- WHAT: Two/4 electronic music festival.
- WHERE: Sledge Track, Springfield.
- WHEN: January 12 – 14.
- HOW MUCH: $75 – $85, through Ticketbooth.
Tasmania’s only electronic-only music festival is aiming to provide a little something for everyone.
According to co-organiser Randall Foxx, Tasmania’s electronic music scene tends to be segregated into bunkers of lovers of different genres that rarely cross paths - house, techno, psytrance, disco, etc. Two/4 festival is offering up a sprinkling of each style.
“The electronic music scene in Tasmania is great, but there’s a lot of little pockets,” he said.
“There’s the breakbeat scene that still exists in Hobart, a couple of those DJs will be playing, you’ve got the techno scene in Launceston, those DJs are playing, there’ll be a stage focused mainly on house and disco if you want to just have a quiet boogie.
“Two/4 is about bringing all those crews together – and it is actually the crews that run the parties that we’re bringing together for this. Because at the end of the day we’ve all got the same goal, we all want to have a dance to this style of music.”
There are also a handful of bigger names, like tech-house queen Made in Paris, Detroit-style techno DJ Jensen Interceptor, and up-and-comer Lex Deluxe.
The plan is that Two/4 will be big enough – they aim to sell about 400 tickets – to cater for hardcore genre-lovers, and those with an interest in electronic music who want to learn more.
Held for the first time last year south of Launceston, for its second run Two/4 is moving to a private property near Springfield in the North-East.
“This is a bit more of a lush site, there’s lots of trees and rolling hills,” Foxx said.
Also in the surroundings will be stalls, a bar, and food vans.
Foxx, also a DJ, was the man behind the Our House parties in Launceston, and is organising the festival alongside Matt Williams and Fotti P.
He said they’re putting the festival on because they see a gap in the market: “we understand that we’re not going to make any money,” he said.
“But we think there’s enough people with an interest to sustain it. It’s very much a long-term view.”