Has the first act on Carl Cox’s Australian techno festival leaked?

When Carl Cox told inthemix about his plans to launch a techno festival in Australia in 2016, it was clear that the line-up would be of paramount importance. “All I’m going to be concentrating on is underground DJs who have a vibe for house and techno,” he said. “Primarily you’re going to have the best DJs playing the best music.”

Now, it looks like one of the acts in Carl Cox’s sights might have leaked their spot on the bill ahead of schedule. Stockholm-bred duo Pleasurekraft just told fans on their Facebook page that they’ll be in Australia come April 2016, the exact same time Cox told us he’ll be launching his bespoke festival Pure.

The booking would certainly make sense – Pleasurekraft have been recruited for the big man’s Music Is Revolution bash at Space Ibiza in the past and with a taste for techno and tech house, they play the right kind of tunes for a Carl Cox party. Songkick doesn’t list any conflicting dates for duo Kalle Soroush and Kaveh Ronngardh in April.

“We haven’t decided exactly where we’re going to do them or who’s coming to the table,” Cox said of his line-up plans for Pure. “But when we last spoke to all of the international DJs who are interested in being involved in our festival, they’ve all said, yep, we’d like to do it. A lot of it will just be down to availability and timing…hopefully we can build it into something annually for Australia.” In its first year, Pure will hit both Sydney and Melbourne.

You can count on hearing more about Carl Cox’s plans for Pure when he steps up for a keynote interview at this year’s Electronic Music Conference, which takes over Sydney from December 1-2. Find out more about EMC here.