At Pitch Music and Arts Festival this year there was a literal tornado. It tore through the campsite on Friday flinging tents and other camping supplies skyward. After reading the festival’s just announced 2019 line-up, electronic music fans will likely be in a similar spin.
At the top of the bill is heavy hitting, big-tent German techno legend Sven Väth. There’s a mammoth six-hour set from beloved duo Dixon & Âme as well as a live, likely to be heavily improvised, set from mercurial producer and DJ David August.
Following those headliners are some real gems. Get ready for genre-defying selections from the incomparable Four Tet; dusty, sample-driven house from Detroit legend Andrés; buoyant house and electro from tINI; propulsive, organic techno from Californian musician Avalon Emerson; and obscure gems and classic party edits from Horse Meat Disco. Belgian DJ Charlotte de Witte will be back down under too – her blistering techno set closed out the first night at B3, Melbourne’s huge new car-park rave spot, last month. And there’s Balearic godfather DJ Harvey (read Broadsheet’s interview with him to get acquainted).
Backing up the out-of-towners are some killer locals. Mutant synth-pop artist Banoffee is back in town with new material up her sleeve; Total Giovanni – who, by the way, just released their cracking debut album Euphoria – will be keeping shirts open and chests sweaty (they’re also playing in Melbourne next week if you need a double dose); and Skylab Radio regular Toni Yotzi.
Bring some extra tent pegs this year – the techno gods have cooked up another rager.
Pitch Music and Arts Festival takes place in Mafeking, Victoria from March 8 to 11, 2019. Presale tickets are available from Audience Republic, head to pitchfestival.com.au for details.
16 Bit Lolitas
Charlotte de Witte
Dixon & Âme
Horse Meat Disco
Made In Paris
Marvin & Guy
Ross From Friends
More to be announced.