Piknic Electronik Melbourne has kicked off their 2016 season in a big way, with the first three events seeing the likes of Kevin Saunderson, Oliver Schories, Dubfire, Misstress Barbara, K.I.M, Mike Callander and a host of excellent locals supplying the beats for thousands of smiling picnickers.

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The Piknic first started in 2003 in Montreal with the mission to bring electronic music to a wider audience by taking it out of the clubs and into the open for people of all ages, backgrounds and orientations, electronic music faithful and newcomers alike.

It has now grown to become a major festival event on Montreal’s summer calendar as well as holding successful seasons in Dubai, Lisbon, Barcelona and, of course, Melbourne.

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The Melbourne crew has definitely nailed the Piknic Electronik concept, providing not only stellar lineups of local and international artists, but a foodie heaven with a purpose built bar stocked with local craft beers, cider, fresh juice and summer cocktails; a delicious variety of gourmet street food for those who choose not to bring their own picnic basket; a variety of activities for the kidlets; and an array of handmade clothing, jewellery and accessories to browse at the Piknic Market.

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The third artist announcement welcomes Misstress Barbara, Secret Cinema, South London Ordnance, DeWalta, & Christian Vance LIVE, as well as locals Dean Benson, Phil K, Stockholm Syndrome, Isaac, Fryer, Bounce Audio DJs and Hans DC.

They still have quite a few aces up their sleeves for the remaining dates so if you’re in the area you’ll definitely want to get out to The Paddock at Melbourne’s Federation Square to check out the festivities.

This Sunday sees Hotflush Recordings’ South London Ordnance along with Secret Cinema, Dean Benson and Andy Hart.

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Check out the season program below:

7 February - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #4 - 
South London Ordnance (UK), Secret Cinema (HOL), Dean Benson (AUS), Andy Hart (AUS)
14 February - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #5
- Cut Copy DJs (AUS), Christian Vance (AUS), Phil K and more TBA
21 February – Piknic Electronik Melbourne #6 -
Robag Wruhme (GER), Rone live (FR), A13 (AUS), TheCamilos & Alex Anderson (AUS)
28 February - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #7
- Ryan Elliot (US), KODE9 (UK), Kate Miller (AUS), JPS (The Operatives) (AUS)
6 March - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #8 - Audiojack, Boogs (AUS), Silversix 
13 March - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #9 - The Hacker, Stockholm Syndrome, Kiti
20 March - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #10 - Ed Banger House Party (Busy P + Boston Bun) (FR), Turkish Prison (Midnight Juggernauts) (AUS}), Harris Robotis (AUS)
27 March - Piknic Electronik Melbourne #11 - Sonja Moonear (SWISS), Sammy D (GER), Dewalta (GER), Jacob Malmo (AUS), Isaac Fryer (AUS)
3 April - Piknic Electronik #11 - SPECIAL FINALE Lineup TBA

All images including header via Jess Middleton Photographer.

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