Preview :: Boonie’s Gig Picks

July 22nd 2011

Fancy listening to a few extra kick drums instead of fuzzy guitars over the next few weeks? Boonie here from Frequency, FBi's late Friday night club show, with some exciting events on the club music tip to get along to over the next few weeks.

James Blake

Towering over the musical calendar in the near future is of course the legendary Splendour in the Grass. But what if you're not headed to Splendour this year? Never fear, because the weeks and weekend of the festival is jam packed with great parties to forget about missing out on Kanye West. The first near unmissable show that comes to mind is the immensely talented, post-numerous-genres, super-hyped James Blake. While his first show at the Factory Theatre sold out in the blink of an eye, incredibly there are still some tickets floating around for his second show on Saturday the 30th July at the Metro. If you're after a taste of what you can expect, here's some incredible footage of the 21 year old performing my personal favorite in the BBC radio 1 studios.

Nab yourself a ticket or two here.

Afterwards – or perhaps sonic exploration with Mr. Blake isn't quite your thing – might you be interested in a good old fashioned warehouse party? How about if I told you (FBi's own) Sydney legend Simon Caldwell was at the helm – all night long? Then I urge you to get along to the Picnic-curated One Night Stand party also taking place this coming Saturday, July 30.

Simon's role at the top tier of Australian nightlife is a deserved one, with the man being a driving force behind the legendary Mad Racket parties as well as being in the game so long that it's nearing two decades. The always on-point Picnic crew (who bought you such legends as DJ Harvey, The Revenge and Lovefingers in the past) are throwing this good old fashioned warehouse jam – it's BYO and a super cheap cover charge. I've had it on good authority that tickets are flying out the door for this, so don't hesitate and snare them from Resident Advisor quick smart.


There's a bit of a stigma when a full-time DJ suddenly turns producer. Just because one has decent taste in music and can spin a few records doesn't necessarily mean that they have the musical ear and skills to really turn heads with their own take in the studio. However, standing well above the pack and shattering this cliché comes Canada's U-Tern (pictured above), playing here on August 13th at Tone.

With a shit-hot back catalogue of standout edits, remixes and more including Mark Ronson, Holy Ghost, Chromeo, Kris Menace and Stevie Wonder, U-Tern is leading a modern house music revival and if you like what you hear I cannot recommend enough that you get along and catch him in his intimate debut Sydney appearance. No links for tickets just yet, but k


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