With Astral People's inaugural Winter Dance kicking off on Saturday, here are our top picks for the night guaranteed to keep you warm.
ASTRAL PEOPLE, infamous for their revered Summer Dance series, are taking the dance into the cold this winter with their inaugural Winter Dance. Capturing the essence of the Summer Dance programming, they've tapped some of the world's best for this one including Detroit house and techno master, Omar S, Vancouver duo Pender Street Steppers and Motor City native K-Hand.
Winter Dance is going down this Saturday, June 22 at the UNSW Roundhouse in Kensington. The AP team over the years have become central in bringing some of the best electronic acts from across the globe to our shores, and it's looking like WD will be no exception to that.
They've also tapped some of our favourite local acts to join in on the winter festivities. Check them out below.
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It's been a little quiet on the Roland Tings front for the last few years. He put out his Each Moment A Diamond EP back in 2017, released a slick house jam in 'One Hundred' with HIGH HØØPS last year, and that's been it on the release front.
Tucking himself away literally 'Hiding In The Bushes' for a year, his short hiatus saw him move away to a house on the Great Ocean Road to live by himself to focus on writing, recording and reconnecting with his craft. It was in early April that he returned with the aforementioned track, 'Hiding In The Bushes', a laser-focused frenzy of glitchy samples, tinny percussion and a mood that ebbs and flows thanks to the careful attention to detail on this one.
He'll be performing at Winter Dance, one of his first shows in a little while, and although it's a DJ set, I'm sure there's going to be some fresh new cuts from RT himself thrown in there.
The name BEN FESTER has become synonymous in Sydney with a whole bunch of things. Firstly, his party collective, Heavenly, which has seen selectors both local and international head to our harbour city to gift dancefloors with their craft.
Secondly, his own work as a prolific DJ. He's played just about every venue in town, DJed B2B with Chaos In The CBD, supported the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Slyngshot and more and in the process, has become one of the most trusted names in Sydney's underground.
He's a solid addition to the WD lineup, and there's no doubt that his incredible knowledge and wholly diverse back catalogue will serve us well on the night.
We love LEX DELUXE here at PS. There's no doubt about that. When she's not chatting with us or posing for some snaps, she's busy at her studio putting demos together and honing her craft, scouring all corners of the internet for some huge new tunes to play or lighting dancefloors across the country on fire with her turbo take on selecting.
It's been a hugely transformative period for Lex, jumping into making music full-time, but her passion is unmatched which is why she's going to be one to catch at this year's WD.
ASTRAL PEOPLE PRES. WINTER DANCE
Feat. Omar S, Pender Street Steppers, K-Hand, Roland Tings, Ben Fester & Lex Deluxe
Saturday, June 22
UNSW Roundhouse, Kensington
FB Event: HERE
Photo of Roland Tings via Facebook
Photo of Lex Deluxe by Caitlin Medcalf
Photo of Ben Fester via Facebook
Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF