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EMC unveils EMCPlay 2017 program

16 November 2017 | 2:17 pm | Staff Writer

With 55 artists playing across five venues over three nights, EMCPlay is back, bigger and better than ever in 2017!

With ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONFERENCE just around the corner, things are heating up with the electronic music industry. The extensive conference program has already been unveiled, featuring guest speakers such as ANDREW WEATHERALL and DJ TIGERLILY among many others, and Musica Copa announced their return for the fifth year in a row to wrap things up during EMC week. But, what about the night time? Well, your prayers have been answered today, with the release of an absolutely huge program for the annual EMCPlay.

With selected crews and communities once again coming together to take over some of Sydney's most loved venues, EMCPlay 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best line-ups yet. This is your chance to catch the next crop of artists in their somewhat formatives stages, before they blow up onto the world stage, obviously. This year, the likes of S.A.S.HOF LEISUREHOUSE OF MINCE x MELLUMCAKE WINES and more have all brought the goods when it comes to their respective line-ups, so if you needed any more persuasion to head to EMC this year, this is it!

Sydney clubbing institution S.A.S.H are set to welcome deep house legend Fred P to the Inner West’s Sly Fox Hotel on Tuesday November 28 for an EMCPlay opening night of soul-driven house to kick things off, before the following two nights of multiple venues and over 55 artists to choose from. Wednesday will feature everything, from EMCPlay's headline event at Chippendale's The Lansdowne Hotel, at which you can catch CommandeurMiss BlanksElkkle and Tiber, to Of Leisure taking over Freda's, RefugeDouble Up and One Hit Agency’s combined roster descending on The Chippo, and Cake Wines teaming up with Liveschool and the Ableton User Group to present a special live video link with Ableton don Freddy Frogs, followed by Ableton Live performances from Liveschool alumni. Talk about the future!

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Thursday night is set to go down in a similar fashion, this time with The Lansdowne housing Annie BassMatkaMuto and more, Freda's being taken over by House of Mince and MellumParallel Artist x Sync Artist Management securing The Chippo and EMC presenting a special night at Cake Wines with Soundway Records’ Lord Echo (NZ) and Miles Cleret.

Speaking of this year's program, EMCPlay’s programmer Dave Ruby Howe shared his insights on this year's event: “You need only look at the biggest names in new electronic music right now to see how in demand Australian acts are at the moment. With artists like Alison Wonderland, Flume, RÜFÜS and What So Not slaying on a global scale it couldn't be a better time to take a closer look at the next generation of local talent that's on the rise. The collection of successful applicants that showed the most exciting potential and join the 2017 EMC Play lineup boast a bit of something for everyone with the body-shaking bass flavours of artists like Tiber and Arcane Echo, shapeshifting genre-non-conformists in Elkkle and Various Asses, and prodigious worshipers of groove like The Nights and Mickey Kojak. You'll find emerging acts making exciting early moves at the start of their careers as well as those names like MUTO and Miss Blanks that look ready to blow at any moment. Shout out to all those acts that applied and gold stars for those who made the final lineup, there's big things ahead.”

EMC 2017 is certainly shaping up to be a "choose your own adventure" kind of conference, with tickets being sold to each individual session during the day, as well as the option of a full conference pass, or just a pass to any of the EMCPlay parties. If this wasn't enough still, there is also a collaboration between EMC and a couple of Sydney's beautiful cinemas for some exclusive screenings of select music documentaries in 2017. From Surry Hills’ Golden Age, catch the widely applauded Grace Jones biopic Bloodlight and Bami on December 2, and from Chippendale’s newly unveiled Palace Cinemas complex, see Pioneer and DJsounds’ Why We DJ. Seriously, is there anything EMC can't do?

EMCPlay 2017 Program:

Tuesday November 28 - Thursday November 30, 2017

Tickets on sale HERE.

Tuesday November 28

Sly Fox Hotel: S.A.S.H EMC Warm Up

199 Enmore Road, Enmore


Fred P

Robbie Lowe

Garth Linton

Pip Dalton


Wednesday November 29

Lansdowne Hotel: EMCPlay hub

2-6 City Road, Chippendale





London Topaz

May Lyn

Miss Blanks


The Nights


Various Asses

Vincent Sole

Freda’s: Of Leisure showcase

107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale



James Pepper

Eduardo Muchacho

Life of Leisure

Strange Associates

The Chippo: Refuge x Double Up x One Hit Agency

87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale


Avon Stringer

Mark Maxwell


Donald Leicester

Jerk Boy


Hannah Gibbs




Hood Rich

Stace Cadet


Cake Wines, Liveschool, Ableton User Group Sydney & EMC Presents

16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern


Freddy Frogs

(video link from Paris presented by Ableton User Group Sydney)





Thursday November 30

Lansdowne Hotel: EMCPlay Hub 

2-6 City Road, Chippendale



Annie Bass

Arcane Echo




Mickey Kojak

Midnight Pool Party



Tobacco Rat

Freda’s: Mellum x House of Mince Showcase     

107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale


Various Asses




Yung Brujo

The Chippo: Parallel Artist x Sync Artist Management Showcase

87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale


Alec Bonnici

Arcane Echo

Emma Bass


Val York

& special guests

Cake Wines & EMC Presents

16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern


Lord Echo (DJ Set)

Miles Cleret


World Records DJs


EMC 2017 speakers line-up (in alphabetical order):

Adam Winstock, Global Drug Survey UK

Aden Mullens, etcetc

Alexander Nut, Eglo Records (UK)

Alice Kimberley, VICE

Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio

Andrew Li, Zouk (Singapore)

Andrew Weatherall, Artist (UK)

Anna Burns, Future Classic

Ant Celestino, onelove

Austin Gavlak, Top Tap Tech

Beatrice, Artist

Ben Tucker, For The Love

Brooke Powers, DJ

Bryony Beynon, Good Night Out (UK)

Carly Roberts, Picnic Events

Cathy Adamek, Adamek Productions

Chloe Rickard, Jungle

Chris Berkley

Chris Murray, Falcona

Chris O’Donnell, Eventbrite

Dan Aux, George FM (NZ)

Dita Hariadi, Ismaya Group (Indonesia)

Dr. Bianca Fileborn, UNSW

Driller Jet Armstrong, Artist

Emily York, Penny Drop

Eva Trifonas, Inertia

Frank Rodi, APRA AMCOS

Hamish Pinkham, Rhythm & Vines

Hannah Bronte, Artist

Hannah Crofts, Artist

Helen Marcou, Bakehouse Studios/Your Choice

Huw Nolan, Good Manners

Jacqui Louez Schoorl, Jaxsta

James Mathison

Jana Gibson, APRA AMCOS

Jo Pretyman, i-Manifest

Johann Ponniah, I OH YOU

Jonno Seidler, One a Day

Jonny Peters, Gazecoin

Judy Griffith, Fabric

Justin Sweeting, Sonar HK (Hong Kong)

Kate Becker, Office of Film + Music City of Seattle

Katie Pearson, (Whiskey Houston) Artist

KLP, Artist

Laura Huddle, Eventbrite

Leanne de Souza, AAM

Leko Novakovic, Novatech

Mary Hoang, The Indigo Project

Michelle Grace Hunder, Photographer/Film Maker/Radio Host

Miss Blanks, Artist

Murat Kilic, Dream Channel

Ngaiire, Artist

Ollie Wards, triple j

Paul Stix, undr CTRL

Richard Moffat, Way Over There

Richie Carrera, T100

Richie McNeill, Hardware Corp

Sam Carmex, TRNSMT

Si Gould, Wondercore Island

Thelma Plum, Artist

Tigerlily, Artist

Touch Sensitive, Artist

Travis Grech, Ultra Australia

Troy Sincock, Fresh FM

Tyson Koh, Keep Sydney Open

Uda Widanapathirana, Mellum

Vanessa Picken, Comes With Fries

Vi Hermens, Motorik

Tickets are onsale now at

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