BTV 2018/19: Figaro's Picks
Beyond the Valley has become one of the leading New Years Eve festivals in the country, hanging its hat on A-grade lineups with some of the most in-demand DJs in the world, along with stage production that never fails to take the right steps forward each and every year. But this is what we already know.
This year, in its 5th anniversary, they’ve stepped it up again. More pools available for all ticket types, a special BTV Market Place and a 70’s themed ‘discotheque’ stage, shows there is no stone left unturned from the BTV crew. Boasting a lineup with the likes of Peggy Gou, Kink (Live), The Kooks, Anna, Willaris. K and CC: Disco, this wasn’t one of Figaro’s easier top picks… But we got there in the end, so here they are folks.
Founder and A&R of the label ‘Life and Death’, Manfredi Romano is no doubt a man with a vision. Romano has always refused to follow the crowd, whether it be his own music creations, or selections for his own label. The label, which has a focus on soulful dance, welcomes diversity among dance sub-genres. Tennis himself claims to never plan his sets, so expect anything from techno to disco and all that good stuff in between. With back to back performances and a 100% strike rate at Pitch Music and Arts, DJ Tennis is making himself a feature down under, and it’s a testament to his ability to work a crowd that he continues to be brought back each Summer.
Casettes for Kids
Figaro have had their monocle on Cassettes for Kids for a while now and, we suspect he could be one of the next Aussies to break into the international scene in a big way. A talented producer who has had a string of highly successful releases this year, he has also quickly established himself as one of Melbourne’s best DJ’s, headlining at a number of clubs across the city and popping up on festival line ups.
The man must love this country as much as it loves him, and my goodness are we grateful for it. Joey is back again after having played (an instant classic set) at Sugar Mountain earlier this year. In an age of mumble rap and trap beats, Joey reminds us all why we fell in love with hip-hop/rap in the first place. A politically-charged, do-it-for-the-right-reasons artist, the music he makes speaks true and speaks on the issues that matter in the world, shedding light on the areas which others actively avoid. But what makes the 23 year-old Brooklyn native extra special – his energy on-stage is unmatched. So, if you liked Stormzy’s set last year, buckle up my friend.
Bonobo (DJ Set)
It’s hard to put Bonobo into any musical category at all, genre notations begin to lose all merit when an artist has experimented with so many different sounds over the 6 albums he’s released. But there’s something about the delicate piano melodies, jazzy drums and hypnotic vocals, that make his work so recognisable. It’s this wide range of sounds that has Figaro quite giddy when we prepare for a rare DJ set from the legendary UK producer.