Yup – what exactly experimental sound and visual arts festival Soft Centre is doing in Sydney I’m not sure, but it’s back for its second year this September and the lineup looks pretty cool. It might even be worth a trip north for. For the first time ever the man behind quintessential UK label Planet Mum, Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq, is making his way Down Under. He’s an interesting character and seems to have an endless supply of pretty incredible unreleased music that he made in the ‘90s – in fact an EP he recorded in ‘95 just came out on Madrid’s Analogical Force label. It’s the kind of bizarro IDM that’d make Richard D James grin maniacally. Also on the lineup is local audio-visual mastermind Robin Fox, grim beatmakers Friendships, local techno madman Harold and tons more. It goes down at the Casula Powerhouse on Saturday September 22.
This Friday July 27 there’s a monster party happening at Francis28 in the city, as it’s time for Tim Sweeney’s yearly pilgrimage to Melbourne. The beloved Beats In Space NYC radio show host/DJ has had an affinity with Melbourne for as long as I can remember; Melbourne DJs are frequently heard on his show as they pass through New York (most recently Toni Yotzi) and crowds always show an appreciation when he visits here. Sweeney’s been doing the non-profit radio show for 18-years now, how wild is that? Backing up his crate-digging house and disco/boogie selections will be local legends Andee Frost, Otologic, Merve and DJ Jnett. Yowzer. Kicks off at 10pm.
If the line to Tim Sweeney is stretching around the block and you’re running out of patience, do not fear, Melbourne’s got you. Around the corner on Friday at Hugs&Kisses, 6am At The Garage are chucking a party with a few of their “favourite little devils”: Mousse, DJ Camov, Barry Sunset and Common Romance. 10pm ‘til very, very late. Also in the city, Local Knowledge Radio is taking their first dive into throwing a club night at The Sub Club. On board to kick it off with some sub-heavy booms are Butter Sessions alumni Turner Street Sound, Interstellar Fugitives, DJ Mum and Will GR + Roy Mills. Kicks off at, you guessed it, 10pm. Party on.