Electronic: Inner Varnika blazes on while Om Unit, Konstantin Sibold, and Dusky light up Melbourne this Easter Weekend

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Electronic: Inner Varnika blazes on while Om Unit, Konstantin Sibold, and Dusky light up Melbourne this Easter Weekend


Hooley dooley, four day weekend. Cheers Jesus, you’re a top bloke. And as expected, Melbourne is turning it up for the occasion. First of all, the Inner Varnika festival is happening once again. Now in its sixth year, it’s a testament to the ‘quality not quantity’ ethos of the IV team that this event now sells out before a line-up is even dropped. The bookers tend to look deeper than what’s hot right now, looking for pioneers and underground influencers; it’s not unusual for the headliners to be unknown to even the keenest dance music fans. This year’s lineup includes: RAMZi, Silent Servant, Amp Fiddler, Jane Fitz, Touching Bass, Finn Johannsen, Different Fountains, Dresvn and locals Alley Tunes, Bwise, DJ Jnett, DJ Regret, Fia Fiell, Freda & Jackson, Krakatau, Louis McCoy, Moopie, Pjenné & Millú, Roza Terenzi, Silent Jay & Jace XL, Tim Heaney, Toni Yotzi, Wael-X, Winters & Lucifer and Zach PM. It goes down out near Bookah in western Victoria from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1, but you’ll have to trawl the internets for tickets if you decide you want to go; this one’s sold out my friends.

Back in Melbourne, Thursday March 29 sees The Operatives hosting a Cosmic Bridge Records showcase with UK label head Om Unit and Parisian Moresounds. Redefining the boundaries between jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, dub, hip hop and footwork, label founder Om Unit has brought together some serious talent on Cosmic Bridge, sidestepping the pitfalls of genre-thinking. Joining them are locals A13, Tamen and Hooves. It goes down at Rubix Warehouse from 9pm.

Over at Francis28 in the CBD, Other Places are hosting Konstantin Sibold. Silbold has been co-running the Common Sense People events in Stuttgart since 2011, becoming a staple of the southern German underground house and techno scene. He’ll be joined by locals Paul Lynch and Traj. Kicks off at 10pm.

On Good Friday, Smalltown are throwing a laneway party in the city, featuring the much-loved London based duo Dusky. The fast-rising producers have asserted themselves as leaders of the UK underground with their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year nomination and headline slots everywhere from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to London’s Fabric. No info about local supports just yet but the party kicks off at 1pm, with Dusky closing the outdoor stage which runs ‘til 9pm. Indoors kicks on ‘til 5am. It’s all happening in Bourke Place behind La Di Da on King Street. The alleyway is called Wian Street on Google Maps, not Bourke Place. Kinda confusing.

On Easter Sunday, Piknic Electronik have a whopper of a line-up with Detroit techno-royalty Derrick May, Fever AM label-head Mor Elian, Elisabeth Dixon and U-Kahn. As always it’s a day party in the parkland surrounding Sidney Myer Music Bowl with food trucks and family friendly activities. Kicks off at 2pm.