20 Tour Predictions For Summer

Last week, Stereosonic dropped some massive news: for the first time in 2013, they’re expanding to a two-day event in every city. With the ante considerably upped, promoters promised they’d be delivering “the greatest EDM lineup Australia has ever seen”. But Stereosonic isn’t the only festival set to bring some big internationals out this summer: there’s also Big Day Out, Summafieldayze, Summadayze, Harbourlife and Laneway Festival (among others) to look forward to. So with the potential for A-list names bigger than ever, we went to work sniffing out who we think will be making the trip Down Under this summer. Without further ado, here’s our list of 20 producers we’re tipping to tour Australia soon – who’s on yours?

Armin Only

When inthemix sat down with Armin van Buuren at the tail end of his ASOT 600 tour, we were sure to quiz the trance don on when we’d see him out here again. “Hopefully soon. We’re working on a new tour at the moment for Armin Only,” he told us. A couple of months down the track, we know that the Armin Only Intense tour kicks off in November at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome. If Australia is indeed on the itinerary, the tour should hit our shores sometime this summer – which would make for Armin’s first visit in over two years.


Swedish House Mafia may be done and dusted, but Axwell’s not slowing down. Already, he’s put his name to the brand new solo release Centre of the Universe and teamed up with his fellow Mafioso Sebastian Ingrosso for their new duo Departures. In our experience, a new album, a new side-project and newly-revitalised solo career means one thing: time for some concerted touring.


Here’s what we know: it’s been two years since Deadmau5 last came to Australia. He’s got a new record to show off. He’s also – as the mau5 told inthemix earlier this year – “180% focussed on a ‘headline show’ at the moment” for his Australian return and has plans afoot to get his brand new live show up and running. So could 2013 be the year? The signs are looking good.


The Beatport-official #1 breakout stars of 2012, Disclosure wowed crowds on their New Year’s 2012/2013 tour. With the debut album landing on May 31, a tour in support to keep that momentum up seems a safe bet.

Dog Blood

Sonny Moore is certainly due a visit, but he’s been slowing the Skrillex sets right down lately. Instead, the megastar seems to prefer getting behind the decks with his new homie Boys Noize as their side-project Dog Blood. The A-list duo have been have been loving their joint sets at US festivals Ultra and Coachella the last couple of months, so we’d wager Moore’s next Australian trip will be by Alex Ridha’s side. Plus, it’d make for an excellent fresh addition to Stereosonic’s “greatest EDM lineup ever”.

Ed Banger crew

Okay, so we already know that the Ed Banger family are headed to Sydney at some point this year to throw one of their big 10th birthday parties. The question is who we’ll get – we reckon there’s a very good chance Justice could be back, joined by head honcho Busy P, smoothie Breakbot and maybe Embody-hitmaker Sebastian. Mr Oizo and Uffie are possibilities, too.


Sure, Hardwell was only just out here for Future Music. But the Dutch young gun’s rise over the past 12 months has been nothing short of monumental, and he’s not slowing down yet. Stepping in to fill the headline slot at FMF when illness kept Avicii from the stage, Hardwell quickly proved a crowd favourite. We wouldn’t be surprised if a savvy promoter locked him down for a return visit quicksmart.

James Holden

Last summer, the mighty James Holden went into the Victorian bush for a special Border Community anniversary set at Strawberry Fields. Cue much jealousy from other corners of the country. This June, Holden is set to release a new album The Inheritors, coming seven long years after The Idiots Are Winning. The producer actually quotes “ceilidh music, pentatonic folk scales, and ancient pagan rituals” as informing the album (definitely James Holden, then), but as a DJ he’s more inclined to get deep, weird and trippy. Let’s have that up-close album tour.


Kaskade left a trail of broken hearts behind him when he was forced to cancel on some of his Big Day Out dates earlier this year, so a make-up tour this summer could well be in order.

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