Australia’s summer music festival season is in full swing and, after a huge December and new years period, we’re looking forward to the abundance of quality events still on the horizon.
In early February, boutique festival Bizarre Garden will be returning to their picturesque site just outside of Byron Bay for the second year and bringing with them a top notch selection of international and local talent including Catz N Dogz, DJ W!Ld, German Brigante, Be Svendsen, Yolanda Be Cool and many more.
We caught up with Flex Cop, one of the local legends heading north for an appearance at the festival, for a chat about those unforgettable festival moments.
Brisbane producer Flex Cop has been earning fans at home and among international dance music’s big names since he first began his songwriting journey in 2012.
His funky nu-disco and deep house grooves have been dropped by many high profile artists including Maya Jane Coles, Booka Shade, MANDY, Marco Carola, Danny Tenaglia, DJ T, Adana Twins, Teenage Mutants, Blond:ish, Stacey Pullen and Pleasurekraft. Flex Cop’s latest release ‘Cursed’ has been getting some big love too, recently being featured on Claptone’s latest Clapcast #22.
Ahead of his appearance at Bizarre Gardens, we asked Flex Cop to share some of his most memorable festival moments with us. From hearing a hero dropping one of his tracks to sloshing about in a torrential downpour to Fatboy Slim, Flex Cop’s favourite festival moments are making us glad that there is still plenty of festival goodness left in the season yet.
1. Future Music Festival, 2014
Hearing Maya Jane Coles dropping my new track Flex Cop - Hunting ft. Ok Sure. Definitely one of the best moments hearing one of your heroes vibin' your track.
2. Good Vibrations, 2009
Fatboy slim was headlining and as he started playing 'Right Here Right Now' torrential rain started pouring in. Halfway through the track we were dancing in water nearly up to our knees! It was like the rain was sync'd to the build up of the song - magical.
3. Strawberry Fields, 2014
This was my first time at Strawberry Fields and I was all ‘round impressed with the production value and stage setups. Matthias Meyer really delivered the set I was hoping for: an epic journey from start to finish.
4. Strawberry Fields, 2014
I'd seen Stimming play at various clubs and boat parties. But this was the first time seeing him play on a festival stage. I always thought his music was more suited to small intimate venues but, no, it's definitely good on the big stage too.
5. Future Music Festival, 2011
Sven Vath taking over after Dubfire - I just loved the change of stage presence. Dubfire was doing his thing with the straight poker face for the whole set. Then Sven jumps on wearing a viking hat, brought about 10 girls with him and proceeds to punch the air for the entire set. The guy's music was on point of course but his energy was really infectious.
You can catch Flex Cop making a festival appearance at Bizarre Garden Festival, 5-7 February at a lush location 1.5 hours outside of Byron Bay.
Tickets available now.