Stereosonic is one of the largest music event franchises within Australia. It’s “bloody epic” as the locals would say.
Perfectly placed in early December, Stereosonic is a festival that welcomes in the summer for music mad Australian sun worshippers (Yes, you read right, down under has summer in December, that’s a sausage on the BBQ for Christmas, let the mind boggle). Boasting some of the best festival line ups that electronic music can offer – it’s the southern hemisphere version of Electric Daisy Carnival. But bigger.
The event is so large in Australia – that it’s held over 2 weekends, in 5 different cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane. The logistics are fairly impressive with 2 festivals happening simultaneously. The line up is coordinated months in advance to facilitate transit and optimum set times; so every DJ is the right city, and the right festival, playing at the right time. This year, for the first time ever, the line up is so huge that the event will be split over two days or #twodays as the promotional material boasts.
STEREOSONIC’S MASSIVE 2013 LINE-UP:
Headliners: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren
Above & Beyond, Acid Jacks, Afrojack, Alesso, Aly & Fila b2b John O’Callaghan, Andrew Rayel, Andy C, Axwell, Bingo Players, Boys Noize, Breach, Bryan Kearney, B U R N S, Cajmere, Claude VonStroke, Clockwork, Destructo, DJ Falcon, Djedtronic, Doctor P, Dog Blood, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Empire of the Sun, Feenixpawl, Ferry Corsten, Flight Facilities, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Gareth Emery, Generik, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Hot Natured, Hot Since 82, Infinity, Ink, Jamie Jones, Jochen Miller, Justin Martin, Kaz James, Krewella, Labrinth, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Lee Foss, Lemaitre, M4SONIC, Maceo Plex, MaRLo, Mat Zo, Matrix & Futurebound, Nero, Nick Thayer, Nicky Romero, Noisia & Foreign Beggars present I AM LEGION, R.L Grime, Robert Delong, Sebastian Ingrosso, Shockone, Showtek, Solarstone, Solomun, Stafford Brothers, Sunnery, James & Ryan Marciano, The Bloody Beetroots, TJR, Tommie Sunshine, Tommy Trash, Tritonal, OZ, W&W, What So Not, Will Sparks, Zedd.
It’s not just about the music – the event itself is an experience. The service is acceptable, the security good natured, and everyone has the classic down under summer vibe of just having a great time. Come to Australia, as this festival is bucket list worthy.
Interesting side note: Rumour has it, that the week between the weekends that the festival is on – the event organisers Totem One Love Group – lay down $100,000 in entertainment kitty cash to keep the DJ superstars having fun in their down time.