Stereosonic Sydney photos are in!

With the weather holding up its end of the bargain and that massive lineup in tow, Stereosonic kicked off its 2012 tour in Sydney and Perth over the weekend. Across the board, things went off without a hitch: from the mainstage where the headliners – Tiesto, Avicii, Calvin Harris and co – did their bit to rev the 60,000 strong sell-out crowd through to the niche stages, the artists were in fine form, the crowd was in high spirits and dance music’s photographer-of-choice Rukes was there to catch it all alongside a team of Australia’s leading shooters.

So what were the highlights of the day? The legendary Carl Cox led his Revolution Arena with the likes of Loco Dice, Adam Beyer and Nina Kraviz there to back him up. Bass heavyweights Flux Pavilion and Datsik darted over from the Bass Stage to catch Diplo do his first set of the day, which in true Diplo style had the Mad Decent boss bring some girls up on the stage to bounce along to Express Yourself.

At the Sonic stage, young gun Porter Robinson played to one of the biggest crowds of the day, followed by JFK MSTRKRFT and Major Lazer to close things off. Meanwhile, Markus Schulz did a full 90-minutes for the trance acolytes and Gesaffelstein sat side of stage and smoked while his Bromance partner Brodinski closed off the Hard Arena. Then there was the hard-to-miss SS Strongbow. The 37 foot tall boat – built over 70 years ago – docked at Stereo Sydney, giving punters a chance to soak up the festival atmosphere and knock back a cold cider or two at the same time. The SS Strongbow will be at a heap of upcoming festivals this summer, so be sure to pay it a visit.

Of course, the lineup still has a huge week ahead of them: before they do Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide Stereo this weekend, there’s the inaugural edition of Electronic Music Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday and a heap of sideshows around the country. But before that all gets underway, check out all the shots from Sydney below.