With Michael Cusack

Festival season is finally here and first up is Paradise Music Festival. Paradise has steadily been gaining momentum since its inception in 2013, growing in lineup and popularity every year. And why the hell wouldn’t it? With a focus on emerging Australian acts, decent ticket price, BYO booze and the gorgeous surrounds of the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Standouts on the lineup include LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda (who just won Best Electronic Act at The Age Music Victoria awards last week), friendships, SHOUSE, Planete, Post Percy and Kangaroo Skull. It goes down this Friday November 25 to Sunday November 27.
After a couple of months break, Cool Room is back this Friday November 25 at Platform One. Promoting an all-inclusive vibe and fairly varied lineups of local and international talent, it’s definitely one of my favourite Melbourne club nights. The first installment features the cinematic dystopian techno and acid-ish house of New York producer LA-4A. His album Phonautograph is definitely worth a listen, preferably with a strobe light handy. In contrast they’ve also got Rudolf C doing a live set of ‘blissed out backyard house,’ which also beautifully sums up his EP Synaesthesia on London label X-Kalay. Backing them up is local legend Chiara Kickdrum and Perno Inferno.  
Saturday November 26 sees none other than Tornado Wallace back on home turf, hitting Boney for their weekly Lost Weekend party. If you’re anything like me you’re still buzzing from his set at the final C-Grade party back in February 2015 (times flies hey) so I imagine you might have to get down early to this one. Tornado’s debut album Lonely Planet comes out this Friday too, featuring collaborations with NO ZU and Sui Zhen among others, I’m absolutely frothing to hear it. It’s coming out through German label Running Back who in recent times have put out releases from KiNK, Tensnake, Leon Vynehall, Todd Terje and Theo Parrish. So he’s in bloody good company. The first taste of the album is online now, titled Trance Encounters, go have a sus on YouTube.