Words by Harrison Kefford / Image via Piknic Électronik
Melbourne – just before Christmas we told you to keep your Sunday sesh open for the first few months of the year and we weren’t lying. The prestigious Piknic Électronik last weekend kicked off its massive season four lineup and by all reports things were heaving with Detroit tech don Luke Hess setting the tone. If you need a refresher on just what this event is all about, from February to April, Piknic will host nine daytime dance events at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with over 18 international acts and a slew of fantastic locals such as DJ Seinfeld, Agents Of Time, Tiga, George FitzGerald, Ben Cromack, Yotto, Human Movement, Willaris K, Andy Garvey, Luen Jacobs, and many more.
If your someone that loves a big one come Saturday and need those extra few hours shut in the morning, then are looking for somewhere to drag your mates along too come Sunday arvo, then Piknic Électronik was designed for you. As we said before, Piknic Électronik runs from February to April and although we highly suggest you attend the event every Sunday, we also know that you’re people and every now again your body needs some R&R. Therefore, we’ve done the homework and put together a little rundown on five names we strongly suggest you muster up your mates for come these final weeks of the Australian summer.
Agents Of Time
If your thirsting for an immaculate live show, then look no further than Agents Of Time. Hailing from Italy, I’m sure if you asked anyone with a subtle love for live tech who they would love to watch on a Sunday afternoon whilst basking in the sunshine, I’m sure the name Agents Of Time would slip out. Creatively pushing all things house and tech house to new ground, the Italian trio are nothing short of being pioneers. Don’t miss this! Find more information on the February 25th lineup here.
We’re tipping huge things for these two this year and by all reports they absolutely nailed their rather early set at Sugar Mountain last month provided many reasons why. Fusing house and disco, the Australian duo will no doubt set quite the tone as the share duties alongside DJ Seinfeld, Marcus Marr and two homegrown favourites of ours Andy Garvey and Luen Jacobs come March 4. Find more information on the March 4th lineup here.
Arguably one of the most influential figures of the Detroit tech scene, Derrick May is a living legend. One of three members responsible for helping to establish the techno scene in Detroit in the early ‘60s, May knows a thing or two about all things tech and come April 1st the city of Melbourne / the crowd at Piknic Électronik is truly in for something special. It’s not very often you get the chance to catch an icon of the underground music scene, so this is definite do not miss. Find more information on the April 1st lineup here.
If you and your mates attend one of Piknic Électronik’s Sunday session this season it’s one. April 9 commences Piknic Électronik season four and wow have they managed to put together an incredible lineup. Everyone from U.K’s George Fitzgerald to natives Willaris. K and Human Movement (plus a stack more) have been tapped to send the 2018 season off. Picking a favourite and one we highly suggest you don’t miss, Finland’s, Yotto, is one that has done a ton right as of late. Armed with a staple of deep house hits and signed to one of the most respected labels in the biz in Anjunadeep, you best grab a beverage or two because you’re in for a real treat. Find more information on the April 9 lineup here.
Whether you’re a fan of his older work or his newer material, one things a genuine guarantee whenever Marcus Marr is curating the sound and that is you best be ready to groove. We briefly touched on the March 4 installment of Piknic Électronik above, where Ara Koufax will also be joining Marr on the day, but this another Sunday we really really suggest you get down too. Accompany the knowledge that Marr has a catalog of bonafide hits (remember that banger with Nick Murphy f.k.a Chet Faker!) with a few sneaky beverages and March 4 has pretty much sold itself. Find more information on the March 4 lineup here.
For more information on tickets, the lineup and much more about season four of Piknic Électronik, head on over here.