Soothsayer and I OH YOU are proud to present the full 2019 line-up for City Loop. Featuring sparkling electronic landscapes, Afro-jazz and disco, the party in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD is back and bigger than ever on Saturday 23 November.
Spread across two stages – Uptown and Downtown, artists and punters will fill the grounds of Old Melbourne Gaol (RMIT University) to catch performances from some of the most exciting local and international artists.
Delivering aural pleasures on the Uptown Stage is the ever-hypnotic Willaris. K, producer, DJ and funk synthesist Harvey Sutherland (in full live band mode), boundaryless house aficionados Session Victim, as well as globe-hopping radio host and DJ Adi Toohey. Not stopping there, Afro-jazz 5-piece The Senegambian Jazz Band showcase African musical traditions to inspire and awe, while ALTA will perform their tears on the dancefloor trademark bangers, Memphis LK layers her trademark vocal on top of synthesisers while Quiet Blue eases us in with his ambient and instrumental sounds.
A highlight of last year, the Downtown Stage will again serve to make us dance. With Shanti Celeste bringing City Loop’s ever important hands-in-the-air moments, NTS essential Moxie and fresh-faced purveyor of good times Peach, all bringing their unique brand of fun to Downtown. UK come Sydney-sider Jonny Reebok, multi-talent DJ PGZ & opening mixer 14c Aux will also be showcasing their talents in a stacked lineup from gates to close.
Early birds flew out the door and first round are now sale now via Moshtix. Grab yours today!
CITY LOOP 19 LINE-UP
(in alphabetical order) Adi Toohey
Harvey Sutherland LIVE
Session Victim (GER)
Shanti Celeste (UK)
The Senegambian Jazz Band
+ 14ct Aux & Quiet Blue
Presented by Soothsayer, I OH YOU & RMIT
Facebook event here
First release tickets on sale now
Saturday 23 November (1pm-10pm)
RMIT, Melbourne CBD (enter off Russell St) | Melbourne, VIC
MUSIC (in alphabetical order)
Constantly swimming in aural pleasures, you’ll either find Adi Toohey controlling the dancefloor from a Sydney DJ booth, presenting Saturday Sunset on FBi Radio, working in record stores or hosting parties with her Rimbombo crew. Now a graduate headliner, Toohey carved a name opening for the likes of Hunee, Young Marco and The Black Madonna, playing Dark Mofo, Subsonic, Splendour in the Grass festivals, Daydreams, Luxury and A Love Supreme. Listen to Adi Toohey live on NTS radio here.
Melbourne duo ALTA, made up of Hannah Lesser and Julius Dowson work tirelessly on making intricate dance music with a simple goal: to move you. Alta have had an innate musical understanding since they first started releasing music in 2016 on Soothsayer, since then they’ve shared stages with the likes of Bonobo, ABRA, Wiki and Jungle, and played festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Sugar Mountain, and Let Them Eat Cake. Listen to latest singles ‘Push’ and ‘Twisted’ from upcoming debut album Reasons.
Harvey Sutherland is a producer, DJ and funk synthesist from Melbourne. Blending a broad array of crate-digging influences, his initial EPs have already been championed by international tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Jamie xx, Disclosure and The Black Madonna. Sold-out shows with his impeccable live band followed around the world – including Glastonbury Festival, Nuits Sonores and London’s Jazz Cafe – alongside some unique side-projects. Listen to ‘Amethyst’ & ‘New Paradise’.
Born in the UK and raised in Western Sydney Jonny Reebok impressed audiences in early 2019 with ‘La Pression’, the collaborative single alongside fellow sydneysider Erin Nortje, garnering nods from triple j and FBi radio alike. Recent release ‘Choppa’ introduced a new side of Reebok, bringing his love of Classic UK Garage, Breakbeat and Drum n’ Bass to the forefront.
The new solo project from Memphis LK (of SAATSUMA) combines her signature honeyed, haunting vocals with her love of analogue synthesizers and the club.Since her debut single ‘Speak Honestly’ was released in March 2019, it has made its radio premiere on triple j and received abundant support from community radio, industry tastemakers and fans alike. As a DJ, her love of breaks, house, techno and acid have penetrated her immersive DJ sets. Listen to ‘Speak honestly’.
Moxie’s broad and ambitious selections have seen her play prime slots at venues and festivals such as Panorama Bar, De School, Fabric, Glastonbury, Love International and many more. Part of the NTS family since day dot, she has held her weekly Wednesday show since the stations first broadcasts and is one of, if not the most, listened to show on the station. Listen to Moxie on NTS Radio here.
DJ PGZ is Paul Gorrie, a Gunai/Kurnai and Yorta Yorta man based in Narrm. Paul is a DJ, music producer and playwright with countless achievements to his name. Listen to his momentus hip hop infused two hours set at Daydreams here.
Toronto’s Peach is most frequently found on the internet radio waves, and in various raves. Now based in London, where she hosts her monthly NTS radio show, you can find her on line-ups with artists such as Pearson Sound, Karen Gwyer and Andres, or bouncing around the dancefloor. Her sets are creative, coherently traversing several genres. Listen to Peach on NTS here.
Quiet Blue is the musical project of Melbourne based songwriter Nic Georgiou. Growing up in Sydney, his style is heavily influenced by the ocean and the slow pace life of beaches. With musical influence from folk legends like gregory alan isakov and sufjan stevens, the project is hoping to blend traditional acoustic instrumentation with the ambient sounds seen in newer electronically centred music from artists like RY X. Listen to ‘The Likeness Of You’.
Now in their eleventh year of DJing and producing together, SESSION VICTIM started releasing music when opinion was firmly stacked that vinyl was dying and embracing digital was the only way to sustain a career as a producer. With a record collection covering several decades of hip hop, funk, disco and soul, it’s their passion for uncovering dusty vinyl treasures and the feeling that can be captured on a miniature moment in wax that inspires both their DJ sets and production environment. Listen to track ‘Hear The Sun’.
There is something vivacious at the heart of Shanti Celeste‘s work, a bounce, a swing, an uplifting lilt. Her career to date has been characterised by a contemporary U.K. take on the classic Motor City sound. The expansive, emotional visions of the early Techno pioneers are reflected in Celeste’s open take to her craft. This freedom is reflected on the platforms she shares her craft through – her regular NTS Radio show, and more recently, her label Peach Discs. Listen to Shanti Celete’s Dekmantel set here.
Since their inception in 2015, The Senegambian Jazz Band has fused Afro jazz, deep world music beats and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies. With influences from Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia, the five-piece band share their outstanding talent and flair, channelling over eight thousand years of African musical traditions, transporting the power and beauty of these ancient sounds, rhythms and melodies to euphoric audiences across Australia. Listen to tracks ‘Senegambia’ and ‘Jarabi’.
Known for his hypnotic and bass-driven soundscapes, Willaris. K has created a signature sound by seamlessly weaving together futuristic textures with organic field recordings. In 2017-18 McAllister played an unrivalled number of festival shows in Australia and NZ with over 25 live sets brimming his trademark punk-influenced stage presence – all ahead of his international debut at Coachella last April, two sold out Australian headline tours which saw him move into 1,000 cap venues for the first time. Listen to tracks ‘Natural Selection’ & ‘Alchemy’.