Truth, Hypnotech + more: Meet your Wide Open Space Festival second lineup
Joining headliners in Sampa The Great, Briggs and OPIUO, Wide Open Spaces' second lineup explores the underground of dance and hip-hop.
Last week, we ran a big feature about Wide Open Space Festival's #MeetYouInTheMiddle competition, which in addition to giving two people the opportunity to fly out to Alice Springs to experience the cult-adored Central Australian festival in all its glory, also gave the opportunity to experience the beauty of the region and everything it includes. The competition is still happening - it doesn't close until February 26th, so get on it and find the details on what you can/how to enter here - but we're going to take your attention away for a minute, to focus on the festival's huge 2020 lineup.
Wide Open Space Festival occupies a specific niche in the festival world that feels incomparable to any other event, taking some of Australia's most incredible acts - this year, Sampa The Great and Briggs - and pairing them with the 'doof-aligned' underground scene of electronica; a uniting of dance music and rap quite unlike anywhere else in the country, and one that teeters with experimentation and what's overlooked by the general music festival radar. Wide Open Space Festival, for example, is one of the only festivals in the world that can deliver high-tier Australian hip-hop and searing, pulsing psytrance within the same two-hour block.
After announcing a lineup that bridged this gap earlier this year - cult-favourite bass musician OPIUO also finds himself amongst the festival's headliners - Wide Open Space Festival's second lineup is one that seemingly deepens this emphasis on the underground, stacking the bill with an eclectic combination of performers who, from their descriptions alone, sound like some of the most out-of-the-box bookings we'd have heard all year.
Leading the charge is New Zealand duo TRUTH, a pair of our cross-Tasman neighbours quickly building themselves a profile as two of the country's most experimental names in dance music; Addictech Records (EPROM, OPIUO) leader and underground weapon Hypnotech; Fringe Festival favourites The Ironing Maidens; Melbourne-based bass maestro Kodiak Kid; and Soundfood - a trio who blends the realms of food and music in the most literal of ways: "Soundfood is where I simultaneously cook food and DJ for people, feeding what I make throughout my set to my audience. It’s a multi-course degustation with a soundtrack of funk and tech, designed to appeal to all your senses."
There's also desert-metal bands, Indigenous Wirangu songwriters, and even their notorious pool party that this year, is themed 'Astral Rising: A Celestial Odyssey.'
Wide Open Space Festival 2020 Second Lineup:
The Ironing Maidens
Southeast Desert Metal
Potential NRG presents: Astral Rising Pool Party featuring Alex Pye & Whiskey Houston
Big Fucking Robots
Kirra Voller x Anders Pfeiffer
Chris Munky x P.Smurf
X A V I A
Docker River Band
River & Isles
The Back Creek Stevedores Union
The Neeko System
DroomData V Cooperblack
Dipterra and VJ GRROWLZ
sir dj atten-bro
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