Listen Out, the latest dance music festival to emerge in Australia promises to "redefine" the typical festival experience. With a relatively small capacity and a very cool line-up of electronic music producers and DJs, they may have just the right ingredients to pull it off.
The promoters behind Listen Out previously managed Parklife and retired that festival indefinitely to launch this new event, which was probably a wise decision as the line-ups of the last few Parklifes have been closer to a Future Music Festival and Stereosonic target feel, tightening the already crowded market for dubstep and big room techno.
The new direction they're taking is towards a more boutique festival with an underground-focused line up. This is how Parklife began a little under a decade ago, so it's not unfamiliar territory for the promoters.
Headliners Disclosure, Azealia Banks and AlunaGeorge will almost certainly be super fun, but it's the few producers you may not have heard of who are the really exciting prospects.
Classixx have been around for a good 5 years now, but they've only just released their excellent debut album Hanging Gardens this year. Those 5 long years of honing their craft have really paid off, as the whole album sounds impeccable, flowing smoothly from start to finish, and dotted with well-written pop songs.
If you're a Fleetwood Mac fan, you might recognise the genius sample the title track takes from their classic track, Seven Wonders. Other highlights of the album are Nancy Whang's (of LCD Soundsystem) guest spot on All You're Waiting For, Active Child's guest spot on Long Lost, and the ambient chin-scratcher, A Fax From The Beach.
Another producer to make time for is John Talabot. His 2011 album, Fin was universally acclaimed and still sounds fresh over two years later. The Spaniard's productions typically lean towards a tropical, Balearic sound, so a set from him at dusk, just as Brisbane starts to warm up for Summer, will be special. Some brilliant tracks of his to get you in the mood include Sunshine, Destiny, and So Will Be Now.
One more act not to be missed is Miguel Campbell. One only needs to hear his all-time classic house track, Something Special, to realise why he's one of the world's most in-demand DJs. His funk-tinged brand of house is impossible not to dance to, and will surely draw a jovial and enthusiastic crowd.
The first release of tickets sold out almost instantly and it's likely the whole event will sell out soon, so make sure you jump on it ASAP.
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