PICNIC PRESENTS GENIUS OF TIME - LIVE AT THE CIVIC
YEAH! GENIUS OF TIME! LIVE!
$15 EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Genius Of Time have been a dance floor favourite of Picnic for a few years now and we are absolutely stoked to have them play LIVE for us!
Since 2010 the Swedish duo, Alexander Berg and Nils Krogh, have been turning heads (and wearing out soles of shoes) with their unique take on house music...Disco influenced, 90s heavy, spaced out but still driving and (most definitely) dance floor friendly – they are making jams that are classic yet youthful and forward thinking!
While the majority of their music is released on their own vinyl only label, Aniara Recordings (releases already fetching stupid amounts of dollars on discogs), everyone’s favourite Dutch sub-label Royal Oak had the privilege of putting out the amazing “Drifting Back Ep” – yep, the one with “Houston We Have A Problem”! And of course these boys know their way around a remix or ten, as Tricksi, The Tortoise, Vincenzo, Kyodai, Urban Soul and others will agree!
Their latest 12”, a rework of First Choice’s “Love Thang” is selling out worldwide and we’re sure this is the just the beginning!!
Come be part of awesome history as these young guns play their debut Sydney show. Oh, and yes it’s exclusive!
------------ LOCAL SUPPORTS ------------------
JIMMY 2 SOX, KALI, ANDY WEBB
------------- SALOON BAR DJs -------------------
ARIANE, MARCUS KING, TONI TONI LEE!
Posted 18th April 2013
PICNIC 5TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERPITCHER
***Early bird tickets $15***
It's ridiculous! We're still here!!!
With half a decade of spring in our step - we've pulled out a doooozy of a second show for Easter!! It had to be though right - it's our birthday bitches!!!!!
S U P E R P I T C H E R !
For 13 years Superpitcher has been leading the way as one of Kompakt's most celebrated artists. Since the very early days of Michael Mayer's hugely respected label, the German producer has been pumping out some of the finest thumping techno, grooving micro house and dreamy electronic pop, both on his own and in some killer collaborations.
Flying solo he's released two stunning albums and a whole stack of 12"s scattered across Kompakt and its sub-labels including timeless tracks like 'Heroin' and his cover of Brian Eno's 'Baby's On Fire'. He teamed up with Mayer to create Supermayer, dropping a couple of singles ('The Art of Letting Go and 'Save the World') and a brilliant album spanning ambient, minimal techno and tech house. His partnership with Rebolledo as Pachanga Boys has taken things to new heights of global cheer, with the pair releasing some of the most fun and fantastic party tunes in recent years. He's given pleasure to the ears and feet of dancers the world over, from the most discerning techno strokers to the loosest house vibers, and now he's heading back to Sydney for the first time since 2010 to delight us with his supreme sounds.
SUPPORT: KEN CLOUD, KALI, ANDY WEBB
We kick off at 2PM - YEP THIS IS A DAY PARTY!! Santa Barbara is the perfect venue for it, they'll be beefing up their already glorious rig of awesome sound for us and pumping out some epic drink specials!!
Pop down early, it'll be worth it!!
$5 house spirits
$10 jugs beer & cider
Between 2 - 6pm!!
GO PICNIC!! BETTER YET - GO YOU GUYS!!! We literally could not do it with you!!
Carly & Andy xxx
Posted 20th March 2013
PICNIC PRESENTS IVAN SMAGGHE AND PACHANGA BOYS AT THE ABERCROMBIE
Four days off work means big celebrations, and we've arranged the biggest of all. Picnic are proud to present a night at The Abercrombie Hotel with IVAN SMAGGHE AND PACHANGA BOYS. Seriously. Dunno if the Easter Bunny works the same way that Santa does, but you've all been good boys and girls and we think you've earned it.
It may be more time efficient to talk about the things that Ivan Smagghe hasn't done than the things that he has. As Black Strobe he played a crucial role in the rise of (tasteful) electroclash. He has released a whole stack of incredible mix albums, including 2004's seminal Death Disco as well as contributions to the Fabric, Bugged Out! and Live At Robert Johnson series. As head of A&R he led Tigersushi sub-label Kill The DJ to become a hugely respected imprint worldwide. He's one half of It's A Fine Line (with Tim Paris), he produces with German production powerhouse Roman Flugel as RMVN, and he can be found spinning back to back with the legendary Andrew Weatherall on a semi-regular basis ever since the pair ran Wrong Meeting at London's T Bar until 2008.
There's plenty more to add to the resume, but you get the picture. Smagghe's remarkable musical intuition has made him one of the world's most respected and sought after acts, both in the studio and behind the decks. With one of the deepest record bags in the business, his sound is never the same from one moment to the next, yet it's always distinctly Smagghe.
The purveyors of love, joy and the power of Pachanga: when Superpitcher and Rebolledo joined forces back in 2010 the world became a more partyful place for everybody. Their Hippie Dance imprint, a sub of Cologne powerhouse label Kompakt, was born out of the perfect partnership between a German master of shimmering techno and grooving house and a Mexican oddball whose releases on Matias Aguayo's Còmeme celebrate a humorous, fun-loving approach to dance music. Together, the pair have put out three unbelievable 12-inches, including 2011's 15 minute massive euphoric burning odyssey 'Time', and their recent debut LP 'We Are Really Sorry' which was a huge favourite of 2012 for dancers and DJs around the globe. The "Hippie Dance Atelier Super Limited Collectors Edition" of the album included a 36 page psychedelic coloring book with special crayon pack, a postcard to send the one you love and an organic cotton and Alpaca knitted tortilla chip broche - yeah, they're pretty fun dudes. Peace, Love, Power and Pachanga!
It'll be Ivan's first visit in 7 years and the debut of the Pachanga Boys in Aus, so this is a very special occasion!
KALI on warm up.
Posted 6th March 2013
MARDI GRAS NIGHT WITH MANO LE TOUGH!
Happy Valentine's Day everybody, we love you!! We're only a couple of weeks away from Mardi Gras where we'll be partying with our pals from Strange Fruit at The Abercrombie with the newly crowned supreme overlord of beautiful melodic house, Mano Le Tough! 15 hours of music played by 11 incredible DJs across 2 rooms - this is going to be a pretty amazing event.
It's at a pretty perfect time too, with Mano's album being released earlier that week on Permanent Vacation which cranks the excitement up even higher. For a taste of his prowess behind the decks, have a listen to his recent RA podcast. It's an absolute gem. Then head over to the site and grab some tickets - there are still cheap 1st releases left, only $20. Happy days!
Posted 14th February 2013
LATE NITE TUFF GUY DEPARTURE CHANGES + DJ HMC AFTERPARTY!!
We'll start with what you should already know: Saturday the 9th of Feb marks the return of LATE NITE TUFF GUY to the Picnic soundsystem, this time on the glorious floating paradise The Island. 6 months after one of our ALL TIME favourite parties down at The Civic, he's coming back for round two and we couldn't be more stoked. He'll be joined on the harbour by STEPHEN ALLKINS (yess!!) and KALI where the tunes will be pumping out of a beautiful Funktion One rig all afternoon.
THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE OF LOCATION SO LISTEN UP PEOPLE!
Instead of Rose Bay Wharf, water taxis will now be leaving from and returning to the Man O War steps located on the eastern Botanical Gardens side of the Opera House. The Island itself will be floating around Athol Bay which is outside Taronga Zoo. Taxis will be departing the steps at 3pm so make sure you're there with time to spare.
Bring your swimmers and an appetite for Hugos pizzas (!!) and disco, we'll provide the vibe and killer tunes all day long. You can still get tickets from Resident Advisor but be quick, they're down to the final release!
DJ HMC AFTER PARTY AT THE CIVIC!!
Now we can announce that yes, we've been hiding an ace up our sleeve for fans of ze techno: immediately following The Island, Late Nite Tuff Guy will be doing a hulk-like transformation into his legendary techno alter-ego, DJ HMC, for an epic afterparty at The Civic. After a day of lapping up disco vibes on sunny Sydney Harbour it'll be time to head underground and get down to serious business.
While LNTG has been dominating the disco airwaves for the past few years, HMC (House Master Cam) is a name which has synonymous with Australian techno for nearly three decades. A true pioneer in the country, the movement Cam spearheaded led Adelaide to be referred to as the "Aussie Detroit". He's well and truly earned his title as The Godfather of Australian techno, wowing audiences with his sublimely crafted DJ sets since the early '80s and blowing record buyers' minds all throughout the '90s and early 2000s. His triumphant return to the studio a few years ago has seen him at his peak, and it's going to be a true pleasure to see one of the all time greats showing us both sides of his craft.
But wait, there's more! On the warm up will be another sensational interstate dudester, this time a prodigy whose career is just kicking off: Melbourne champ FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA. After a string of glorious deep house 12s, his recent BBW white label series embraces vintage-inspired techno - he's a man of many tastes and talents! Then, post-HMC, we'll have Sydney legend SIMON CALDWELL sending us off with his unparalleled vibesmanship, reminding us that we've got it pretty damn good up here too. Spruce Lee, Valerie Yum and Andy Webb will be manning the decks upstairs for your grooving pleasure.
The afterparty kicks off at 10pm - dancers with wristbands from LNTG will be given discounted priority entry to The Civic or can pay upfront on The Island ($15 cash only)or if you're really keen to lock in your dance floor spot you can email Carly and we'll organise direct deposit - email@example.com - while others not coming during the day can pick up limited presale tickets from Resident Advisor ($25).
Be warned though - there are limited general admission tickets!! RUN AND BUY THEM...
Posted 7th February 2013
LATE NITE TUFF GUY AND MANO LE TOUGH COMING UP
After an absolutely sensational Sydney Festival night with Danny Wang and Darshan Jesrani (THANK YOU!) we're looking forward to our next couple of shindigs. 6 months after one of our ALL TIME favourite parties down at The Civic, we're bringing the one, the only, Late Nite Tuff Guy back up to Sydney, this time for a glorious afternoon on The Island. For those of you lucky enough to experience the last show, you'll know what kind of extraordinary sounds are in store - and to be able to host one of the Australia's most legendary DJs on a stunning harbour venue in summer is just so good.
Support will be in the form of Stephen Allkins (how lucky are we!!) and Kali. Water taxis will be departing Rose Bay Wharf at 3pm so make sure you're there with time to spare. Bring your swimmers and an appetite for Hugos pizzas (!!) and disco, we'll provide the vibe and killer tunes all day long.
Tickets from Resident Advisor: Early Bird $50 // First Release $60 // Second Release $70
This will sell out so make sure you get in early!!
And then! Picnic and Strange Fruit are delighted to be jumping in bed together on Mardi Gras night, March 2nd, to present a MASSIVE show at The Abercrombie Hotel with the extraordinary MANO LE TOUGH.
Now based in Berlin, Irish expat Mano Le Tough has been absolutely killing it since his 2009 debut with his releases on Buzzin Fly, Internasjonal and, most recently, the consistently awesome Permanent Vacation. His warm, melodic approach to house music is instantly loveable and translates into good times on any dance floor, and his music has made its way into the bags of artists as diverse as Jimpster, Soul Clap, Hernan Cattaneo, Trickski and Catz 'N Dogz. His debut LP "Changing Days" is due out in the last week of February, just days before this party, so there's even more reason to celebrate!
Mano isn't just a whiz in the studio though - he's gained a huge amount of respect as a DJ over his short career, picking up regular gigs at famed German nightspots Panorama Bar and Robert Johnson. He runs a monthly night at Loftus Hall in Berlin called "Passion Beat" which has seen acts like Nicolas Jaar, John Talabot and The Mole all jump behind the decks as guest headliners. Debuting at number 53 in RA's Top 100 DJs poll this year, he was one of the year's highest new entries and obviously made a stellar impression on every dancer he played to at home and abroad in 2012.
And now he's heading to Australia for the very first time and we'll have the absolute pleasure of hosting him! We've plucked out a bunch of Sydney's finest for the occasion:
2 ROOMS. 15 HOURS. INFINITE AMOUNTS OF HELL YEAH!
Mano Le Tough (3 Hour Set) // Ben Korbel (We Love Sounds) // Kali (Picnic) // Jordan Deck (Strange Fruit) // Morgan
Phil Smart // Matt Aubusson (Glitch) // Mike Witcombe (A Life Less Ordinary) // Slow Blow // Marc Jarvin
Tickets from $15, available from Resident Advisor!
Posted 23rd January 2013
SYDNEY FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY - DANNY WANG AND DARSHAN JESRANI!
Wow, here we are already! After an EPIC start to 2013 with Psychemagik on The Island, we're back for our third SydFest show this Saturday night at SYDNEY TOWN HALL with two of our favourite acts of all time.
To keep you occupied in the days between now and then, we've got some quality reading and listening for you. Pop on this killer Darshan mix while you have a squiz at this fantastic conversation with Mister Metro Area himself on inthemix. Then revisit a whole bunch of Danny's finest moments with this awesome Balihu megamix put together by the wonderful Tim Sweeney while you check out this Pulse Radio interview with the always outspoken, never dull, totally disco Mr. Wang.
Also, for a bit of fun, You Only Live Once did a couple of really cool articles with the lads about the perfect day in their home cities. Hit up Darshan's Perfect Day in NYC and Danny's Perfect Day in Berlin.
That should keep you busy for the moment. And while you're doing all that, head on over to the Sydney Festival Website to pick up some cheap tickies, just $36 for the night! Support will be in the form of Picnic pals Kali and Andy Webb and doors open at 8pm. Let's make this our best SydFest party yet!!
LOOK AT OUR PLAYGROUND!
Set times are:
8.00 - 8.30pm Andy Webb
8.30 - 11.30pm DANIEL WANG
11.30 - 1.30am DARSHAN JESRANI
1.30 - 2.00am Kali
See you all on the dance floor :)
Posted 17th January 2013
PSYCHEMAGIK TODAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Your instructions for today: get yourself down to Rose Bay Wharf by 3pm donning your finest swimsuit, where you'll catch a water taxi to The Island. It's best to get there early, but if you're running late they'll continue to leave every 20 minutes. Once you arrive, you are required to eat (Hugos pizza), swim (the forecast says 29 and sunny), chill (day beds everywhere), dance (obviously) and have the best time ever. If you missed out on online tickets, we'll have a very limited number available at the wharf for $60, so get down as early as you can to avoid disappointment. See you all down there!
Posted 5th January 2013
PSYCHEMAGIK ON THE ISLAND AND DARSHAN JESRANI/DANNY WANG @ SYDFEST!
After an insane November (thank you thank you thank you!) we're cooling off a bit before our next wave of amazing shows. January is going to be extremely special - we're starting the year with Psychemagik on The Island on Jan 5th. Absolute paradise. There's simply no artist we'd prefer to spend the first weekend of the new year with, splashing around and drinking coconuts, soaking up the sun over Sydney Harbour. Head over to Resident Advisor and snap up some real cheap tix - the earlier you jump in, the less dosh you spend.
Then on January 19th it's SYDNEY FESTIVAL with DARSHAN JESRANI and DANNY WANG! Our triumphant return to SydFest will be at Sydney Town Hall and it's going to be a pretty incredible night. Two of the most influential and fantastic purveyors of disco in the last 20 years both appearing on stage for one seriously awesome Picnic, with 1200 happy dancers grooving away in a very unusual, very amazing space. Tickets are only $36 from the Sydney Festival website. Good times!
Posted 6th December 2012
HELLO SUMMER! GERD JANSON, PSYCHEMAGIK AND SYDNEY FESTIVAL
First up, a massive thanks to everybody who came down and partied with us at PillowTalk! The music, the people, the vibe - it was all fantastic. Now we're onto our third and last show for November (and our last show for the year!) with Gerd Janson. We're teaming up with our pals Co-Op for this one and it's going to be a very special party indeed.
When you look at Gerd's list of accolades, you become immediately aware that he's one bloody impressive man. Founder of the extraordinary Running Back imprint, he's been responsible for putting out records by Theo Parrish, Todd Terje, Tiger & Woods, Prosumer and Radio Slave. Resident at the revered Robert Johnson in Frankfurt, he's blown the minds of thousands of discerning punters with his stunning eclectic DJ sets. Team member at the Red Bull Music Academy, he's been that dude on the couch interviewing every dance music legend under the sun, from DJ Harvey and Prins Thomas to Move D and Edfemin. Occasional producer of highly danceable disco and house as Tuff City Kids and Pink Alert, his remix work has landed on labels like Permanent Vacation, Sonar Kollektiv, Innervisions and our own local buds Future Classic.
We taking all this down to the newly great sounding Tatlers! No more pesky "door list only" entry! Straight up good vibes, with a killer out door area to boot. Tickets are super limited, the capacity is only 150. Tickets avail through Resident Advisor for hardly anything - $20 presales!
Following on from that, we'll be ringing in the new year with PSYCHEMAGIK ON THE ISLAND!! The pleasure odyssey takes place on January 5th so make sure you save the date. More info on that one soon.
Then January 19th we're partying in Sydney Town Hall with Darshan Jesrani and Danny Wang! It's our third Sydney Festival show and it's going to be absolutely supreme. Head on over to the Sydney Festival website to grab cheap cheap tickies and we can all be merry.
Posted 22nd November 2012
WE'RE BACK AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL WITH DARSHAN JESRANI AND DANNY WANG!
The bubble has burst: we can now announce that Picnic will be back at Sydney Festival 2013 to present Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area) and Daniel Wang!! After two incredible events at Hyde Park Barracks, the Festival Bar is making a move to Town Hall which is pretty mind blowing. We'll be getting our disco on at Paradiso on January 19th, you can pick up tickets through the Sydney Festival website. Obviously this is going to be the best summer of all time ever.
Also remember we've got Horse Meat Disco coming up next Friday night down at Goodgod! You can still snap up cheap presale tickets from Resident Advisor and we recommend you do. As anybody who's been along to one of our HMD parties before, they're on a whole new tier of fun. Support on the night from Marcus King, Steele Bonus and Andy Webb. YAY!
Posted 24th October 2012
ONE NIGHT STAND: LADIES NIGHT, THIS SATURDAY
Heaps going on in Picnicland right now! Starting with our Ladies night this Saturday: we'll be dancing and smiling all night long with EIGHT of our fair city's most ridiculously talented DJ femmes: *deep breath* Valerie Yum, Alley Oop, Cassette, Ariane, Morgan, Sam Francisco, Bad Ezzy and Kali! We've finally reached the season where the lush outdoor area of our spectacular warehouse space isn't a freezer, yet you also won't get burnt to a crisp on the dance floor. PERFECT. Incredible music, amazing people, the cosiest environment imaginable, good times flowing from start to finish.
Don't forget this is a SEQUINS PARTY, so gather your most glittery get-up and shimmer on down. It's BYO so make sure you stock up on your party elixir of choice. The address will be announced closer to the date, and $15 tickets can be picked up from Resident Advisor - they'll be 25 on the door so save some bucks and sort it early.
Whether you're gay, straight, bi or tri, the news is good: Horse Meat Disco are returning to Picnic for the fourth time for another insane night of overjoyed dancing and disco music. Their set at our 4th birthday party earlier in the year was beyond phenomenal, as we're sure every sweat-drenched dancer would agree, and we're bracing ourselves for the next instalment of the world's best queer disco DJs coming to our side of the world.
Since Horse Meat Disco began nearly eight years ago, the London DJ collective have built up their name to the point of it being probably the world's most celebrated queer disco party. Inspired by the music and inclusive ethos of New York's club scene during the '70s and '80s, the collective have garnered a unique reputation for amazing parties and unmatchable sets. Their hugely successful compilation series on K7! Records, now up to the third release with a fourth on the way, brings together a whole bunch of their finest gems which have become anthems at their Vauxhall home gigs and abroad. Basically, nothing in the whole world is more fun than dancing to the Horse Meat Disco DJs.
This time we'll be popping down to Goodgod for an intimate set, with Picnic pals Marcus King, Steele Bonus and Andy Webb keeping the decks warm for the rest of the night. Presale tix will be $20 from Resident Advisor - they'll be $30 on the door so do it early!
Posted 11th October 2012
PICNIC PRESENTS PILLOW TALK - LIVE AT THE OXFORD ART FACTORY!
Picnic are taking things to the next level this November: We'll be presenting the debut Australian performance of PILLOWTALK!
The San Francisco trio are seriously one of our favourite acts right now. Their sound hints at a million different influences rolled into one - smooth disco and R&B meets underground house and techno, from Frankie Valli to Theo Parrish, Beach Boys to Larry Heard - their sound is both classic and cutting edge. Whether bringing the sun on Visionquest, cruising between charming pop and deep house with Wolf + Lamb (their Far From Heaven EP is still constantly on repeat) or going deeper still on their Life and Death release, the band are completely infectious from the stunning vocals down to the perfect production.
On the road, the PillowTalk experience show is one mad party. All performed live, the band bring limitless energy to the crowd, engaging with their wit, charm and bucketloads of talent. They've been invited to play at some of the world's biggest and best events like Croatia's Garden Festival, BPM Festival in Mexico and the 2012 WMC in Miami, and they've always left the crowd beaming. Behind the decks they're no less superb, billed alongside acts like Nicolas Jaar, Soul Clap, Simian Mobile Disco and Tale Of Us, and at the OAF they'll be DJing both before and after their live set: a 3 hour total performance!
Simon Caldwell and Kali will be on support duties. Doors open at 10pm. Presale tickets to this monster gig are $40 through Resident Advisor and Moshtix. Get in quick because this will be off the charts!
Posted 23rd August 2012
LATE NITE TUFF GUY GOES ALL NIGHT AT THE CIVIC
This is news that a lot of you have been waiting for. We have secured LATE NITE TUFF GUY (aka DJ HMC) for an ALL NIGHT ROID RAVE at our One Night Stand in August. One of Australia's greatest disco, house and techno treasures, mister Carmelo Bianchetti will at long last be hopping on a plane in Adelaide to come and delight us at one of our favourite venues - Civic Underground. One of Australia's best on one of the best sound systems! YEAH!
HMC first made his mark in the early '80s, when he was one of the first DJs in the country to spin Chicago house and Detroit techno. He made his production debut back in 1991 with the 100% Juice EP on Juice Records, Australia's first techno label. In 1995 he released "Phreakin'" as the first twelve-inch on Dirty House Records, which went on to become an international hit and put Adelaide on the world map as what people were calling the "Aussie Detroit". All of this spells one thing: PIONEER. It's not often people can legitimately be labelled "The Godfather" of something, but not many people will dispute the title being handed to HMC when it comes to Australian techno.
In recent years, Bianchetti has made a prolific return to producing, both as HMC and under the moniker Late Nite Tuff Guy. "I Get Deeper" had a truly massive impact all over the world, and his string of amazing releases on disco edits imprint Dessert Island Discs indicates that he's back with a vengeance and a newfound excitement for sharing the music he's passionate about. And what better arena to do that than at a Picnic One Night Stand? LNTG will be taking us on a journey from the moment the doors open until we eventually get dragged out into the unfortunate dawn light.
The move to the Civic hasn't dampen our desire to see you ALL dressed up Roid Rave style, so start your pump regime and get those juicy muscles bulging.. Don your most revealing gym gear and show us your guns!
Cheap presale tickets can be picked up from Resident Advisor! As of right now they're more than 50% gone so GET IN QUICK.
Posted 9th August 2012
BRAWTHER THIS WEEKEND!
We're only a couple of sleeps away until we pop our One22 cherry with some INSANE house music courtesy of the stupidly talented Brawther. We're talking absolute top shelf qualtiy here, it doesn't get much more legit than this.
At 25 the uber-talented Parisian has already been making music for ten years, the latter part of which has resulted in some totally outstanding records which have landed in the bags of big wigs like AntonZap and Delano Smith. As Brawther, his first two twelve-inch releases landed on Chez Damier's Balance imprint, which gives a pretty clear picture of the bold impression his music makes. Under his Izmo alias, he has explored the more ambient side of electronic music, releasing a gorgeous full studio album blooming with lush pads and warm, deep vibes. He also sneakily put out an EP under the guise 'Paris Underground Trax', a kind of ode to '90s east coast house music, which received an incredible response from true enthusiasts all around the world. His music, at once perfectly vintage and very forward thinking, feels completely instinctive and is some of the most exciting stuff to come out of the underground house scene in recent memory.
As a DJ, his vast range of influences and passion for discovery make him a delight to dance to. He's found himself on the bill with legends like Tevo Howard, Kyle Hall and Romanthony, and has upcoming bookings alongside Omar S, Levon Vincent and Hunee to name a few. Brawther is mingling behind the decks with the very best of them and manages to do it with ease. We're in for a huge treat when he touches down in Sydney for the first time - expect a night of crazy-high quality house gems that will blow your socks off.
Supports on the night will be in the form of Simon Caldwell, Kali and Dean Dixon vs Magda B. We'll be kicking off at 10pm and you can grab presale tix from Resident Advisor right now!
Posted 2nd August 2012
OH WHAT A NIGHT!
Thanks to everyone that came last night!!
Honestly, absolutely amazing!!
Thanks to CANYONS for killing it!
Posted 15th July 2012
NEXT UP: CANYONS THEN LATE NITE TUFF GUY!
First of all, thanks so much to everybody who came to Simon's ONS return last weekend. What an epic night!!
Obviously we invited him back for a second appearance at One Night Stand because he was so bloody exceptional the first time around, and we couldn't resist doing the very same with Canyons after they utterly blew our minds at the warehouse last year. Quite seriously, it was one of the most amazing things we've ever witnessed.
In the time since then, the lads have dropped their stunning debut album, 'Keep Your Dreams', which the world received with open arms. They performed as a killer live act for the first time too, as if their musical credibility wasn't high enough already. But although they've taken the live show on tour and delighted thousands (perhaps millions, or even billions!), back at the warehouse they'll be doing what they've been doing so bloody well for years: exposing us to some ridiculous, impossible, magnificent records. They're a truly unique force behind the decks and we're pretty stoked to be having them back for an ALL NIGHT WOODSTOCK JAM.
Yes, the theme for this one is Woodstock. Come be filthy love-loving hippies with us and psych out to some mind melting music. We're all one big happy dirty smokey family!
So this is how it happens: Canyons play from the moment the gates open (10pm) until the very end (??am) at a wonderful warehouse location which will be disclosed close to the party. It's BYO, and you can snap up cheap presale tickets here - they'll be more on the door.
10PM start. Really late finish. BYO only. Address announced closer to the date.
Cheap presale tickets from Resident Advisor
THEN, on August 25th we'll be hosting another Picnic extravaganza with LATE NITE TUFF GUY! More info to come on that really soon.
Posted 21st June 2012
Thanks everyone that came to our One Night Stand on Saturday!! What a party!!! So great!
NEXT!! Round two with our man Simon Caldwell - get moving on tickets! It is selling like crazy!
TICKETS HERE: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?359239
Posted 28th May 2012
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND FEAT. KEN CLOUD
Dear everybody. Let's have a party!
For our next Ligue de Una Noche warehouse grooveathon we'll be graced with the presence of the extraordinary Ken Cloud. Having been killing it in the Sydney scene for the best part of 20 years, Ken is one of those dudes who immediately adds something special to any party he plays. He's one of the fellas behind Mad Racket, a Sydney clubbing institution which needs no introduction, meaning he's been responsible for hosting (and supporting) the likes of Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Daedalus, Chris Duckenfield and Octave One. Impressed yet? Let's throw in Hot Chip, Claude von Stroke, Steve Bug, The Crystal Ark and the 6th Borough Project. QUALITY ALL OVER THE SHOP. We're stoked to be having Ken spin for us at our cosy warehouse space and you should be too!
On either side you've got Picnic mainstays Kali, Mike Witcombe and Andy Webb holding down the fort with exceptional house, disco and genre-free oddities for the ears and feet to enjoy. In the name of all things fun, we'll be treating your eyes as well, as we encourage everyone to go back to the future and don your finest '80s getup. Big hair, loud colours, weird shapes and way too much gym clothing. Dust off your boom box and leave good taste at home.
10PM start. Really late finish. BYO only. Address announced closer to the date.
Cheap presale tickets from Resident Advisor, $15 now, $25 on the door!
Good times ahoy!
Posted 17th May 2012
PICNIC PRESENTS ONE NIGHT STAND FEAT. SIMON CALDWELL
The twenty-first hour of the sixteenth day of the sixth month of the two thousand and twelfth year Anno Domini.
The second coming of Mister Simon Caldwell to One Night Stand. All night long.
12 months after his first all night Picnic jam, one of Sydney's true DJ masters returns to play for you once again, from the moment the doors open until the daylight kicks us out. For two decades, Simon has been one of the city's - no, make that the country's - most respected performers and party makers, cementing himself as a beacon of consistency and quality in an industry where not many go the distance. He's been co-promoting Mad Racket, a true Sydney institution, for 13 years; he's been invited to record mixes for Resident Advisor and John Digweed's radio show Transitions; his gargantuan list of support slots is littered with names like Moodymann, Dixon, Derrick May, Andrew Weatherall and Theo Parrish; and every Monday night, thousands tune in to his radio show on FBi 94.5. That's a pretty bloody good résumé.
Bringing passion, knowledge, experience, creativity and GROOVE together into one man-sized package, we really couldn't think of anybody better than Simon Caldwell to commandeer this party the first time around, and man did he prove us right! It would have been foolish of us to just leave it there - and so, here we are. Round two.
We'll be dancing at an appropriately epic warehouse space, to be announced closer to the date, with the finest Funktion One sound system we can get our hands on. Our birthday throwdown there was absolutely mental and we know this will be no different. It'll be BYO, and we'll have a bar set up to keep your drinks cool and safe, so stock up and enjoy!
THE THEME is 'Birds of Paradise' - we'll be getting our tropical vibe on despite the mid-winter chill and we ask all of you to join us! Think toasty thoughts!
Tickets are available now on Resident Advisor and, after witnessing the pandemonium last time, we seriously suggest you don't sleep on them.
NEXT UP IS KINK AT THE SPICE CELLAR
WOAH. Thanks everybody SO MUCH for coming down to our 4th birthday party and making it one of the most incredible nights in history! It doesn't get much better than that.
Next up Picnic are heading back underground to The Spice Cellar to team up with Reckless Republic with a seriously exciting headliner from Bulgaria (where else?)
Having been raving to the sounds of early EDM since the age of 12, KiNK has established himself as the most accomplished house and techno dudes on the scene, with releases on some of the top labels around - we're talking imprints like Rush Hour, Poker Flat, Ovum, Liebe*Detail and Mule Musiq. The big boys. His work with collaboration partner Neville Watson has, on top of all that, cemented him as a prolific, versatile and inventive electronic artist. The duo's latest release on Rush Hour features Hercules & Love Affair member Kim Ann Foxman and exemplifies their love of classic house and ability to delight both DJs and punters.
His passion for hardware and sound manipulation translates from the studio into the performance world spectacularly, resulting in an unreal live show that spans old school chicago house, quality acid, deep techno and whatever else suits the occasion. Having delighted audiences everywhere from Italy to Israel, he placed in RA's Top 20 live acts of 2011 poll - sandwiched between Modeselektor and Kollektiv Turmstrasse - proving he's one of the world's most exciting electronic performers.
Either side of KiNK's set, you'll be treated to the sounds of Picnic's own Matt Trousdale, Kali & Mike Witcombe playing a back to back set, and Spice lord Murat Kilic. The doors will be flung open at 10pm and the party rolls into Spice After Hours at 4am so you can keep on dancing the night away. Presale tickets are $25 through Resident Advisor and once you're stamped you can come and go as you please until 10am.
ALSO: so you know what dates you're going to be busy in the next while, here's our schedule:
April 8 - KiNK @ The Spice Cellar
April 9 - KALI supports Stimming @ The Abercrombie
April 13 - KALI headlines Friday @ The Spice Cellar
April 21 - Picnic: One Night Stand w/ Marcus King, Perfect Snatch, Kali & Andy Webb
April 28 - Tamas Jones (Hey Convict!) plays Never Mind The Balearics
May 26 - Picnic: One Night Stand TBA
June 16 - Picnic: One Night Stand - The Return of Simon Caldwell
See you all on the floor!
Posted 21st March 2012
PICNIC FOURTH BIRTHDAY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!
First up, major thanks to everybody who came down and danced with us at the Friendly Fires show on Saturday night, it was such an awesome night!
This weekend is the big big BIG one - our 'thank you' to everybody who's ever danced, DJed or worked with us in any way over the past four years, and our chance to cut loose with an incredible soundtrack played by some incredible people!
We've got the venue: the exceptional Sun Studios in Alexandria. Two rooms, a manned bar for your drinks to be kept cold and safe, and one of the greatest vibes in this city.
We've got the music: queer disco legends Horse Meat Disco playing a 3 hour set with Stephen Allkins, Matt Vaughan and Tamas Jones of Hey Convict! as your dream support team in the main room, plus Picnic Agency dudes Matt Trousdale, Mirror Mirror, Marcus King, Long John Saliva, Perfect Snatch, Steele Bonus and Andy Webb laying down tracks in the other.
We've got the sound: With a top of the line Funktion One Resolution 3 system for the main stage and QSC K12s for the Agency room, the music is going to be crystal clear and sounding sweet.
And of course we've got all of you rad disco dancers to enjoy it with us. It'll be BYO only (again, we can look after your booze) and you'll also be able to buy stuff like cups, ice and mixers.
THE ADDRESS: SUN STUDIOS - 42 MADDOX ST, ALEXANDRIA. Here's a map!
You can still grab presale tickets from Resident Advisor for $40! They'll be more on the door so hop to it.
Posted 13th March 2012
PICNIC BRING YOU FRIENDLY FIRES AND KINK!
We never sleep. First up we're delighted to bring you a Friendly Fires DJ set, their only Future Music sideshow, on Saturday the 10th of March at Goodgod! Whilst the band is widely known for their potent indie grooves, some of their most significant influences include Carl Craig, Prince and powerhouse techno label Kompakt, as well as classic disco, funk and boogie.
Their 'Suck My Deck' mix for Bugged Out! is an absolute ripper, littered with gems by artists like Tensnake, Bot'Ox, Discodeine, Lindstrom & Christabelle and Butch. What's more, they've hand selected exceptional remixers for their music including Justus Kohncke, Joakim and Mock & Toof, and they've run a stack of their own club parties with guests like Motor City Drum Ensemble, Michael Mayer, Prins Thomas and Horse Meat Disco, so it's clear they have a serious appetite for quality dance music.
Local support will be in the form of Mike Witcombe, Kali and Andy Webb. Tickets are $18.50 presale or more on the door, and they'll be down to $10 from 3am.