A selection of diverse, contemporary club acts driving the Australian dance scene forward will take to their very own stage at Electric Gardens in Centennial Park this January, as programmed by Sydney tastemakers UNDR Ctrl.
Earlier this week, Electric Gardens announced that one of the most sought-after party brands in the world, Circoloco – will premiere its very own arena of international talent, marking the first time ever that the annual Ibiza favourite has teamed up with an Australian music festival. Dubfire, Nicole Moudebar, Apollonia, Art Department, and Clive Henry are set to join the already announced megastars Fatboy Slim, Armand van Helden, Gorgon City (DJ set), and MK.
Today, comes news that an all-star mix of Southern Hemisphere artists will take to a brand-new stage at Centennial Gardens Sydney, dubbed the “Southern Sounds Arena”. The line-up has been curated by Sydney-based creative music agency UNDR Ctrl (the masterminds behind popular Sydney contemporary event series The Island LIVE, Output Festival and MixMag’s The Lab).
Each artist on the Southern Sounds arena line-up are not only known here on Australian shores for their thoughtful, pioneering club productions and robust live sets, but have played (or are about to play) a crucial part in advancing the Australian electronic music scene further afield; thanks to their overseas touring endeavours. Fresh off the back of a US/Canada tour, and a massive Australian tour, Adelaide superstar Motez takes the reigns at the Southern Sounds Arena headliner. Motez has been in high demand following the release of his lauded EP, The Vibe, last year, and his recent single The Future is already an Australian classic.
Joining him will be longtime Australian electronic front-runners The Aston Shuffle, who many will be familiar with from their many Ministry of Sound compilation features, or weekly triple j show The Friday Night Shuffle, as well as Sydney-turned-Berlin export Bella Sarris, a DJ and producer who’s a seasoned Ibiza resident for Richie Hawtin at ENTER. Sydney’s prolific producer Colour Castle is one to watch and his poolside grooves, late night tech rompers and melodic four to the floor rhythms regularly appear (and have topped) the ARIA charts.