Electric Zoo: where the wild things dance, Agenda Sydney // 24 May 2011

My piece for today’s Agenda Sydney:

A live electronic music scene in Sydney?

Yes, really – although you’d be forgiven for thinking such a thing doesn’t exist, dominated by indie rock as our live music scene is.

Thankfully (and about time, we say), a brand-new club event is set to readdress the balance by promoting Sydney’s best electronic dance bands – and the inaugural night’s looking set to be one helluva party.

Electric Zoo has already garnered an impressive following on Facebook, with fans keen to support local acts at this Saturday’s electro feast. From the “cheeky aesthetics” of Divine Knights to the ’80s pop-esque Garcon Garcon, there’ll be live synths, guitars, vocals and drum machines galore.

Better yet, Electric Zoo’s kicking off at “one of the most amazing venues in the city”. Not your average venue, Marrickville’s Red Rattler Theatre is a new breed: underground in vibe and overboard in great artistic talent.

Hailed as Sydney’s only fully legit underground venue, the Rattler is a converted warehouse space with a great sound system, a crowd of clued-up music lovers and a late licence. Throw six live synth-pop and experimental electronica acts into the mix, and you have the ingredients for a far-from-tame night, Inner West style.

There aren’t any set times, so you’re encouraged to turn up early, hit the dance floor and enjoy the whole night, sampling the sounds of the best Sydney has to offer. “Bring your dancing shoes,” says organiser and ‘Zookeeper’ Matthew Parsons.

So there you have it: Electric Zoo, where feeding the animals is most definitely allowed, especially if it’s a diet of beats and bass.

Where: Red Rattler Theatre | 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
When: Sat 28 May | 8pm-1am
Phone: (02) 9565 1044
Price: $15, at the door only
Details: redrattler.org

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