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Strawberry Fields: A decade of incredible musical acts

From 2009 until now, here are a pick of the top acts to take the stage at Strawberry Fields. 

An annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression, featuring both up and coming and established artists, it's no surprise Australians flock to Strawberry Fields year after year. This year marks Strawberry Fields' 10th anniversary, and considering the incredible spread of talent billed this year — including the likes of 30/70, Jaala, DJ Seinfeld and Hiatus Kaiyote — what better way to commemorate the festival's milestone birthday than by looking back over the years at the major acts who have graced the stage across the past decade. 

Astrix – 2009

In Strawberry Fields’ inaugural year, Israeli psychedelic trance DJ, Astrix, lead the lineup. Hailing from the underground scene in his home of Tel Aviv, Avi Shmailov – AKA Astrix – soon found himself performing at the likes of Burning Man, Tomorrowland and Australia’s own Strawberry Fields. After the success of his debut album Eye To Eye in 2002, the producer’s intricate soundscapes and explosive live energy earned him international recognition.

Model 500 – 2010

Detroit producer Juan Atkins, AKA Model 500, is widely credited as the originator of techno alongside fellow ‘godfathers’ of the Detroit techno scene Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Making his debut with the single ‘No UFOs’ and launching his own record label Metroplex in 1985, Model 500 released 11 albums under the moniker before shifting into a new sound under the name Infiniti. The producer headlined the second Strawberry Fields festival in 2010.

Minilogue – 2011

Scandinavian melodic techno outfit Minilogue, a duo consisting of producers Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson, headed the lineup for the third instalment of Strawberry Fields, treating Australian fans to their evocative brand of minimalist electronica. The pair parted ways in 2014 to focus on their separate musical projects, though those lucky enough to glimpse their 2011 set can savour that memory forever.

James Holden – 2012

British psychedelic techno stalwart James Holden was a welcomed feature of 2012’s Strawberry Fields lineup. After making his debut at 19 with the single ‘Horizons’ in 1999, Holden released his first album The Idiots Are Winning in 2006, though critics unanimously claimed it was well worth the wait. Holden was no stranger to the stage by the time he headlined Strawberry Fields 15 years after entering the scene, with Australian fans eager to see the renowned producer in the flesh.

Nosaj Thing – 2013

Self-releasing his debut EP Views/Octopus in 2006, American-Korean producer David Chung, AKA Nosaj Thing, was soon picked up by Alpha Pup Records through which he released his debut album Drift three years later. Since his humble beginnings, the musician has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and Chance The Rapper, producing Lamar’s 2011 album Cloud 10 and singles ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘Paranoia’ for Cudi and Chance, respectively.

Âme – 2014

German powerhouse electronic duo Âme, consisting of Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann, are perhaps one of the most prolific electronic outfits on the planet. Cutting their teeth in the genre’s heartland in Berlin, Âme soon found themselves on stages across the world thanks to their futuristic sound and desire to always go beyond the expected.

Apparat – 2015

Fellow German producer Sascha Ring, AKA Apparat, was the calling card of 2015’s Strawberry Fields lineup. Making his mark with a club-inspired brand of techno before evolving his sound into a more subdued, ambient style across nine years and six albums, Apparat’s Strawberry Field slot was highly anticipated, to say the least. Apparat’s emotive soundscapes have featured on a selection of acclaimed tv series such as Breaking Bad, Skins and Dark.

George FitzGerald – 2016

English electronic musician George FitzGerald is a staple of the international club scene, though his musical influences took an unexpected turn when he became a father – the lifestyle change proving hugely influential for his latest album All That Must Be, released earlier this year. Those who saw him at Strawberry Fields two years prior to his sonic shift, however, witnessed the stylings of a George FitzGerald who knew much more about thumping beats than he did fatherhood.

Andrew Weatherall – 2017

Last year’s Strawberry Fields lineup saw English producer Andrew Weatherall at the helm, and with 14 albums and three decades under his belt, it was a safe bet that he’d be putting on a hell of a show. The legendary DJ deviant is known for his ability to reshape tunes, having remixed the likes of Bjork, New Order, and My Bloody Valentine — the latter listed as one of “The 50 Best Remixes Ever” by NME.

Carl Craig – 2018

Celebrating its 10th instalment, this year’s Strawberry Fields is brimming with incredible acts. Leading the pack is Carl Craig, one of the most important names in the second generation of Detroit producers. Melding techno, jazz and soul to create impeccable soundscapes, the Grammy award-winning composer is lauded as a visionary for the genre. Taking the stage at a festival which has welcomed such a diverse offering of international artists over the years, Craig certainly has big shoes to fill, though there’s no doubting he has what it takes.

Strawberry Fields Festival goes down from Friday November 16 - Sunday November 18. Head to their website for the full lineup and details.