Summer Dance w/ Omar-S (USA) – National Art School – Sunday 11th January 2015


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

Jan 11 – Sunday – Omar-S + Simon Caldwell + Kali

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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.

~ OMAR-S ~

A champion of analogue emotion and vinyl sensibility, for the last decade Omar S has told his story with a catalogue of tough-as-nails Detroit techno on an emotionally unstable background.

From hand labelled self-pressings to highly sought after cult classics, his acclaimed work in the techno landscape has shifted the parameters of the genre; from the highly rotated Here’s Your Trance Now Danceand Psychotic Photosynthesis to collaborations with Ob Ignitt (Wayne Country Hill Cops Pt. 2) and L’Renee – almost entirely released on his FXHE imprint (a label dedicated to bringing Detroit to the world). However Omar’s most distinctive works have come from his solo albums, including 2005’s Just Ask the Lonely and his most recent offering, 2013’s stunning Thankyou For Letting Me Be Myself. Throw in engineering work and a release for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature imprint, a 100% original production-packed Fabric LIVE mix entry and DJ sets from Watergate in Berlin to Sankeys in the UK – Omar S has solidified his place as a key player in left-field dance culture.

Having headlined our first ever Vivid LIVE showcase at the Opera House in 2013, we’re no stranger to Omar S’ devastating effect on a dancefloor, making the outdoor experience of Summer Dance a whole lot more exciting.

It can be done, but only he can do it.