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Summadayze 2011

January 2nd 2011 11:24
A new Summa, a new flavour


Summadayze returns to Australia 2011

David Guetta
Armin Van Buuren*
Justice (DJ Set)*
Armand Van Helden*

Bob Sinclar
Boys Noize
Erol Alkan*
Miami Horror
Claude Von Stroke*
Dennis Ferrer*
Riva Starr

& Many More

*Line Ups vary at each festival.

Go to for correct line up and event info in your city.

View Summadayze trailers here

National Dates:
Jan 1st Summadayze Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Jan 1st Summadayze Adelaide, Rymill Park
Jan 2nd Summafiedayze Gold Coast, Doug Jennings Park
Jan 8th Summadayze Perth, The Esplanade and Supreme Court Gardens

Sumadayze kick started the new year in Adelaide in ways I couldn’t even begin to predict. As I arrived at Rymill Park on the East end of Adelaide I was feeling quite flushed as I’d done the right thing and used my bicycle to get there. A stinking hot day on New Years Eve had left the streets pretty quiet for new years morning around my place so I set off from home, arrived in good time, locked up the bike and collected my ticket. My plus one was unable to attend, so I was collecting my ticket and doing the whole gig solo. Easy enough, I thought, to wander quietly and soak in the atmosphere. Listen up for the music that drew me towards it.

No sooner had I stepped into line, when a beautiful black police dog came and wedged its nose into my butt cheeks. For a moment there I thought I was being greeted in that way doggies say ‘hello’, and I was in a way, but this doggie was saying ‘you smell like pot’. So the police took me aside and went through all the proceedings in a polite and not overly dramatic or threatening way. I was completely astonished. I did not have any drugs on me, and was not there to score any or hook any up, ‘I’m reviewing the music, it’s not really a day off, I’m here with the purpose to remain sober so I can observe and reflect,’ I explained.

After giving my details, being searched, having my pockets examined, all of that, I was set free to wander inside; I had an apology and an explanation about the process. Evidently I could have sat somewhere and been exposed to marijuana, and I wondered how long it had been since I’d sat in any number of places where there may have been residue of bong water or pot. It’s difficult to really know under the circumstances, but because they were polite about it and I was quite clearly innocent – sure I look like an old hippy, but I also look like a wizard and a monk, a rock star, and the serial killer ‘Bob’ from ‘Twin Peaks’ but that doesn’t make me any of those things. I went and settled on the lawn by the Almost Famous stage and chilled for a while. Ajax, Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw kept the spirits up. Singing live at these gigs must be a challenge. Dust, grass seed, dry breeze, humid, all sorts of reasons why singing could be awkward. Lisa Shaw came out with her magically smooth vocal styling and hit the nail on the head. Lisa presented with her beautiful personality, warm smiling face and a truly great strength in her voice. After a few songs from her and some dubious rain starting to drop I moved around for a little walk. The rain didn’t develop as the clouds moved over and sun shone.

On the Mainstage as the crowds gathered Riva Starr was really thumping things along. I find one needs the crowd in the main area to absorb the sound. The bass was a little heavy for me while there were so few people. Later in the day it would be so packed around the area I would only observe from the bleachers. I was ultimately attracted to some of the fine rapping and the groove end of the scale. There was so much room to dance under the trippy HQ tower, I couldn’t help myself, and that’s where things started to spin out a little.

I’ve done Future Music Festival, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Big Day Out, Blues Fest, Parklife and plenty of live gigs. I guess I don’t think too much about what part of the country I’m in when I start to actually enjoy the music and dance. Here in Adelaide I guess I also stick out in a crowd like this given I’m 50 this year, and the main age of other punters seems to be around 20-something. I have long grey hair – so plenty of the youngsters get a laugh or a shock when I pass them in the crowd. I hear comments like ‘it’s my grand-dad’ (seriously). This year, 2011, it seems the hi5 has really come home to roost in Adelaide. I was meeting them all over. And once, in Sydney, we used to laugh at the Japanese tourists who jumped off a bus to photograph a tourist attraction without seeming to actually experience it beyond the potential postcard it was being captured in. As my day progressed I discovered that young folk are really keen to jump up next to you and grab a photograph of themselves with you. It’s the phone camera thing. All of a sudden I’m surrounded by some crew – didn’t even see them coming, they’ve all grouped around me, some young woman is taking a shot. They move on... what a great new friendship that was... not. The first few times it happened I thought it was a bit odd, but by the time I had danced my little old hundred year old feet off I (each foot is fifty this year) had been captured in more shots than I could possibly count, and I didn’t meet most of them – however I did meet a few, and had a dance with actual people not just my shadow.

The overall groove was wild as the day moved into night. The late sunset here due to daylight saving paid off, and dusk in Rymill Park is a magical time. Sumadayze is probably the most amazing place for any music enthusiast to be on New Years Day inside the South Australian borders.
The type of music enthusiast you would be is one who enjoys a beat and a bit of space to dance. A touch of rock and funk jazzed up with very groovy dance beats and some trippy dub. I didn’t notice any big trouble, no fights, not bad vibes.

Horrorshow, Urthboy, Madcap, Tinnie Tempah were all as feisty as get up with slick rhymes busting out. The giant purple mushrooms on either side of the stage were fun to glimpse every so often under the leafy shade. Food stalls and body art market area didn’t really pull me, but others seemed involved. I didn’t drink but for the free water fountain in the park. There were a great deal of people drinking, but I didn’t notice any growling at bars or line-up’s out of control.

What I did notice was a fresh and fun respectful group of people who mingled and enjoyed some ground-shakingly-good music presented by some of the most hip acts you could hope for. Quite the triumph on behalf of the team who put it all together.

David Jobling

a new Summa, a new season

It’s a new Summa, a new season and another chance to revel in the colour, excitement and energy of one of the world’s most famous outdoor music events. Proudly brought to you by Future Entertainment, Australia’s legendary Summadayze music festival is back in 2011 with an all-new look for an all-new season of sounds, sun and celebration.

So, get ready for a piping hot new experience this summer as the nation’s premier dance music celebration unveils its fresh new vibe, exciting new musical direction and mind-blowing new event experience.

Now in its twelfth stunning year, Summadayze 2011 will take Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast by storm once again as a fresh, exciting lineup of the world’s biggest hitters join the infamous sonic juggernaut for a non-stop party around the nation.

After rocking tens of thousands of screaming faces on the Future Music Festival tour in 2009, Pharrell Williams, Shae Hayley and Chad Hugo’s infamous N*E*R*D are bringing their sublime rock-funking hip hop goodness to the new-look Summadayze for what’s guaranteed to be a show of seriously epic proportions.

Then, the biggest name in global House music and Grammy Award-winning international producer du jour, David Guetta, is returning to the Summadayze main stage to drop his unique brand of heart-pumping grooves, infectious melodies and party-time vocals on his die-hard fans and a whole new generation of dance lovers.

Meanwhile, Grammy Award-winning French party heroes, Justice, are locked and loaded to give the Summadayze massive a long overdue dose of their unique brand of Indie-Rock-Electro goodness.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, the iconic likes of Armand Van Helden, Bob Sinclar, Claude Von Stroke, Chromeo, Erol Alkan, Riva Starr, Dennis Ferrer and many, many more will all be on hand to make the all-new Summadayze a tasty summertime treat to remember for years to come!

It’s a new season and a new summa, and Future entertainment’s Summadayze 2011 is on its way to heat things up for another year.

David Guetta (FRA) All cities

House DJ icon and Producer extraordinaire, David Guetta, is a name that requires little introduction to dance music fans. The Grammy Award-winning musical wunderkind responsible for classic club anthems like “Love Is Gone”, “Just A Little More Love”, “Love Don’t Let Me Go” and “The World Is Mine”, and a veteran of no less than four artist albums (including 2009’s highly acclaimed “One Love” with smash hit “When Love Takes Over”); his eclectic blend of Electro, House and Dirty Pop has seen him rise quickly to the top of the planet’s most sought-after DJs list. Playing gigs in over 220 cities in 2009 alone, he is the reigning World #1 House DJ and dazzles crowds with his rare mixing abilities, live edits and technical wizardry. Guetta recent chart topping collaborations have included Kelly Rolland, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Ne-Yo, Estelle and Kid Cudi.

N*E*R*D (USA) Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast Only

With their digital musical palette and vivid imaginations, Pharrell Williams, Shae Hayley and Chad Hugo have taken their hip-hop foundation and untethered the bounds of pop, bestowing unsuspecting hit records in almost machine-gun-like succession - whether in rap (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, et al), R&B (Usher, Babyface), pop (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake) or rock (No Doubt). But N.E.R.D is not the Neptunes. N.E.R.D is a fly-or-die, thrash-around, do-as-you-will, set-your-soul-on-fire alter-ego that subscribes to no rules, and adheres to no agenda. It’s Pharrell, Chad and Shae: a trio whose chemistry allows the uninhibited exploration of the sounds, emotions and impulses of self, society, identity and belonging.

Armin Van Buuren (NED) Perth and Gold Coast only

Every industry has its leader and in the world of electronic dance music, there is no bigger name than Armin Van Buuren. The reigning #1 DJ in the world, Armin is a bonafide dance music phenomenon who commands a career that many can only dream of. As a DJ, he has few equals – synonymous with upfront, uplifting and cutting edge Trance, his silky skills in the booth and golden ear see him play extended sets to hundreds of thousands of happy hedonists year in, year out. As a Producer he’s consistently topped download charts and laid claim to some of Trance music’s finest moments, including ‘Eternity’, ‘Serenity’, ‘World Is Watching Me’ and ‘Blue Fear’. And, as the consummate superstar his label, Armada, is one of the globe’s highest selling dance imprints, while his radio show, A State Of Trance, is tuned in to by millions of listeners each and every week. There is only one Armin, and the electronic world is his oyster.

Bob Sinclar (FRA) All cities

With a Grammy nomination and countless universal club hits to his name, French House icon Bob Sinclar is a bonafide late night legend. The genius behind the Africanism project which dominated floors over the last decade with hits like ‘Kalimba’, ‘Summer Moon’ and ‘Meu Carnaval’, he is perhaps best known and loved for his genre-defining tunes ‘Sexy Dancer’, ‘Love Generation’, ‘World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)’ and ‘Together’. An inspiration for aspiring House DJs and purists, alike, the enigmatic Monsieur Sinclar has done it all: from rocking the Playboy Mansion to collaborating with the Sugarhill Gang.

Boys Noize (GER) All cities

As a sought-after DJ, Producer and record label boss, German Electro and Tech House kingpin, Boys Noize (aka Alexander Ridha), continues to take the world by storm since bursting onto the scene back in 2004. From reworking the likes of Bloc Party, Sebastian Tellier, Justice, Gonzales and Marilyn Manson to dropping two artist albums (‘Oi Oi Oi’ and 2009’s ‘Power’), this coveted studio talent is renowned for making dancefloor bombs that make some serious NOISE! Often referred to as ‘the Ed Banger of Germany’ his label, Boys Noize Records, is home to artists the calibre of Shadow Dancer, Erol Alkan and D.I.M, and is globally revered for the quality and consistency of its upfront releases.

Chromeo (CAN) Melbourne, Gold Coast Perth only

Featuring the unmistakable skills of Canadians P-Thugg and Dave 1, Chromeo are a hands-down, party-up Electrofunk phenomenon. Kick-starting their career back in 2001 via a project for superstar fellow-countryman Tiga, this dynamic duo have gone on to release a glittering, funked-up pair of acclaimed artist albums (2004’s ‘She’s In Control’ and 2007’s ‘Fancy Footwork’) while another one, ‘Business Casual’ is due to drop in September this year. From rocking iconic festivals like Glastonbury, Fujirock and Lollapalooza, to owning the planet’s charts and dancefloors with epic tunes like ‘Needy Girl’, ‘Tenderoni’ and ‘Destination: Overdrive’, this tag-team of pure, unadulterated Canadian party funk are serious players and sought after remixers in the electronic community.

Riva Starr (UK) All cities

Gate-crashing his way into the world of dance via blogs, social networking pages, wild after parties and cheeky ass-kicking bootlegs, Riva Starr (aka Stefano Miele) is a DJ and Producer with a seriously bright future. Having already earned the world’s respect by way of EPs for Claude Vonstroke’s taste-making ‘Dirty Bird’ label and Jesse Rose’s ‘Frontroom’ imprint, this dynamic Tech-House renegade has the world domination firmly in his sights. From crafting bombs like ‘Thizzle’, ‘I Was Drunk’ and ‘XTC’ to remixing underground heroes like Dennis Ferrer, Armand Van Helden and Malente, Riva Starr’s star promises to shine ever so brightly in the days, weeks, years and decades to come.

Dennis Ferrer (USA) Melbourne, Adelaide and Gold Coast only

A legend of Soulful House that drips with sass and infectious funk, New York’s Dennis Ferrer is the real deal for House and Deep House fans around the globe. A prolific Producer who’s graced labels like Defected and Strictly Rhythm and collaborated with the lofty likes of Masters At Work, Little Louie Vega and the Martinez Brothers, Dennis’ discography boasts iconic tracks like ‘Son Of Raw’, ‘Sandcastles’ and ‘How Do I Let Go?’ Now in charge of his own world-beating label, Objectivity, this one man music machine is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tinie Tempah (UK) Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth only

Fresh out of London’s ubiquitous Grime scene, Tinie Tempah hit the ground running with his monster underground anthem and debut single ‘Wifey’ back in 2006. A cult hero with UK university rap fiends, Indie kids and Grime rollers, alike, this high octane MC has the skills to pay the bills, and then some. With a breakthrough appearance at the Radio 1 Big Weekend and tours with Chipmunk and Mr. Hudson under his belt and his premier artist album ‘The Disc-Overy’ due for release in September this year, Tinie is set to go large in 2011.

Nervo (AUS) All cities

Melbourne born and bred, Nervo have made an enviable name for themselves as one of the planet’s premier songwriting, production, remixing and recording acts. Comprising the hit-making talents of twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, this sought-after sibling sensation have written tunes for the likes of The Pussycat Dolls, Kylie Minogue and Hannah Montana, but are perhaps best known for co-writing David Guetta’s chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning club bomb ‘When Love Takes Over’. Now signed to a string of labels including Virgin/EMI and Loaded, this Aussie success story are on a one way track to international dance music stardom.

Claude Vonstroke (USA) Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast only

Boasting a cult following of die-hard fans the world over, Detroit’s undisputed king of all things Tech, Minimal and the in sound from way out, Claude Vonstroke is an underground DJ and Producer with few equals in 2010. The head honcho of top-ranking, taste-making label, Dirty Bird, and brains behind late night weapons like ‘The Whistler’, ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?’, and ‘Vocal Chords’, his two artist albums to date (2006’s ‘Beware The Bird’ and 2009’s ‘Bird Brain’) are widely regarded as timeless classics despite their youth. Loved and supported by Richie Hawtin, John Digweed and everyone in between, Claude’s unique musical outlook and prodigious skills are, raising hands, ruffling feathers and squawking in all the right places.

Miami Horror (AUS) All cities

From humble beginnings in Melbourne, Miami Horror has made its mark on the world with a unique blend of Indie Electro, Electropop and Electronica that never fails to get the party started. Featuring the sublime talents of ex-Indie DJ, Benjamin Plant, the Horror (as they’re affectionately known and loved) have raised club roofs far and wide with tunes like ‘Don’t Be On With Her’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Moon Theory’ and are set to release their debut album ‘Illumination’ in August 2010. With frenzied shows at some of Australia’s biggest festivals and support duties for Lilly Allen already notched up, Miami Horror’s future looks so bright it’s scary.

Justice (FRA) Melbourne and Gold Coast only

Justice are the multi-award winning, French electronic music duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Justice are famous for incorporating a strong rock and indie influence into their music and image and are the most successful act on Busy P's inimitable Ed Banger Records. After stellar remixes of Simian, N*E*R*D, Franz Ferdinand, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Britney Spears and Soulwax, Justice released their debut album, † in June 2007 to critical acclaim. The album, which featured mammoth hits D.A.N.C.E, Phantom, DVNO and Waters of Nazareth, shot the duo into super-stardom and was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album whilst also coming in at # 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007. It was also nominated for the 2007 Shorlist Prize, losing out to The Reminder by Feist. In 2009, Justice added a Grammy to their trophy cabinet when their remix of MGMT's monster anthem Electric Feel won Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Justice have recently commenced working on their second album, with no release date yet announced. This is their first time back in Australia since 2007.

Erol Alkan (UK) Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth Only

Hearing is believing. Until you’ve borne witness to one of his legendary live sets, poured headily over one of his meticulously crafted productions, or been catapulted to a sudden sonic nirvana by the dropping of one of his remixes, you might be justified for dismissing his existence as an extremely elaborate myth of the musical underground. After all, how can one man, still in his early thirties, have kept so many kids dancing for so long? Look no further than the well-worn T-Shirt: L.O.V.E. is the answer. What kept Erol on the cutting edge of the independent and electronic scenes for the decade he ran Trash until its final night in January 2007, and at the forefront of bold new territories in the musical cosmos in the years that have followed, is his unwavering devotion to the music he plays. His studious interests across the sonic spectrum made it inevitable that at some point he would cross the boards and start to create music as well as play it, and in 2001 he took his first steps under the nom-de-guerre Kurtis Rush. His alchemical fusion of George Michael and Missy Elliot resulted in 24 carat party gold, and “Bastard Pop” was born, with Erol as one of it’s founding figureheads alongside Soulwax and Richard X, reaching its apex with Kylie performing Erol’s infamous ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ fusion with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ live at the 2002 Brit Awards. The Manchester legends, also one of Alkan’s favourite ever bands, loved it so much they returned the favour, often performing the ‘mash up’ live. Coupled with the electroclash earthquake that was rippling through London (epicentre: Trash, Monday nights), Erol found himself at the forefront of both movements, and with a gamut of notable new admirers and friends.

Armand Van Helden (USA) Melbourne and Gold Coast only

Armand Van Helden is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most consistent names in dance music. Having a career that has spanned more than 15 years he still continually produces huge hits that enter the pop charts, while many of his peers have disappeared into electronic music obscurity. Based in New York City, Armand is a Grammy Award nominated producer/DJ/remixer who has produced multiple top 40 hits on the UK pop charts including ‘Bonkers’ (UK pop charts #1), 'U Don't Know Me' (UK pop charts #1), 'Koochy' (UK pop charts #4), ‘My My My’ (UK pop charts #12), ‘aNYway’, ‘I Want You Soul’, ‘NYC Beat’, 'Flowerz', 'Hear My Name', 'Why Can't You Free Some Time?', ‘Ultrafunkala’, 'Witch Doctor', and 'Funk Phenomena'. He’s released two critically acclaimed long players, ‘Nympho’ (2004) and ‘Ghettoblaster’ (2007) while also satisfying his New York culture vulture cravings with ‘New York: A Mix Odyssey’ (2004) and ‘A Mix Odyssey Two’ (2008), Armand has also remixed some of the biggest names in the music industry including the Rolling Stones, P. Diddy, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Tori Amos. As a DJ, Armand Van Helden is one of the most sought after, performing on the main stage of some of the largest festivals and clubs in the world. But Armand prefers to spend time in the studio and doesn’t enjoy flying long distances which is why seeing him perform in Australia is always a big treat.

A-Trak (CAN) Gold Coast only

Very few DJs can jump from club sets to high-profile festival performances, to Kanye West’s larger-than-life stadium shows with ease. In today’s DJ culture, A-Trak holds a truly unique place. He founded 2007’s most buzzworthy label, Fool’s Gold, with a mission to merge all aspects of club music. The manifesto for this fusion was outlined on his first official mixtape: Dirty South Dance, which set the tone for Trizzy’s very own production, each acapella or track re-edited to create something fresh. In a matter of a few months, his signature remixes (for, amongst others, Boys Noize and Simian Mobile Disco) and his original tracks (Say Whoa produced for Nike and released on Kitsune) and a collaboration with Laidback Luke (Shake it down) were gaining support from the likes of Erol Alkan, Busy P, DJ AM, Annie Mac, MSTRKRFT and Boys Noize. This year A-trak has created two critically acclaimed pace setting DJ mixes for US dance music giants Thrive (Infinity 1) and UK stalwarts Fabric (Fabric Live 45) and is about to embark on recording his debut solo record. Not bad for a kid who many viewed as a 90’s turntablism prodigy. Indeed, Alain’s career began at age 15 when he won the 1997 DMC World Championships and proceeded to take home every other DJ title known to man. He then toured the globe, first alongside Q-Bert’s Invisibl Skratch Piklz and then with Craze and the Allies. In 2004, he was hand-picked by Kanye to be his tour DJ. A near decade of youthful meanderings was captured on his acclaimed DVD Sunglasses Is A Must.
Somewhere along the line, A-Trak also became a streetwear culture icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, Zoo York and pretty much every designer worth his salt. The last couple of years have seen him headlining tours with Diplo, The Rub, DJ Mehdi and Kavinsky, and of course his older brother’s band Chromeo. Add to that production for Chicago rap sensation Kid Sister and a strong, audible influence on Kanye’s Graduation album. His forthcoming solo debut is preceded by a 4 track EP collaboration with Armand Van Helden under the moniker Duck Sauce. After years of scratching, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance. Ask him and he’ll tell you that this is the moment he’s been waiting for his whole career.

Art vs Science (AUS) Gold Coast and Perth only

There is a reason why night clubs play the music they do: it's the right tempo for dancing, it's got hook lines you can sing along to, and a beat steady enough hypnotise. Art vs. Science not only makes the sort of music played in nightclubs; it is one of the few outfits in Australia which can actually play in night clubs - live. No laptops, no backing tracks, just drums, keyboards, synths and three sets of funky hands. "An expression of their long immersion in the dark, seedy recesses of club-electronica", Art vs Science breathe fresh air into the genre, with an immediate, breath-taking live show, and songs that sound pleasing, joy-inducing; as if meticulously designed, element by element, to intensify user stimulation. Art vs. Science plays, people listen. And they *understand*. Art vs Science embark on a sold out tour of Australia over August and September before heading to Summafieldayze to destroy the dance floor.

The Rapture (USA) Gold Coast only

The Rapture was formed in early 1998 by drummer Vito Roccoforte and guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner. The whimsical indie group had extensive touring behind them by the time they recorded 1999's Mirror for Gravity. More touring ensued -- with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Nuzzle -- and the band eventually relocated to New York City. They lost their original bassist and found a new one in Matt Safer, who had recently moved from Washington, D.C. After some more touring, the band recorded the six-song Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks EP and had it released by Sub Pop in 2001. Thanks to their sloppy brand of scratchy post-post-punk, the Rapture was hailed as a forerunner of the post-punk revival that was taking place in the early 2000s. Their profile increased significantly with 2002's "House of Jealous Lovers" 12"; that same year, they added multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi to the fold. The full-length Echoes followed for Gary Gersh's Strummer label in late 2003. The follow-up, Pieces of the People We Love, was released three years later by Mercury. Tapes, a wide-ranging mix album, came out through !K7 in 2008. The Rapture have been in the studio with Philipe Zdar (of Cassius fame) producing their highly anticipated third album expected to be released before the end of the year.

Yuksek (FRA) Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth only

Two or three times a week, on his Myspace page, Yuksek gets an e-mail from Istanbul or Ankara saying “Hey, know what? Yuksek means “high” in Turkish!”. No, Pierre-Alexandre Busson didn’t know when he chose the name by instinct four years ago, partly for its sound and partly to buck the trend of English-sounding names that are common in electronic music. In recent months, the pseudonym has been collecting an ever-growing halo of buzz. So what’s the secret of the enthusiastic equilibrium of his finely crafted tracks? Surely not just his virtuoso savoir-faire, even if it does allow him to record his baselines and harmonic progressions in analogue, and instantly seize on the strangest chords he can think of… Well, first of all it’s his naturally spontaneous temperament: “I compose really instinctively,” he says. “I never think about what I’m going to do before going into the studio. I work fast and just let my mood guide me.” That it how, hidden away “far from the sea”, in his own studio situated in the basement of a basement, deprived of Internet and mobile phone contact, Yuksek lets his tracks develop into mini-epics, using his talent for twisted FX, sensorial rollercoaster rides and electrifying changes of tack. “I like it when there’s always something going on in a track,” he confides, before tentatively adding “perhaps because I’m afraid of emptiness?” And that’s how Yuksek became standard-bearer of post Soulwax/Justice disco-rock club culture; by being cultivated and keen, mixing sonic strength and sensibility, sexy images and impromptu noisiness. Or, to put it another way, by blurring the boundary between hyper and surrealism – much like the novels of Kafka (that he loves) or the photos of Gregory Crewdson (which fascinate him and always say something other than they initially seem to). All of which helps us appreciate that “Tonight” abuses the clichés of the night more than it uses them.

Jamaica Gold Coast only

When French born Antoine Hilaire and Flo Lyonnet decided to start a band, they spent many hours trying to think of the name that they would forever be remembered and landed on JAMAICA. A mere three weeks is all it took to write songs that focused not only on sleek melodies, but also on rousing guitar riffs and dry bass grooves, and in the process, JAMAICA created a sound that is a meeting between a grungehead's obsession and a rockers wet dream. Produced by Grammy Award winners Peter J. Franco and Xavier de Rosnay (Justice), the synth-less album features the upbeat and cocky I Think I Like U 2, whose video was produced by Ed Banger designer So-Me. His brilliant idea was to structure the video relaying the band’s history from A to (fabricated) Z. The video follows the musicians from their modest beginnings and the formation of the band through JAMAICA becoming an overwhelming international success to their fall into psychedelic trips and eventually jail.

Zombie Disco Squad (UK) Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth only

One of the most exciting prospects of 2009 – Jesse Rose. Lucas Hunter & Nat Self are Zombie Disco Squad the multi-talented production duo that are taking house music in a new direction. Taking influences from Balie Funk, African rhythms, Baltimore, Hip-Hop, the so-called fidget sound and making it sound fresh. You won’t find any cheesy gimmicks in their records but what you will find are tracks played by some of the most influential DJs and clubs around the globe. Zombie Disco Squad started life in 2006 after putting on nights around Londons pivotal venues such as the The Social and Catch. They made their name with regular mixtapes, which toured the globe via the internet and had a string of internet hits (10,000 downloads for the track Straight Boy). Influenced by African percussion, foreign languages and jacking music Lucas & Nat were soon traveling around the world touring the states and across Europe. They had touched down in clubs such as Fabric in London, Panorama Bar in Berlin and Hive in Zurich before even having one official single release. Their remixes, on the other hand, have had plays by Radio 1ʼs Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Zane Lowe to name a few. The boys have already picked up support from across the board with Jesse Rose signing them exclusively to his Made to Play label but not before one Mr Claude VonStroke stepped in for a single on DirtyBird. 2009 is looking like their breakthrough year with a residency at Panorama Bar in Berlin, tours with Made to Play, releases on Daniel Haaksmans Man Recordings, DirtyBird, Made to Play and a production sound that is second to none. If you dont know, get to know… you have been warned!

Plump Djs (UK) Melbourne and Gold Coast only

Breakbeat was slumbering away peacefully before the Plump DJs gave it a loud wakeup call with their first release 'Electric Disco/Plumpy Chunks' in 1999. With thundering momentum, their critically acclaimed productions reformatted dancefloors and perceptions, and set new production standards. And an alarming universal consensus was formed. Everyone wanted a piece of the Plump pie, and fat was in. Inspired by a top shelf girlie mag entitled Plumpers, Lee Rous and Andy Gardner met and the Plump DJs were born. It would be nice to say that before making music, the Plump DJs had glamorous jobs - but we can't. Before the duo met Andy worked in a cardboard box factory and Lee was a waiter at a Berni Inn. The music started as a hobby and after a number of excursions and collaborations with the Freskanova camp, the two found their oats at the Finger Lickin' stable. A global need for the bold attitude, squidgy sounds, and Behemoth basslines amplified by the Plumps pushed the duo into their Soho based Laboratoire Plump to manifest a large destiny. Jerk to inflate! Inflate it did, next vinyl.

So Me vs DVNO (FRA) Melbourne and Gold Coast only

So Me is a man of many trades. Hailing from Paris along with the rest of his Ed Banger pals, Bertrand De Langeron is considered as one of the most influential designers of the last ten years. His vibrant colours, genius typography and cheeky hand-drawn sketches have adorned the covers of album sleeves for Ed Banger records, music videos for the likes of DJ Mehdi, Justice and Kanye West and lent to iconic brands such as Nike, H&M and Revolver. Besides being one incredible designer, So Me is also one pretty kick-arse DJ having played all around the world at all the coolest parties alongside the Ed Banger crew and friends like Steve Aoki and A-Trak. Joining So Me on the decks will be DVNO. DVNO is Mehdi Pinson, “the original rowdy crooner”. He is the vocalist featured in the band Scenario Rock which brought us the 2007 dancefloor monster Skitzo Dancer and has lent his elegant songwriting, stylish tradition, ingenious production values to many artist collaborations and productions. DVNO is also the voice and composer of the Justice single of the same name, which was one of the most acclaimed tracks from their best-selling hit album “†”.

Trentemoller (DEN) Gold Coast only

The Danish multi instrumentalist and producer shows an unexpected talent for finding vocalists that fit the mood of his songs. The first single of the album, the beautifully tender ‘Sycamore Feeling’, featuring Marie Fisker, is a typical highlight. In fact, all the vocal tracks are stunning. Trentemøller chose to collaborate with the English artist Fyfe Dangerfield from UK based Guillemots and Danish singers Solveig Sandnes and Josephine Philip from the debuting Danish indie girlduo Darkness Falls. They all manage to add their own sound and flavour to the album, while their voices blend perfectly with Trentemøller’s atmospheric songs. ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’ is the work of an artist and producer who seems to be completely at ease in the studio. No wonder, as Trentemøller prefers the silence of the night and the solitude of his own apartment in his hometown Copenhagen to create his music. So even though the album sounds like a big production job in an expensive studio, all of the tracks were in fact recorded in his home. When a new label was set up to fit his unique sound, it came as no surprise that Trentemøller chose the name ‘In My Room’. Trentemoller brings his full band experience to Summafieldayze.

The Freestylers (UK) Adelaide only

The Freestylers are Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey. Rocking clubs and parties for over a decade now, The Freestylers are still one of the most exciting names in dance music. They've had Top 20 chart hits, headlined some of the world’s most famous festivals, sold half a million albums, toured the US supporting Lenny Kravitz, and were the first electronic act to play fully live on legendary BBC TV show Top Of The Pops. Their first album “We Rock Hard” was released in 1998 sold over 150,000 albums in the US. Their 3rd album “Raw as F**k” was released in 2004 and contained the massive worldwide hit “Push Up” which reached no.3 in the commercial charts in Australia. After a brief creative break from the dance music scene, The Freestylers return with an almighty bang to present the scorching PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE E.P. A three track package of serious dancefloor bangers to whet the appetite for their forthcoming fifth album, due to hit in the summer and features
’Cracks', 'This City' and
'Bounce To This’.

Aeroplane (BEL) Melbourne and Perth only

Aeroplane is now a one-man operation, Vito having amicably parted company with his bandmate Stephen Fasano. “There are worse things in life!” says Vito. “Stephen's gonna do music on his own, I'm gonna do music on my own. I’m the studio guy, he was more the DJ so when the music became more important, the more I was alone in the studio. The future of Aeroplane was this album and I wrote it and played every instrument.” The two are still on good terms: “I’m probably going to produce the stuff he writes in the future and I’m not going to have a word to say about it!” Flying solo has given Vito the chance to flex his classically trained musical muscles: “We’ve been put in the dance music category but I’m a songwriter, that’s what I know how to do. I wanted to go back to proper pop music, not being forced to do nine-minute tracks so the DJ can mix in before and after.” Aeroplane have never been at the mercy of traditional bpms, and being free of “the dancefloor pressure” has given Vito additional license to slow things down and look around. “I’m at my best at 105bpm,” he says. “That’s the speed where I make the best music. You can do more, there’s more groove, more feeling.”

RJD2 (USA) Adelaide only

RJD2 (XL Recordings) has numerous productions under his belt, working with many independent rappers, such as Copywrite, Cunninlynguists, Cage, MF DOOM, Diverse and Aceyalone. He contributed a cover of "Airbag" by Radiohead for the 2006 album "Exit Music".

Killa Kella (UK) Adelaide only

Killa has appeared on stage with friends, Pharrell , Justin Timberlake , Super Furry Animals Prince De La Soul He is considered to be one of the best beatboxers in the world alongside Kenny Muhammad and Rahzel. He also created the mix cd alongside his then crew 'Spitkingdom' , entitled - "Days That Shook The World" produced by James Rushent (Does It Offend you? Yeah?) & Dj Skelectrik which received "Best Mix CD 2007 in Dj Magazine UK. Plus released the cd - "ONTOURVANDAMAGE", in 2008 produced by Dj Plus One (Scratch Perverts, JackBeats)

Tickets on sale 9am, Thursday 19 August 2010
Ticketmaster Ph. 136 100

National Dates:

Jan 1st Summadayze Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Jan 1st Summadayze Adelaide, Rymill Park
Jan 2nd Summafiedayze Gold Coast, Doug Jennings Park
Jan 8th Summadayze Perth, The Esplanade and Supreme Court Gardens

Tickets on sale 9am, Thursday 19 August 2010
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