20 Tour Predictions For Summer
The first time they took the stage in Australia at FMF 2012, Knife Party commanded one of the most frenetic sets of the festival. Now, they’re certifiable headliners with a string of thumping hits to their name and the ever-growing fanbase to bring them back home. So, yes: we think a summer return would make a lot of people very happy.
Maceo Plex, finally
House and techno auteur Maceo Plex was due to (finally!) make his virgin visit to Australia in November of last year, but ‘personal commitments’ forced a change of plans a couple of months out from the big day. The official word at the time was that the November tour was “postponed”…to sometime this year, we hope?
In recent years, Australia has seen a revolving door of top-tier techno talent at our clubs and festivals. From Sven, Richie, Magda, Seth and Ricardo as Future Music Festival’s Cocoon gang to the likes of Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, we’ve done well. Our last visit from Italian titan Marco Carola, though, was Stereosonic 2009. This year, between his Music On residency at Amnesia in Ibiza and non-stop circuits of Europe’s top clubs, Carola is going to be insanely busy. However, we get a good feeling his booming, big-room sound will return here over summer.
Modeselektor (or Moderat?)
Moderat delivered the good news last month: their long awaited second album is finished and set for release in August 2013. A tour in support of the electronic super-pairing of Apparat and Modeselektor’s new record would, then, make sense. Plus, after cancelling on Playground Weekender last year, Modeselektor owe us a tour.
A new album means a new tour, right? That’s the logic we’re running with when it comes to Mount Kimbie, who drop their second record Cold Spring Fault Less Youth in a couple of months. Want more to go on? They’re also on the bill of Laneway Detroit, which is a very promising sign they’ll be here for the full Australian shebang in February.
Porter Robinson is very close to releasing his debut album, so a big world tour in support is all but given. As far as we’re concerned, the only question is: festival mainstage or club shows?
Skream (and Benga?)
Skream’s made two big changes lately. First, he’s been edging away from dubstep and towards house and disco territory in his sets and productions. Second, he’s been talking up his return to a back-to-basics, light show-free approach to shows. We’d like to see him bring the whole new direction our way; but given that second Magnetic Man album is still meant to be on its way and his offsider Benga just dropped a new solo record, it’s perhaps more likely we’ll see him here with a fellow Big Apple Records pioneer or two.
We’ve been hearing very good things about Sub Focus’ new live show for going on a year now, but the bass maestro still hasn’t been kind enough to bring it out our way. His last visit was for Stereo 2011, so if nothing else, the Brit is plain due a return trip.
A return visit from Trentemoller has been a long time coming. The Danish maestro hasn’t been here since January NYE 2010/2011 and since then, he’s delivered his contribution to the Late Night Tales series and dropped his Reworked/Remixed album. With his new artist album due for release in September, he’ll have to grant us a summer tour. Right?
A standout on the 2012 Stereosonic tour, it’s a testament to 23-year-old wunderkind Zedd’s popularity that’s he’s featured on seemingly every big festival or club bill from Miami to Ibiza over the past year. Last year’s Stereo tour was his first visit to Australia and we’d wager it won’t be his last. “Could not have asked for a better Australia debut!” he tweeted after the tour wound up. ”@Stereosonic was absolutely insane and Australia: I’LL BE BAAACK!”