This year sees the return of not only some of the biggest hype acts within the dance scene, but also mainstays of the industry that we know and love.
After a stunning debut last year having the likes of Disclosure, Azealia Banks, and TNGHT grace the stage, the inaugural Listen Out festival has prepared another killer timetable of acts for your viewing pleasure. Putting Parklife on the permanent back-burner in aspiration of a boutique dance festival experience is an ambitious feat by any measure, somehow appearing to pay off big-time with its casual and meticulously curated perception, rather than the commercialised and overpopulated view of the former. This year sees the return of not only some of the biggest hype acts within the dance scene currently, but also mainstays of the industry that we know and love. We’ve delved into the seedy underbelly of the line-up to discover the must-sees for every festival goer:
Superstar of electronica and the backbone of the London dance music scene Kieran Hebden, better know by his stage name Four Tet, knows how to get you moving in a repetitious manner of dance like no other. Previous noteworthy personal experiences have been sweating it up in a crowded Boney upstairs with Hebden joining his partner in crime Jamie xx for a five hour DJ battle, to dancing in an inner city London field to his absolutely electric setlist with giant Flaming Lips-esque balloons encasing the audience at sunset. Somehow every Four Tet set manages to recreate a beyond-religious experience and expect no less this time around.
Our boy Henry Laufer has been continually kicking goals in the LA electronic scene since 2009, not only crafting seven unyielding EPs and one full-length under the Shlohmo moniker, but also having collaborated with How To Dress Well and BANKS under production duties. Having garnered praise from all corners of the globe; raved about across Pitchfork and college radio in far away lands, to the community stations and local blogs that grace our very own golden plains. A Shlohmo live show will be one that will surely fail to disappoint.
Representing the local contingent of the festival this duo from Melbourne will be kicking off the Atari Stage in flawless fashion for the Triple J Unearthed slot. After a killer year seeing them release their debut and sophomore EPs to gracing the stage of The Hills are Alive and Paradise music festivals, they’ve finally graduated to the big kids’ table to rub shoulders with the international contingent they are seen to draw much of their musical influence from. This ripper of a dance act is definitely worth getting out of bed before midday for.
Personally describing himself as “Biggie and Nas – put in a blender…”, Schoolboy Q is easily one of the most prolific hip-hop artists of the West Coast. Playing alongside Kendrick as a member of the ‘Black Hippy’ group, receiving resounding praise from both Dre and Snoop, and producing some of the most influential hip-hop of recent. Since beginning he’s dropped two mixtapes and two albums, with a wealth of cameo appearances and collaborations under his belt. Bringing in the evening on the 909 stage this rap icon from the West Coast is a must see.