Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 08/03/2020
A heavy dose of jam solves most problems. Everything else is a garnish.
10) Novel presents Nina Kraviz & Aurora Halal
What: On the eve of Labour Day, Novel will host world-renowned artists Nina Kraviz and Aurora Halal for their long-overdue Melbourne club shows. Prepare yourself to be treated to a duo of world-class techno practitioners. If anyone can stake a claim for being techno’s biggest drawcard, it would be Russia’s most famous dance music export, Nina Kraviz. Her DJ sets can be a musical voyage bordering on the fantastical, they can include everything from forgotten classics to modern techno rooted in experimental layers. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see her first Australian club performance since 2013. Joining Nina Kraviz will be the shadowy and psychedelic sounds of New Yorker Aurora Halal. An Aurora Halal performance is coloured with a hazy sensuality and metallic dance floor intensity that’s at turns playful, dark, acidic, hard, euphoric and emotionally vulnerable.
Why: Pay tribute to the more humane time of the late 1800s when a maximum of eight working hours a day was considered a worker’s right.
9) Bunker & Stranger present FJAAK (Live), Objekt & SPFDJ
What: From a Spandau-Basement experiment to a now well established force in contemporary techno, the rise of FJAAK has seen the duo become an internationally renowned creative force. Gracing stages at global festivals ADE and Awakenings, alongside numerous slots at the Circoloco Ibiza, District 8, and techno institution Berghain, their dedicated fanbase comes in spades. This will be FJAAK’s Australian debut. Alongside FJAAK will be Berlin based artist Objekt. Crossing a plethora of genres within his work, Objekt fuses electro, acid, bass, dub, and experimental into his work, whilst maintaining solid foundations in techno. Finalising the lineup is SPFDJ. Hailing originally from Sweden, SPFDJ’s beginnings were in London as part of the infamous collective Universe of Tang. Occasionally working at vicious speeds, acidic techno climes are fused with kaleidoscopic sounds, making for a unique output.
Why: Proof that unique spelling does not equate to a unique personality. So instead of naming your child, say, Bryttknee, consider something more sane. Like an abortion.
8) Weyes Blood (Live)
What: Natalie Mering, known professionally as Weyes Blood, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Mering was raised in a musical family and began writing songs under the moniker Wise Blood at age 15, later changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She spent some formative years in the underground noise music scene, playing in bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac. She has gained recognition for her distinctive style of melodic, orchestral, and melancholic songwriting melded with apocalyptic themes. Mering’s voice sounds at once classic and new — her music could exist as comfortably in the ‘70s as it does in our current age of anxiety and tension, making her a unique cultural commentator on society’s current condition.
Why: Someone who called themselves ‘Wise Blood’ at age fifteen and still goes by the same moniker is considered a unique cultural commentator. And people still claim corporal punishment for children is immoral.
7) Project Pablo (Live)
What: Patrick Holland is a Canadian House and UK Garage musician based out of Montreal, Quebec. Over the years he’s released music under a variety of aliases, most notably Project Pablo & Jump Source, while also running a string of labels: ASL Singles Club, SOBO and Verdicchio Music Publishing. 2020 sees Holland release music under his name for the first time, and tour the earth as a DJ and Live Musician. Catch his unmissable live show this March!
Why: The second-most interesting ‘Project Pablo’ after the future Netflix true crime documentary and before the 2021 ‘technically we have non-white people in this’ Oscar-grab film.
6) Freya Ridings (Live)
What: UK breakout pop star Freya Ridings makes her Australian debut next March. Her latest single ‘Castles’ has cracked the Top 10 ARIA digital singles chart, with gold certification, and she’s performing intimate shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. Tipped by everyone from Taylor Swift to Florence Welch and Richard Quinn, don’t miss one of the most powerful voices of a generation live.
Why: If Taylor Swift and Florence Welch had a baby it wouldn’t be marketable for at least eight years. Which is why they’ve perfected the cloning process in Freya Ridings.
5) Kingswood (Live)
What: Alt rock band Kingswood are back, baby. Following on from the release of singles ‘Say You Remember’ and ‘You Make It So Easy’ in 2019, the Melbourne four-piece kick off 2020 with the announcement of their long awaited third studio album Juveniles and the latest single, the intoxicating ‘Bittersweet’. Along with the reveal of new music, Kingswood also unveil new 20+ Australian tour, kicking off in Victoria in March before travelling nationally through April, May and June.
Why: Say you remember. It won’t matter if you actually remember. The chorus “every night I go to bed, I think of you instead of closing my eyes and sleeping, and it’s your lips I want to taste, it’s such a shame to waste it” exists in some version in every 2010s white pop-rock band’s oeuvre.
4) Antiskeptic + For Amusement Only + Seraph’s Coal (Live)
What: No stranger to controversy, Adelaide’s Seraphs Coal was accused of “voter fraud” when their single “Hope Is Where the Heart Is” debuted at number 4 on Triple J’s Net 50, before proceeding to hold steady at #1. This was the start of a series of unfortunate events that Juice Magazine dubbed “Seraphsgate”, ultimately seeing the band blacklisted by Triple J. Years have passed and Seraphs Coal have decided its time to give back to the die hard fans that got left behind with the controversy with a tell-all documentary titled ‘Through All These Years’, release date to be announced! In the meantime, the year 2020 see’s the band coming back one last time for some special “Resurrection” shows & they’ve asked their old friends to come along for the ride. Antiskeptic first burst onto the scene 20 years ago. Formed out the back of a record store in 1999, they shot to the forefront of the early naughties’ rush of exciting Australian rock bands like Gyroscope, Kisschasy and Parkway Drive. Their impressive run saw the band release three albums, tour relentlessly and gather a hugely dedicated fanbase, becoming Triple J darlings in the process thanks to their 2002 Hottest 100 hit ‘Called’. For Amusement Only captured the hearts of all pop-punk fans in the early 2000’s. Their Single “Believe” from the “One for the Team EP” received high rotation on Triple J, rocketing into the number 1 spot on the net 50 in 2003. After a promise of an album that never came and to the dismay of their strong and ever growing fanbase, the band called it a day in 2004 and this tour will see the original line up back together for the first time since.
Why: If bands from 1999 are being ‘resurrected’, we can only imagine what satanic cocktail is keeping Elton John going.
3) Diesel (Live)
What: Known for his extraordinary versatility on the guitar and his rich, soulful voice, Australian hit machine Johnny Diesel has expanded his Sunset Suburbia Tour, adding new solo shows around the country. Having announced the release of 3 separate EP’s leading to an album Sunset Suburbia, Diesel will hit the road in 2020 to showcase new songs from the EP along with playing all his classic hits spanning a multi-platinum career.
Why: Non-geriatric Jimmy Barnes is on tour.
2) Coastal Jam
What: Enjoy sun, sips and salacious sounds surrounded by 270 degrees of panoramic ocean views, at the stunning Pier Geelong with a pop-up clothes market and live street art, featuring Motez, Torren Foot, Project Pablo and Spacey Space as headliners.
Why: Nothing but a depth-less ocean expanse, hipster clothes hawkers and EDM. Essentially hell without the interesting people.
1) Ultra Australia
What: One of the most respected brands in dance music, Ultra is a two-day two-city festival featuring lineups of the biggest DJs and producers all over the world. Combining immersive stage production and pyrotechnics with top of the line sound systems, the festival is all about getting swept up in the moment and letting go of all your inhibitions. This year’s lineup features DJ Snak, Eric Prydz, Zedd, Afro Jack, The Return of Dash Berlin, Markus Shulz, Gammer, Tigerlily, Cirez D, Luciano, Eats Everything, Deborah De Luca, Umek, Wild Fox, Parker, Dee Bee, Market Memories, The Journey, Brooke Powell, Handsdown and Leighboy.
Why: “One of the most respected brands in dance music”. It’s almost as impressive as being one of the least disintegrated organs in a fresh syphilitic corpse.