With a line-up that already features the likes of UK hip-hop iconoclast Roots Manuva, Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers), Boy & Bear, Bonobo, Black Lips, Neon Indian, Lanie Lane, Damien Lazarus and the latest incarnation of James Lavelle’s ongoing UNKLE project, the ever-impressive Playground Weekender festival has just added a slew of new artists to the bill.

New Zealand’s Shapeshifter, who’ll be bringing their kinetic blend thumping drum ‘n’ bass and soul inflections to the main stage, are guaranteed to be one of the many highlights of the three-day festival. Another familiar face for all Playground Weekender frequenters is LTJ Bukem. A powerful force within drum ‘n’ bass circles, he can almost single-handedly be held responsible for the development of the genre’s more soulful tropes.

Next up, Steve Bug returns to his much-loved Playground. A true lover and ambassador of electronic music, Bug grew up in Germany’s acid-house and techno heyday. Committed to sending out the sweetest and deepest minimal grooves, he’s got your wee-hours sorted.

The 26-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, fronted by Nicky Bomba, is going to be a hell of a hoot. Put your dancing shoes on for this one and bring some heat – you’re going to be pulling moves you can’t control. Keeping the beat alive and sending massive rumbles throughout the underground dance music scene is Toronto’s Amirali, who’ll be making his Playground debut. Having caught the eye of Cross Town Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus, the Iranian-born producer is about to take the world by storm with his haunting vocals and forward-thinking musical style.

Keeping it local, Sydney’s pioneering FBi Radio is hosting The Shack stage, where they’ll be presenting the best emerging talent Australia has to offer. Not only that, FBi are giving four bands, big or small, the chance to take to the stage. To enter, head over to FBi’s website.

So be sure to nab your ticket to the best riverside festival Australia has on offer.

Playground Weekender plays from March 2 to 4 at the Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury River.

To win a double pass to the festival, email us at sydney@broadsheet.com.au with the subject ‘Playground Weekender’ and your details.

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