The Crown & Sceptre will host some of Adelaide’s top DJs and producers at the inaugural Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend.
The festival features a line-up of locals such as record label Untzz Twelve Inch, Damien Donato, Delta, James Curd, Phil Rogers, Ben Smith, Joshua Pathon and Angus Sanders.
Organised by scene veterans Catherine Adamek, Tom Cotter and Phil Hardy (together with Fresh 92.7, Futuresounds Adelaide and Ashcats Soundsystem), the festival will bring the pioneers of Adelaide’s electronic music community together with the city’s new wave of producers.
Adamek, who co-curated warehouse party series Percussions, recently completed her Ph.D. on Adelaide’s dance-music culture of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The research inspired her to shine a light on the city’s “rich legacy of music production”, such as its role as the first place in Australia to produce globally successful techno.
“Back then [1980s] a lot of mainstream culture was quite a conformist landscape and then all of a sudden this explosion of acid house created a counterculture,” she says. “Adelaide was one of the first places to take on this new culture and we were quite a pivotal location in the scene.”
The festival will include the boundary-blurring elements of Adelaide’s early underground scene. “We wanted to incorporate fashion, dance and art back into the local electronic community [just] as it was back in the late ’80s and early ’90s.”
The event opens at 6pm with the Adelaide Electronic Producers Forum. The Q&A-style panel will shed light on the form, the industry and the creative processes behind electronic music production.
There will also be roving performance artists, installation artworks and visual projections.
Movement Electronic Music Festival is on Saturday October 15 at the Crown & Sceptre Hotel. Tickets are $15 (+$1.75 BF) and available here.