Red Bull Music Academy will bring 11 events and over 40 artists to Sydney for the city’s first EVER Red Bull Music Academy Weekender. WOOHOO!
The four-day festival will begin on a suitable high with a world premiere on Thursday 8th September, as multi-disciplined, prolific beatmaker Ta-ku showcases his talents as film director and conversationalist. Following the recent success of his collaborative EP “(m)edian” (feat. Wafia) and sold-out Vivid Sydney Opera House performances, Ta-ku takes a turn behind the camera to direct “(m)edian”, a unique look through the lens at Sydney. Witness this new visual work and join Red Bull Music Academy’s own Aaron Gonsher for an exclusive ‘On The Couch’ session as he goes in depth with Ta-ku on his creative process.
Thursday night is the new Friday night as Night Slugs’ Bok Bok, Kilo Kish, Sydney’s Marcus Whale, Cliques, Low Ton, Kllo, Kučka and Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo alumnus and NLV Records signing Lewis Cancut turn Oxford Arts Factory into a pit of subterranean sounds and forward-leaning club jams.
Friday kicks off with a conversation with the godfather of house music Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers / Fingers Inc.). He’ll offer insight into his storied career in a rare audience hosted by Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Lorna Clarkson on Sydney Harbour’s newest floating venue, Seadeck.
Celebrated Venetian Gigi Masin offers an ambient start to Friday evening, uncovering the deep and emotive sounds of his cult album Talk to the Sea, followed by a set with his new collaborators Young Marco and Jonny Nash as Gaussian Curve. With the dark backdrop of Sydney Harbour National Park, looking across to the lights of the city, this will be a beautifully meditative and soaring experience.
Given its longstanding affiliation with Red Bull Music Academy events in Sydney and across the world, it seems only right that seminal hip hop label Stones Throw will celebrate its double decade of independence as part of the Weekender. Taking over Sydney’s Manning Bar for the Friday night anniversary celebrations is an all-star lineup that features Beat Junkies founder and renowned turntablist J Rocc alongside Mndsgn and Katalyst, plus a retrospective closing set from label head Peanut Butter Wolf himself.
Saturday is peppered with talks and workshops (‘Why Hardware?’, ‘How to Build your Own Custom Soundsystem’) before Sydney’s very own Flight Facilities set the mood for the evening with their huge orchestral live show in The Domain. They’ll play alongside the acclaimed 50-piece Sydney Symphony Orchestra with some very special guests. Those lucky enough to have snagged tickets will also witness András (LIVE), who will deliver his unpredictable take on house and ambient music alongside fellow Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Frank Booker, which acts as the perfect entree for a night of unadulterated techno.
1800-ANALOG reimagines Sydney’s free rave scene and takes the Sydney Weekender early into Sunday morning via a live exploration of analog techno with Dopplereffekt, Xosar, Lucy Cliché, Dan White, Phile, Kloke and Noise in my Head.
Sunday afternoon is a family affair with the Great Antipodean Reggae Soundsystem Carnival uniting the Australian states. Expect a delicious BBQ, dancehall workshops and market stalls alongside some of the country’s most prominent purveyors of sound system culture. Bouncy castles then make way for the rumble of the Earthshaker Soundsystem (Adelaide), Heartical Hi Powa with Stryka D & Macky Banton World MC, K.B.I Soundsystem (Perth) and the Inner West Reggae Disco Machine (Sydney) in an ultimate sound system clash, before the Thanks and Praise go to Gappy Ranks (LIVE).
Red Bull Music Academy is proud to bring the Weekender to a close with the Australian debut of Larry Heard, performing as Mr. Fingers after a 20-year hiatus. Having released some of house music’s most enduring tracks under a myriad of different guises over his 30-year career, the Chicago house icon hosts a once-in-a-lifetime epic closing party with a full live show at Carriageworks.
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