h

Electronic this week: lauded producing goddess Nina Kraviz is in town while Lounge details its final party

Babylon Festival is also set to explode.

This weekend it’s time to visit hedonistic Babylon – no, not the ancient city ruins lying in modern-day Iraq – the four-day rave in the slightly more convenient location of Carapooee West, at a site amongst the gorgeous Australian wilderness about three hours north-west of Melbourne. The lineup features some big names, predominantly flying the techno and psy-trance flags for some traditional bush-doof mayhem. Highlights include Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Dax J, Earthling, Nina Kraviz, Farebi Jalebi and plenty more, spread over three stages. The fest goes down from Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 17, so pack smartly and pace yourselves.

Speaking of Nina Kraviz, the enigmatic Russian producer/DJ has been announced to headline the last Piknic Electronik Sunday rave of the season on February 24. Known as an unforgivingly idiosyncratic DJ, Kraviz sets span genres and tempos in a manner that often does away with traditional DJ narratives – in other words she plays whatever the hell she feels like, frustrating some, exciting others. She heads up an all-female lineup showcasing some of the incredible talent Melbourne’s producing at the moment: DJ Kiti b2b Chiara Kickdrum, Laura King, Sundelin, Interstellar Fugitives, Millú, Brooke Powers, Darcy Justice and Emily Roseman. Tickets on sale via the Piknic Electronic website. 

One of the longest running nights in Melbourne, Technoir, has announced the lineup for their final Lounge send-off, as part of the venue’s final 29-parties series. A resident of Lounge for 14 years, the crew behind Technoir have enlisted some legends of the game, headed up by veteran acid-king Honeysmack throwing down one of his internationally recognised and completely unrelenting live sets. On selection duties will be Chiara Kickdrum, PWD, Simon Slieker, Dee Dee and head honcho Ranjit Nijjer. It goes down on Friday March 15 from 10pm. You probably want to get down early for this one, no doubt techno fans spanning generations will be coming down for one last go of it.