The inaugural Elements Festival in Queensland is on our doorstep, bringing with it one of the best techno and house line-ups seen in the Queensland outdoors this year.
To help progressive, techno and house fans navigate through the weekend, we’ve compiled the official Open Records guide to this amazing event from Friday-Sunday including all you need to see across both the Cyclops and the Thunderdome stages.
We recommend packing gear for both hot days and cold nights, with the mercury set to drop to as cold as 3C in early hours of the morning before warming back up to the mid-20s during the day.
The programming for the weekend is great and ensures there won’t be many clashes, but getting some sleep may be a problem at times … but who goes to a festival to sleep?
Deciding where to kick off the weekend is easy, with the Thunderdome opening five-and-a-half hours earlier than the Cyclops.
New Open Records signing Christopher Brooks (pictured above) kicks off the techno and house action from 3.30pm and we think we’ll see a big crowd out for Brisbane expat visiting from Melbourne.
If you listen hard enough you might just hear his wicked new track Night Hawk, which is dropping on our new compilation Expansion Pack II very soon.
After that it’s a killer run of local stalwarts DefWill (5pm), Christian Kerr (6pm) and Dan Burke (7pm) ensuring the dome will be rocking right up until the opening ceremony at 8.30pm.
Bassic Records head honcho ZigMon then picks back up after the ceremony finishes at 9pm followed by AU Underground’s Dylan Griffin (pictured above) from 10.30pm.
Both Ziggy and Dylan are two of the premiere DJs in the country right now and definite favourites of Queensland crowds, so we’re tipping this to be one of the best sessions of the whole party.
Xenoscapes (12am) and Grouch (1am) shouldn’t need any introduction either, with both at the absolute top of their game in 2017. After everyone has been Grouched, it’s probably time to have a rest. God knows you won’t get it on Saturday.
You can afford a slow start to the day today, with bass music dominating the Cyclops and psytrance in the Thunderdome until the afternoon.
We do recommend checking out glitch-hop duo Staunch (12pm, pictured above), though … those boys definitely know how to party.
The Cyclops will be the place to be for the best part of the afternoon and evening, with Dinobitch (3.30pm) kicking off our only major session on the big stage.
Fellow Melbournite Uone (5pm) is sure to bring the deepness before French headliners Citizen Kain at 6.30pm and Elements founder Tranceducer at 8pm.
This your only chance for techno and house on the Cyclops, so lap it up while you can!
Techno fans will then want to make an immediate dash for the Thunderdome fast for the biggest session of the party.
You can’t go past Brisbane’s own techno viking Helskanki (live) bringing the house down from 9.30pm, followed by fellow innovators Pacific Voltage Club (10.30m) and Scott Freedman (11.30pm) to see Saturday out with a bang.
Guess what? It’s Sunday already and that means you ain’t going anywhere. Open Records’ own Paul Abad brings his mainfloor techno vibes from 1am in what is sure to be peak time on the Thunderdome.
Queensland live artists Vinny Xavier (2.30pm) and Hybridcell (3.30pm) keep the Queensland techno vibes strong in the darkest hours of the night, before IWTFA and Soiree’s Jamie Grenenger brings up the sunrise like only he can from 4.30am.
Two more Brisbane groove specialists and all-round nice guys, Matt Guy (6am) and Butterz (7.30am), means breakfast will be an absolute treat, before our main man FunkForm (pictured below) brings his new live show from 9am ushering in a big run of Open Records’ top Australian live artists.
Expect swirling atmospherics, blissful melodics and warm grooves from the Cairns-based wizard in his first South-East Queensland set in more than two years, before our favourite Melbourne brothers Thankyou City take over from 10.30am, again with some of the best music you’ll hear at the whole party.
Doppel (pictured below) shouldn’t need any introduction to the Element crowd, but it doesn’t mean his return isn’t something to cheer about.
Fresh from the back of a massive national tour, he will be firing on all cylinders with another stellar live show from midday.
Brisbane’s own prog god Rich Curtis keeps the journey alive from 1.30pm, before Open Records head honcho Jesse Kuch closes the Thunderdome out in style from 3pm, bringing an end to the weekend’s house and techno action.
There’s plenty to keep you busy once the Thunderdome closes, including Like Liquid, Eemus and Tauren on the Cyclops, plus a cool program of stand-up comedy and film to close the festival out.
Whatever you do, enjoy it! You’ve earned it.