Electronic this week: Golden Plains and Pitch Music & Arts are finally here

Welcoming plenty of electronic luminaries to their grassy territories.

It’s Labour Day weekend, and that means it’s Pitch Music & Arts Festival time, one of Australia’s biggest electronic music festivals, featuring a lineup that could rival some of the most famous European festivals. This year sees internationals Sven Vath, Four Tet, Perc, Charlotte De Witte, Dr. Rubinstein, Dixon, Avalon Emerson, Ame, DJ Harvey, Daniel Avery and plenty more playing alongside locals like Toni Yotzi, Mall Grab, Banoffee and Merve. It goes down in a stunning location at the foot of the Grampians National Park this Friday March 8 to Monday March 11. Tickets are still available through the festival website. 

Also this weekend is another much-loved festival that boasts some serious talent, Golden Plains. A more musically varied weekend in comparison to Pitch, the sister festival to Meredith Music Festival always puts on a weekend that runs the gauntlet of music genres, from folk to funk, punk to post rock, pop to techno. Highlights of the electronic programming include Chicago house music pioneer Hieroglyphic Being, London disco punk DJ Harvey, Four Tet, Confidence Man, New York don Danny Krivit and Melbourne’s very own Millú & Pjenné doing the famed festival closing set as the sun rises. It goes down from Saturday March 9 to Monday March 11. 

If festivals aren’t your bag, here’s something a little different. Series six of Play On is set to commence this Friday, a series of gigs exploring the intersection of classical and electronic music, held in an underground carpark in Collingwood. The first night features violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller and her quartet, with DJ Babicka to follow. They’ll be exploring the music of American composer Steve Reich, famed for pioneering minimalist music in the ‘60s and his mind bending experiments with phasing tape loops and then phasing performance, featuring two musicians performing the same piece of music but falling in and out of sync with one another. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.