Summer Dance w/ Moodymann (USA) – National Art School – Sunday 22nd February 2015


SUMMER DANCE ~ A series of outdoor parties in the heart of our city

Feb 22 – Sunday – Moodymann (US) + Ben Fester & Preacha + Andy Webb + Chris Barker

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After holding out at house parties, clubs and warehouses all winter long, we now give you the much needed answer to a long-overdue season of outdoor celebrating: Summer Dance. Combining forces with Sydney’s National Art School, we present to you a run of Sunday sessions bound to be the highlight of your summer.

The collaborative effort between the Astral team and the National Art School will see at least three DJs take the stage each day/night for extended sets throughout December to February. Kicking off the series is pioneer of modern underground house Vakula, followed by a classic boogie / funk set from infamous hip hop DJ House Shoes, a house and techno lesson courtesy of fellow Detroit legend Omar-S, iconic block party vibes of NYC daytime party institution Mister Saturday Night, sun-kissed UK Garage sounds of DJ EZ, before the sun comes down on the series with an epic set from Moodymann. Local heroes sporting day-to-night couture and compositions include Tornado Wallace, Andras Fox, Simon Caldwell, Otologic, Ben Fester & Preacha amongst others.

The sandstone buildings, lush green grass and age-old trees that typically make up the beautiful surroundings of Sydney’s heritage listed National Art School, will be turning into a fully fledged music venue for the first time ever this December. With parties planned to happen twice a month, Summer Dance is sure to draw the nightwalkers out of sweaty underground confines and rave caves, to give them a taste of life as a day dweller and provide them with the ultimate Sunday sunset vibes; premium line ups, great food and discerning drinks.


An outspoken voice in the normally non-confrontational world of electronic dance music, Kenny Dixon Jr is committed to keeping a distinctly black imprint on techno and house. With an unparalleled output spanning over twenty years, the Moody sound has been categorised as an innovative hybrid laying on raw grooves and reworked samples carving its own place in Detroit’s rich electronic legacy. ‘Sunday Morning’ ‘Shades of Jae’ ‘Dem Young Sconies’ – when Moody puts out a new 12” the world stands up, and dance floors across the globe get down.

Dixon began producing in the early 90s, starting KDJ Records in 1994 with the Moody Trax EP. Tracks like ‘The Day We Lost the Soul’ and ‘I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits’ proved his techno-disco sound and caught fire across to Europe, where his profile grew immeasurably with the release of his late 90s debut album ‘Silentintroduction’. Moody continues to release through both KDJ and Mahogani Music – having also worked closely with fellow Detroit legends Carl Craig, Rick Wilhite Theo Parrish and Andres to bring their home to the masses.

Some two decades later, Moodymann’s DJ sets remain an unmissable treck into the Motor City sound. When Moody plays a track, people listen – be it for its political outcomes, musical talent or straight up dancefloor heat. As one of the most enigmatic personalities in dance music, Moodymann’s DJ sets remain an umissable event and the perfect closer for our outdoor Sydney celebration.