From September 8-11, the city of Sydney will play host to the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender – a four-day city takeover and festival program of live performances, public artist lectures, club nights and exhibitions.
Following previous editions in Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm and taking place across the unique boroughs and venues of Sydney, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender is an all-inclusive celebration and exploration of both the city’s rich cultural identity and contemporary music worldwide.
The 18th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Montreal in 2016, bringing together 70 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs. The group is invited to attend intimate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-fitted complex of creative and studio spaces.
More than 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in past incarnations of the Red Bull Music Academy. Former lecturers include Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, Steve Reich, Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Mark Ronson, M.I.A., Q-Tip, Hot Chip, MF Doom, Ryuichi Sakamoto, RZA, Stephen O’Malley, Gilberto Gil, and pioneering synth inventors Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla, Roger Linn, and Dave Smith, amongst many others.
Plenty Academy alumni have gone on to become true figureheads of their scenes, like electronic music innovator Flying Lotus; Hudson Mohawke, the Scottish producer behind the beats of Drake and Kanye West; Russian DJ, producer and label head Nina Kraviz; LA soul singer Aloe Blacc; Mexico’s Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade; British grime renovator Mumdance; and Katy B, who introduced the mainstream to the sounds of UK funky.
The Red Bull Music Academy has been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities such as Berlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, São Paulo, London, New York City and Tokyo. This unique combination of old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement.
Each yearly Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come. Currently there are eleven fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world.
For more information on the Red Bull Music Academy and to access thousands of lecture videos, mixes, and exclusive tracks visit redbullmusicacademy.com or follow @RBMA.