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Electronic: Pitch Music & Arts, Harvey Sutherland and Resident Advisor

Arguably the biggest house, techno and everything-in-between festival on the Australian calendar, Pitch Festival, released the lineup for their 2019 instalment last week and it’s a doozy. 

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Highlights include German techno pioneer Sven Väth, affectionately known as Papa Sven or the Grandaddy of techno. The 54-year old party monster has a reputation for creating some of the loosest dance floors of all time over his 35-year career. Also on the bill is Glasgow duo Optimo, the enigmatic Four Tet, Ross From Friends, DJ Harvey, Dr Rubinstein, Mall Grab, Avalon Emerson and a six hour back to back set from the incredibly popular Dixon and Ame. It goes down from Friday March 8 to Monday March 11, 2019, in Mafeking, Victoria. Tickets go on sale today.

Local synth-funk producer Harvey Sutherland is back with gorgeous new single ‘Amethyst’, recorded with a new band featuring London jazz connoisseurs saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Kahlil Memphis. Part acidjazz, part funk, part disco, it’s a euphoric celebration of clever musicianship and I am here for it. He’ll be bringing it to the stage for the first time at the newly renovated Geddes Ballroom off King Street in the CBD on Friday November 30 with an all new band. The full Amethyst EP will be on the airwaves on Wednesday November 7.

Back in April, the Melbourne-born, London-based global music-media institution that is Resident Advisor announced Melbourne would be part of their 24/7 series of events on Friday November 23, consisting of 24-hour parties also in New York, Milan, Tbilisi, London, Bogota and Berlin. The lineup has surfaced now and they certainly haven’t held back. The American-born, Japan-based DJ Sprinkles (AKA Terre Thaemlitz, AKA K-She) will be the guest of honour, as well as internationals D.Tiffany, Willow and Red Light Radio cofounder Orpheu The Wizard. Local guests are Sleep D throwing down a live-set with label mates Mosam Howieson and Norachi plus Claire Morgan, Wax’o Paradiso, Jennifer Loveless, Anuraag, Emily Roseman, Mike Callander, DJ Jnett, Rambl, Interstellar Fugitives and Toni Yotzi. Bloody massive. Kicks off at 10pm and powers through ‘til 10pm the next day.