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10 tracks you need to hear before Rabbits Eat Lettuce 2017

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This April, bush camping bash Rabbits Eat Lettuce will return to its private rainforest home for another year of first rate festival-ing. Over four days, those making the REL pilgrimage will get to enjoy 24-hour music, beautiful surrounds, BYO drinks, swimming holes, yoga, meditation as well as delightfully trippy lighting and art structures.

2017 marks ten years of Rabbits Eat Lettuce and to mark the milestone, they’ve assembled their biggest line-up yet. Leading the charge of next year’s bill is local heroes Hermitude, who’ll be joined by everyone from the legendary Boogs to Anjunadeep star Lane 8, Danish techno favourite Noir and Perth’s new bass star Zeke Beats.

The line-up is as diverse as it is long: everything from psychedelia to minimal techno, tech house, progressive trance, booty-shaking house and more will be on display. So to help you navigate the stacked roster, we asked the Rabbits Eat Lettuce organisers to pick ten tracks from ten artists on the line-up you need to hear before the festival goes down.

Rabbits Eat Lettuce happens just inland from Byron Bay on the Easter long weekend, from April 14-17. For more info and to pick up a ticket, head to the REL website.


#1 Maribou State – Wallflower (Lane 8 Remix)

“Smooth and deep with an epic build up. Lane 8 drips with romance and soul, while the hypnotic bass carries the dance floor. Get ready for a sunset journey like no other.”


#2 Enrico Sangiuliano – Moon Rocks

“This hard hitting, atmospheric techno masterpiece will have the dancefloor heaving on Sunday night. After listing to this at full volume you’ll know why Enrico Sangiuliano is currently the best selling techno artist on Beatport.”


#3 Nyxen – Running

“The local Sydney legend Nyxen makes our hearts all juicy and wet. No surprise she was the #8 most played artist on triple j Unearthed Radio for 2016!”


#4 Stickybuds and K+LAB – Clap Ya Hands Now

“K+Lab, one of our crowd favourites with Keytar in hand, is always guaranteed to rock the party. This track is a great example of his chunky bass riffs and funky melodies coming together in one epic tune that will be sure to get you shaking and grooving on Easter Friday.”


#5 Hermitude – Ukiyo

“Hermitude have plenty of big dance tracks, but this dreamy lullaby really hits us in the heart. We can’t wait to experience their live show deep in the Aussie bush. It will be one of the most intimate Hermitude shows in recent times.”


#6 Zeke Beats – Meltdown

“Mammoth bass will rip your face off when Zeke Beats jumps on stage before Hermitude on Saturday night. We have ordered an extra 40 percent of subs for the sound system to ensure your body will shake right through to your bones.”


#7 Yheti – Fresh

“From the depths of the internet comes the bass Yheti. Brining abstract, fresh as fuck bass music all the way from USA.”


#8 The Funk Hunters & Chali 2na – Oh Shit

“The Funk Hunters will be coming all the way from Canada to deliver their 4 Deck Turntable Audio Visual extravaganza. If you have ever been to the famous Shambahla Music Festival in Canada you will know that The Funk Hunters are local heroes for delivering their funk-filled, party rocking sets year after year.”


#9 Will Clarke [Dirtybird] – The Boogie Woogie

“Rabbits Eat Lettuce Loves Dirtybird. Silly, sexy tongue and cheek booty shaking vibes for Easter Sunday guaranteed.’


#10 The Upbeats – Say Go (ft. Mara TK)

“The Upbeats are a household name in the drub & bass world and have a massive stash of high energy party bangers. Say Go takes a different tone, smooth and dreamy, carries you on a dance floor journey, uplifting your spirit sky high.”