Retro Rave: Creating A Participatory Experience At Umbrella

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  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:24
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Retro rave showcases new and classic EDM in a safe and creative environment. Retro rave showcases new and classic EDM in a safe and creative environment.

A dance party for the under-18’s, Retro Rave puts a spotlight on '90’s dance music culture for a new generation.


It’s a unique platform to experience new and classic electronic dance music showcased in an accessible format and a creative environment.

A daytime event, Retro Rave pays homage to Adelaide as one of the leading places for EDM in Australia when it was a burgeoning genre.

An ardent fan of the '90s rave scene, Dr. Cathy Adamek says the city led the way for the country’s underground techno scene, and wants to expose young people to the best electronic and dance music out there today in an environment that echoes one she recalls as being a lot of fun.

“I want to draw that line between accessible, but also music they haven’t heard before too. They’ll hear some new things, but familiar things as well,” Dr. Adamek says.

The music the kids will hear is an important focus for Cathy, with Retro Rave putting a spotlight on female DJs and producers in particular.

“Obviously the scene has always evolved from DJs who make their own music, but I didn’t want to inundate them [kids] with too many fresh sounds; there will be some older DJs there, too.”

Retro Rave takes place at Carclew (Adelaide) on 13 July (3-8pm), as part of Umbrella: Winter City Sounds.

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