Eastside Sydney based digital broadcaster Bondi Beach Radio (BBR) is now confirmed to program a locals lounge area at this years Electric Gardens festival in Sydney on Saturday January 28th. Well respected party curators Deeper Than House, Surveillance Party, Rotarydisco, Comfort Club and Pilot Co will be doing what they do best, showcasing some true local vibes amongst the impressive international lineup which includes Eric Prydz and his alter ego Cirez D, Jamie Jones, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Sasha, Mark Knight, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Eelke Kleijn, &Me and ANNA.
BBR is at the forefront of supporting and amplifying the local scene through it’s passionate collective of 60 live weekly radio shows broadcasting from intimate studios in Bondi and Kings Cross, 19 of which cover independent electronic music across a broad range of sub-genres. The station was recently included in the final nominations for the 2016 Mixcloud global online radio station of the year. Festival director Damian Gelle noted “we couldn’t put on a festival like Electric Gardens without there being a healthy local scene, and it is the crews pushing the creative and curatorial envelope week in and week out, (in recent times against some incredibly oppressive head winds), that keep the local scene alive and thriving. When BBR suggested we recognise and celebrate the work of these crews, we were instantly supportive. I am really looking forward to them bringing their game!”
“BBR has been built around a culture of real human selectors and show hosts. There are some strong alignments between independent radio and a boutique festival community like that created at Electric Gardens. Radio is also a shared experience, albeit on a mobile medium, with the human connection creating a natural community. The close working relationship we have with local DJ’s, promoters, and venues makes the programming of a locals area a very natural fit, and we are stoked for the recognition by T1000 of the work these crews do in pushing the creative and musical envelope” says Christopher ‘Caraz’ Rosario, BBR general manager.
Deeper Than House have raised the bar in Sydney’s underground dance music scene over the past twelve months with their hard working professional approach to delivering on a next level music experience to an ever growing community of engaged fans. They recently have taken their inspirational culture, production standards, and roster of talented DJ’s on tour to regional centre’s including the central coast, southern highlands, and Newcastle, spreading their musical love and respect, and leading the way in building a strong and sustainable electronic music community throughout the state. Co founder Mel Eishou explains “the deeper vibe is more than the music, it’s the connecting and mutual respect from like minded people coming together as one on the dancefloor, and we love creating the optimal environment for this”.
Fellow party pioneers Surveillance Party formed with the goal of creating a positive and inclusive scene for people to enjoy emerging artists and producers, and through their special curatorial and production approach have developed a music-sharing vision expressed through regular parties creating memorable musical experiences for all involved. Co founder Xan Muller recognised early on “people want to feel safe and hassle free, and to party hard in social, diverse environments until they choose to go home. They want to make friends, hear music that moves them, dance, and forget their problems for a while” and feels honoured delivering on this. There is no doubt they’ll be pushing the musical envelope further out in their unique ways at the BBR Locals Lounge at Electric Gardens.
The afternoon sunshine at Centennial Park is bound to be brighter with the Rotarydisco vibes, a crew also also all about friendship, inclusiveness and a love of amazing music, across House music, Disco, Nu-Disco and Edits. The founders Andy Donaldson and Tony Garcia in 2015 wanted to create a party that they themselves would want to go to, and this vision has consistently been delivered through the people they collaborate with, the DJs they have, and the behaviours they encourage and lead with. Andy reiterated “We want to deliver music that touches the soul and makes the spirit sing. It’s great that a really big promoter like T1000 is supporting the local scene”.
Collaborating good time merchants Comfort Club take their inspiration from a stripped back approach to club culture, with patron experiences taking priority over appearances, and with them always backing local talent. As co founder Matt Plant points out “Berlin is Berlin because Berlin backs Berlin. Comfort Club backs Sydney”. As does BBR. For the BBR Locals Lounge, Comfort Club are going back to back with like minded party people Pilot Co who share similar values around keeping the scene real, and their music vibing.
The BBR Locals Lounge will provide an alternative and complementary vibe to the main arenas on the day, and will run an adjoining BBR broadcast area where artist interviews and live streams of the locals sets will go out to the world from the heart of Sydney’s eastside.
For more information check out https://bondibeachradio.com.au/event/electric-gardens-sydney/ .
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