The coming together of two of Sydney’s longest running house institutions, a disco deep dive, and All Girl Electronic’s takeover are among the newly announced official parties that will join the EMCPLAY city-wide celebrations this November. These evening parties complement the Electronic Music Conference’s daytime programme of panels, workshops and talks (featuring SASHA, Gilles Peterson, Greg Wilson, Hayden James and more – see here), and act as a companion to EMCPLAY LIVE, where Australia’s brightest upcoming electronic music talents (handpicked by triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe) will perform at The Lansdowne (For EMCPLAY LIVE artist announce, see here).
EMC invites you to experience parties curated by Sydney local music industry collectives, labels, promoters and agencies, at renowned music venues across the city. Take a trip to Sly Fox in Sydney’s Inner West, where London lords Chase the Compass will re-unite with long-time Sydney amigos Refuge Recordings for the ultimate deep disco and house selectors’ knees-up – No Place Like House. Heading up the party is Refuge Recordings’ head honcho Oscar de Lima, and promising producer Donald Leicester (who releases on the Refuge imprint), freshly returned from performing in Amsterdam. Chase the Compass’ resident DJ House Husband bringing house and disco by the crate-load, alongside Jay Bhana, Hannah Gibbs and Tony Danzer.
Album Listening Party at Classic Album Sundays
Spaced-out disco lovers can indulge their deepest passions at Intergalactic Disco, an exploration of the spacey side of disco music, from the ‘70s through to today, at one of Sydney’s longest-running institutions – Darlinghurst’s Tatlers. Intergalactic Disco’s DJs will manoeuvre you smoothly between laser beams, sine waves, bongos and crescendos from 9pm ‘til close on Friday, November 16th. A Sunday of sunshine and house awaits at The Greenwood’s open-air courtyard in North Sydney, who will host a special EMCPLAY edition of S*A*S*H By Day on Sunday, November 18 – make the most of the cheap drinks and spectacular setting then keep the party going at HOME the Venue, where S*A*S*H will kick on. Very special S*A*S*H guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tokyo Sing Song will play host to Comfy Grrrl’s First Birthday, with a selection of female disco and house DJs and producers going in until 5am on Saturday, November 17. Over at Knox Street Bar, All Girl Electronic – an electronic music production program for female, transgender and non-binary folk from Western Sydney – will programme a line-up of their rising talents, alongside All Girl Electronic’s own DJs. World Bar will fling open its doors on Sunday November 18 for album listening experience Classic Album Sundays – allowing listeners to hear the acclaimed Boards of Canada album Music Has The Right To Children – which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary – in full, on vinyl and in audiophile hi-fi, in an intimate room at World Bar in the company of the album’s biggest fans.
A major highlight of EMCPLAY, of course, will be the already-announced RIO REVEL, presented by the Return to Rio maestros – an exclusive marquee event on Saturday November 17 at Manning Bar, featuring a three-hour set from DJ icon SASHA, as well as a ‘Credit to the Edit’ stage hosted by disco superstar Greg Wilson, joined by Late Nite Tuff Guy. “The Riopians will be out in force and with indoor and outdoor stages it’s primed to be one of the summer’s biggest electronic music extravaganzas,” said Return to Rio’s Richard Cooper of the Revel, which will run from 5pm until 3am.
The Rio Revel
Alongside EMCPLAY, Electronic Music Conference in partnership with Groovescooter will present exclusive cinema screenings of select music documentaries at Surry Hills’ boutique art-deco cinema Golden Age. Selling fast is The Man with Mo’ Wax, a terrific piece of filmmaking celebrating James Lavelle and his pioneering record label Mo’Wax, with interviews from DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke, Grandmaster Flash and more. Already sold out is the Golden Age x EMC screening of Manchester Keeps on Dancing – Andrew Weatherall, Todd Terry, and Greg Wilson star in this documentary exploring the arrival of house music into Manchester from Chicago in the 1980s.
EMCPLAY takes place as part of Electronic Music Conference (EMC). EMC descends upon Sydney for its seventh year in 2018, for two days of collaborative music discovery and electronic music culture celebration on the 14th and 15th of November. The leading electronic music industry event in the Asia Pacific region, EMC is the annual destination event for Australian and international creative professionals, curators and tastemakers, and those that are passionate about electronic music business and culture in the Asia Pacific.
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