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Happy's Guide to Field Day 2014

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Field Day – perhaps the ultimate kick-on for the ultimate party of the year. Punters who have either made the last minute decision to stay out for another 24 hours after their NYE festivities or those who have saved themselves from going too far over the edge of insobriety on the 31st should be gearing up for not only the big international headliners, but also the local acts who have really made an electronic impact this year. In particular, we’d like to remind you of some of the pioneers of the Sydney electronic scene in 2013, developing a post-flume sound that has been smashing it on independent and national radio alike.

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So, without further ado, here’s what Happy reckons you should see at Field Day 2014:

WAVE RACER

Perhaps embodying the definition of an explosion, Wave Racer lept from obscurity last year to being signed to electronic hype-masters Future Classic and recently being given the illustrious title of the second most played artist on Triple J unearthed. A little bit funky, a little bit garage, a little bit ATARI 5200 soundtrack and very much at the forefront of the Sydney EDM sound, Wave Racer will keep you dancing no matter how scattered you are. 4:30 – left field stage.

PANAMA

We gave Panama a shout out last month off the back of their Always EP – a record that jumped between pop, house, stadium indie and experimental dub. Producing sweet tunes in the studio is one thing, but putting on a live show worth it’s weight in empty bottles and tiny plastic bags is where Panama are at the forefront of electronic performance. Head down to The Island stage at 2:45 PM and get your boogie on!

COSMO’S MIDNIGHT

While not finding the explosive success of Wave Racer, the equally funky Cosmo’s Midnight began making beats on Ableton relatively recently under the name Cosmo + Paat, named for the two twins that make up the electronic production duo. Their rise to the headlines of EDM publications everywhere is nothing short of amazing, gracing the stage of Astral People’s OutsideIn festival and being featured by Diplo on BBC Radio 1, helping push the Sydney electronic scene onto the international stage. Check the boys out on the Left Field stage at 3:45.

YAHTZEL

Rounding out our list of Sydneysiders making forward thinking beats, Yahtzel represents the lower end of the musical spectrum with his dubstep and trap influenced brand of schitzophrenic electronica. Leaping from high to low to high over and over again, his masterfully layered tracks will keep you guessing as well as moving your feet on the perhaps not so lush grass of The Domain.

Field Day will be held at The Domain, adjacent to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden on the 1st of January, 2014. Check out the full lineup at the links below and get tickets here.

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December 20, 2013

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