Dekmantel Melbourne 2024
The UK has Glastonbury, and the US has Burning Man, Coachella and the rest, but the Netherlands is arguably the place for high-production music festivals. Among many others, the country is known for Dekmantel.
Held over several days in Amsterdam, the flagship festival by the Dekmantel record label and global events company is one of the biggest moments on the world techno calendar. This year it hosted Ben UFO, Blawan, DVS1, Donato Dozzy, Fadi Mohem, Helena Hauff, John Talabot, Lena Willikens, Martyn, Omar-S, Shanti Celeste, Young Marco and dozens more leading artists.
Dekmantel held an event at Caulfield Racecourse in 2016 and has consistently booked Australians over the years, including DJ and producer Roza Terenzi (watch her incredible 2019 set here). Now comes the huge news, announced on November 28, that the festival is returning to Melbourne again over four days in March 2024.
The proceedings begin on March 28 at Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank, with downbeat live performances from Canadians Yu Su and Priori, plus ambient and New Age pioneer Laaraji and local artist E Fishpool.
On March 30 (a Saturday), the party starts at Footscray Park, directly across the Maribyrnong from Flemington Racecourse. Headlining here are Belgian luminary and frequent Donato Dozzy collaborator Peter Van Hoesen (who’s playing live), R&S signing Djrum, Japanese master-of-the-deep DJ Nobu, Jamaican dancehall and reggae specialist Gavsborg, eclectic techno DJ and producer Batu, Dutch selector Carista, and boppy house DJs Palms Trax and Call Super playing back-to-back. As expected there’s also a strong local contingent: Sleep D, Adriana, C.Frim, Kia, Dameeela, Lauren Hansom, DJ PGZ & Yikes, Pjenne, Stev Zar and Berlin-based DJs Claire Morgan and Kate Miller.
That same night the festivities will move to CBD bunker Sub Club, where the line-up is still to be announced. Likewise, the next-day afterparty at Swanston Street venue Miscellania is still to come.