Scene News: Red Bull Music Academy take over Sydney this weekend

This weekend the city of Sydney will play host to the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender – a four-day city takeover and festival program of live performances, public artist lectures, club nights and exhibitions.  Following previous editions in Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm and taking place across the unique boroughs and venues of Sydney, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender is an all-inclusive celebration and exploration of both the city’s rich cultural identity and contemporary music worldwide.
Each yearly Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come. Currently there are eleven fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world.

Red Bull Music Academy touches down in New South Wales, bringing 11 events and over 40 artists to Sydney for the city’s first ever Red Bull Music Academy Weekender. Expect a four day musical takeover featuring a wide range of performances, unique collaborations, premieres and in-depth seminars across the city.

Starting off the weekender will be multidisciplinary artist and prolific beatmaker Ta-ku with a screening of his directorial debut (m)edian, a unique look through the city of Sydney, followed by a lecture session with RBMA’s own Aaron Gonsher. Later on, Night Slugs boss Bok Bok, the multi-talented Kilo Kish, 2016 Academy participant Kučka and Tokyo 2014 alum Lewis Cancut, as well as Sydney’s Marcus Whale, Cliques, Low Ton and Kllo will drop their subterranean sounds and forward-leaning club jams. [pullquote]We’re set for a dazzling four day musical takeover of Sydney for the very first time.[/pullquote]

Friday kicks off with a conversation with the godfather of house music Larry Heard, offering insight into his storied career in a rare audience hosted by Academy alumna Lorna Clarkson on a floating venue at Sydney Harbour. At the same venue, celebrated Venetian Gigi Masin will be uncovering the deep and emotive sounds of his cult album Talk to the Sea, followed by a set with his new collaborators Young Marco and Jonny Nash as Gaussian Curve. At night it’s all about seminal hip-hop label Stones Throw, who will celebrate its second decade of independence with an all-star lineup that features Beat Junkies founder and renowned turntablist J-Rocc alongside Mndsgn and Katalyst, plus label head Peanut Butter Wolf himself.

Saturday is peppered with talks and workshops on hardwareand soundsystems, before Sydney’s very own Flight Facilities set the mood for the evening with their huge orchestral live show in The Domain: performing alongside the acclaimed, 50-piece Sydney Symphony Orchestra and more special guests. Support will come from Academy alum Andras, who will deliver his blend of house and ambient music live, alongside kiwi disco king Frank Booker on DJ duties. Giving credit to Sydney’s free rave scene, 1800-ANALOG will host live explorations of analog techno with mysterious electronic music unit Dopplereffekt, Berlin-based Academy alumna Xosar, and fellow RBMA grad Kloke, alongside Lucy Cliché, Dan White, Phile, and Noise in my Head.

Sunday afternoon will be a family affair with delicious BBQ, dancehall workshops and market stalls as part of the Great Antipodean Reggae Soundsystem Carnival featuring Earthshaker Soundsystem (Adelaide), Heartical Hi Powa with Stryka D & Macky Banton World MC, K.B.I Soundsystem (Perth) and the Inner West Reggae Disco Machine (Sydney) in an ultimate soundsystem clash, before the Thanks and Praise go to Gappy Ranks. Bringing the Weekender to a close will be Chicago house icon Larry Heard, performing live as Mr. Fingers and making his Australian debut after a 20-year live hiatus.

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