Calvin Harris pledged to remix a Spice Girls song if Australia legalized gay marriage

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Back in 2012, Calvin Harris reportedly pledged to remix the Spice Girls classic “2 Become 1” if Australia eventually legalized marriage equality.

Calvin Harris likely forgot about the promise he made half a decade ago, but Filip Odzak has certainly not forgotten about the Scottish superstar’s agreement with him. After the Australian House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of same sex marriage, Odzak was quick to remind Harris of their gentleman’s bet.

Odzak took to social media following the legislation’s passing, proclaiming that “We made a deal — sealed with a handshake,” adding that he has been waiting a lengthy five years for this. “I’m very excited to hear what you do with the track to celebrate the occasion.”

Even Spice Girl’s own Emma Bunton weighed in on the wager, “Let’s spice up Calvin Harris! It would be fab for Calvin to remix ’2 Become 1,’” she told British outlet The Sun.

It is unclear whether or not Calvin Harris will follow through with the bet, but Odzak is holding out hope, going so far as to state in an interview with Australia’s Power Back Radio show, “You’re very rich, you can have anything you want. I’ve got nothing, just do this for me.”

Here’s to hoping, for Odzak’s sake, that Harris does good on his word.

 

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Alison Wonderland helps women propose at Australian show in honor of gay marriage

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Australia joined the ranks of 25 other countries to officially legalize gay marriage on December 7, causing a wave of celebration over a legal battle that has been drawn out in the country for 13 years.

Alison Wonderland was on tour in home country at the height of festivities surrounding this development, and thus decided to use her gig in Sydney to show her support in an emotive fashion. The songstress assisted a woman in making her proposal unforgettable bringing the happy couple on stage and later giving them a shout-out on Twitter while expressing pride in her country.

The battle for marriage rights began in 2004, when the parliament amended the Marriage Act to ban the institution for gays. Since then, an overwhelming display of support for the return of their rights led to a new vote that officiated gay marriage as a legal right.

 

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Cashmere Cat’s love for Australia inspires new mix

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On most every front, Cashmere Cat has had a standout 2017. The enigmatic producer released his debut album, 9, that marked a pronounced move into an intriguing experimental style — to say nothing of his production credits on some of the biggest hits for other artists.

The Norway native isn’t slowing down, however, as he’s released a new, near hour-long mix inspired by his love for the island continent of Australia. Originally broadcast on Australia’s Triple J radio station, the mix features tracks from the likes of Four Tet, Machinedrum, frequent collaborator Sinjin Hawke, and, of course, Cashmere Cat himself.

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Sydney’s getting an insane new warehouse venue as a part of ‘The Warehouse Collective’ music series

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Time to head down under, as Sydney, Australia is set to welcome a vast new warehouse space.

Set to open in Technology Park, the venue is part of an upcoming music series entitled The Warehouse Collective, a project created by the Sydney-based event organization The Division Agency, the mastermind behind events like Days Like This festival and the Goodbar events.

The new space comes on the heels of a questionable future for Sydney’s nightlife. Introduced in 2014, the city’s infamous lockout laws forced a 1:30 a.m. lockout at all clubs and 3 a.m. cease-service policy for all nightclubs and bars in central Sydney and the Kings Cross precinct.

Numerous lockout-law opposition groups have propped up in the city over the last three years, with artists following in their footsteps, offering their support. Nightlife regulators, ones like the Division Agency, still manage to further the musical endeavors in a city. They’re calling The Warehouse Collective “a warehouse experience on a scale never before seen in Sydney”.

And while the group is an innovator of all things house and techno, their new warehouse space will surely see out a series of huge lineups, pristine sound and lighting, and serve up unforgettable experiences.

The first of the events will take place Dec. 16 and will be headlined by the legendary Australian duo The Presets, featuring a formidable cast of support acts including Bag Raiders (live), Kilter, Nyxen, and LUCY CLICHE (live).

Tickets and more information are available here.

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The Gaslamp Killer’s Australian Tour has been canceled following sexual assault allegations

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Following the sexual assault allegations recently levied made at The Gaslamp Killer on Twitter, the LA-based producer has been experiencing massive professional fall out. First, the LA party series Low End Theory announced it would be parting ways with the artist known as William Bensussen.

Now, Bensussen’s upcoming Australian tour has been cancelled, with promoters, The Operatives, saying it was “the only option.” The producer was booked for Melbourne New Year’s Day event “Let Them Eat Cake,” Western Australia’s “Breakfast,” and New Zealand’s Northern Bass festival.

The Gaslamp Killer has also issued a statement in response denying the allegations that he drugged and assaulted two women back in 2013.

H/T: Mixmag

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Listen to Flight Facilities’ Samsung S8 x Boiler Room Sydney DJ Set

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Few duos in the world of dance music have amassed as loyal and global of a following as Australian supergroup Flight Facilities. Known for their enchanting brand of nu-disco and deep house, they’ve created an unmistakable trademark style and sound. This year the twosome formerly known as Hugo and Jimmy made their Boiler Room debuted in their native Australia to a packed out crowd in Sydney. Flight Facilities showcased their immense musical prowess throughout the nearly two-hour performance, filling the intimate setting with a quirky and euphoric blend of music that communicated their aesthetic.

Boiler Room has long established itself as one of the most cutting-edge events in dance culture and this performance from Flight Facilities perfectly sums up what listeners can expect from this iconic brand. Watch the video from Flight Facilities’ performance in Sydney on Boiler Room’s Youtube Channel.

 

 

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Australia’s on site pill testing trials at local festivals will not proceed

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Australia was poised to take a step in an unprecedented direction with the establishment of the country’s first pill testing initiative at a festival. The effort was set for its first deployment Canberra’s Spilt Milk music festival, though it has now been cancelled.

The trial was previously approved by The Labor Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government in September after the ACT engaged in talks with the Safety Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) consortium. The consortium had agreed to take on the responsibility for running and supervising the testing service.

And yet, despite the ACT and STA-SAFE’s prior negotiations, organizers of the Spilt Milk festival released a statement that noted that they had not received the documentation from STA-SAFE that would permit the trials to be run on federal land. In order for the trials to proceed, Spilt Milk producers would need an operational plan, a risk assessment, and insurance and legal framework information. With the proper documentation in their possession, festival orchestrators would then be able to submit the paperwork to the National Capital Authority (NCA), the body that would then need to issue a permit to allow the trials to run. Without this documentation, a permit could not be obtained, and the trials would halt before even getting a chance to get started.

STA-SAFE member, Dr. David Caldicott told ABC Radio that STA-SAFE had not fielded a request for such documentation, commenting that the group has “…provided every piece of documentation that has been requested.” Caldicott gestured towards political pressure, identifying such pressure as the likely culprit in the trials’ failure to advance. The ACT Liberal Party’s health spokeswoman, Vicki Dunne, was quoted in August stating “The Spilt Milk festival is at Commonwealth Park, which is on Commonwealth (federal) land. Pill testing will need Commonwealth Government approval and I doubt that they will give it.”

The ACT Liberal Party has since taken credit for thwarting the pill testing plans.

H/T: Mixmag | Source: ABC 

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There are several things people should put their contact information on: phones, wallets, a drunk best friend on her 21st birthday. Drugs, however, might not be the smartest thing to label “return to sender.”

An attendee of Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia was arrested at the end of August after a police dog found his bag of MDMA — complete with contact information. The baggie, labeled “MDMA, if found call,” was also inscribed with his full name and phone number, making it easy for officers to find the 21-year-old.

He’s due to appear in court at the end of the month, and is charged with possessing a dangerous drug.

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Alison Wonderland announces Wonderland Scarehouse Project tour

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Gearing up for her forthcoming sophomore album, Alison Wonderland announces the third iteration of her warehouse party series – but this time with a spooky twist.

The four-date ‘Wonderland Scarehouse Project’ tour will take place in remote farmhouse locations across Australia and New Zealand, touching down in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland across late November and into mid-December. The project’s official website explains that these very special shows will be “completely off the grid, only accessible by a dedicated compulsory phantom bus service.” Wonderland continues,

“The ‘WonderlandWarehouseProject’ was one of my most favourite things to play and curate, it was basically a look into my mind. This will be the next step. As someone who is a music lover for me shows are a way to escape the real world and I want everyone who comes to leave with the same experience.”

While the full lineup has yet to be revealed, Wonderland promises big names and “no neighbours, no lockouts, no escape” from the eerie new project. Head to the event’s official website to grab tickets when they are released, June 28 at 10am.

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Australia has regularly been a hub for delivering some of future and bass music’s most innovative talents with established names like Flume, Alison Wonderland, and Knife Party all stemming from the country. Leaning more in the indie-alternative end of the dance world, The Kite String Tangle is best known for his vocal appearance on Adventure Club’s “Wonder.”

However, his solo project has been budding since then with left-of-center fans and the Brisbane talent recently announced a forthcoming album, of which he just released the second single, “The Prize.” Accompanied by Bridgette Amofah for a vocal duet, The Kite String Tangle begins the track with a house-based drum pattern before breaking down into a half-time assortment of wavering synths and chaotic yet cheery percussion with a splash of summertime funk.

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