.
A garden party must have music: check. Werribee Mansion will be surrounded by five stages, each filled with a line-up of electronic maestros.
First release tickets $145, on sale 9am Thursday, October 2.
Alexander Nut (UK – pictured), Axel Boman (Sweden), Ben Pearce (UK), Bob Moses (Canada), Carl Craig (USA), Cashmere Cat (Norway), DJ Sneak (USA), DJ Vadim (Russia), Dov1 (USA), Fatima (UK) and Goldie (UK).… Read more
We’ll cut to the chase: Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki.
And that’s barely scratching the surface. Last year, the organisers of Stereosonic expanded the festival into two full days of house, techno, bass, trance and electro.
The headliner for the first day is Scottish house DJ Calvin Harris (pictured): maker of bangers like ‘Sweet Nothing’ that even non-EDM fans love. Dutchman Tiësto will bring the trance, Major Lazer helmsman Diplo will unleash his twerk-tastic tracks, and electro/garage duo Disclosure will whip up a DJ set. If you didn’t see them at Splendour this year, make sure you catch local wunderkinds Peking Duk and Nina Las Vegas.
Day two will see Skrillex take to the stage after having to pull out last year, alongside festival favourite Steve Aoki, UK house innovator Carl Cox, Dutch trance lords Dash Berlin, and 22-year-old Porter Robinson, who’ll be sure to offer something different entirely, if the tracks from his upcoming album Worlds are anything to go by.… Read more
Melbourne, make way for house royalty. British DJ, producer, radio host and label boss John Digweed is making his way to the Prince Bandroom in November. He’s been locking punters to dancefloors for over 30 years, drawing them deep into his hypnotic progressive house.
When he’s not running his Bedrock label, spruiking his favourite new artists on his radio show Transitions or releasing 37-track mixes, he’s dominating the international dance music festival circuit from Ibiza to Miami.
There’s no doubt that Digweed keeps his sets contemporary, but for a truly rave-tastic ’90s throwback, there’s no going past hits like ‘Heaven Sent’ and the 1996 Trainspotting track ‘What You Dream Of’.
John Digweed, Prince Bandroom, Fri Nov 14. Tickets on sale now.
His beats are as deep and soulful as his big, brown eyes. His top line melodies are as nuanced as his array of facial expressions. His vocal samples show a command of language we never knew he had.
It would appear that Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn plays Brandon Stark’s trusty simpleton by day, and gets dancefloors pumping with house music by night. This September, he’ll cross the narrow sea to bring us the biggest rave this side of the Seven Kingdoms.
We bet you never thought you’d get to wear that silver Daenerys wig while you danced to smooth, hypnotic house before. Of course there’s a GoT dress code, but that’s where the gimmicks end. The Northern Irishman’s sets are the real deal, and he’ll be joined by Sydney artist Ego, who will put on a themed visual show.