A pivotal annual destination event for Australian and international creative professionals, curators and taste makers, and those that are passionate about electronic music culture in the Asia Pacific, each year the Electronic Music Conference attracts hundreds of thought and business leaders, artists, delegates and aspiring DJs and producers to Sydney for a range of keynotes, panels, networking sessions, masterclasses, showcases, parties and more.
This year’s event- the seventh annual EMC – is set to descend upon Sydney on November 14th and 15th, at the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at UTS in Ultimo, with UK mainstays Sasha, Gilles Peterson and Greg Wilson, along with Canada’s Blond:ish, and Australia’s Hayden James, delivering keynotes, along with speakers from BBE, Rhythm & Vines, Bolster, triple j, Red Light Management and more joining artists including Set Mo, Mickey Kojack, CC: Disco! and more. This year also sees the addition of EMCPLAY LIVE, an arena to showcase the best up and coming live electronic performers, at The Landsdowne, and a host of EMCPlay parties.
EMC is open to the public and final release tickets are on sale now here
Ahead of EMC2018, the team behind Electronic Music Conference share their insiders’ guide to Sydney city with Decoded Magazine, with plenty of picks geared towards those passionate about electronic music.
DANCING / GOING OUT
Sly Fox (Newtown)
199 Enmore Rd, Enmore
Dark, dirty and outside of the stupid lock-out zone. This inner west hangout is a late-night locale with a dive bar / vintage vibe, pizzas, and a mean Funktion 1. The Sly Fox will play host to one of our many EMCPlay parties during the evening next Friday November 16 – No Place Like House will see London lords Chase the Compass re-unite with long-time Sydney amigos Refuge Recordings for the ultimate deep disco and house selectors’ knees-up.
S.A.S.H by Night at HOME
01/1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour
S.A.S.H serves up proper house music every weekend, and their Sundays at harbour side club HOME are legendary – a favourite among techno heads, hospo workers, kick-on crews and industry folk a-like. HOME has a stunning view of Darling Harbour, epic soundsystems, cheap drinks and sets that go until dawn – and beyond. S.A.S.H is top shelf every weekend, but this week it closes off EMCPLAY with a truly epic line-up of local and international selectors, with Jimpster, ZOOT, YokoO and more taking you through until 4am Monday!
Porridge at Club 77
77 William Street, Darlinghurst
When your epic Friday night out has turned into Saturday morning, Porridge is your ultimate kick-on destination – a new Sydney day party at the (recently renovated) iconic techno den Club 77. Porridge kicks off at 5am on Saturdays and runs through ‘til midday – grab a bloody Mary from the bar for breakfast and make for the dancefloor, which boasts a new KV2 audio system – Porridge DJs play premium underground house and techno selections weekly, with a revolving line-up of local guests.
40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Just a stones’ throw from the city in the cultural heart of Surry Hills, housed in a heritage-listed building with speakeasy-style décor inside. Good for pre-or post-dinner drinks, with a decent cocktail list, and Harry’s Upstairs is always super reliable for dancefloor vibes, with interstate DJs covering left field dance music playing most weekends, and usually for free.
The Lansdowne Hotel
2 – 6 City Rd, Chippendale
This one is a bit of a saviour in the Sydney live arena – we so needed a good room of under 300 capacity and Lansdowne gave us that when they opened in 2017. Best sound system. Best production crew. Best local craft beers. We’ll be planting ourselves there for two nights for EMCPLAY LIVE, where Australia’s brightest upcoming electronic music talents (handpicked by triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe) will show us their stuff on Wednesday, November 14, and Thursday, November 15.
169 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
One of the sole late-night survivors of the lockouts in the Kings Cross/Darlinghurst area, Tatler’s remains a Sydney favourite. Great vintage décor. It’s home to monthly party Intergalactic Disco, an exploration of the spacey side of disco music. Join us for a special EMCPLAY edition of Intergalactic Disco on Friday, November 16th.
EAT / DRINK
10 William Street, Paddington
A vibey, hole in the wall restaurant, with next-level modern Italian and a wine list abundant in naturals. Can safely say we think a few of our international guests will be tucking in here during EMC Week.
152-156 Clarence St, Sydney
Regular in Bar of the Year lists, both in Australia and globally, if whisky is your thing there’s over 630 varieties at this dim, intimate speakeasy. You gotta know where to go, but the Whisky Apple is well worth the hunt.
Eating World Food Court, 25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket
In the EMC hood, we don’t have the words for how real this ramen place is. Just do it and thank us later.
46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale
A local gem in Chippendale that’s won plenty of awards, Ester’s is intimate with a low-key vibe. Ester’s claim to fame is a wood-fired oven, that’s fed with produce sourced from around Sydney – the menu’s full of creative and rustic selections, and there’s a fantastic wine list. An amazing experience if you’re feeling fancy.
370 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Terrace restaurant Folonomo is an abbreviation of For Love Not Money, a project that sends 100 per cent of the restaurant’s takings back to not-for-profit organisations. The interior has an industrial feel, and there’s plenty of share-friendly food, with plenty of vego excellence. Treat your belly and feel ultra-good about it!
Network Connection Records
463 King St, Newtown
A well-considered local bricks-and-mortar vinyl emporium where independent electronic music (house, techno, disco) imported from the world’s finest distributors reigns supreme. There’s also a healthy dose of new wave, ambient and jazz. The perfect place to pick up some new and used wax gems or tapes – the owner operators make an effort to support local and have plenty of cuts on their shelves from Australian labels and producers. Electronic Music Festival international keynote speaker, BBC Radio / Brownswood Recordings founder Giles Peterson, will broadcast an episode of his Worldwide FM show from Network Connection next Saturday, November 17. Stay tuned to EMC’s Facebook page for more details.
Something Else Records
466 King Street, Newtown
Opened up by the pair behind the once-weekly house and techno party series, Something Else Records now sell new and used vinyl, with selections influenced by the artists and music that used to play at the party series, including a hefty local selection. As well as the curated collection of house, techno and electronica on vinyl, Something Else has become a mecca for the city’s burgeoning vinyl DJ scene with plenty of equipment on offer, too: new and refurbished turntables, DJ mixers, headphones, cartridges, stylus/carts, slipmats, cleaning products and earplugs. Recently, the store have been doing in-house showcases and gigs, too.
FBi RADIO! If you need something to tune into while you’re driving around Sydney, community radio stalwart FBi Radio is EMC’s station of choice for premium selects. The Sunsets show on Monday nights with Simon Caldwell is essential.
Narabeen Lakes Bike Ride
An epic 30km ride where you’ll get to take in stretches of beautiful beach, pass through lush rainforest, and enjoy beautiful sunset moments over scenic lakes. Always one we take our overseas guests on to give them that ‘wow, I’m really in Australia and it’s bloody awesome’ vibe.
Bondi to Bronte Walk
The go-to touristy walk – but there’s a reason for that. This 3km clifftop trail offers stunning coastal views – it’s a pretty breathtaking way to take in a good chunk of the coastline of Sydney’s iconic southern beaches – its replete with rock pools and formations, nature, parks, ocean pools, bays and varied types of beaches, with cafes and restaurants at either end.
Spit to Manly Walk
It’s a decent walk at 10k – not for the lazy. Enjoy private little beaches in remote coves, cooler stretches through ferns, native bushland and loads of Aboriginal carvings from so many thousands of years ago, right up on stunning headlands. ‘Tis a special one.
Hermitage Foreshore Walk
Another of Sydney’s great coastal walks! This one’s a great introduction to the Eastern Suburbs’ harbour bays. It takes place on a wooden boardwalk, through stunning native jungle-like bushland. You’ll get a panoramic look at the Harbour, and you’ll see its floating islands (such as Shark Island). Put aside a couple of hours and start at Rose Bay, and finish at the end with a swim and a picnic at Nielsen Park. Bring your bathers – the best part of this walk is all the secluded beaches along the way, like Milk Beach and Parsley Bay (stop here for a swim and walk over the Suspension Bridge). Look out for Kutti Beach, too, a ‘secret’ small strip of sand that can be accessed via a staircase behind the sailing club on Wharf Road.