Well, folks, we find ourselves here again. Another year down, another winter come and gone, another impending festival season upon us. Accompanying the time of year, as always, is an existential crisis over an incredible Pitch lineup, feat. anxiety about being designated driver. Babe, you’re not alone. The third instalment of Pitch Music and Arts Festival is a mere couple of months away, and as the times you’ve spent at previous Pitch Festivals fade into nothing more than a distant glistening memory, the looming soiree set on Labour Day weekend 2019 gears up to be the best one yet. It’s truly the hat trick of all music festival hat tricks.
Within the abundant cornucopia of artists gracing us with their presence at Pitch 2019, every facet of the musical multiverse is being touched, no stone left unturned. Whether you’re a fiend for a bit of soul/disco, or some minimal tech, maybe house is more your kind of vibe, there’s a flavour catered to you. Undoubtedly – the lineup alone is enough motivation you need to get you through all those weekend retail shifts you’ve got to do before then (just 7 to go), pair this with some post Pitch nostalgia (please refer below), we can feel the familiar euphoria hitting us already.
So dust off your dancing shoes, and for the love of god put in your annual leave requests now, because this one is going to be a doozy. Here are the top 5 acts that you absolutely without a doubt CANNOT miss, at Pitch Music and Arts 2019.
Dutch descendant of De School nightclub, Job Jobse is hot property. Having headlined AVA and Dekmantel music festivals this year, Mr Jobse is a name regularly appearing under the Deep House Amsterdam institution. Aligning himself with the music of the tech-house persuasion, he infuses his sets with some 80s electronic sensibility, making him a versatile artist to clap and step your night away with.
Annegret Fiedler aka. Perel is nothing short of a musical prodigy. Beginning her career writing original works at the age of 8 (inspired by the Eurhythmics and her grandmothers piano) she doubles as a classically trained singer and moved to Berlin to expand her creativity. Mastering the art of mixing whilst playing at parties in abandoned post-WWII buildings, Perel’s sets and original productions are complex, laser sharp, and all-encompassing of true Berlin techno. Oh! And this show will be her Australian debut. Definitely. Do. Not. Miss.
Perhaps the most promising trio coming out of Australia’s east coast, Retiree encapsulates the softer jazzier tones of melodic dance music. Picking up some serious traction after being headhunted by Rhythm Section INTL boss Bradley Zero, Retiree’s most recent album House Or Home is the sonic intersection of ambient electronic music and the melodic innocence of quintessentially Aussie coastal rock. Can’t you see it now? You, Retiree, the sun setting over the peak of Mt Grampian at Pitch Music and Arts. Bliss.
The work of Roman Flügel is undoubtedly of key importance to the evolution of techno coming out of Germany, and undeniably hard to pin down. His history studying Musicology, in conjunction with his intrigue, collecting as much music gear as possible, it’s no surprise he is the audible amalgamation of experimental and beautifully curated techno. A key name in Sven Väth’s Omen nightclub, his discography almost exceeds 40 releases in 20 years and is housed under some of the most well-respected record labels in Europe such as Cocoon, and XLR8R. Returning down under for the first time in 4 years, Mr Flügel is a founding father in his field. Don’t miss it.
If you’re drawn to some of the softer hues that will be playing at Pitch 2019, Banoffee might just be the one for you. This pocket rocket began her music career in Melbourne, claiming the crown of our great city’s poster child for pop electronic music in just a few years. However, this singer/songwriter/producer/dancer flew the nest a few years ago (to our dismay), with her sights set on Los Angeles, and since has graced stages internationally. Having released countless EP’s and even touring alongside Charlie XCX on her Taylor Swift Reputation Tour – not once dropping her Melbourne bad-ass chick next door demeanour of course – we are keen to welcome her home at Pitch 2019.
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