PICNIC 8TH BIRTHDAY WITH SOICHI TERADA
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WE’RE TURNING EIGHT! Bloody hell. It’s been a pretty epic ride, partying with dozens of the world’s best DJs in all of Sydney’s top dancing spots. Looking back, the list of acts is just insane: Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, KiNK, Derrick May, Moodymann, Maurice Fulton, Pantha Du Prince, Gerd Janson, Ivan Smagghe, DJ Sprinkles, Moritz Von Oswald… We could go on and on, but for right now let’s look at what’s on the horizon for birthday celebrations.
For this one we’ve teed up an extremely special guest for his first Australian appearance. A masterful veteran from Japan whose beautiful house productions were given a fresh platform last year thanks to Hunee:
The man behind Far East Recording has churned out a massive discography of distinctive, uplifting house since the early ‘90s, although it was 2015’s “Sounds From The Far East” compilation, curated by Hunee and released on Rush Hour, which flung Terada back into the western club music spotlight. A collection so glorious that it ranked as RA's #1 comp for last year, thanks partly to huge tunes like "Do It Again" and "Sun Shower". He’s a dude who oozes positivity, both through his music and that wonderful beaming face that adorns the album’s cover, and it’s easy to see why he’s been so enthusiastically embraced by the world’s dance community.
And now he’s coming to headline our birthday party!! Straight after his debut US tour in February, Soichi Terada will bring his celebrated live show to Picnic for our 8th anniversary shindig. We’ll be throwing down at the primo Jam Gallery with one of Sydney’s tightest systems.
It may have been a bumpy couple of years for dancing in our city, but we’re still going strong and are committed to delivering the best music in the world to the best people in the world - you!
Of course we've also pulled together some very great friends of Picnic to get things going on the night. It'll be a beaut b2b affair with your fave local selectors: Adi Toohey, Andy Webb, Ben Fester, Hubert Clarke Jr, Jon Watts and Kali.
Swing by from 9pm and let's party :)
THIS SUNDAY'S PICNIC SOCIAL AT HARPOON HARRY
This week we welcome back the HEAVENLY boys: Ben Fester, Adrian E and T. Mingus! With us since the beginning they bring it straight from upstairs and keep it there!
Joining them is the dearest of dears JON WATTS!
And of course, weekly residents VALERIE YUM and KALI getting things toasty in support.
Bring your biggest smiles and we'll see you on the carpet! As always, free from 4pm upstairs at Harpoon Harry.
CANCELLED: PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH TORNADO WALLACE
Unfortunately we've had to cancel this party with the one and only Tornado Wallace!
It's not been an easy decision, but ultimately this feels like the right one.
We had the perfect venue and now we don't - at this late stage it feels counter to all the hard work we've put into buidling One Night Stand to put it somewhere else last minute.
The last half of 2015 was six months of tail chasing and always being behind the eight ball. Although we had some mind blowing days and nights it's really important to get back in control of Picnic in a city where we seem to have everything dictated to us - and ultimately to be delivering this best possible party in the best possible venue at every chance.
With the support of Tornado Wallace and his management we're able to put this into place at the first hurdle for the New Year. Something that is rare and very appreciated.
This is the first and hopefully the last time cancelling an event. We're not going anywhere and we'll have plenty more dance dates this year and beyond.
All tickets have already been refunded.
Oh and please put March 19th aside for our 8TH BIRTHDAY. We are doing something mindblowingly special and are very excited to announce over the coming weeks.
Thank you for the ongoing support, and sorry to those that will be dissappointed by this.
THIS SUNDAY AT PICNIC SOCIAL
This week we welcome some beloved faves down to the music players...
If you’re not aware of the supremo DJ greatness that is Alex Dimitriades, you’ve been missing out on some seriously good times. We assume he’s still buzzing after a spectacular warm up for Gilles Peterson last week, and he’ll be back on home soil this Sunday to deliver the goods once more.
Our favourite Frenchman packs an enviable bag of gorgeous records from all over the globe, taking us on a journey around Europe and beyond with jams we wish we had. Always a pleasure to have Paul Jextra in the Social seat!
BENJI & STATZ
These boys do great things for Sydney and we love ‘em dearly. From earlier days of running We’rehaus and Subass Soundscapes to the current gloriousness of Chipped at The Chippendale Hotel, they always do things right: 100% quality, 100% vibe.
VALERIE YUM + VIBE POSITIVE
You couldn’t find two more smiley legends on the scene than this pair. An explosion of slick house and disco awaits when the Yum Vibes train pulls into the Sunday station :) :) :) :)
Picnic’s sister from another mister, the delightful Leisure Lay hovers around town spinning the sweet grooves you want to hear. Whether it’s with Val as Chic Bones, or running Date Night at Freda’s, or just doing her own solo thing, she does it right!
And it’s FREE! From 4pm until the end. Saluté!
ASTRAL PEOPLE & PICNIC PRESENT PALMS TRAX - ALL NIGHT LONG
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Astral People & Picnic Present
PALMS TRAX - ALL NIGHT LONG
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
This Friday night, Palms Trax joins us for an ALL NIGHT LONG encore performance at Civic Underground.
After blowing the roof off Jam Gallery on the weekend, we thought it was only fair to invite Palms Trax to take control of the Civic Underground system for an All Night Long affair, from start to finish.
If you missed him on the weekend, here's your second chance. If you caught him on the weekend, you'll know what you're in for.
10 PM until close, gonna be amazing!
PICNIC PRESENTS COBBLESTONE JAZZ, MATHEW JONSON & PALMS TRAX
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*** VENUE CHANGE ***
Regrettably, due to council issues with the Marrickville Bowling Club, all upcoming events at the venue—including ours—have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, this was completely outside our control.
We've managed to secure an alternative space, the excellent JAM Gallery in Bondi Junction, to host these three spectacular artists. Tickets have been reduced to $40 and all previous ticketholders will be refunded the difference.
The show must, and will, go on! Get down for what promises to be an extraordinary night of music and dancing.
*** VENUE CHANGE ***
We’ve assembled a lineup of serious quality: we’re lucky enough to be showcasing a double dose of the musical brilliance that is Mathew Jonson, both in solo mode and with bandmates Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula as legendary trio Cobblestone Jazz. Add in one of our more recent loves Palms Trax making his Australian debut and we’ve got quite a party on our hands!
As a solo artist, Jonson has developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music: when you hear one of his tracks, you immediately know it's his. His classical and jazz background have translated into a sophisticated and nuanced style of club music that’s as beautiful as it is gripping on the floor. A Mathew Jonson live set is truly something to behold, an epically engaging and immersive experience from a master of his craft.
Multiply that talent by three and you get Cobblestone Jazz. Straight up one of the most glorious electronic ensembles on earth, Jonson, Tate and Dhula have been releasing and performing their unique brand of improvised dance music for nearly 15 years, resulting in two timeless albums albums on !K7 (23 Seconds and The Modern Deep Left Quartet, the second in collaboration with The Mole) and a zillion happy dancing customers who’ve copped their magical live show.
Blazing Berlin-via-UK youngster Palms Trax has been smashing it since his first release on Lobster Theremin only two years ago, crafting a modern twist on classic house that’s distinctly his own. 2015 has been a massive one, highlighted by his signing to Amsterdam dance behemoth Dekmantel plus sets at Found Festival in London, Sonar in Barcelona, Glastonbury and a handful of gigs in the legendary Panorama Bar. It’ll be his debut trip to Aus and we can’t wait to see this house star on the rise show us his goodies!
The hugeness is real. Tix on sale now over at RA.
PICNIC PRESENTS FUN WITH ERIC DUNCAN
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Here’s a cheeky surprise for ya: we’ll be throwing down on Friday, November 6th with an all-time Picnic favourite, back for his first Sydney gig since one fateful NYE nearly 5 years ago. It’s New York’s disco edit king Eric Duncan AKA Dr. Dunks!
He’s a man of many monikers and masks who’s been peddling the finest house and disco grooves for the best part of 20 years. His seminal work with Thomas Bullock as Rub-N-Tug, his wonderfully collectable C.O.M.B.i. edit series, his dazzling house anthems as half of Still Going, and of course his output as Eric “Dr. Dunks” Duncan take up a massive section of our record collections, one which continues to be added to on a regular basis. As a DJ he’s an absolute weapon: the night he rung in 2011 with us was an unforgettable gig, and we’re hoping to recreate some of that magic in a similar space on Friday.
We’ll be throwing down at another ace BYO location which will be revealed to ticketholders on the day.
Maximus Nice Guy
Big Fun at 10pm, incredibly limited tix available through Resident Advisor.
PICNIC PRESENTS PICNIC SOCIAL WITH PUBLIC POSSESSION
Exciting news friends! We’re linking arms with our mates at V Movement to host an extra extra special Picnic Social at our favourite Surry Hills hangout, Harpoon Harry on Sunday October 25th!
We’ll be dancing with Munich’s Public Possession: A label, record store, design studio, catering company, party brand and all-around-good-times factory. Marvin and Valentino, the two dudes behind the empire, are also 2/3 of magnificent studio trio Tambien and a bloody rad DJ duo. With releases from Bell Towers, Anton Klint, Samo DJ and loads more legends, Public Possession is a name synonymous with pushing the boundaries of off-kilter dance music. Utterly perfect for a Picnic Sunday session!
This will be the first of many ultra-epic Picnic Socials - parties so epic we'll be hijacking both floors of Harpoon Harry - and (as always!) we’ve got a fierce local lineup to boot.
Noise In My Head / Heavenly / Tamas Jones / Kali
Andy Webb / Hubert Clarke Jr. (Live) / Adi Toohey / Lady Shave
FBi’s Spin The Bottle (Andy Garvey + Johnny Lieu) / Chic Bones
ALL bringing the heat from 3pm until you're done! Early birds only $10 from Resident Advisor.
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH KALI
$15 EARLY BIRDS AVAIlABLE NOW FROM RESIDENT ADVISOR!
Over the course of four years, One Night Stand has become one of Picnic’s proudest offerings and one of Sydney’s very best parties. Simon Caldwell, Tornado Wallace, Canyons, Late Nite Tuff Guy and international guest Andrew Weatherall are among those who’ve stepped up to the ONS plate to deliver an all-night set, showing off their true talent in the purest form of club DJing.
Well, it’s been a looong time coming, but finally the stars have aligned and it’ll be the creator herself - the one and only KALI - getting behind the decks to concoct some all-night musical magic at her DEBUT ONE NIGHT STAND!
You know all the great things she’s done through Picnic over its seven year lifespan. The first Australian tour of DJ Harvey. Legendary shows with DJ Sprinkles, KiNK, Derrick May, Moritz Von Oswald and Pachanga Boys/Ivan Smagghe. Regular vibefests on The Island, at Bondi Icebergs, in clubs and warehouses, with Sydney Festival and now of course upstairs at Harpoon Harry every Sunday.
But you should also know that Kali is one of Sydney’s (and Australia’s) most brilliant DJs in her own right. From rapturous disco to richly grooving house to deep entrancing techno and way, way beyond, her selections are always exquisite and speak of her years of impassioned experience as a collector, tastemaker, promoter, performer, listener, dancer and all-around music lover. It’s going to be an extremely special experience to hear the heart and soul of Picnic being poured out through the speakers over a full eight hours!
We'll be going back to our ONS roots and partying at a killer BYO location for this one. Come down and show some love for someone who’s made our city a better place to dance - it’s KALI playing an ALL NIGHT SET for her ONE NIGHT STAND DEBUT!
PICNIC PRESENTS MAURICE FULTON AT THE CHIPPENDALE HOTEL
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It’s finally Spring and the sunny times are coming! We’ve decided to celebrate this wonderful in-between season by dipping one foot into the outdoors while sticking the other one into a dark and dancey basement - and what better place than The Chippendale Hotel! Picnic is gonna be bringing you the vibes across both levels of this beaut of a venue, and we’ve lined up an act who bridges these two vibes absolutely perfectly. It’s the untouchable MAURICE FULTON playing an extended, minimum THREE HOUR SET!
His last set for Picnic, back in 2010 at Gilligan’s, will always go down as one of the all time greatest Sydney parties. We still talk about it on the reg and we’ve been desperate for the sequel ever since. From explosive disco to entrancing house and techno, Fulton draws you unbelievably deep into his musical moment. The vast range of styles he’s created in the studio should give you an idea of the epic breadth of his sound: from the twisted nu-jazz jams of Syclops to the dusty weirdness of Stress to the all-encompassing eclectic brilliance of BOOF, his many names and projects all share an undefinable common thread that’s distinctly Maurice. He’s a straight up genius, both as a producer and a DJ, and he’s COMING BACK TO PICNIC! YES.
Not only do we have Mr. Fulton, but we’ll also be rounding up a whole bunch of local heroes to play across the Chippo’s two floors:
Magda Bytnerowicz / Boogie Monster / Heavenly / Andy Webb / Hubert Clarke Jr
Maurice Fulton / Kali / R.A.F
See you on the floor from 3pm!
SPRING AT DA ORAZIO w/ PICNIC
After heating up our ridiculous winter we're excited to announce our very delicious Late Night Pizza + Disco combo is here to stay! This week we have two roommates whose house must be so full of records we wonder if there's any room left to live.
Food, Sex, Music. These are Karim’s chief loves in life, and Da Orazio is a lucky combination of two out of three elements. This dapper gent holds the corporate key to our hearts.
Daniel is a rare combination of humility and impeccable taste. He is able to play a broad spectrum of 4/4 music from Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afro to Disco, House, Techno and all things quirky and deep.
DJs from 7.30pm + bookings available from 5pm - 7.30pm or after 9.30pm ~ 8090 6969
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH DREEMS
$15 EARLY BIRDS AVAILABLE NOW THRU RESIDENT ADVISOR
Let’s pick things up where we last left off. It was about 16 months ago that we hosted a very special One Night Stand complete with ferns, fruit platters, a fish tank and musical fantasies fulfilled courtesy of Sydney’s own free-spirited dance-man Dreems on the eve of his departure for the ice fields of Montreal.
Scene legend Angus Gruzman aka Gus Da Hoodrat aka Angelo Cruzman needs no introduction to those who have met him, seen him DJ, or even glanced at his profile pictures. It’s hard to forget his days in the devastatingly nuts and immensely influential Bang Gang crew, operating behind the veil of Modular at the heart of every party worth talking about in our fair city and the vast reaches of beyond. The crew, consisting of the charismatic Ajax (RIP), Dangerous Dan, Nolan Nolan, Beni, Jaime Doom and Gus himself, journeyed into unchartered musical waters. Although the mash-up style of those years is now maligned, it demonstrated a breadth of musical knowledge, and possessed a sense of drama and range that is all too often absent with DJs.
Flash forward a decade, after years of running Bang Gang, an utterly awesome amount of hours spent DJing, through the disbanding of the crew, the formation of Motorik, now Sydney's leading underground techno label and party, touring with Jagwar Ma, forming one half of Turbo-championed The Finger Prince, the creation of the Multi Culti imprint he runs with Canadian marionette master Von Party and through endless journeying Gus has spent the better part of the last couple of years translating his vast knowledge, psychedelic experience and DJ sensibilities into a magical new alter ego...one making so much impact his live show debuted this year under the sails of the Opera House at Vivid!
Dreems is going to be stepping up to the ONS plate to serve up another brain-ballooning journey through an alternate sonic universe that nobody else could construct. Along with him he will bring parts of his huge, all-encompassing, utterly unique record collection which he can weave together in ways that surpass the limits of human creativity, resulting in something that’s 800% musical education, 1200% dance inducing and 19500% AMAZING FUN.
So. It's DREEMS spinning an ALL NIGHT SET for his SECOND ONE NIGHT STAND at the SPICE CELLAR ERSKNVL.
NEW DA ORAZIO MIXES INCOMING AS KALI SPINS THIS FRIDAY!
If you’ve sat down and enjoyed a spectacular pizza or some epic porchetta at Da Orazio some time over the past year, you’ve also been treated to the brilliant music of Kali. She’s soundtracked the venue pretty much since day uno - with a tonne of her own mixes (literally) and some carefully curated mixes from the www and her Picnic crew. They seems to have gone down a treat!
A few of her exclusive mixes for the restaurant have been available to stream on the Picnic SoundCloud - much to the delight of the listening public. (Hahah! Thanks Andy!)
To celebrate Kali’s first in-the-flesh set at Da Orazio this Friday night (July 10th, along with Sammy Nethery) all five uploaded mixes will be made available for download! They’ll be replaced with some fresh sets over the next couple of weeks, so it’s your opportunity to get your hands on these beauts - for some takeaway/at home listening!
Head to the Picnic SC to get downloading and head to Da Orazio this Friday night to eat, drink and hear the best!
PICNIC SOCIAL WITH LOADS OF PALS IN JULY
Gigantic thanks to all that came and helped us launch our new weekly Sunday hang - Picnic Social at Harpoon Harry!
The food, booze and tunes were all amazing, it's made us super excited to look ahead to the next four weeks of good times at our new favourite haunt. We hope you'll continue to join us for our patented Picnic dieting system: eat a load of incredible food, then you can dance it off immediately!
See you this Sunday 5th July for
HEAVENLY, ANDY WEBB and HUBERT CLARKE JR!
Scope the flyer above for the full July lineup and keep an eye on the ever-evolving Facebook event for more food and booze specials and some tasty music from all our guests!
PICNIC TAKEOVER - JUL 2, TAXX THURSDAYS @ THE PASSAGE
Happy new year everybody! It's the start of a new calendar for the dollar and what better way to celebrate than swinging by The Passage for some choice tunes and cheap espresso tinis.
From 8pm tonight, July 2nd, we'll be doing a Picnic takeover at TAXX, the venue's new Thursday night, hosted by the wonderful Luen. Come early and stay late to catch the whole Picnic family:
HUBERT CLARKE JR
& LEISURE LAY
Free entry, free happiness. Click through to the Facebook event for more info.
PICNIC SOCIAL LAUNCH @ HARPOON HARRY WITH RAY MANG
“What the effing heck am I gonna do this Sunday eve?” It’s the question that’s plagued mankind since the dawn of civilisation. Watch 60 Minutes? Wash the cat? Reappraise the stamp collection? Sure, they’re all ok options, but why settle for a 6 out of 10?
Well fret no longer folks—we're teeing up a perfect ten each and every week with Picnic Social on Sundays at Harpoon Harry! From 4pm we’ll be bringing the week-end vibes to the awesome Surry Hills joint courtesy of the finest DJs we know in Sydney and beyond. Drinks a-flowin’, food a-cookin’ (suckling pig served in picnic baskets for one or hampers to share, click thru to see), tunes a-tunin’ and the best pals in town all getting together to enjoy the whole lot. Yay!
We’re going XXL for our launch weekend, June 28th (this Sunday!), with the Aussie debut of UK disco master RAY MANG! One of the original disco edit trailblazers in the ‘90s, as well as a producer of loads of gorgeous Balearic flavoured house, his releases on labels like Eskimo, Noid, R&S, DFA and his own Mangled imprint proudly take up big chunks of our record collections and have been a big influence on Picnic since day one. What a treat to finally have him in the country and playing at the launch of our party!
Joining him on deck(s) will be a bunch of our loveliest family members doing it b2b style. Valerie Yum will be kicking off with Leisure Lay, Hubert Clarke Jr. is linking up with Adi Toohey, Steele Bonus is going head to head with Noise In My Head, and Kali will be vibing it with the Boogie Monster. Bloody brilliant!
4 PM until late, upstairs at Harpoon Harry - 40/44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. Free entry, amazing food/booze/tunes.
PICNIC SOUNDTRACKS DINNER @ DA ORAZIO
For the foreseeable future you'll be able to catch a whole bunch of our pals spinning at DA ORAZIO every Friday night while you chow down on some of Sydney's finest pizza and porchetta. Picking up where Angelo and Alex left off last week, this Fri June 12th we have Marcus King and Picnic head honcho Kali manning the decks from 8 PM until midnight, then over the next couple of months we'll feature peeps like Valerie Yum, Mulholland Drive, Marc Jarvin, Dusty Fingers, Sam Francisco, Steele Bonus and loads more.
PICNIC PRESENTS CUT COPY DJ'S, SLEEP D, JUNO MARS & BABICKA
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We bet we know what you're thinking!?
Yes? We know, because we feel the same!
It's no lie when we say these line ups blow our own minds! This one especially! We're absolutely stoked to pull together some of our favourite homegrown legends and head straight back into the belly of the beast for yet another epic dance!
CUT COPY DJs
These guys need little introduction at home or abroad - Cut Copy DJs, Dan Whitford and Tim Hoey - are really committed to delivering positive party vibes with no compromise and they do it tastefully, seamlessly capturing the spirit of Cut Copy as a band. Their mixes are broad tapestries, representative of their taste in everything from underground club excursions to pieces of pop persuasion. Last years ‘Oceans Apart’ was a showcase mix of modern Australian dance music and is essential listening! If you haven’t heard it - you MUST! For more classic mixes from Dan and Tim checkout their Boiler room set from 2013, pure party bliss and of course their excellent contribution to the Fabric live series, Fabric.29 (traversing out of a DFA remix into a Severed Heads classic, get the f*** out of here guys).
If these aren’t evidence enough to show that these guys are just going to absolutely slay it at this party then all hope is lost, these guys are royalty!
'Oceans Apart' documentary
SLEEP D (BUTTER SESSIONS)
These guys are the creme fraiche of the ever growing underground dance culture in this country. Tirelessly nurturing the scene in their local city of Melbourne, through their label Butter Sessions. Their Butter Sessions mixes, have seen contributions from a veritable who’s who of the Australian Dance scene, these guys know exactly what they’re doing and they do it well. Their own mix for Butter Sessions (Butter Sessions 2) is killer - heavy grooves and tasteful blends, killer stuff! Oh, did we mention their latest release features DJ Fett Burger, what?!?!
Butter Mixes 002, a favourite of ours here at Picnic
One half of local Sydney up and comers (yeah, right!), Jagwar Ma. Jono Ma is Australia’s inimitable guru of electronic production. His live production sets are encapsulating and energised. Jono’s unique brand of hypnotic funk pulls you in, holds you tight and rattles your bones till your woes are dirt on the soles of yesterday’s dance shoes. Just ask anyone that was at Picnic’s & Multi Culti's Dreems album launch last December - Jono gave the entire room one big, cosy, musical hug!
A page from Jono's diary
BABICKA (UNTZZ TWELVE INCHES)
Bradley Shawyer aka Babicka, is on the come up…fast! A founder of Adelaide’s incredible, Untzz Twelve Inch label and host to a slew of now infamous parties at Adelaide’s Sugar nightclub. Brad is an incredibly talented selector, as made evident by his recent contribution to Melbourne’s Deepcast, a deep and soulful excursion in dancefloor focused house and techno reminiscent of his own incredible productions (his debut 12” for Untzz, Black Dog EP is outstanding). Babs will deliver, no doubt!
One of the best deepcasts we've heard, THANKS BABS
KALI WILL PLAY EITHER EARLY OR LATE BECAUSE WE CAN'T AFFORD ANYONE ELSE!
PICNIC SOUNDTRACKS BELLE'S HOT CHICKEN @ HARPOON HARRY
WHAT: Belle's Hot Chicken + Natural Wines take-over at Harpoon Harry
WHEN: Sat 6th + Sun 7th June. 5-10pm (June Long Weekend)
WHERE: 40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Get set to form an orderly queue this June Long Weekend as Melbourne institution Belle's Hot Chicken returns to Sydney for another hugely anticipated pop-up, serving up those celebrated, Nashville-style, cayenne-crusted wings.
Chef Morgan McGlone and his team return to Sydney for another hugely anticipated pop-up, this time taking control of Harpoon Harry’s level 1 Diner, Lounge and Outdoor Terrace. Expect a hotness range of "Southern" (deep fried in a mixture of whisked cottonseed oil, butter, cayenne pepper and paprika) to chilli-coated "Hot” accompanied by Belle’s specialty sauces and the best natural wines.
PICNIC has been chosen to curate the music and we've asked some of our friends to come down and soundtrack the day! A crew of some of Sydney's best DJs spinning everything from funk, soul, RnB and disco through to the grooviest of grooves, as far as we're all concerned perfect music to eat to - so perfect you might even feel like a little dance later!
Featuring in this years Financial Review’s prestigious list of Top 100 Australian Restaurants, Belle’s Hot Chicken is an absolute hospitality staple in Melbourne and quoted by many as "hands down, Australia’s best fried chicken”.
We can’t wait to welcome the famous southerners to Harpoon Harry! x
++ Friendly Warning: when Belle’s Chicken did a similar take-over at Icebergs in January, they sold out of everything within an hour! ++
PICNIC PRESENTS FUN WITH TIN MAN LIVE
SUNDAY 7 JUNE
$25 FIRST RELEASE TIX ON SALE NOW FROM RESIDENT ADVISOR
Winter is creeping back again, which means it’s time to revive our beloved series – FUN! Last year’s FUN parties held a whole lot of locals and lasers, as well as a live set from Comeme's Philipp Gorbachev. This time around, neo acid hero TIN MAN will be taking us on a trip through his private worlds of ambient, house and techno.
Johannes Auvinen is an artist in the truest sense of the word. The Californian-born producer is responsible for breathing new life into the acid scene over the past decade with breathtaking albums on Acid Test like Neo Neo Acid and last year’s Ode. His tracks are laced with slow and subtly shifting patterns that are infused with a very real machine soul and exude captivating warmth.
In his live sets, Tin Man displays a rare mastery of the Roland TB-303, 707 and other machines, drawing out deep and amorphous sounds occasionally combined with his own eerie vocals.
Joining him on the bill is local duo PHILE, with an impressive array of live hardware. Gareth Psaltis and Hannah Lockwood’s experimentation in techno is a reflection of their intimate understanding of sound design and audio engineering.
Prepare for an immersive experience in an intimate BYO location!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH LATE NITE TUFF GUY aka DJ HMC
SATURDAY 16 MAY
SPICE CELLAR ERSKNVL
$15 EARLY BIRD TIX ON SALE NOW FROM RESIDENT ADVISOR
As Picnic’s beloved One Night Stand approaches its 4th anniversary in May, it’s time to invite back a true master of the all-night set format: two time ONS guest and all-around super-legend LATE NITE TUFF GUY / DJ HMC! We’ll be bringing our Adelaide hero down into The Spice Cellar ERSKNVL aka The Imperial Hotel, where we’ve witnessed many an epic 8-hour DJ session, to hear him tear the place apart with the thumping disco, house and techno jams!
For those that need a refresher course in Carmelo Bianchetti, he’s absolute Australian dance royalty, leading a monumental techno and house movement as DJ HMC since the start of the ‘90s which led to his native Adelaide to be dubbed ‘Australia’s Detroit’. The influence of House Master Cam’s productions and extended DJ sets throughout that period is pretty hard to overstate. Fast forward to the early 2010s and Mr. Bianchetti’s domination has taken on a new flavour: his devastatingly funky disco edits he’s been pumping out like crazy as Late Nite Tuff Guy. Seemingly riding an endless wave of inspiration, he’s had more than a dozen of his own 12-inch releases with a bunch more tracks scattered across various labels and over 100 edits uploaded onto his overflowing SoundCloud - and it’s ALL KILLER! With seemingly millions more reworks in his personal collection, Cam brings this endless pool of heat to the club where you can hear him stitching together the most epic exclusive grooves in a way that only someone with his amount of experience and talent can.
Anyone who’s attended one of the last two LNTG One Night Stands knows how special a party can be when Cam’s in command. So it’s with great pleasure that we invite him back for round three, before he jets off for another extended overseas tour!
All the usual business: Late Nite Tuff Guy starts when doors open at 10pm and finishes at dawn, presales from Resident Advisor, good times forever.
PICNIC PRESENTS YOUNG MARCO, DJ SOTOFETT & DJ FETT BURGER
SATURDAY APRIL 18
OXFORD ART FACTORY
TIX AVAILABLE NOW THRU MOSHTIX
Time to pour ten bucketloads of party into one evening of total next-levelness! We’re rounding up three of the most unique, outlandish, exceptional dudes in the underground scene for another massive show at one of our favourite haunts, the Oxford Art Factory:
YOUNG MARCO (RUSH HOUR/ESP INSTITUTE)
Dutch chiller Marco Sterk has been cruising his way through the 2010s with his distinctive brand of off-kilter, light-footed house, making some of the coolest records we’ve heard in recent years. His 2014 debut LP Biology on ESP Institute is a perfect illustration of how he manages to throw flavours of disco, new age, house, Italo and exotic rhythms into one big bowl, swish it around and come out the other side with a scrumptious Balearic dance sandwich, one that we can’t wait to take a big groovy bite out of. Marco’s also a digger extraordinaire and big tastemaker, having been mentored by one of the best (Tako of Redlight Records) and being an integral A&R part of Amsterdam dance juggernaut Rush Hour, so his DJ sets are extremely special experiences. Big yes!!
DJ SOTOFETT & DJ FETT BURGER (SEX TAGS MANIA)
Taking things to a new stratosphere of eclectic goodness, we’re also serving up a double dose of Sex Tags Mania in the form of Norwegian oddballs DJ Sotofett and DJ Fett Burger. The sibling STM label-heads have been doing it weird for more than a decade, releasing some of their country’s very finest underground dance-related 12-inches from people like Bjørn Torske, Skatebård and Fett Burger/Sotofett themselves. Their delightful idiosyncrasies well and truly spill over into their DJing where no genre or tempo is off-limits - you’re just as likely to hear Kenny Dixon Jr as you are Kenny G (well, maybe) and it’s always a supremely fun time.
Supports will be announced a bit later on, for now just let the waves of excitement crash over your quivering body and, while you're in this state of euphoric bliss, swing by Moshtix or Resident Advisor and grab yourself a cheap presale (early birds only $25!)
GOOD TIMES YEAH!
PICNIC 7TH BIRTHDAY FEAT. EVERYONE!
SATURDAY MAR 28
THE IMPERIAL HOTEL
TIX AVAILABLE NOW AT RA
WE’RE TURNING SEVEN! If promoter years are like cat years that makes us 45 - a pretty good innings if we do say so ourselves.
We’ve done a buttload of awesome stuff in the past 84 months. We’ve had Danny Wang do a chicken dance and play air-violin on stage at Town Hall for Sydney Festival. We’ve had Andrew Weatherall play a monstrous seven hour set at the Art Factory and change 500 lives. We’ve sweated out three times our collective weight with our grinning Bulgarian buddy KiNK, not once but TWICE. We’ve gone all night long with Aussie heroes like Simon Caldwell, Tornado Wallace and Phil Smart with our One Night Stands, each of them a truly inspiring experience that we’ll never forget. We’ve partied everywhere from the warehouse to the clurb, The Island to Hyde Park Barracks, La Campana to Goodgod (hehe) and everywhere we’ve danced it’s been with the BEST MUSIC, the BEST PEOPLE and the BEST VIBE! Such is the Picnic way.
So for this birthday we’re gonna do it mate style and call up a whole bunch of Picnic buddies, chain them together in pairs and have a crazy-awesome time down at our favourite regular haunt of the past year, The Imperial Hotel! It’ll be an all-star cast featuring:
ADI TOOHEY / ANDY WEBB / BEN FESTER / CASSETTE / D&D / KALI / MARC JARVIN / MIKE WITCOMBE / PREACHA / RIMBOMBO / SLOWBLOW /VALERIE YUM
Tickets only $15 thru Resident Advisor, doors open at 10pm, good times 4eva.
NOW HIRING: INTERN AT PICNIC TOURING & EVENTS
Walk in the footsteps of Andy and Adi by joining the Picnic family as an unpaid intern, working out of our Redfern office one day per week for 12 months.
- Drivers licence and car, available to help on weekends
- Passion and knowledge about independent music and emerging DJs
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Social media literate
- Advanced Office skills – word, excel
- Highly organised and reliable
- Strong work ethic and can-do approach
- Initiative and ability to work unsupervised
- Confident and fun!
- Design and photo editing skills
- Music business or management qualification
Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested to:
carly [at] picnicstuff [dot] com [dot] au
Applications close March 16.
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH TORNADO WALLACE
SATURDAY FEB 28
OXFORD ART FACTORY
TIX ON SALE THRU MOSHTIX NOW
After spending our first all-night bash of the year with the magnificent Ben Fester on One Night Stand debut, we’re now paging a veteran of the format to roll back into town for his FOURTH marathon set with Picnic: it’s our beardy buddy TORNADO WALLACE! To make it extra special (although every time feels like the first time with Lewie, he’s romantic like that) we’re gonna be hosting the show at our beloved venue - Oxford Art Factory!
By now you guys all know the legend of Lewie. He’s the dude who led the charge when the Melbourne deep house scene was blowing up a few years back, dropping crucial wax on labels like Delusions of Grandeur, Sleazy Beats and Instruments of Rapture. He’s the cat who then took things to the next level with Balearic explorations on Beats in Space and ESP Institute, resulting in 2014’s Circadia, quite possibly our favourite record of the year. He’s one of the wizards behind Animals Dancing and C Grade, two of Melbourne’s most beloved party brands and one of the huge reasons that it’s such a great city to dance in. And, of course, he’s the most bullshit-incredible DJ you could ever hope to find, either at home or anywhere in the clubiverse.
If you’ve attended any of the last three all-night sets from Lewie you’ve probably never stopped telling people about it. They all stick out in our minds as some of the best parties we’ve ever done and, as Lewie somehow manages to get even more amazing by the day, we know that lucky number four is gonna raise the bar again to some silly new height.
Get down to OAF for a 9pm start!
PICNIC x CHARADES PRESENT JOHN COLLINS & FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA
SATURDAY FEB 21
THE IMPERIAL HOTEL
$20 EARLY BIRDS ON SALE NOW
A couple of months down the road we’re still buzzing from the Underground Resistance: Timeline gig (it was sooooo good) and now Picnic and Charades are bringing another member of the UR clan down into the party-womb of The Imperial Hotel as well as welcoming back an Aussie house and techno maestro who’s been dominating Europe:
DJ JOHN COLLINS (UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE)
From his beginnings as a resident at legendary Detroit club Cheeks in 1986 (he was joined there by one Jeff Mills a year later) to hosting his revered show live from the Warehouse Nightclub on WJLB FM in the ‘90s and championing the music of artists like Mike Banks and Kevin Saunderson, Collins has been at the heart of the Motor City’s underground house and techno scene since genesis. He’s worn just about every hat you can wear - producer, DJ, label exec, manager, promoter, booking agent - and he’s donned more than half of those as a member of the Underground Resistance family. We’re in for another massive Detroit techno treat, as legit as it gets.
FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA (VOYEURHYTHM)
It’s been a ridiculously big couple of years for our Melburnian friend Griffin James AKA FIO AKA Deepthroat. After paving the way to greatness with a string of disco-tinged house records on labels like Kolour Recordings, Sleazy Beats and Melbourne Deepcast, Griff branched out in a number of different musical flavours, from the gritty to the deep to the dark. Now sitting pretty as a London resident, 2014 saw the release of his debut LP “A New Way of Living” on the exceptional Voyeurhythm, a sublime 12-inch on Let’s Play House and his debut set at Berghain/Panorama Bar. We’re stoked to have one of our country’s most awesome dance exports coming back to our shores and making us dance again!
It's double heat down at the Imperial, with bonus vibes from KALI and the CHARADES DJs. Tickets start at a flavoursome $20 from RA, doors open at 10pm, everyone's happy forever.
PICNIC x SOUL CONTROL PRESENT GENIUS OF TIME (LIVE)
FRIDAY FEB 13
THE SPICE CELLAR
TIX ON SALE NOW!
Hard to believe that nearly two years have passed since our Swedish pals Genius of Time slapped our faces off with one of the most insanely awesome live shows ever at the Civic Underground. What we witnessed there was a couple of guys who were starting to make big waves in the house music world through their gorgeous disco-licked productions, their ultra-right Aniara Recordings imprint and their glorious performances.
It’s been those couple of years since, however, that have launched them into the next tier of fuck-yeah. The Juno Jam EP, their first release on Gerd Janson’s prestigious Running Back label, was undoubtedly one of the most scorching records of last year. They played everywhere from Robert-Johnson in Frankfurt and Berghain/Panorama Bar in Berlin to The Garden Festival in Croatia and Breakfast Club in Israel, delivering the good times using one of the most epic live setups you’ll see on the dance music circuit. One half of the duo, Alexander Berg, also rattled the 2014 cage with a few solo 12-inches under his Dorisburg guise, including “Trust” which was (and still is) on permanent high-rotation at Picnic HQ. They seriously are just completely brilliant, and we’ve missed them hard since their last visit.
So here we go again! Genius of Time are going to be headlining a special Picnic x Soul Control show down at The Spice Cellar with Ben Fester B2B Preacha, Kali and Andy Webb on support.
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH BEN FESTER
To round out a blockbuster January we decided it’s time to host our first One Night Stand for 2015 and invite a bloody big legend onto the stage for his first Picnic ALL NIGHT SET. It’s the Heavenly big dog BEN FESTER!
It’s pretty crazy to see how far Fester’s come over the past couple of years, racking up a résumé that even a veteran of the scene would be proud of. As the icing on top of the Astral People cake he’s played with a load of the world’s best - from Omar-S at the Opera House to Floating Points at sunny Flyover - while outside of that family he’s been called upon to support heavyweights like Mr. Ties, Jay Daniel and Prosumer. Every time he’s played at Picnic it’s been phenomenal (his set before DJ Sprinkles was ALL TIME!) and he’s got that scary Simon Caldwell knack of being capable of outshining plenty of international acts, a trait that also applies to his sets with Soul Control bud Preacha.
Whether it’s techno or disco, house or UK garage, soul or super nerdy library music, he knows the best of all of it and can string it together in an impossibly coherent and cool way. Cheeky too. He’s 100% talent, 100% taste and 100% legend, and our heads are popping off with the excitement of knowing we’re gonna get to see Fester bring the goods in the longest of long form, a Picnic One Night Stand!
NO LOCK OUTS / CHEAP BOOZE / BIG SOUND / GREAT TUNES / GREAT PEOPLE
PICNIC & FUNF PRESENTS SOUL CLAP, FUNKINEVEN & NICK MONACO
To continue our trend of one-upping ourselves with stupidly big awesome shows, we’ve loaded up the dance cannon with our Funf pals from Melbourne and will be firing it all over the Oxford Art Factory floor - both of them actually - for an insane gig on Australia Day eve, January 25th.
It’ll be a triple bill bonanza, with the main room being led by summer party princes SOUL CLAP and NICK MONACO. The Boston groovers have been solidly at the forefront of the global house scene for the past five years thanks to their infectious productions and edits, monumentally fun DJ sets and Crew Love family with Wolf + Lamb. Oh, and lately they’ve been working with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, both in the studio and on stage, which is about as epic as it gets.
In 2001 the boys received a demo from 90’s baby NICK MONACO, and were blown away by its quirkiness, innocence, and originality. Without further ado he was adopted into the Soul Clap family and reserved a spot on the mothership, Soul Clap Records.
They’re the perfect crew to soundtrack a mid-January night, and they’ll be joined by the equally perfect SLOW BLOW, DREEMS and KALI.
Meanwhile in the side room, Apron Records boss and London jammer FUNKINEVEN will be returning to Aus to lay down some masterful leftfield house for us. Whether it’s conjuring up his distinctive yet diverse solo productions, collaborating with Detroit counterpart Kyle Hall as FunkinEvil or championing music from bright young stars like Seven Davis Jr, Greg Beato and Delroy Edwards through the Apron imprint, he’s always in the business of completely slaying it.
Also commandeering the decks in the side room will be Picnic favourites BEN FESTER, ADI TOOHEY and ANDY WEBB.
Which clearly equals 10/10, 5 star, A++ maximum good times! All this could be yours for the low low early bird price of $30 - just pop over to Moshtix and pick up and a ticket to summer heaven. Doors open at 8pm.
GREG WILSON LIVE AT LOST PARADISE
Check out this recording of Greg Wilson's epic closing set on the Picnic stage at Lost Paradise on NYD!
PICNIC IN JANUARY
MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT
Friday January 16 - The Burdekin Hotel
What started out as two dudes (Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin) cooking up a fun regular party in NYC back in 2008 has evolved, expanded and ultimately exploded into one of the coolest underground dance brands around. MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT are the industry leaders in the field of absolutely slaying it, weaving together house, funk, disco, techno and soul in the most magnificent way. They’re complete masters in the art of party.
Support from SLOW BLOW, PELVIS, EK COLLECTIVE, RIMBOMBO and ADI TOOHEY.
SOUL CLAP, NICK MONACO and FUNKINEVEN
Sunday January 25 - Oxford Art Factory
It’s a triple bill bonanza this Australia Day eve, with the main room being led by summer party princes SOUL CLAP and NICK MONACO. They’ll be joined by the equally perfect SLOW BLOW, DREEMS and KALI.
Meanwhile in the side room, Apron Records boss and London jammer FUNKINEVEN will be returning to Aus to lay down some masterful leftfield house for us. Also commandeering the decks in this room will be Picnic favourites BEN FESTER, ADI TOOHEY and ANDY WEBB.
BEN FESTER ONE NIGHT STAND
Saturday January 31 - The Imperial Hotel
To round out a blockbuster January we decided it’s time to host our first One Night Stand for 2015 and invite a bloody big legend onto the stage for his first Picnic ALL NIGHT SET. It’s the Heavenly big dog BEN FESTER! Whether it’s techno or disco, house or UK garage, soul or super nerdy library music, he knows the best of all of it and can string it together in an impossibly coherent and cool way. He’s 100% talent, 100% taste and 100% legend, and our heads are popping off with the excitement of knowing we’re gonna get to see Fester bring the goods in the longest of long form, a Picnic One Night Stand!
PICNIC & MULTI CULTI PRESENT DREEMS
This Christmas we're all getting the best present ever.
Sonic shaman DREEMS will be back in the country and on the 20th day of December you're invited to a magical orgy of talent in the form of a Picnic / Multi Culti / DREEMS album launch!
Born under the Sydney sun, the well-travelled DJ and legendary party man, DREEMS, creates musical visions that draw inspiration from the shores of Goa, the cliffs of Scotland, the clubs of Europe and the desert of Black Rock City. His influences are too abundant to pigeon-hole and he doesn't sound like anything or any time in particular.
Since he bundled up his expansive aural pleasures and left our shores in a blaze of absolute glory immediately after our One Night Stand back in April, DREEMS has put out some particularly great releases, including an epic remix of Jagwar Ma's 'The Throw' and original material on Multi Culti, the empire he's been building in Montreal with Thomas Von Party.
Finally, after bewitching us into loyal fans over the last eight months, he's decided to come home and launch his immersive debut LP - 'In Dreems'.
Joining DREEMS in the festivities will be an all-star cast featuring the ever present Picnic DJ crew - Kali, Andy Webb and Adi Toohey - all of whom will be handing out ultra tasty musical gifts as well as mince-pies and egg-nog. Alongside them Multi Culti's numero-uno homies - Colo (MC at Bumblebeez HQ and new signee to Multi Culti), Juno Mars aka Jono Ma aka Mr 'Jungle Joe" of Jagwar Ma and Passenger 440 our favourite Journey Man (taking us along for a ride through his first DJ set under this alias!)!
All your Christmases will come at once from 10 PM and The Imperial Hotel will be masquerading as ours, yours and DREEMS’ own personal cross-galatic-desert / love temple, with loving care from Alex Turpin - our peerless set designer!
PICNIC PRESENTS PANTHA DU PRINCE - LIVE
PRESALES AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH MOSHTIX
Three years ago we had the absolute pleasure of co-hosting Mister Hendrik Weber AKA Pantha Du Prince down at Spice Cellar for a breathtaking live performance that took us on a journey through the melodic, ethereal, cinematic and immersive minimal techno soundscapes of his then most recent LP ‘Black Noise’. The music is so beautiful and so intricate, though anybody who’s seen him in the flesh can attest that when it’s played in the club it’s straight up vibe city.
He already had an exceptional catalogue at his fingertips back then (This Bliss! Diamond Daze!), but Weber’s also been doing some pretty extraordinary stuff between then and now. Black Noise was an ambitious album to say the least, incorporating a variety of field recordings, atonal noise and stray percussion, but the project that followed took things to a whole new level of adventurousness and extravagance. ‘Elements of Light’, the LP that resulted from his collaboration with The Bell Laboratory, saw him taking his love and central use of bells to extravagant new heights by incorporating a huge range of live percussion (including a 3-tonne 50-bell carillon) which has been performed in Berlin, Paris, London and even here for last year’s Melbourne Music Week. It all speaks of a guy who goes above and beyond in the world of dance and electronic music to create something deeply emotional, immersive and awe-inspiring, while making sure that when it’s time to dance there are no compromises made.
So it’s our huge pleasure once again to invite Pantha Du Prince to the Picnic stage to take us on a romp around an alternate sonic universe. He'll be performing at the Oxford Art Factory on December 6th with support from Magda Bytnerowicz, Andy Webb and Kali.
PICNIC SHOWCASE @ ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONFERENCE
Very excited to be presenting a night at EMC Play! We've convinced a few of our favourites to come and play with us! Phil Smart, Simon Caldwell, Softwar and your Picnic music players Andy Webb, Adi Toohey and Kali will also be doing their thing!
Programmed by Dan Zilber, the former General Manager of Music at Sydney radio station FBi, with the help of an industry panel including the head of record label Future Classic and the Australian head of dance music at Sony, EMC Play aims to discover the next crop of Australian electronic music talent, and connecting them with some of the of the world’s biggest buyers and A&R executives including; Donnie Estopinal (Disco Donnie Presents/SFX), Johnny Shockey (Coachella/LED Presents), Bobby Runway (SBE / SLS LA), Gary Richards (Hard LA/Live Nation), Latane Hughes (Windish Agency) and many others.
THANK GOD IT'S FREDA'S: PICNIC W/ LOVE'S DISCIPLE & ADI TOOHEY
Our monthly Thank God It's Freda's residency wraps up for the year on December 5th with more favouriteness from the Picnic camp getting you stuck into the first official weekend of summer.
This time around you'll be courted by the disco excellent of mister Love's Disciple AKA Harry Sounds, one of the heroes behind Paradise Lost, a driving force in the awesomeness that is High Spirits, and a long-standing pillar of Sydney's dance scene. It's always an amazing mix of pleasure and education hearing Harry play, copping one of the city's raddest record collections being put together in the most awesome way.
And of course our beloved Adi Toohey who's currently in total domination mode, slaying it all over town with her deep grooves and summery vibes. She's host of Saturday sunsets on FBi Radio, resident of the new UNDR ctrl Saturday nights on the Kings X Hotel rooftop and an all-around legend who's truly one of the city's new leading lights.
All the usual applies: 8pm start, free entry, good Friday times.
PICNIC PRESENTS UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE: TIMELINE (LIVE)
$35 EARLY BIRDS AVAILABLE NOW THRU RA
We’ve got something extra extra EXTRA special up our sleeves for November: we have the supreme pleasure and honour to present the Australian debut of TIMELINE, the UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE ALL-STAR BAND, LIVE and direct from DETROIT. This is big.
The Underground Resistance collective, started by Detroit second-wave trinity Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Mike Banks in 1990, has become a living representation of the original spirit of techno: a music that looks to the future, that is underground, experimental and radical in its aesthetic and technological vision. This is the sound that was born in a city dominated by the robots of the automotive industry. This is the sound of a reality and not of any science fiction fantasy. A sound born in a city with a rich and unique musical history: grooved by jazz, awakened by Motown rhythms, sophisticated by soul and brought together by techno and hip hop - and still vibrant and essential to the present day world musical map. In their current live set-up, Underground Resistance is led by Mike Banks on keyboard duties, and includes an ensemble of Jon Dixon (also on keyboards), De’Sean Jones (saxophone) and Mark Flash. Underground Resistance Presents Timeline Live - an adventure through the musical mazes of Detroit, between jazz and techno, between the past and the future.
They’ll be gracing the stage of the Imperial Hotel, bringing 25 years of dance music history to a Picnic night not to be missed. Support from three of Sydney's own legend-status DJs: Simon Caldwell, Ben Fester and Kali. The music starts at 10pm and stops with the rising of the sun.
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH CANYONS
$15 EARLY BIRDS ON SALE NOW THRU RESIDENT ADVISOR
Well we’ve just experienced the magnificence of Simon Caldwell’s third One Night Stand appearance, and there’s another comeback we’ve been dreaming about that’s about to be realised as well. Two-time ONS heroes and all-around Aussie champs CANYONS are back for round three, gracing us with an ALL NIGHT SET at the IMPERIAL HOTEL!!
Hard to believe it’s been more than two years since our last dance with Ryan and Leo who delivered a pair of absolutely stunning 7 hour journeys to packed dance floors filled with people totally losing their shit. They’ve done some seriously cool stuff in the months between then and now, not least the creation of their spectacular 100 Million Nights live A/V project which saw them perform at the Sydney Opera House, Perth Festival, MONA in Tasmania and Melbourne Music Week, showing off their next-level talent and vast musical range. In party mode they’ve hit some amazing milestones too: they headlined the first ever Boiler Room gig in Australia, played at Tramlines Festival in London (alongside Simian Mobile Disco, FCL, Surgeon and Horse Meat Disco) and FOR Festival in Croatia (with James Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, 2ManyDJs and Tensnake), and they even did shows in China with their Modular family.
The reason they got to do all that is because they are unbelievably awesome. If you haven’t experienced a Canyons DJ set before then you’re in for a one-of-a-kind treat that’ll span more genres than you thought existed and vibe harder than 50 summers at once. They’ll always be way up the top of the list of our favourite local legends and we’re so excited that we’ll get to listen to these dudes absolutely shred it for another One Night Stand all night set!
NO LOCK OUTS / CHEAP BOOZE / BIG SOUND / GREAT TUNES / GREAT PEOPLE
Whether you were at the last party or not, you're gonna want to hear this! Head over to inthemix to grab a three hour taste of Simon's marathon set for his third ONS. Thank youuuuu Simon!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH SIMON CALDWELL
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!! LIMITED $15 EARLY BIRDS!
Hey guys, we’d like to introduce a close friend of ours who’s going to be playing at our next party. You might have heard his name whispered in the back room of a record store, scribbled on a club cubicle wall or mentioned on some private online forum for insider DJ goss. He’s one of Sydney dance music’s best kept secrets… until now.
Nah but seriously, we’re swallowing our own heads with excitement to announce that this September we’ll be welcoming the legend of all legends back for his THIRD ONE NIGHT STAND APPEARANCE. More than two years later, it’s time for another night with SIMON CALDWELL spinning ALL NIGHT LONG.
Part of Mad Racket and Sydney’s club music ambassador for the rest of the globe, Simon’s been making this city a better place to dance for more than two decades. Everyone who’s been around the local club scene for a bit has a story of how he’s turned the floor into a lava pit from track one or totally outclassed an international he’s supporting - Simon Caldwell is just a straight up weapon who consistently proves himself to be in a class of his own. His achievements on home soil are untouchable: 15 years of co-hosting one of Sydney’s most celebrated parties (Racket, der), opening for artists like Dixon, Theo Parrish and Andrew Weatherall, sweetening the FM airwaves with his long-running Sunset show on FBi… this town is his!
This year has been a real biggy for Simon abroad, with his Euro summer visit landing him gigs with Jus-Ed (for his birthday, no less!), Session Victim, Iron Curtis, Red Rack’em, Dionne and Huerco S while in sunny Berlin. He even popped over to Russia to headline a show in St Petersburg!
And now, as Caldwell returns from his international groove expedition, we will once again be graced with an eight hour journey from the best of the best. The last two are firmly cemented in Sydney clubbing folklore and there’s no question that round three will take us to new heights of dance.
It’s a ONE NIGHT STAND with SIMON CALDWELL at the controls - ALL NIGHT LONG!
NO LOCK OUTS / CHEAP BOOZE / BIG SOUND / GREAT TUNES / GREAT PEOPLE
PICNIC PRESENTS (MORE) FUN WITH PHILIPPE GORBACHEV - LIVE
PICNIC PRESENTS HEY CONVICT AT FREDA'S
Friday 15 August
Freda's Bar & Canteen
107-109 Regent St, Chippendale
Hey Convict! are Tamas Jones & Jason Evans. The two first bonded together during the long, hot Australian summer of 2004 to host a series of marathon rooftop parties. Man, woman and child would gather to pay worship to the cosmic deities of the Australian sun and lead to mixes TIME TO NOODLE (2006) which sold out in both the UK and Japan and made Piccadilly Records' top 10 best mixes of the year as well as DRUNKEN CHICKEN (2007).
Following edits on the Bumrocks label in 2009 the Bumrocks/Hey Convict! collaboration ‘Purple Brain,’ was released as well as a debut 12" on Golf Channel Recordings. In 2012 a mix of their Australian favorites called ‘Milk Beach Settlers,’ was sold through LN-CC. Wide-eyed disco drama, psychedelic guitars tied together by the taught heartbeat of house music. They've played alongside Tim Sweeney, Softrocks, Danniel Wang, Brennan Green, Andrew Weatherall, at PS1 Warm Up's 10th anniversary alongside James Chance & The Contortions, on Beats In Space radio show (twice), Noise In My Head, at APT NYC, DJ Spun's Mangiami party and Unsound Festival in Krakow to name a few... Their DJ sets are never the same thing twice, yet always a good time.
PICNIC & JON WATTS PRESENT WE LOVE ANDY WEBB
SATURDAY JULY 26TH
GOODGOD SMALL CLUB
ANDY WEBB +
BEN FESTER, ZEUS, KALI, DREAMCATCHER, ADI TOOHEY
$10 ENTRY, ALL PROCEEDS TO ANDY
♥ ATTEND HERE ♥
Microsoft. Google. Sony. Coca-Cola. Death Strobe Records. Disco Delicious. You may have heard of these brands. Andy runs two of them.
You may also know him by some of the following titles - Mister Chicken Wing at Picnic, Miss Australia at Resident Advisor, One Of The Best DJs in Sydney aka Harvey Jnr, A Really Really Really Nice Guy, Serious Music Lover and Vinyl Collector, Crazy Pant Connoisseur and also Sir Hug-A-Lot!
Unbelievably, our man of many loveable talents had his car broken into a few weeks ago AND the miserable thieves stole his music and DJ gear...HUGE SAD FACE!! So here we are with a fundraiser to get Andy some cash to replace his stolen records, fully loaded Shure cartridges (three of them and spare needles - yes, he is t h a t profesh!), headphones and other expensive DJ related stuff!
Some of his biggest fans have agreed to play and one of Sydney's bestest venues have given us a home for the night!
So please come vibe out and drop us a donation!
Let's make Andy feel like he's king of the world!!!
HELP US FIND THESE RECORDS
Picnic right hand man and straight up dude Andy Webb had his car broken into in Newtown last night and his record box was stolen. He'd be super appreciative if anybody who pops into a second hand or record store could keep an eye out. The red Eurolite hardcase trolley is unmistakable, here's all the things he can remember were inside. Especially if you spot any of these records in a store please let Andy or Carly know.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Sennheiser HD 25s, coiled cable
2 x Shure M44-7 + 3 spare styli in blue plastic Shure MCC carry case
Audio Technica AT618 record weight
Jason Brothers - Monster Box (MCDE)
Tornado Wallace - Tornado Never Dies (Sleazy Beats)
Max Graef - Rivers of the Red Planet (2xLP)
DJ Nature - Return of the Savage (white label promo) *handwritten "178/180"
Laurent Garnier - Psyche Delia (MCDE)
Nicholas - The Funk is On (Kojak)
Los Charly's Orchestra - The Groove & Its Synonyms
Iron Curtis / Quarion / Session Victim - Treats Vol 3 (Retreat 9)
Session Victim - Can't Help It (Retreat 14)
Genius of Time - Drifting Back (Royal Oak)
DJ Nature & Kuniyuki - DJ Nature & Kuniyuki EP (Sound of Speed)
Borrowed Identity - Love For Sale (Quintessentials)
Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold - Truth Machine For Lovers (Lucky Hole)
Francois K - Choice - A Collection of Classics (record 1)
Katzuma - Life in the City (Kinjo)
One Man Edit - Feeling Dance (Small World Disco Edits)
Floating Points - Vacuum Boogie EP (Eglo)
Kitano - The Early Bird EP (Undertones)
Various - Melbourne Deepcast VA EP 1
Andy Hart & Francis Inferno Orchestra - D2ME (Melbourne Deepcast)
Francis Inferno Orcheastra - I Need It EP (Join The Dots)
Matthias Reiling - Geigling LP 01 Rmx 2
Various - Young Rabbits (White Rabbit Recordings)
DJ Steef - The Preliminary EP
Hunee - Tour De Force EP (W.T. Records)
Marcellus - Workshop 16 (black stamped label)
TORBEN - 001
Rick Wade - Night Logic (Unclear)
Trus'me - Working Nights (2xLP, Fat City)
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Big big exciting radical news! You may have already heard that our favourite radio station in the universe, FBi 94.5, had just launched a new digital-only dance music station called FBi Click. What's extra spesh about that is WE'RE HOSTING A WEEKLY SHOW! Yup - every Thursday at 4pm (4am as well) we'll be broadcasting two hours of Picnic goodness over the digi airwaves. Our first show aired yesterday afternoon with a special guest mix from the one and only ANDREW WEATHERALL. You can scoot on over to the Picnic program page on the FBi Click website to stream it back, or it'll be replayed on Saturday June 28 at 10am and 10pm.
There's going to be a massive launch party on Friday the 27th down at Goodgod with DJs from every show including Astral People, Motorik, Purple Sneakers, Sweat It Out and Halfway Crooks. We'll be spinning in the club at 10pm. Come support the goodness!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH PHIL SMART
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Here’s one we’ve been wanting to do for absolutely ages. In August we’ll finally be realising our dream of having one of Sydney’s most supreme music men take the reins for the ultimate in Picnic prestige - it’s an ALL NIGHT SET at ONE NIGHT STAND with PHIL SMART.
A bit of a godfather in the harbour city, Phil has been spinning since the late ‘80s, delighting dancers in clubs and bars, warehouses and car parks, fields and forests, basements and boats (pretty much anywhere you can set up some decks) for more than two fun filled decades. His long-standing residency at Tweekin, legendary co-promoted parties Sabotage, The Project and Jus Right, support slots for people like Michael Mayer, James Holden and Sven Vath, multiple appearances at festivals like the Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass, and guest sets with dozens of the country’s top club institutions like Mad Racket and Honkytonks make for a seriously impressive domestic resume.
But his stellar reputation extends far beyond the borders of Sydney or Australia. Phil’s played everywhere from PS1 in NYC to Burning Man and all around Europe in clubs like Bedrock and E-Werk, and in the process it’s landed him a spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 not once but twice. The labels he co-founded, Think and Thunk, released a bunch of early material from local champs like Infusion and Pocket, exposing the Aussie vibe to DJs around the world, while some of his own studio work has landed on imprints like Future Classic and EQ Recordings. And while Phil has kept a lower profile in recent years, now living up in Newcastle and hosting his monthly ColourSound night, he’s still a complete weapon behind the turntables and, on the odd occasion he does pop down to Sydney for a show it’s always a reminder of why he’s Australian club royalty.
So come on down to the Imperial Hotel and soak up Phil Smart’s first One Night Stand appearance - ALL NIGHT LONG. Learn from one of the very best this country's got and have a bloody big dance.
NO LOCK OUTS / CHEAP BOOZE / BIG SOUND / GREAT TUNES / GREAT PEOPLE
Presale tix start at just $15 from RA, get on it early and save the bux. Doors open at 10pm and that's when Phil will be kicking off so get down early for the full meal!
PICNIC PRESENTS FUN WITH BEN FESTER & PREACHA, KALI AND ANDY WEBB
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WE LIKE FUN AND SO DO YOU. With this thoroughly researched conclusion in mind, we’ve set out to create a new party series where we can all have a good old leg shakey with our mates in a nice spot. Great music from our local buddies, great spaces to do our disco thing in, big grins on all the dancey people. Feel the FUN.
Our first night will probably go something like this:
Your friend Andy Webb will be stepping up to the plate at the beginning of the evening to host a comprehensive 120 minute EDM workshop: ‘Enterprise Data Modelling and you’. The presentation will be accompanied by a carefully selected soundtrack that includes tasty morsels of disco, jazzy funk, house and psychedelic music. Audience participation and dancing is encouraged throughout the seminar.
Following that gripping lecture, Ben Fester and Preacha will take over the decks for three big fat hours. There’s a fairly good chance that, since they’re two of the most insanely talented people you could ever put behind a set of turntables, that they’ll continue their unbroken streak of playing one massive chocolate cake of a set after another. You’ve seen them team up before to support dudes like Omar S, Floating Points and Mosca, and we’ve had them do their tasty things at Picnic on more than one occasion, to the immense pleasure of our earholes, so you know that they will be very very FUN when spinning the musics at prime time.
Then, to see the night through to the not-at-all-bitter end, Picnic’s supreme overlord of good times Kali will be hopping in the saddle to continue to steer the party horse in the direction of Vibesville. From deep house to townhouse and disco to Sisqo (not really though), the beaties for your feeties will be flowing thick and fast until late late late. Obviously there’s no lockout or early closure business to worry about, you can stay on that floor enjoying all those happies until you just gotta go snooze.
*** Please note, this party is _BYO_ONLY_ so make sure you grab your goodies before the grog shops close at 10pm ***
So that’s the deal! Grab ya presales from Resident Advisor and let’s have a bloody big FUN together!
Doors open 10pm. Address announced closer to the date.
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH TORNADO WALLACE
** $15 Early Birds on sale now through Resident Advisor **
As you may have heard, our marvellous prime minster will reintroduce the imperial honours system of dames and knights - acknowledging outstanding Australians who make us proud as a nation. Mr Lewis Day, or Tornado Wallace as you may know him, is rumoured to be first line to receive this honour!
For those not up to date on the worthiness of his achievements - Lewie's magnificent discography includes big fat 12-inches on Beats In Space, ESP Institute, Delusions of Grandeur and a few other monster labels! He’s represented our great nation in the UK (respect to the motherland), the U S of A and all over mainland Europe - but it’s what he’s done behind the decks here in our back yard that makes our hearts overflow with southern cross pride the most.
Years of dedicated service to Melbourne with his Animals Dancing parties have finally put the state of Victoria on the map, and his remarkable facial hair efforts have single handedly made beards trendy again. You only need to listen to his spectacular set at Golden Plains 2014 to know that this man is well and truly on the next level, and anybody who made it to the last One Night Stand we did with old mate Wallace can confirm he's a fair dinkum genius. It was INSANE.
We invite you to indulge in a few VBs and some Aussie pride with us at the bloody awesome Imperial Hotel, where another of our government's brilliant decisions won't dampen your good times!
NO LOCK OUT! NO 3AM CLOSE! CHEAP BOOZE AND CHEAP PRESALE TICKETS!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH DREEMS
As we leave behind a summer of incredible club shows with one or two of the best names (and talents!) from abroad, we’re preparing for a cosy (read: sweaty) winter with some extraordinary local talent (who also have the best names - in this case multiple!).
FIRST UP is a ONE NIGHT STAND WAREHOUSE PARTY with D R E E M S!
Who you may also know as Angus Gruzman aka Gus Da Hoodrat aka Angelo Cruzman aka The Finger Prince aka he of the impressive bio and lover of face paint and all things cosmic.
A prolific fixture in Australia's dance music community for over a decade - from the magic heyday of Bang Gang to the present Motorik crew (two bookends of total hedonistic dancing culture) - it's fair to say he's been instrumental in changing the musical landscape of Sydney (and Australia) and no doubt a few young ravers' lives!
The man of many colours and a bottomless hot-tub of talent, it's kinda hard to put DREEMS on paper (or FB events) - so we'll run with the facts: years of A&Ring and running the Bang Gang imprint; an utterly awesome amount of hours spent DJing; the opening of a notorious dancing and hangover joint (Sydney's Flinders Hotel); the explosion of Motorik; touring with Jagwar Ma; forming one half of Turbo-championed The Finger Prince; the creation of a new label - Multi Culti (under the well endorsed wing of Von Party and Tiga, also the home of his epic output as DREEMS) a n d all the while staying committed to his poetic love affair with psychedelics - the man deserves a medal!
Since we aren't in the business of giving out medals, we offered him our greatest compliment - a One Night Stand!
We’ll be throwing down at a new warehouse space where Gus will press play at 10pm and won’t stop until well into the next morning!
Oh, and you know the drill...it's BYO, ridiculously limited capacity and all that other awesome stuff! Presales available through Resident Advisor.
IN OTHER HYPER-EXCITING NEWS: KALI'S BOILER ROOM SET!
What more do you need to know? Click through to check out a recording of the set, and while you're at it make sure you hit up the other amazing sessions from Dreems and Simon Caldwell. How awesome!
PICNIC 6TH BIRTHDAY W/ MORITZ VON OSWALD
Dust off your party suits and frocks because PICNIC IS TURNING SIX!
To celebrate this milestone, we’ve gone all-out to bring you a true originator and innovator of dub and techno music.
Moritz von Oswald is to Berlin as Juan Atkins is to Detroit: a seed that spawned the city's growth as an international techno hub.
Von Oswald is an integral part of the Berlin music scene – a truly gifted and forward thinking musician, producer and engineer who has inspired and continues to play a major part in influencing the sounds and music genres we explore today.
A start in the early ‘80s as a percussionist for Thomas Felhmann’s new-wave band, Palais Schaumburg, led to working with Fehlmann as the in-house production team at Tresor Records. The duo where also releasing original material on the label as 2MB or 3MB (when either Juan Aktins or Eddie Fowkles joined to make 3 Men in Berlin).
In 1992 Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus (founder of Hard Wax) started releasing the absolutely seminal Maurizio records, a incredible creative collaboration that (thankfully) lead to unleashing Basic Channel in 1993.
Together the pair were responsible for dozens of the most coveted records in dance music, from the Detroit-tinged minimal bliss of BC, Quadrant and Cyrus to the timeless soulful house of Round One/Two/Three/Four/Five, and, of course, the stunning dubbed out vibes of Rhythm & Sound! Some of the most deeply resonating records ever released.
And he’s been just as prolific and poignant in recent times. The Moritz von Oswald Trio, with Vladislav Delay and Max Loderbauer crafted four incredible albums in as many years and toured a mind-blowing live show that nearly outshines the recorded material – which is almost unthinkable with Von Oswald’s touch. After a break the Trio reformed in 2014 with the extraordinary Tony Allen replacing Vladislav Delay!
Last year he reconnected with Juan Atkins to concoct Borderland, a collaboration album that explored their collective pasts and futures and the Detroit-Berlin connection they initially forged.
It’s an absolute honour and dream come true to have Moritz Von Oswald join us to celebrate our 6th Birthday at the Burdekin Hotel and we’ve rounded out the bill with some staple DJs from the Picnic stables.
And it’s back-to-back madness in the Dugout Bar:
MARC JARVIN / PARIHAKA
PREACHA / BEN FESTER
ANDY WEBB / ADI TOOHEY
PICNIC PRESENTS DJ HARVEY
EARLY BIRDS SOLD OUT, PRESALES NOW ONLY AVAILABLE FROM MOSHTIX:
After our mind-blowing show with Andrew Weatherall at Oxford Art Factory, we're heading back to the scene of awesomeness with the cult disco master himself...
From the days of his legendary Tonka Soundsystem, weekly Moist parties, Ministry of Sound residency and iconic Black Cock edits in the '80s and '90s through to truly epic marathon sets at his coveted Sarcastic Disco warehouse gigs, his studio work as Locussolus and his long-awaited return to the global dance circuit over the past few years, Harvey is one of the most crucial and enduring characters in the modern dance world.
Since he last paid us a visit in the summer of 2010/11, Harv has been absolutely destroying it. He'd only just been given a green card after a decade of being stuck in the US so the rest of the world was only just beginning to comprehend being able to see this fabled disco figure again. In the past three years he's spun 'Berghain', his own techno masterpiece and tribute to the club, IN Berghain itself, he's pumped out remixes for Art Department, Logic System and our buds Canyons, and played everywhere from Coachella to Sonar to Trouw where he teamed up with another of our faves, Andrew Weatherall, all night for an RA VS party.
Achievements and happenings aside, Harvey seriously is one of the world's most gifted disco magicians. A rare DJ whose mythical reputation doesn't get in the way of the fact that he's just totally amazing at reading a floor and crafting a journey through spectacular music!
SUPPORT FROM OUR VERY OWN HARVEY JNR.
Plus gallery DJs:
ANGELO CRUZMAN, MARCUS KING, STEELE BONUS, TAMAS JONES
Doors open at 6pm, and close at 2am.
KALI PLAYS BOILER ROOM ON MONDAY MARCH 3RD
Yup, Picnic's own Kali will be spinning this Monday afternoon alongside Derrick Carter, Simon Caldwell and Dreems for the Boiler Room's return to Australia! Make sure you tune in (www.boilerroom.tv) from 3pm until 8pm to watch the whole thing go down live. Gonna be a super special occasion!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH LATE NITE TUFF GUY
Let your mind wander back to August 25, 2012 - ONS with LNTG - a serious contender for one of our top five parties ever. The music, the crowd, the vibe, everything was mind-blowing. So…we reckon it’s about time we went for round two!
Our favourite Adelaidean, Cam Bianchetti aka DJ HMC aka Late Nite Tuff Guy is heading back to the Civic Underground for another ALL NIGHT SET on February 15th, 2014!
It’s been a massive 12 months for Cam, following on from what was already a re-breakthrough year for the Aussie legend. From his days as South Australia’s global techno ambassador and innovator throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, being labelled Adelaide’s ‘Godfather of techno’ thanks to his groundbreaking productions on Juice and Dirty House Records, through to his hugely prolific return to the studio as disco juggernaut Late Nite Tuff Guy in the late ‘00s, Cam is undeniably one of the country’s finest and most enduring dance music exports.
2013 marked his long, long, stupidly long-awaited return to Europe after a decade of staying put in his home town, and his trip was a massive success, punctuated by a set at Berghain, an achievement which very few Australians have earned. Now back on his home turf, LNTG is still pumping out the goods through his absurdly popular SoundCloud, Dessert Island Discs (his home club Sugar’s imprint) and his recently launched Tuff Cut label, while constantly reminding audiences that he’s as good as they come behind the decks.
We aren't limiting Cam to a strictly LNTG set either, once he's behind those decks he can flex any persona he wants - DJ HMC will be definitely be part of this party!
Oh man, we cannot wait to hear what Cam brings to his second One Night Stand - this will once again be an incredibly special night. While he's doing his thing in the Underground, we'll also have Andy & Adi making the Civic Ground Floor sound great too!
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND WITH ANDREW WEATHERALL
TIX TO ANDREW WEATHERALL IN THE SPIEGELTENT FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL ARE SOLD OUT!! But lucky for you...
Do not miss this momentous occasion.
ONE NIGHT STAND returns in 2014 and we've gone 15 levels above to concoct one of our most mind-melting shows ever.
FEBRUARY 1st - OXFORD ART FACTORY
ANDREW WEATHERALL - ALL NIGHT LONG
Yup, from open to close it'll be the bearded maestro taking us on a monumental journey like nobody else can. As far as innovators of electronic music go, they don't come much more legendary than Andrew Weatherall.
In terms of length, diversity, impact and sheer quality, his résumé is quite simply extraordinary. He was one of the guys behind the seminal Boy's Own record label throughout the '90s. He's an unparalleled tastemaker who compiled some of the most iconic releases of the past 20 years (9 O'Clock Drop on Nuphonic, anyone?). He personally remoulded Primal Scream's sound and changed London clubbing forever. He's been one of the most prolific, original and in-demand remixers in dance history, servicing artists like My Bloody Valentine, Bjork, New Order, The Chemical Brothers and Ricardo Villalobos. His releases under various monikers and collaborations, particularly Two Lone Swordsmen and The Sabres of Paradise on Warp Records, are revered as cult classics spanning experimental electronica, IDM, new wave, techno and downtempo. And his reputation in the studio is matched by his reputation behind the decks, from the days of playing Danny Rampling's pioneering 'Shoom' nights around the birth of acid house through to headlining some of the world's current top festivals and clubs.
Nothing has slowed down in recent years either. His own Rotters Golf Club imprint, now 12 years deep, has been a driving force for UK electro music and, this past February, was resurrected with an album by Weatherall's latest project with Tim Fairplay, called The Asphodells, which explores his passion for lower tempo dubby house and disco. He's been constantly globetrotting: last year he headlined the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia, topped the bill of Bugged Out Weekender with regular partner behind the decks Ivan Smagghe, and was invited to team up with cult disco hero and fellow Brit DJ Harvey for a once in a lifetime RA Versus set during the Amsterdam Dance Event. He also released his three disc Masterpiece compilation on Ministry of Sound, which Resident Advisor described as "the most coherent commercial mix of his long, sometimes puzzling but always fascinating, career."
For a man who's been at the top of the underground for more than two decades, Andrew Weatherall is still making it known that he's one of the most crucial musical talents we've got.
We'll have the whole OAF to ourselves, with the side room being soundtracked by a quartet of Sydney greats:
PICNIC + MULTI CULTI present SAYONARA ABERCROMBIE
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CAN YOU SEE A BETTER WAY TO THROW 2014 INTO 5TH GEAR ?
Who would have thought it would come to this ? A moment, a movement, a bead of sweat, a dose of love, a step up, a twist down, a turn into the light - the Abercrombie has given you its guts. And now she is ready to pack up. It's time we say goodnight, farewell, adieu, ciao, cheerio, toodle-oo.
But not with-out one last chance to sun-dance in the beer soaked garden, samba under a summer moon or set your ears free on a journey assisted by the formidable talents we have conscripted for you. The Funktion One sound-system and mist fans have been set to over-drive and these gentle-folk will be there to assist you in and out of the hot-zone all day and night :
THOMAS BULLOCK aka TOM OF ENGLAND
aka that guy from Rub ’N Tug, Map of Africa and The Laughing Light of Plenty. From his days in the legendary Tonka crew with our mate DJ Harvey in the ‘80s to the Wicked parties with Garth in the ‘90s and all the good things with Eric Duncan from the ‘00s to now plus a million aliases and projects along the way. Tom has been a studio lab rat and party almanac since way back - an institution of a man whom knows no sonic boundaries.
COS / MES
ESP Institute’s balearica enthusiasts bring the tribal vibe up to Attenborough levels keeping the rainforest and jungle well aligned with the psychedelic forces of disco & house. This is their first trek to our shores and after wrapping up a killer year which included the release of their third album on super collectable Tokyo imprint Snaker - they are not to be missed.
Will also be making his debut trip over from the land of rising fun, the Ene Records boss will be soundtracking some seriously happy dancing feet. With experience ranging from; A&R at Kenji Takimi’s spectacular Crue-L imprint, hosting top shelf parties in Tokyo and beyond and producing tunes that have been loved by people like Andrew Weatherall and Ivan Smagghe, he’s well and truly qualified to administer the good times with high doses of superb underground house.
Then we’re filling in the gaps with the people we can pay the least to play:
And no doubt some other friends along the way.
Swing by from 2pm then stay until you've said a suitable goodbye to our beloved Abercrombie and the only difference between ending and beginning is just a few letters you forgot to spell hours ago!
Here's some mixes to get you stretching and flexing before our day-and-night bonanza:
CANADIAN CLUB & PICNIC PRESENTS XMAS WITH PSYCHEMAGIK
Oh how glorious - this summer we're paddling back out to The Island for another series of sundrenched parties floating around Sydney Harbour with a bunch of our favourite dance enforcers. First up we're looking back to last season for the dudes responsible for what was not only an unbelievable gig on The Island but truly ranks as one of our all time greatest Picnic shows…
It's less than a year since we first announced Psychemagik were heading to our shores for the first time, and a huge amount has happened since then. The UK duo, known for their sensational disco and psychedelic edits, obscenely vast record collections, beautiful production work and transcendent mixtape journeys, are a truly unique and positive presence in today's music scene.
Their mixes paint the story of two extraordinarily talented and passionate guys. Some blatantly show that Psychemagik can absolutely dominate a dancefloor. Others, like their guest mixtapes for the Test Pressing podcast, are gorgeously composed psychedelic experiences which give you an idea of just how deep and amazing their record collections really are. Basically, you can bet that they have the perfect record for any time and any place. Actually, they probably have ten.
Tom and Danny's two most recent compilations on Claremont 56 offshoot Leng, "Magik Cyrkles" and "Magik Sunrise" are mind-blowing collections of the best music you've never heard which, not surprisingly, sell for crazy money if you're lucky enough to find someone willing to part with their copy. They also made big waves with their Lunar Escape EP and, with their debut album just around the corner, things are only going to get bigger and better for Psychemagik.
This time around we're lucky enough to have both of the lads jumping behind the decks for another afternoon of radness. It'll also be our Picnic Christmas party and we'll have a few of our favourite regulars down to spin some lovely festive music:
Get down to Man O War Steps (behind the Opera House!) before 3pm where we'll have a water taxi waiting to take you out to The Island. Make sure you jump on presales for this one - they'll be $60 (water transfers included) from Resident Advisor!
Lots of love!
PICNIC PRESENTS PSYCHEMAGIK XMAS AFTER PARTY
To add some Xmas giving to our Xmas Party we're taking things into the deep of night at one of Sydney's favourite dancing spaces - The Hellenic Club!!
We'll be lugging in a sick sound system, a smoke machine and some lasers along with some of DJs from The Island (plus a few ring ins!) including our incredible guests PSYCHEMAGIK who will get to play their first late night set in Sydney!! And believe us - this will be an experience!!!
RYAN HAWAIIAN (CANYONS)
ENTRY IS FREE for anyone with a wristband from The Island party or $20 presale thru RA!
Posted 12th December 2013
PICNIC PRESENTS KINK - LIVE
Holy guacamole, we have KiNK coming back to party with us this November and we are STOKED!
Having been raving to the sounds of early dance music since the age of 12, KiNK has established himself as the most accomplished house and techno guys on the scene, with releases on some of the top labels around - institutions like Rush Hour, Poker Flat, Ovum, Liebe*Detail and Kolour Recordings. His work with collaboration partner Neville Watson has, on top of all that, cemented him as a prolific, versatile and inventive electronic artist. So far this year he's dropped 12-inches with Marc Romboy (on Marc's own Systematic imprint) and Belgian champ Sierra Sam which have both been stellar.
His passion for hardware and sound manipulation translates from the studio into the performance world spectacularly, resulting in an unreal live show that spans old school chicago house, quality acid, deep techno and whatever else suits the occasion. Having delighted audiences everywhere from Italy to Israel, he placed 5th in RA's Top 20 live acts of 2012 poll - sandwiched between Âme and Henrik Schwarz - proving he's one of the world's most exciting electronic performers. His headline Picnic show last year was one of the most sensational nights Sydney has seen, lighting The Spice Cellar up with as much energy as has ever been felt in the club.
And now he's making his hotly anticipated return to Picnic, this time at the Burdekin Hotel on November 30th. We'll be taking over two floors for the occasion - the ground level plus the Dug Out - and of course we'll be enlisting the help of Sydney's finest to make sure it's an absolute winner.
Starring: Phil Smart, Simon Caldwell, Ben Fester, Marc Jarvin + Jungle Snake and Kali.
Posted 24th October 2013
PICNIC PRESENTS JOHN TEJADA (LIVE) + MOOMIN
Summer is already just around the corner and it's time to really ramp things up. We're going to have back-to-back weekends at the Burdekin Hotel to wrap November up, starting with a mind-blowing double header on the 23rd! Our amazing guests will be...
JOHN TEJADA - Live (LA, Palette, Kompakt)
With 20 years, nearly two dozen albums and an impossibly large number of 12-inches under his musical belt, John Tejada is one of the most prolific and outstanding electronic artists you could hope to find. From early works on his own Palette Recordings imprint through to his current releases on Cologne super-label Kompakt, the LA-based legend has maintained an incredibly high standard of output across his numerous solo and collaborative projects, covering everything from Detroit-flavoured melodic techno and house (John Tejada, Lucid Dream) to IDM and rock (I'm Not A Gun) to minimal tech house (with Arian Leviste) and heaps more.
And on top of being a studio god, he's also regarded as one of the finest live electronic artists on the global circuit. Bringing with him an arsenal of equipment and a bottomless catalogue of compositions to perform, every live show is a meticulously crafted and moving experience which sets Tejada in a league of his own. To have this kind of techno royalty jumping on our stage to make us dance is going to be a huge pleasure!
MOOMIN (Berlin, Smallville)
Although he's been behind the decks since the mid-'90s, German producer and DJ Sebastian Genz only stepped onto the deep house scene in 2010 as Moomin and immediately found the spotlight. Coming from a hip hop and funk background, his penchant for and intimate understanding of sampling translated beautifully to house music where he's been making amazing soulful grooves ever since.
After a couple of 12-inch releases, Moomin approached stellar Hamburg imprint Smallville, home to acts like Christopher Rau and Move D & Benjamin Brunn, and an ideal partnership was born. His late 2011 debut LP, "The Story About You", was received with tonnes of love from critics, DJs and listeners, and has been followed by some killer releases on Aim and his own label, Closer, which will be the a new home for more of his deep grooving goodness. It's not all studio work though; his 17 years of experience spinning records combined with his eclectic influences and exceptional ear make him one of the most impressive DJs you can find on the circuit, and his first trip to Australia is serious cause for excitement.
We'll be taking over two rooms - the ground floor and our beloved Dug Out Bar - with some truly amazing supports, of course:
THE FINGER PRINCE
The fun starts at 10pm and stops at never.
PICNIC & IDRB PRESENT PARTY #2 WITH TIAGO
Woah. The first of our ten-party Icebergs Sunday series was absolutely incredible. Marcos Cabral destroyed it, the vibe couldn't have been much betterr. So now that you've slept it off, it's time to announce party #2, this time with
This Portuguese legend has been cooking up some stunning records over the past few years. Under his own name he's had 12-inches on some of the most awesome labels around - DFA, Leng, Italians Do It Better, Jolly Jams - though he's ben responsible for plenty more goodness under a bunch of different guises. Lush psychedelic jams as part of Gala Drop, downtempo gems for ESP Institute as Sea Power & Change, and a whole spectrum of house, techno and Balearic on his 2013 debut LP as TNT Subhead.
Naturally, the incredible range he shows in the studio reflects Tiago's awesome diversity and ability as a DJ. He's been spinning at Lux in Lisbon for 15 years and his regular marathon sets are legendary beyond the confines of the Portuguese capital. It's going to be a real treat for us to present his Sydney debut at our newest beachfront home!
He'll be joined by some other great DJs on the day!
Same biz as last time - we kick off at 4 PM and Icebergs' incredible bar food is included in the ticket price. If you came along to the first party, you'll know what's in store. If you didn't, don't miss out a second time!
Strictly limited to 100 tickets.
Posted 19th September 2013
MARCOS CABRAL AT ICEBERGS THIS SUNDAY ARVO
Man, time is flying by like crazy. Already our Icebergs party with NYC legend Marcos Cabral is this Sunday afternoon. We're seriously thrilled to have Marcos spinning for us: between his work with Jacques Renault as Runaway + On The Prowl and his amazing solo productions, he's been responsible for some of our favourite tunage around. Tickets are really close to selling out - they're all gone from RA and, at the moment, only 20 left on Pulse so if you'd like to come along to this awesome gig please grab a ticket right now!
They're $40 which includes Icebergs' incredible bar food to keep your tummy happy. We kick off at 4pm with Valerie Yum, Pink Lloyd, Andy Webb and Kali supporting Mr. Cabral. Here are some goodies to pump into your ears in preparation for what's going to be a stunning Bondi Sunday session.
See ya Sunday!
Posted 11th September 2013
THANK YOU & GOOD NIGHT
Check out the awesome Oyster playlist Lewie did to celebrate the occasion.
Posted 31st August 2013
TORNADO WALLACE GOES ALL NIGHT + MARCOS CABRAL AT ICEBERGS
We are positively delighted to announce the long awaited return of the One Night Stand series AND one of the finest guests we could possibly ask for: Mister Lewie Day AKA Tornado Wallace. If you're not familiar with the concept, it's nice and simple. Lewie will be playing an ALL NIGHT SET for us at an amazing warehouse space. No support acts, just hour after magical hour of the legend of Melbourne deepness.
Since his last ONS appearance in November 2011, Lewie has been absolutely destroying it. Following on from his epic releases on labels like Delusions of Grandeur, Instruments of Rapture and Sleazy Beats, he's spent a while spinning at home and abroad, nailing down lengthy tours of the US (two of the actually) and Europe, chucking in a few superb remixes for Matthew Dear, Recloose and Session Victim's Matthias Reiling along the way. 2013 has seen a return to original productions, kicked off with Thinking Allowed on ESP Institute which was met with universal love and adoration. Lewie also just dropped another 12" on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space imprint which is totally sublime - the man can do no wrong. He doesn't make it up to Sydney all that often and it's a seriously rare and glorious occasion to have him playing for us in a stunning warehouse space ALL NIGHT LONG. There's no doubt he's one of the best we've got in a country that's teaming with talent.
Presale tickets are just $25 from Resident Advisor and Pulse Radio and it's BYO ONLY - we'll have fridges and bar staff to keep your booze cold and safe. Doors open at 10pm, don't be late because Lewie will be starting at 10 sharp! The address will be released on the week of the party. Catch you guys on the floor!
Last month 100 lucky party folk enjoyed (to put it mildly) an amazing day / night in the Icebergs Bar - an amazing collaboration between IDRB, Picnic and of course Red Bull Music Academy ...Now it's time to get down to business with the official first of ten parties loving co-produced by Picnic and IDRB to celebrate the iconic restaurant and bar's amazing decade at the top!
Picnic + Icebergs Dining Room and Bar presents PARTY #1
featuring MARCOS CABRAL (RUNAWAY. ON THE PROWL. NYC)
With a DJ career spanning more than two decades, the Brooklyn native has been churning out amazing disco-tinged house since his first release as Runaway with studio buddy Jacques Renault back in 2002. As a pair, they've gone on to put out well over a dozen killer 12-inches on labels like Mule Musiq, Let's Play House and REKIDS, including the massive 'Brooklyn Club Jam' which is still a certified dancefloor bomb five years on. Oh, and they also run On The Prowl, one of the most essential house labels of recent times.
But Cabral isn't just a master collaborator - his eclectic solo productions have found their way onto imprints like Trapez Ltd and L.I.E.S., the latter of which recently released his debut LP, 'False Memories'. The record is actually a collection of his early productions, dating between 1998 and 2000, which explore a raw techno sound recorded to cassette with primitive editing software and a Roland MC-303, showcasing a fascinating experimental side of his work. Now in 2013, Cabral is one of the most experienced, talented and underrated dudes on the scene who has a varied, unique and supremely danceable sound.
PINK FLOYD / ANDY WEBB / KALI / VALERIE YUM
LIMITED 100 TICKETS
4 - 10pm / $40 including Bar Food!
Posted 21st August 2013
DJ SPRINKLES THIS SAT + TERRE THAEMLITZ NEXT WED!
We're only a couple of days away from hitting the Abercrombie for DJ Sprinkles!! This Saturday afternoon we'll be basking in the sunshine and sharing some exquisite music from one of the most brilliant makers of deep house music (amongst many other things) in the world. We'll also have local legends Stereogamous, Ben Fester, Magda Bytnerowicz, Matt Vaughan, Lovertits, Kali and Andy Webb spinning from 2pm right through to 11. You can still grab tickets from Resident Advisor and Pulse Radio for just $20 - they'll be more on the door so hop to it!
After our show at The Abercrombie, 200 of us lucky ones will make our way down to CLUB 77 to take part in something genuinely different!!
TERRE THAEMLITZ (LIVE)
Under her real name, Terre Thaemlitz, will perform material from her SOULNESSLESS release and subsequent live show which led Halcyon to conclude that she "is easily amongst the most interesting and bravest of contemporary musicians and for that reason an asset to any artistic movement."
The transgendered performer's unconventional presentation goes well beyond a simple replaying of the 30+ hour-long multimedia album's recorded work - it's a combination of audio/visual content accompanied by commentary and dialogue with the audience, blended with passages of live audio performance and a range of other surprises.
We've handpicked truly exceptional local talent to compliment Terre!
NICK FORREST (LIVE)
NUCK FAMES (LIVE)
and Sydney's finest DJ, SIMON CALDWELL, will expertly thread it all together - as only he can!
We open doors at 8PM and we'll make sure you hold on to your DJ Sprinkles ticket print out - cause that will be what gets you in!!!
Posted 8th August 2013
RBMA, PICNIC AND ICEBERGS PRESENT RICK WILHITE
The term 'Detroit legend' is thrown around a lot in the electronic music scene, but nobody will argue that's exactly what Rick "The Godson" Wilhite is. Both as a solo artist and as part of the iconic Detroit foursome, The 3 Chairs with Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman and Moodymann, Wilhite has been one of the Motor City's most important dance music figures for the best part of three decades and, even now, just about any true house-loving DJ will either own or desperately seek copies of his celebrated mid-'90s debut 12-inches, "Soul Edge" and "The Godson EP", originally released on KDJ.
Although he never left the scene, the past five years have seen Wilhite return to more regular studio activity, pumping out some fantastic records on Still Music including his 2011 album "Analog Aquarium" which was met with praise and adoration from critics and fans alike. It's timeless music which rides on a genuine soulfulness that digs in deep and makes dancing a completely involuntary reaction, and it'll be such a pleasure to have this master of groove playing tunes for us on a lovely Sunday evening in front of one of the world's most awesome beaches.
We'll also have a very special RBMA guest making an appearance on the decks from 7pm.
Local supports include Garry Todd, Valerie & Lux Comms and Picnic's own Kali.
This marks the first of ten ultra special, limited capacity parties by Picnic and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. We have some real beauties lined up!
Posted 18th July 2013
PICNIC & THE HOUSE OF MINCE PRESENT DJ SPRINKLES
Picnic and The House Of Mince are teaming up to bring you, our dear friends, the one and only Terre Thaemiltz aka...
There's no question that Terre Thaemlitz AKA DJ Sprinkles is one of the most fascinating, talented and unique figures in the electronic music community. Known as much for her intelligent and thought-provoking critique of sexuality, ethnicity and modern society as she is for grooving deep house, captivating ambient compositions and experimental digital jazz, her role extends far beyond that of your average producer.
Since the early '90s, her music has ventured through these various styles and sounds under a number of monikers, including her real name, resulting in a hugely prolific and eclectic discography that's found its way onto labels like Comatonse, Mille Plateaux and her new home Mule Musiq.
For more than a decade and, particularly over the past five years, Thaemlitz has been actively making and playing some of the finest deep house around under the Sprinkles alias: her debut artist LP under this name, "Midtown 120 Blues", was ranked as Resident Advisor's #1 album of 2009, while the site also described her most recent mix CD for Mule as "something approaching perfection." Her latest offering, a double-album of DJ Sprinkles remixes titled "Queerifications & Ruins", again shows off her versitility and ability to create total dance floor weapons which keep dancers coming back for more the world over. After more than 20 years, it's an honour to have one of electronic music's most remarkable figures come to Australia to party with us for only the second time.
IT'S A DAY PARTY
at everyones favourite dancing playground
We'll kick off at 2pm! With heavy duty support
Posted 11th July 2013
6TH BOROUGH PROJECT SHOW + 6BP/THE REVENGE AUS TOUR
Winter is well and truly on the way, so to counter the cold we've rounded up a couple of dudes to bathe us in gloriously warm house music: the totally superb 6th Borough Project!
EARLY BIRD TIX SOLD OUT BUT FIRST RELEASE IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR JUST $20!
6TH BOROUGH PROJECT!
The 6th Borough Project is Craig Smith and Graeme Clarke. Their music is deep, soulful and funky but always energetic. With their roots in jazz, boogie and funk, and their tips in disco, deep house and warm tech, resisting the impulse to dance is impossible.
Craig has been on the DJ circuit for more than 20 years, including 10 years of hosting 'Audio Deluxe' at The Honeycomb in Edinburgh which saw big wigs like Masters At Work, Ashley Beedle and DJ Jazzy Jeff spinning tunes and partying.
Graeme Clark has been one of the fastest rising names in deep house and disco re-edits over the past few years and continues to accelerate. Productions for his own labels Instruments Of Rapture, Five20East and his DJ edits for L.E.S.S. Productions have had across-the-board support from scene heavyweights including Danny Krivit, Prins Thomas and Todd Terje.
As the 6th Borough Project the pair have released some stunning records on Delusions of Grandeur, Instruments Of Rapture and Jiscomusic to widespread acclaim. They released their debut album, One Night In The Borough, in May 2011 which mesmerised audiences with warm slow-mo deep house and smokey soulful disco cuts. In 2012 they also dropped a 10" and a superb mix CD on the consistently sensational Kolour LTD imprint, as well as another sterling EP on DoG, while their second full length release is just around the corner. Their technical brilliance coupled with a deeply instinctive understanding of what grooves and feels good make them one of the most exciting acts in dance music right now.
In support across the two rooms will be *deep breath*
Marc Jarvin & Jungle Snake *** Magda Bytnerowicz ***
Ken Cloud *** Ben Fester & Preacha *** Kali *** Andy Webb.
Huge! We kick off at 9pm and ride on through until summer comes back. This will be a biggy!
Here are the full tour dates for 6BP/The Revenge if you find yourself craving some good tunes in another city:
May 31 - 6th Borough at Sugar, Adelaide
June 1 - 6th Borough at New Guernica, Melbourne
June 2 - 6th Borough at Parkside, Wollongong
June 7 - 6th Borough at The Burdekin, Sydney (Picnic show!)
June 8 - The Revenge at The Liberty Social, Melbourne
June 9 - The Revenge at Terminal Projekt, Sydney
Posted 23rd May 2013
PICNIC PRESENTS GENIUS OF TIME - LIVE AT THE CIVIC
YEAH! GENIUS OF TIME! LIVE!
$15 EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Genius Of Time have been a dance floor favourite of Picnic for a few years now and we are absolutely stoked to have them play LIVE for us!
Since 2010 the Swedish duo, Alexander Berg and Nils Krogh, have been turning heads (and wearing out soles of shoes) with their unique take on house music...Disco influenced, 90s heavy, spaced out but still driving and (most definitely) dance floor friendly – they are making jams that are classic yet youthful and forward thinking!
While the majority of their music is released on their own vinyl only label, Aniara Recordings (releases already fetching stupid amounts of dollars on discogs), everyone’s favourite Dutch sub-label Royal Oak had the privilege of putting out the amazing “Drifting Back Ep” – yep, the one with “Houston We Have A Problem”! And of course these boys know their way around a remix or ten, as Tricksi, The Tortoise, Vincenzo, Kyodai, Urban Soul and others will agree!
Their latest 12”, a rework of First Choice’s “Love Thang” is selling out worldwide and we’re sure this is the just the beginning!!
Come be part of awesome history as these young guns play their debut Sydney show. Oh, and yes it’s exclusive!
------------ LOCAL SUPPORTS ------------------
JIMMY 2 SOX, KALI, ANDY WEBB
------------- SALOON BAR DJs -------------------
ARIANE, MARCUS KING, TONI TONI LEE!
Posted 18th April 2013
PICNIC 5TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERPITCHER
***Early bird tickets $15***
It's ridiculous! We're still here!!!
With half a decade of spring in our step - we've pulled out a doooozy of a second show for Easter!! It had to be though right - it's our birthday bitches!!!!!
S U P E R P I T C H E R !
For 13 years Superpitcher has been leading the way as one of Kompakt's most celebrated artists. Since the very early days of Michael Mayer's hugely respected label, the German producer has been pumping out some of the finest thumping techno, grooving micro house and dreamy electronic pop, both on his own and in some killer collaborations.
Flying solo he's released two stunning albums and a whole stack of 12"s scattered across Kompakt and its sub-labels including timeless tracks like 'Heroin' and his cover of Brian Eno's 'Baby's On Fire'. He teamed up with Mayer to create Supermayer, dropping a couple of singles ('The Art of Letting Go and 'Save the World') and a brilliant album spanning ambient, minimal techno and tech house. His partnership with Rebolledo as Pachanga Boys has taken things to new heights of global cheer, with the pair releasing some of the most fun and fantastic party tunes in recent years. He's given pleasure to the ears and feet of dancers the world over, from the most discerning techno strokers to the loosest house vibers, and now he's heading back to Sydney for the first time since 2010 to delight us with his supreme sounds.
SUPPORT: KEN CLOUD, KALI, ANDY WEBB
We kick off at 2PM - YEP THIS IS A DAY PARTY!! Santa Barbara is the perfect venue for it, they'll be beefing up their already glorious rig of awesome sound for us and pumping out some epic drink specials!!
Pop down early, it'll be worth it!!
$5 house spirits
$10 jugs beer & cider
Between 2 - 6pm!!
GO PICNIC!! BETTER YET - GO YOU GUYS!!! We literally could not do it with you!!
Carly & Andy xxx
Posted 20th March 2013
PICNIC PRESENTS IVAN SMAGGHE AND PACHANGA BOYS AT THE ABERCROMBIE
Four days off work means big celebrations, and we've arranged the biggest of all. Picnic are proud to present a night at The Abercrombie Hotel with IVAN SMAGGHE AND PACHANGA BOYS. Seriously. Dunno if the Easter Bunny works the same way that Santa does, but you've all been good boys and girls and we think you've earned it.
It may be more time efficient to talk about the things that Ivan Smagghe hasn't done than the things that he has. As Black Strobe he played a crucial role in the rise of (tasteful) electroclash. He has released a whole stack of incredible mix albums, including 2004's seminal Death Disco as well as contributions to the Fabric, Bugged Out! and Live At Robert Johnson series. As head of A&R he led Tigersushi sub-label Kill The DJ to become a hugely respected imprint worldwide. He's one half of It's A Fine Line (with Tim Paris), he produces with German production powerhouse Roman Flugel as RMVN, and he can be found spinning back to back with the legendary Andrew Weatherall on a semi-regular basis ever since the pair ran Wrong Meeting at London's T Bar until 2008.
There's plenty more to add to the resume, but you get the picture. Smagghe's remarkable musical intuition has made him one of the world's most respected and sought after acts, both in the studio and behind the decks. With one of the deepest record bags in the business, his sound is never the same from one moment to the next, yet it's always distinctly Smagghe.
The purveyors of love, joy and the power of Pachanga: when Superpitcher and Rebolledo joined forces back in 2010 the world became a more partyful place for everybody. Their Hippie Dance imprint, a sub of Cologne powerhouse label Kompakt, was born out of the perfect partnership between a German master of shimmering techno and grooving house and a Mexican oddball whose releases on Matias Aguayo's Còmeme celebrate a humorous, fun-loving approach to dance music. Together, the pair have put out three unbelievable 12-inches, including 2011's 15 minute massive euphoric burning odyssey 'Time', and their recent debut LP 'We Are Really Sorry' which was a huge favourite of 2012 for dancers and DJs around the globe. The "Hippie Dance Atelier Super Limited Collectors Edition" of the album included a 36 page psychedelic coloring book with special crayon pack, a postcard to send the one you love and an organic cotton and Alpaca knitted tortilla chip broche - yeah, they're pretty fun dudes. Peace, Love, Power and Pachanga!
It'll be Ivan's first visit in 7 years and the debut of the Pachanga Boys in Aus, so this is a very special occasion!
KALI on warm up.
Posted 6th March 2013
MARDI GRAS NIGHT WITH MANO LE TOUGH!
Happy Valentine's Day everybody, we love you!! We're only a couple of weeks away from Mardi Gras where we'll be partying with our pals from Strange Fruit at The Abercrombie with the newly crowned supreme overlord of beautiful melodic house, Mano Le Tough! 15 hours of music played by 11 incredible DJs across 2 rooms - this is going to be a pretty amazing event.
It's at a pretty perfect time too, with Mano's album being released earlier that week on Permanent Vacation which cranks the excitement up even higher. For a taste of his prowess behind the decks, have a listen to his recent RA podcast. It's an absolute gem. Then head over to the site and grab some tickets - there are still cheap 1st releases left, only $20. Happy days!
Posted 14th February 2013
LATE NITE TUFF GUY DEPARTURE CHANGES + DJ HMC AFTERPARTY!!
We'll start with what you should already know: Saturday the 9th of Feb marks the return of LATE NITE TUFF GUY to the Picnic soundsystem, this time on the glorious floating paradise The Island. 6 months after one of our ALL TIME favourite parties down at The Civic, he's coming back for round two and we couldn't be more stoked. He'll be joined on the harbour by STEPHEN ALLKINS (yess!!) and KALI where the tunes will be pumping out of a beautiful Funktion One rig all afternoon.
THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE OF LOCATION SO LISTEN UP PEOPLE!
Instead of Rose Bay Wharf, water taxis will now be leaving from and returning to the Man O War steps located on the eastern Botanical Gardens side of the Opera House. The Island itself will be floating around Athol Bay which is outside Taronga Zoo. Taxis will be departing the steps at 3pm so make sure you're there with time to spare.
Bring your swimmers and an appetite for Hugos pizzas (!!) and disco, we'll provide the vibe and killer tunes all day long. You can still get tickets from Resident Advisor but be quick, they're down to the final release!
DJ HMC AFTER PARTY AT THE CIVIC!!
Now we can announce that yes, we've been hiding an ace up our sleeve for fans of ze techno: immediately following The Island, Late Nite Tuff Guy will be doing a hulk-like transformation into his legendary techno alter-ego, DJ HMC, for an epic afterparty at The Civic. After a day of lapping up disco vibes on sunny Sydney Harbour it'll be time to head underground and get down to serious business.
While LNTG has been dominating the disco airwaves for the past few years, HMC (House Master Cam) is a name which has synonymous with Australian techno for nearly three decades. A true pioneer in the country, the movement Cam spearheaded led Adelaide to be referred to as the "Aussie Detroit". He's well and truly earned his title as The Godfather of Australian techno, wowing audiences with his sublimely crafted DJ sets since the early '80s and blowing record buyers' minds all throughout the '90s and early 2000s. His triumphant return to the studio a few years ago has seen him at his peak, and it's going to be a true pleasure to see one of the all time greats showing us both sides of his craft.
But wait, there's more! On the warm up will be another sensational interstate dudester, this time a prodigy whose career is just kicking off: Melbourne champ FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA. After a string of glorious deep house 12s, his recent BBW white label series embraces vintage-inspired techno - he's a man of many tastes and talents! Then, post-HMC, we'll have Sydney legend SIMON CALDWELL sending us off with his unparalleled vibesmanship, reminding us that we've got it pretty damn good up here too. Spruce Lee, Valerie Yum and Andy Webb will be manning the decks upstairs for your grooving pleasure.
The afterparty kicks off at 10pm - dancers with wristbands from LNTG will be given discounted priority entry to The Civic or can pay upfront on The Island ($15 cash only)or if you're really keen to lock in your dance floor spot you can email Carly and we'll organise direct deposit - firstname.lastname@example.org - while others not coming during the day can pick up limited presale tickets from Resident Advisor ($25).
Be warned though - there are limited general admission tickets!! RUN AND BUY THEM...
Posted 7th February 2013
LATE NITE TUFF GUY AND MANO LE TOUGH COMING UP
After an absolutely sensational Sydney Festival night with Danny Wang and Darshan Jesrani (THANK YOU!) we're looking forward to our next couple of shindigs. 6 months after one of our ALL TIME favourite parties down at The Civic, we're bringing the one, the only, Late Nite Tuff Guy back up to Sydney, this time for a glorious afternoon on The Island. For those of you lucky enough to experience the last show, you'll know what kind of extraordinary sounds are in store - and to be able to host one of the Australia's most legendary DJs on a stunning harbour venue in summer is just so good.
Support will be in the form of Stephen Allkins (how lucky are we!!) and Kali. Water taxis will be departing Rose Bay Wharf at 3pm so make sure you're there with time to spare. Bring your swimmers and an appetite for Hugos pizzas (!!) and disco, we'll provide the vibe and killer tunes all day long.
Tickets from Resident Advisor: Early Bird $50 // First Release $60 // Second Release $70
This will sell out so make sure you get in early!!
And then! Picnic and Strange Fruit are delighted to be jumping in bed together on Mardi Gras night, March 2nd, to present a MASSIVE show at The Abercrombie Hotel with the extraordinary MANO LE TOUGH.
Now based in Berlin, Irish expat Mano Le Tough has been absolutely killing it since his 2009 debut with his releases on Buzzin Fly, Internasjonal and, most recently, the consistently awesome Permanent Vacation. His warm, melodic approach to house music is instantly loveable and translates into good times on any dance floor, and his music has made its way into the bags of artists as diverse as Jimpster, Soul Clap, Hernan Cattaneo, Trickski and Catz 'N Dogz. His debut LP "Changing Days" is due out in the last week of February, just days before this party, so there's even more reason to celebrate!
Mano isn't just a whiz in the studio though - he's gained a huge amount of respect as a DJ over his short career, picking up regular gigs at famed German nightspots Panorama Bar and Robert Johnson. He runs a monthly night at Loftus Hall in Berlin called "Passion Beat" which has seen acts like Nicolas Jaar, John Talabot and The Mole all jump behind the decks as guest headliners. Debuting at number 53 in RA's Top 100 DJs poll this year, he was one of the year's highest new entries and obviously made a stellar impression on every dancer he played to at home and abroad in 2012.
And now he's heading to Australia for the very first time and we'll have the absolute pleasure of hosting him! We've plucked out a bunch of Sydney's finest for the occasion:
2 ROOMS. 15 HOURS. INFINITE AMOUNTS OF HELL YEAH!
Mano Le Tough (3 Hour Set) // Ben Korbel (We Love Sounds) // Kali (Picnic) // Jordan Deck (Strange Fruit) // Morgan
Phil Smart // Matt Aubusson (Glitch) // Mike Witcombe (A Life Less Ordinary) // Slow Blow // Marc Jarvin
Tickets from $15, available from Resident Advisor!
Posted 23rd January 2013
SYDNEY FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY - DANNY WANG AND DARSHAN JESRANI!
Wow, here we are already! After an EPIC start to 2013 with Psychemagik on The Island, we're back for our third SydFest show this Saturday night at SYDNEY TOWN HALL with two of our favourite acts of all time.
To keep you occupied in the days between now and then, we've got some quality reading and listening for you. Pop on this killer Darshan mix while you have a squiz at this fantastic conversation with Mister Metro Area himself on inthemix. Then revisit a whole bunch of Danny's finest moments with this awesome Balihu megamix put together by the wonderful Tim Sweeney while you check out this Pulse Radio interview with the always outspoken, never dull, totally disco Mr. Wang.
Also, for a bit of fun, You Only Live Once did a couple of really cool articles with the lads about the perfect day in their home cities. Hit up Darshan's Perfect Day in NYC and Danny's Perfect Day in Berlin.
That should keep you busy for the moment. And while you're doing all that, head on over to the Sydney Festival Website to pick up some cheap tickies, just $36 for the night! Support will be in the form of Picnic pals Kali and Andy Webb and doors open at 8pm. Let's make this our best SydFest party yet!!
LOOK AT OUR PLAYGROUND!
Set times are:
8.00 - 8.30pm Andy Webb
8.30 - 11.30pm DANIEL WANG
11.30 - 1.30am DARSHAN JESRANI
1.30 - 2.00am Kali
See you all on the dance floor :)
Posted 17th January 2013
PSYCHEMAGIK TODAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Your instructions for today: get yourself down to Rose Bay Wharf by 3pm donning your finest swimsuit, where you'll catch a water taxi to The Island. It's best to get there early, but if you're running late they'll continue to leave every 20 minutes. Once you arrive, you are required to eat (Hugos pizza), swim (the forecast says 29 and sunny), chill (day beds everywhere), dance (obviously) and have the best time ever. If you missed out on online tickets, we'll have a very limited number available at the wharf for $60, so get down as early as you can to avoid disappointment. See you all down there!
Posted 5th January 2013
PSYCHEMAGIK ON THE ISLAND AND DARSHAN JESRANI/DANNY WANG @ SYDFEST!
After an insane November (thank you thank you thank you!) we're cooling off a bit before our next wave of amazing shows. January is going to be extremely special - we're starting the year with Psychemagik on The Island on Jan 5th. Absolute paradise. There's simply no artist we'd prefer to spend the first weekend of the new year with, splashing around and drinking coconuts, soaking up the sun over Sydney Harbour. Head over to Resident Advisor and snap up some real cheap tix - the earlier you jump in, the less dosh you spend.
Then on January 19th it's SYDNEY FESTIVAL with DARSHAN JESRANI and DANNY WANG! Our triumphant return to SydFest will be at Sydney Town Hall and it's going to be a pretty incredible night. Two of the most influential and fantastic purveyors of disco in the last 20 years both appearing on stage for one seriously awesome Picnic, with 1200 happy dancers grooving away in a very unusual, very amazing space. Tickets are only $36 from the Sydney Festival website. Good times!
Posted 6th December 2012
HELLO SUMMER! GERD JANSON, PSYCHEMAGIK AND SYDNEY FESTIVAL
First up, a massive thanks to everybody who came down and partied with us at PillowTalk! The music, the people, the vibe - it was all fantastic. Now we're onto our third and last show for November (and our last show for the year!) with Gerd Janson. We're teaming up with our pals Co-Op for this one and it's going to be a very special party indeed.
When you look at Gerd's list of accolades, you become immediately aware that he's one bloody impressive man. Founder of the extraordinary Running Back imprint, he's been responsible for putting out records by Theo Parrish, Todd Terje, Tiger & Woods, Prosumer and Radio Slave. Resident at the revered Robert Johnson in Frankfurt, he's blown the minds of thousands of discerning punters with his stunning eclectic DJ sets. Team member at the Red Bull Music Academy, he's been that dude on the couch interviewing every dance music legend under the sun, from DJ Harvey and Prins Thomas to Move D and Edfemin. Occasional producer of highly danceable disco and house as Tuff City Kids and Pink Alert, his remix work has landed on labels like Permanent Vacation, Sonar Kollektiv, Innervisions and our own local buds Future Classic.
We taking all this down to the newly great sounding Tatlers! No more pesky "door list only" entry! Straight up good vibes, with a killer out door area to boot. Tickets are super limited, the capacity is only 150. Tickets avail through Resident Advisor for hardly anything - $20 presales!
Following on from that, we'll be ringing in the new year with PSYCHEMAGIK ON THE ISLAND!! The pleasure odyssey takes place on January 5th so make sure you save the date. More info on that one soon.
Then January 19th we're partying in Sydney Town Hall with Darshan Jesrani and Danny Wang! It's our third Sydney Festival show and it's going to be absolutely supreme. Head on over to the Sydney Festival website to grab cheap cheap tickies and we can all be merry.
Posted 22nd November 2012
WE'RE BACK AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL WITH DARSHAN JESRANI AND DANNY WANG!
The bubble has burst: we can now announce that Picnic will be back at Sydney Festival 2013 to present Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area) and Daniel Wang!! After two incredible events at Hyde Park Barracks, the Festival Bar is making a move to Town Hall which is pretty mind blowing. We'll be getting our disco on at Paradiso on January 19th, you can pick up tickets through the Sydney Festival website. Obviously this is going to be the best summer of all time ever.
Also remember we've got Horse Meat Disco coming up next Friday night down at Goodgod! You can still snap up cheap presale tickets from Resident Advisor and we recommend you do. As anybody who's been along to one of our HMD parties before, they're on a whole new tier of fun. Support on the night from Marcus King, Steele Bonus and Andy Webb. YAY!
Posted 24th October 2012
ONE NIGHT STAND: LADIES NIGHT, THIS SATURDAY
Heaps going on in Picnicland right now! Starting with our Ladies night this Saturday: we'll be dancing and smiling all night long with EIGHT of our fair city's most ridiculously talented DJ femmes: *deep breath* Valerie Yum, Alley Oop, Cassette, Ariane, Morgan, Sam Francisco, Bad Ezzy and Kali! We've finally reached the season where the lush outdoor area of our spectacular warehouse space isn't a freezer, yet you also won't get burnt to a crisp on the dance floor. PERFECT. Incredible music, amazing people, the cosiest environment imaginable, good times flowing from start to finish.
Don't forget this is a SEQUINS PARTY, so gather your most glittery get-up and shimmer on down. It's BYO so make sure you stock up on your party elixir of choice. The address will be announced closer to the date, and $15 tickets can be picked up from Resident Advisor - they'll be 25 on the door so save some bucks and sort it early.
Whether you're gay, straight, bi or tri, the news is good: Horse Meat Disco are returning to Picnic for the fourth time for another insane night of overjoyed dancing and disco music. Their set at our 4th birthday party earlier in the year was beyond phenomenal, as we're sure every sweat-drenched dancer would agree, and we're bracing ourselves for the next instalment of the world's best queer disco DJs coming to our side of the world.
Since Horse Meat Disco began nearly eight years ago, the London DJ collective have built up their name to the point of it being probably the world's most celebrated queer disco party. Inspired by the music and inclusive ethos of New York's club scene during the '70s and '80s, the collective have garnered a unique reputation for amazing parties and unmatchable sets. Their hugely successful compilation series on K7! Records, now up to the third release with a fourth on the way, brings together a whole bunch of their finest gems which have become anthems at their Vauxhall home gigs and abroad. Basically, nothing in the whole world is more fun than dancing to the Horse Meat Disco DJs.
This time we'll be popping down to Goodgod for an intimate set, with Picnic pals Marcus King, Steele Bonus and Andy Webb keeping the decks warm for the rest of the night. Presale tix will be $20 from Resident Advisor - they'll be $30 on the door so do it early!
Posted 11th October 2012
PICNIC PRESENTS PILLOW TALK - LIVE AT THE OXFORD ART FACTORY!
Picnic are taking things to the next level this November: We'll be presenting the debut Australian performance of PILLOWTALK!
The San Francisco trio are seriously one of our favourite acts right now. Their sound hints at a million different influences rolled into one - smooth disco and R&B meets underground house and techno, from Frankie Valli to Theo Parrish, Beach Boys to Larry Heard - their sound is both classic and cutting edge. Whether bringing the sun on Visionquest, cruising between charming pop and deep house with Wolf + Lamb (their Far From Heaven EP is still constantly on repeat) or going deeper still on their Life and Death release, the band are completely infectious from the stunning vocals down to the perfect production.
On the road, the PillowTalk experience show is one mad party. All performed live, the band