Subsonic Music Festival: Top 8 Acts To See

by Isabel Thomson Officer

Now that Strawberry Fields has already come and gone in the blink of an eye, we can turn our attention to another longstanding staple on the underground festival circuit. Subsonic Music Festival is now getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary and they’ve brought a stacked lineup of both Australian and international talent along for the ride.

Here are our top 8 acts to catch at this year’s Subsonic Music Festival.


Frequently credited as one of the early adopters of the 90s underground Parisian scene, Alexkid has made a name for himself as a producer, DJ and sound engineer. The multi-instrumentalist house and techno artist and head of the vinyl only Wu-Dubs label has also released on Loco Dice’s legendary and highly-respected label Desolat. Known for constructing atmospheric narratives whether playing live or a strictly vinyl set, his music tends to be dubby, stripped back and at times obscure. He’s definitely an artist worth checking out! 


One of the true veterans of the UK IDM movement with a DJ career that spans 30 years give or take, it was in 1991 when he produced Primal Scream’s iconic Screamadelica album that he catapulted into the spotlight. Collaborative recording projects like Two Lone Swordsmen and Sabres of Paradise alongside remixes for nu-wave acts like New Order and the Happy Mondays have all resulted in career highlights for this top British artist. Lesser known for his solo career, Andrew Weatherall just dropped his third full-length last month titled ‘Qualia’ on Hoga Nord Rekords. It’s indie electro-pop with a smattering of techno and it’s well worth a listen. We’re anticipating (and hoping!) to hear a good mix of his old and newer material at Subsonic.


Representing NYC, Fred Peterkin aka Black Jazz Consortium aka Fred P is one of the stand out house DJs of the last decade. Playing a blend of soulful and smooth house with clear jazz influences, Fred P also hosts a monthly radio slot in Berlin where he plays music for the mind, body and soul and showcases what’s new on his Soul Music People imprint. Expect a fun and funky set to get down to as he takes over the decks at Subsonic.


A long time staple on the Melbourne DJ circuit, after 15 years Katie Drover picked up her records and made the move over to Berlin where she is writing tons of music and running her label Dokutoku. The talented producer, DJ and mathematician has come along way since her first gig at Melbourne’s Room nightclub. Her latest EP and first ever vinyl release Scenario Name is out now on Dokutoku featuring three impeccably produced tracks which she’ll no doubt slip this gem into her Subsonic set. 


A resident of one of our favourite Berlin clubs Kater Blau, we had the pleasure of booking Madmotormiquel in New York in November 2016. Co-founding the label URSL with peers Sebo and Soukie & Windish, Madmotormiquel is a talented producer and a staple on the Berlin club scene. With recent sets at North American festivals like Burning Man and Oregon Eclipse already up his sleeve, he’ll no doubt be bringing his magical deep house vibes to the Subsonic dancefloor.


No doubt one of the most talented live acts in the scene, Rodriguez Jr. has had a huge 2017. Dropping his second LP earlier this year, the evocative Baobab payed homage to early electronic acts like Pink Floyd. The album from the Mobilee Records sensation truly cemented his position as one of the best producers of melodic electronic music around today. Don’t miss him live at Subsonic, and prepare for your mind to be blown!


Another homegrown Melbourne artist, Uone has made an impressive name for himself overseas. Touting regular appearances at Burning Man, Fusion, and Boom, his ability to blend several genres into his sets is truly astounding and as a result he gets the dance floor cranking every single time. Describing his signature sound as ‘deep, chunky and twisted tech-house’ Uone’s Aussie festival appearances are incredibly popular. Don’t miss him at Subsonic to find out why.


Hot off a stellar set at Strawberry Fields which as one fan on their Facebook page put it ‘showed the internationals how it’s done’, Thankyou City’s next stop is Subsonic. The talented Melbourne duo are known for taking dance floors by storm with their progressive and driving melodic beats. Their Subsonic set is sure to give some of the bigger acts a run for their money!