Presented by Hardware Group and Piknic Electronik, ‘The First’ is a fresh approach to New Years Day in one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues - The Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Centrally located minutes from the CBD amongst the King’s Domain Parklands and Royal Botanical Gardens, the venue has a history of memorable events and is the birthplace of Melbourne NYD festivals. A multi -stage experience, this brand new approach aims to deliver multiple stages with a focus on live electronic, hip hop, house and techno. The First NYD will land as the first major New Years Day festival on the Australian calendar and deliver some of the biggest music superstars that have dominated music, radio and streaming charts across the globe in recent years. Curated by the directors that brought the globally renowned ‘Piknic Electronik’ to Australian shores, the season-long event will host it's own arena alongside other stages; reining in the New Year as the ‘Piknic Electronic Stage’ offering patrons the chance to delve into a pristine sound experience.
Long gone are the days when festivals focused on one genre of music. The First NYD is a smorgasbord of electronic music’s many types of talent. For music and entertainment fans, it is an affordable and exciting experience to see some of the best new talent alongside high profile favourites - the perfect way to bring in the New Year.
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A raunchy, cylinder-shaped ginger of Eastern European ancestry might not be the first dude you'd peg for rap stardom, but that's exactly the mantle Action Bronson is on the verge of possessing. Over the last few years, the 28-year old Queens native has become one of hip-hop's most charismatic and colourful new characters, thanks to his wicked sense of humour, a buffet of impressive releases and a knack for updating cherished East Coast aesthetics into indisputably modern music.
In 2011, The NewYork Times hailed Bronson as “one of the most promising prospects in New York hip-hop.” That formidable potential is now being realized. When Bronson gleefully tossed slabs of meat from Peter Luger’s famed steakhouse into a wild-ass crowd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the mosh pit of skaters, knuckleheads, rap purists and young women was evidence of his ever-widening appeal.
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A. is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. Her stage name M.I.A. is wordplay on her name as well as a reference to the abbreviation Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop. Her single “Paper Planes” peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Bill- board Hot 100. “Paper Planes” was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it was ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era.
After setting a new standard for dance music in Australia and becoming the first dance artist to win the ARIA Award for Album of the Year with their 3 x Platinum, chart-topping LP ‘Apocalypso’, The Presets are now back with their first new tracks in almost four years - Triple J favourites “Do What You Want”, “14U+14ME”, and “Downtown Shutdown”. These songs formed part of the group’s long awaited fourth album ‘HI VIZ’, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes album chart within hours of its release.
Banoffee is the project of Australian born songwriter Martha Brown. Establishing herself originally in Melbourne, Banoffee has been self-producing her own brand of experimental electronica. With the release of last EP ‘Do I Make You Nervous’; in late 2015, a change was necessary and the West Coast of America beckoned. Originally, Banoffee’s sound was inspired by the sparse minimal- ism of Arthur Russell, melded with the straight-talking of Laurie Anderson and the sass of Destiny’s Child.
Bloody Mary encompasses all aspects of an established electronic musician: she’s a vinyl DJ, she performs as a hardware-only live act, she’s a producer, and she’s been running the label Dame-Music since 2010.
The French-born, Berlin-based artist likes to be kept busy. When she’s not caught up running between airport gates, she’s usually locked away in her gear-heavy studio, continuously mastering her art as a producer.
Her unique musical taste and elegant on-stage presence have seen her feature at festivals such as Movement Detroit, Piknic Electronik Australia and Barcelona, Intro Festival Mongolia, ADE, Sonar and WMC Miami. She has also graced the decks of world-renowned clubs like Fabric London, Space Ibiza, Panorama Bar Berlin, Smart Bar Chicago, Tresor and many more.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York but with roots in Vancouver, Canada, the history of Bob Moses is as curious as the cool house music duo's name.
Members Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie knew one another from the Vancouver high school they both attended and were drawn together thanks to a shared love of pop-punk bands like Rancid and Green Day. Adulthood found them both in Brooklyn, with Vallance recording Berlin-styled techno while Howie worked in the realm of the singer/songwriter. Both felt musically stuck and hungered for something new, a problem solved by the simple union of their styles, which created something cool and decidedly "post-club." Named after the urban planner who designed the modern New York City, they became Bob Moses and joined the Scissor & Thread label in 2012 with the EP Hand to Hold. The Far from the Tree EP followed on the label in 2013, then a year later the group released the First to Cry EP on Domino. In 2015, the label gathered up all the duo's early EPs for the compilation All in All and also released their debut album, Days Gone By.
Say what you wanna say, but you have to give Strahil Velchev this: the man’s a powerhouse. Recording and playing live under the KiNK alias, he went on to become one of the nest purveyor’s of funk in techno and house. What it is, by de nition, ain’t exactly clear. And that is the beauty of it. KiNK’s music is unifying in the best possible way. Channeling the spirit and feeling of a time where it didn’t really matter who the faces behind the music were, KiNK plays with the elements of genres and sub-genres as if the future of it all is still wide-open. At the same time it could be accused of retro-fetishism, as much as the Pope himself is infallible.
Making his debut into the world in 2010 under the anonymous moniker of Krystal Klear, Dublin native Dec Lennon has made a steady rise to become one of the freshest new faces in music that both has the chops to destroy underground dance oors with his deep crate of records. He's been hot from the start, with his 2010 single "Tried For Your Love" being quickly scooped up by BBC Radio One's Benji B and played on his radio show for 13 weeks in a row.
Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences. His label, Mesh, the embodiment of these passions, releasing music which is part of wider collaborations in the arts and sciences.
His contributions to the BBC’s long-running Essential Mix series in 2015 and Balance’s mix compilation in 2018 showcase his long history as a DJ dating back to the late 90’s, and contextualized his striking sound amidst his peers. Max has also collaborated with contemporary classical composers Michael Nyman, Tom Hodge and Nils Frahm, with a reworking of Philip Glass with Bruce Brubaker announced for 2019. His productions and performances have earned him many merits including several RA top100 listings in both the live and DJ categories.
2018 sees the release of Cooper’s third studio album 'One Hundred Billion Sparks' in which he interrogates notions of identity whilst profiling the complex mechanisms that make us all wonderfully unique.
Project Pablo (Patrick Holland), is a DJ and Musician residing in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2015 saw Holland's debut full length release I Want to Believe and his inaugural European Journey. Inspired by the depths of dollar bins and adult contemporary, his records cover a wide spectrum of energy and dance music sub genres. Outside of solo endeavours, Holland co-pilots ASL Singles Club and SOBO, releasing collaborative efforts and music from friends. 2017 sees the Canadian musician travelling extensively through Australia, Mexico, USA, and Europe.
Britain's SG Lewis is an in-demand producer, songwriter, and DJ with an emotive, atmospheric approach to dance-oriented, electronic-based music. Influenced by the introspective pop of Bon Iver and James Blake, as well as the club-ready hip-hop of artists like Common, Pharrell, and the Neptunes, Lewis began posting his own evocative, moody tracks online. He quickly built a loyal following and eventually nabbed a residency DJ'ing at London's Chibuku Club.
In 2014, his remix of Jessie Ware's song "You & I (Forever)" caught the attention of Ware's label, PMR Records, who then signed him. A year later, he released his debut EP, Shivers. In 2016, Lewis delivered his sophomore EP, Yours, which included the track "Holding Back," featuring Gallant. Lewis' 2017 output consisted of the Toulouse-aided single, "Times We Had" and the solo track "Smart Aleck Kill." He returned in January 2018 with "Aura," a bright, yet low-key track featuring vocalist J Warner.