For those in the southern hemisphere, summer is just around the corner and with it comes our favourite time of year in Aus, DOOF SEASON! The silly season kicks off with one of the best festivals Down Under, Strawberry Fields and this year the iconic music, lifestyle, and arts festival takes place November 17-19 in the Wildlands just a few hours drive north of Melbourne. With a huge array of incredible local and international talent on the bill, there are plenty of awesome acts to catch. Here are our top artists to check out at Strawberry Fields.
Another rising star of the Melbourne underground sound, is London based Francis Inferno Orchestra. Focusing his sound on raw drum machines and samples from the disco era, the innovative house DJ and producer has been going from strength to strength after making the move to London several years ago. As he said to Mixmag recently, he’s about to return home for four to five months after a five year hiatus from Down Under: “I’m gonna go back and do some bush-bashing, drive out into the countryside and be at one with nature and shit.” Strawberry Fields sounds like just the place!
Responsible for some of the biggest dancefloor numbers of 2017 like “Wega”, “Solaris” and “Virgo”, the Berlin duo have had a huge year. We were thrilled to have Sandrino play at our boat party in NYC back in June and it was probably our favourite set of the NYC summer. Big call we know. Don’t miss this talented pair, it’s sure to be a cracking set!
This guy is really in his element right now busting out top notch sets out all over Europe as well as a recent appearance at Morocco’s Oasis Festival joining the bill alongside the likes of Young Marco, Jeremy Underground, KiNK, Solomun and more. At the moment there is no stopping this seriously talented Aussie known for his ability to play soulful disco and incredible live sets that are sure to blow your mind. Hailing from Melbourne, Sutherland is currently riding the wave of hot underground Aussie talent to watch. Don’t miss him throw it down on his home turf.
German producer Matthias Meyer has had a seriously busy year which has seen him play in New York all the way to Morocco alongside his longtime friend and production partner Patlac at Morocco’s Oasis Festival. The Watergate resident hailing from a small town near Hamburg has always been driven and inspired by the hi-tech sounds of Chicago and Detroit. A mix CD for the famous Berlin club propelled him into the underground dance music spotlight in 2017 as did an invitation to spend this past summer in Ibiza as a resident of Hot Since 82’s Labyrinth series at Pacha playing a whopping ten shows. Don’t miss your chance to see this fast up and comer at Strawberry Fields, we promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
The Berlin-based Korean artist is well and truly making herself known on the dance music circuit. Blending house and techno, there is also a touch of abstract composition and darker undertones during her sets. As stylish as she is talented, this rising star in the male-dominated DJ world who enjoys lots of support from Mixmag is definitely worth checking out at Strawberry Fields.
One half of Minlogue this time Sebastian Mullaert is rolling solo as he touches down at Strawberry Fields. The Swede channels a deep connection to nature and Zen meditation through his music which is melodic, progressive and bounces between deep house, techno and electronica. His music is without a doubt perfectly suited to the ambiance and vibe of the Strawberry Fields crowd.
Representing Melbourne, Thankyou City are one of the best local acts going around. Real names Brent & Scott Miramz, the local lads are one of the core acts on Steve Ward’s imprint Chameleon Recordings. Frequently taking dancefloors by storm at festivals like Rainbow Serpent and Subsonic, we can’t wait to see what magic they create at Strawberry Fields.
Where to start? Probably the most talented producer on the up, Cologne’s Tim Engelhardt is only 19 and has spent the last couple of years proving why he’s going to be the next big thing in underground dance music. Classically trained, Engelhardt got his start rearranging piano pieces before discovering synthesizers and drum machines. Calling Poker Flat Records home where he dropped a stunning LP earlier this year called Moments of Truth, Engelhardt has already ticked the Innervisions box. His live sets are a beautiful journey through melody and deep grooves and his is almost sure to be a highlight set of the festival.
When you’re producing tracks with Tale of Us, you know you’re doing something right. A core member of the Afterlife family, Vaal has long shied away from the spotlight. Hailing from the UK, her productions are dark, melodic beautiful and techno-heavy and we are beyond excited to see her play Down Under. Check out her latest EP collaboration with Tale of Us ‘Monument’ out now on Afterlife for a taste of things to come.
No doubt one of the most iconic Australian bands of the 80’s and 90’s, Yothu Yindi although not a deep house or techno act are still a group we’d love to see at Strawberry Fields. Blending indigenous beats and didgeridoos with 80s rock, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project are true maestros at their craft and are sure to have the crowd rocking with a showstopping performance.