9 More Sleeps Until Pitch Festival!

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Heavyweight headliners, dust storms, and the stunning monoliths of the Grampians.

Welcome to Pitch Music and Arts Festival. 

At a time when the Victorian summer is chockers with doofs (notably Strawberry Fields, Rainbow Serpent, Babylon and Innervarnika), Pitch stands on its own two feet. A gathering that leads with its rock-solid line up reminds Victorians of the golden era for electronic music that we’re ever-so-fortunate to be inhabiting. 

What can a newcomer expect of Pitch 2019? 

Melburnian young-gun Mall Grab will be playing amongst the likes of crowd-favourite Tourist, known for his ear-tingling upbeat music. Oh, and expect the deliciously heavy beats of Charlotte De Witte as well as Daniel Avery’s dreamy electronic tunes.

Lovers of techno will rejoice at this year’s standout feature – famed dance broadcaster Boiler Room will take to the dusty plains of Pitch to ensure a stellar opening night. Over the course of five hours, guests will have the chance to groove to international artists including the likes of English duo Optimo and electronic veteran 

Roman Flügel. Groovers will also have the chance to get stuck into some fine home-grown (and all-female talent) courtesy of Toni Yotzi, Merve, and Andy Garvey. The latter of which you might know for hosting Triple J’s “The Mix-up”. You can expect a set that dances between electronic and breakbeat techno. 

This is Pitch’s third time around, and its built its reputation for tasty sounds on a foundation of internationally acclaimed artists.

Doofers may come for the promise of a dance to some global producers, but you’ll be sure to stay for the exciting local artists on show. Fantastic Man, Roza Terenzi and Ben Fester may not be names you’ve heard of yet, but after a good stomping sesh at one of Pitch’s stages we’re sure you’ll become well-acquainted. Kiwi duo Sandboards will be accompanied by some psychedelic mayhem thanks to Wax’o Dystopia.

In the inaugural year of the festival, we said hello to German producers Ben Klock and Oliver Koletzki, and Dutchman Fatima Yamaha. Aussie faves such as Client Liaison and KUČKA rounded out the must see acts of 2017, firming positioning Pitch as an event to watch. 

The rural Victorian town of Mafeking played host again in 2018, bringing with it a gritty (literally) storm of must-see sets. A healthy mix of international and local artists graced the stage, with the stand-outs being Seth Troxler, Marcel Dettman, Len Faki and CC:DISCO!. 

It’s hard to have a bad time in the midst of the scenic Australian bush whilst listening to quality music. 

Take a second to appreciate the lit-up eucalyptus trees come nightfall – an impressive art installation in their own right. Get in deep in the mosh pit, explore the widespread plains of the festival, and sample some culinary finesse at the food market. 

Pitch is one of the must see-events on any festival-goers list for 2019. 

Just be sure to bring your dust mask!


This article was written by Emma Bendall.

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