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Music News - Festival announcement - Beacon Festival, March 2020

Festival announcement - Beacon Festival, March 2020

16 October 2019 - 0 Comments

On the 14th March 2020, Friendly Potential will take over Auckland’s iconic Queen’s Wharf waterfront for the inaugural edition of Beacon Festival - an open-air celebration of the best electronic music the world has to offer. For its first edition, Beacon Festivalis excited to host the first New Zealand performance in two decades for dance pioneer Richie Hawtin, alongside welcome returns for Nina Kraviz and Job Jobse, and the local debuts of Carista, Skatebard, Lauren Hansom, and New Zealand’s own Nice Girl.

It’s a rite of passage for the New Zealand electronic music fan to journey to festivals like Dekmantel and Sonar during the European Summer to witness creative forces playing raucous sets to crowds in rapture. Beacon Festival seeks to bring these life-changing moments to the beautiful climes of the Auckland waterfront. Set across indoor & outdoor stages - revelers can expect world class sound, nourish themselves at a handpicked selection of food vendors, and experience a festival that brings the sprawling possibilities of electronic music to the shores of Tamaki Makaurau.

Over the last five years, Friendly Potential has become a cornerstone of the electronic music community in Aotearoa. Their innovative, quality parties have steadily grown from night-long debuts for electronic legends, to daytime rooftop extravaganzas as Anno Domini, to two editions of their pop-up nightclub CATACOMBS. This next chapter sees them expand on their vision, by bringing an open-air electronic music festival to the antipodean summer. Welcome to Beacon Festival.

Friendly Potential presents

14 March 2020
Queen’s Wharf - Auckland - Tamaki Makaurau
Tickets on-sale Tuesday 22nd October 9am

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Tickets are on sale 22nd October 2019 - $99 +BF


Richie Hawtin (Canada)

Richie Hawtin is a genuine original. He is constantly pushing conceptual frontiers, moving things forward, welcoming as many as he can to ideas and experiences that would have seemed pure science fiction when he began his career. Hawtin is the British-born, Canada-based mind behind Plus8 and MINUS Records, which have nurtured a plethora of talent since the early 90's. And, of course, he is Plastikman, electronic musician par excellence, maintaining an underground agenda of avant-garde electronica over six albums and two compilations. Simply put, he is a leader and pioneer, and one of the electronic dance world's true intellectual forces. We cannot wait to welcome him back to New Zealand for the first time in two decades.

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Richie Hawtin - Close Combined

Nina Kraviz (Russia)

Nina Kraviz is the most famous dentist you know. She hung up her drill some time ago to collect records, make music and travel the world. Her career is so varied that it’s hard to define a particular Kraviz sound, but the passion, the spirit, and the immediacy of the music she plays always shines through. Her eponymous debut album launched her into the international consciousness, and two expansive, extraordinary mix CDs for fabric and DJ Kicks have cemented her place there. She’s recently focused on releasing her music and that of her fellow travellers on her two labels трип and Galaxiid, including singular artists like Bjarki and Shadowax. She has a wild ability to transfer the DIY spirit of her labels' work from small intimate raves in unusual locations around the globe, to mainstage spots at the world’s most revered festivals and clubs. People who attended her last shows for us know what to expect - absolutely anything.

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Nina Kraviz live at the Eiffel Tower

Carista (Netherlands)

Carista’s meteoric rise has resulted in her becoming one of the most in-demand musical creatives across the globe. The Utrecht native exudes a raw passion, energy, and positivity in all she does, whether as head honcho for her imprint and party United Identities, in the booth for Red Light Radio or NTS, or at festival and club sets throughout Europe. Carista’s well-tuned ear and fervent adoration for percussive and joyous dance music persistently drive crowds into sweat-soaked reverie — qualities that led Call Super to credit her with his favourite dancefloor moment of 2018. Don’t miss out on the New Zealand debut of one of the world’s most exciting DJs.

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Carista - Boiler Room x Dekmantel 2018

Job Jobse (Netherlands)

Job Jobse is one of those rare talents who has built a career simply by being a genius behind the decks. He says his time as a resident at legendary Amsterdam club Trouw taught him “everything he knows”. Now, he puts that knowledge into play at his residency at the nebulous De School in Amsterdam, as label manager for the seminal Life and Death, and as a hallowed performer in the global underground circuit. He was an absolute highlight at the first edition of Catacombs, with a Prodigy outro that left even Palms Trax speechless. Simply put, Job Jobse will save your life.

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Job Jobse - Boiler Room x AVA Festival

Skatebård (Norway)

Skatebård is a Norwegian disco demigod who paved the way for hallowed artists like Todd Terje and Prins Thomas. Over the past 20 years, Skatebård has forged his own truly unique dance floor sound, showcased on a ridiculous number of records for labels like Sex Tags Mania, Bordello A Parigi, and his own Digitalo Enterprises. His DJ sets are the work of a dancefloor cosmonaut who has been traversing the outer realms of sound for decades. Expect a honed, colourful, and eclectic set perfect for summer, as blistering breaks mingle with progressive house numbers, disco-dipped middle eights and italo drenched lazer records. It’s so rare that he makes it this far south, so we’re absolutely ecstatic he’s blessing us with his presence for his New Zealand debut.

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Skatebard - Boiler Room x Dekmantel 2018

Lauren Hansom (Australia)

Lauren Hansom has steadily become one of the most respected and impressive voices in the global dance community. Her style is expansive and immersive, drawing on a wide range of cultural and musical references, and honed through years in the booth at Sydney’s FBi Radio and clubs across Australia. Her recent relocation to Amsterdam has seen her embraced by the city of selectors, with radio shows on Red Light Radio, NTS, and Worldwide FM, as well as DJ sets for Lente Kabinet and Gottwood Festival via plenty of key European club appearances. Her New Zealand debut will be an absolutely unmissable sonic odyssey. See you front left.

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Lauren Hansom - Dekmantel Podcast

Nice Girl (New Zealand)

Nice Girl is in ascendance. The Melbourne-based Kiwi’s vibrant and irreverent style, energy, and attitude course through her releases for Houses In Motion and Public Possession, and have seen her gain Bell Towers and Apiento as fans. She is one of the most captivating and transportive DJs to come out of New Zealand in recent memory, qualities that have netted her club sets across Australia and regular appearances on Skylab Radio. We’re ecstatic to host her New Zealand debut.

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Nice Girl for Friendly Potential Radio

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