Bass-heavy Sunday sessions return for Summer Dance, a series of parties curated by electronic music management extraordinaires, Astral People. The events will take over the grandiose campus of the National Art School against the backdrop of historic Darlinghurst-gaol sites during two Sundays of each summer month.

“With the lockouts in Sydney at the moment,” says Vic Edirisinghe of Astral People, “we’re trying to look for something different and to keep the city as exciting as we know it can be.” Sydney’s electronic dance scene will be grateful for Edirisinghe’s efforts, although he’s aware that it’s nothing particularly groundbreaking. “There’s definitely other events with a similar sort of vibe – an outdoorsy, Sunday sort of party – but nothing of this calibre’s been done at such a unique location in Sydney.”

It took months of liaison to get Summer Dance happening. “[National Art School] have been amazing to work with. They’ve really loved our vision and everything that we’ve been doing. The two brands combined to create Summer Dance.” The six parties will feature huge international acts including Moodymann, Omar-S, DJ EZ and Vakula, alongside homegrown talent Tornado Wallace, Andras Fox and Simon Caldwell.

“My favourite producer of all time is Omar-S,” says Edirisinghe. “So I’m very much looking forward to that.” There’s plenty to look forward to at Summer Dance – it’s likely to become a staple event on the Sydney dance calendar. Edirisinghe says, “It’s during the day and the headliners will play over sunset, so plenty of time to get over your hangovers from Saturday and just stroll on down.”

The first Summer Dance takes place at the National Arts School on Sunday January 11.