Sydney – Tuesday 26 September, 2017. The Sydney Opera House’s legendary Studio will power up its sound system this summer for a five-hour DJ takeover, open til close, with punk techno veteran Andrew Weatherall.
Hailed as a “legendary producer, crate-digger, and all-round cultural savant" by Clash Magazine, the lifelong Londoner has carved out a career that defies the simple “DJ” tag since co-founding the Boy’s Own music-meets-fashion zine in the 1980s, which would go on to help discover the likes of Underworld and The Chemical Brothers.
Along the way, he has woven himself into the UK’s cultural fabric, DJing, moonlighting as a freelance music writer, and producing albums as diverse as Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, Beth Orton’s Trailer Park and Fuck Button’s Tarot Sport.
Weatherall’s dancefloor edits are a staple in every decent DJ’s set, remixing the likes of New Order, Happy Mondays, Spiritualized, Björk and My Bloody Valentine, the last of which was crowned #1 on NME’s The 50 Best Ever Remixes.
In 2014, he headlined the eponymous and now-annual Andrew Weatherall Festival in the south of France. When he’s not behind the decks, the club auteur releases left-field dance music on his labels Rotters Golf Club and the subscription-based, vinyl-only Moine Dubh Records, and runs the roaming ‘mid-tempo’ party A Love From Outer Space with Sean Johnston.
Without fail, he has sold out every Sydney appearance, notably Sydney Festival’s Famous Spiegeltent and an eight-hour set at Picnic’s all-night party One Night Stand. For the Opera House’s Studio, Weatherall will continue the Goodgod Super Club's tradition of letting their artists – DJ Harvey, Karizma and Steffi to name a few from Vivid LIVE this year – flex through five hours, for the first ever Studio party to take place in summer.
“It’s not often we open up the doors of the Sydney Opera House Studio for 5-hour DJ sets but we could not say no to Andrew Weatherall,” said Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music at Sydney Opera House.
“As with Underworld, Richie Hawtin and Amon Tobin, it’s important to me that Andrew Weatherall’s restless, credible voice is part of the Contemporary Music program here. He’s one of my artistic lodestars, the quintessential force-for-good in his chosen field and that rare artistic figure in any practice who’s never had a bad patch in a nearly 30-year career.
"He is a modest, phenomenally intelligent and perennially interesting musical auteur whose unique sets, remixes and tracks bear the stamp of his singular mind and uncompromising ear. We’re also proud to be working with Picnic in the spirit of all the Mad Racket, Goodgod, Future Classic and Astral People parties we’ve thrown here over the last 7 years – this one’s going be fun.”