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?
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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!”