With Michael Cusack
Labour Day weekend, the traditional last hurrah for summer festivals. Before the weekend hits though, Kiasmos are checking into Howler for their Pitch sideshow on Wednesday March 8. Kiasmos are an Icelandic producer duo that have an uplifting and beautiful take on techno, soaring orchestral melodies combined with thumping melodic basslines give them a broad appeal to tech-heads and non-ravey types alike.
On Friday, Ken Oath Records are doing their Melbourne launch at Lounge. It’s honestly amazing that any good club music is coming out of the ghost town that is Sydney at the moment, but their sampler 12” featuring tracks by riggles, Underground City Loop, Donald’s House and Low Flung is full of excellent, dreamy house music. Get on down to Lounge and catch the whole crew playing from dusk ‘til dawn.
On the weekend, we’ve got Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Babylon Festival and Golden Plains Festival. Golden Plains is sold out, but if you’ve got your tickets make sure you catch Nicolas Jaar, the man knows how to work a crowd. Pitch makes its debut this year, highlights include Italian ambient techno king Donato Dozzy, Berghain stalwart Ben Klock, Detroit live-set veterans Octave One, Fatima Yamaha, Answer Code Request, Omar S, Julio Bashmore, Paula Temple, Chrome Sparks and the list goes on. It’s legitimately one of the strongest techno/house lineups Australia has ever seen. It goes down from Friday to Monday at Mafeking just outside the Grampians. On the other side of the Grampians, another festival is making its debut – Babylon Festival. Highlights include Planetary Assault Systems (Luke Slater), Max Cooper, Dr. Rubinstein, Infected Mushroom, Carl Cox, Space Dimension Controller, Bloody Mary and a heap more. It goes down in Carapooee West from Friday to Monday.
Away from the festivals, the party must go on in Melbourne. On Sunday’s public holiday eve, Dark Riddims, The Operatives and Twisted Audio are throwing their second joint party venture called The D.O.T. This time at Howler, they’re bring a locals only lineup set to well and truly test the Howler sound-system: Cern, JPS x Hooves, Lickweed, Lady Banton, Monkee, Pugilist, Safire, BruvBruv, Daggers, Dj Non Stop, JMC, Kamo, Kymaera, OBQ, Sean Deans and Skinni x Wonderboy.
Elsewhere on Sunday March 12, The Railway Hotel Brunswick is hosting promoter crews The Signal, MPE, One Puf and 50/50 who are showcasing one bad arse lineup of drum and bass in celebration of ten years of the Symmetry Recordings label. For the occasion, label head Break is down from the UK with support from Stealth, Logan Sama & Jammz and Koven doing a live set. It kicks off at 3pm in the courtyard.