Lost Paradise is shining example of how to program a music festival that seamlessly runs the gamut in sound, style, look and feel. Returning this year for its third iteration, the festival has stayed true to its promise to deliver genre-defying acts across the musical spectrum and around the world.
And while there are plenty of local names you should make sure to see, here, we're delving into the best of the international stars at Lost Paradise.
At the very top of the not-to-miss list is M.I.A, a cultural icon, activist and game changer who is returning to Australia for her first performance on the continent in over five years. The Sri Lankan artist has made waves in the music industry for her voice, both music and speech. While catchy, her music is typically powerful and politically charged with songs like Borders and Bad Girls showing off her lyrical prowess. However her catalogue is vast and the only thing we can almost guarantee from her performance is that she’s expected to play her breakthrough single "Paper Planes," which was recently heralded by Rolling Stone magazine as being the number two track of the century.
Needing little by way of introduction, Belfast’s experimental beat makers Bicep will arrive at Lost Paradise with something special in store—a live performance. Since signing to Ninja Tune, their robust live show has been selling out all over the world and been lauded for melding their production prowess and engineering expertise into a wickedly entertaining show. Their discography traces a path through forgotten disco to Chicago house, Detroit techno, Italo edits, garage and everything in between, so expect bits and pieces of everything laced into Lost Paradise.
Everyone loves Peggy Gou. And for good reason. Always sporting a smile, Peggy Gou is a Berlin based artist from Korea who has been turning heads all over the globe with her easy breezy style. The increasingly esteemed producer solidified her position amongst the elite with her album Once, out last year via Ninja Tune, which featured the infectious track "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)," and saw dancefloors all over the world singing along to the catchy chorus without knowing the words (Gou sang them in Korean). Her mass of followers on Instagram also love her for bridging the gap between high fashion and the underground.
Praised in the industry as the best live electronic music, KiNK is trailblazer. The Bulgarian maestro embarked on his path to techno stardom in 1991 and has since been honing his wildly fun style style of house and techno. Effortlessly entertaining, a KiNK performance often sees him switching between a live keyboard and controller manipulation with some tricks in between—this one’s for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
Brazil's ANNA was born to be a DJ—quite literally. Her dad owned a major nightclub in Brazil and she spent her youth record shopping with him. But it was DJ Marky who inspired her to start DJing—although today her soundscapes cover techno and tech house, like her 2018 hit on Kompakt, "Hidden Beauties." Today the Barcelona-based DJ spends more and more time in the studio when she’s not playing alongside Solomun Ibiza or globetrotting to festivals like Time Warp, Loveland and Piknic Électronik. Watch vinyl-only DJ sets on Cercle, and come ready to dance at Lost Paradise.
Fans of lo-fi house, pay attention. Hazy rolling cuts are an exemplary way to define DJ Boring, who was born in Australia but gets his influence from living in London today. His rise came after "Winona" blew up on YouTube and since he’s been delivering headdy house cuts like the 2018 For Tahn EP on Shall Not Fade to near-universal acclaim. . Expect a DJ set packed with raw and intoxicating house music that’s anything but boring.
FOALS (DJ SET)
Yes, we had to throw it in here. Why? Because we’re curious. Foals are a British math-rock band that moonlight as DJs, and apparently really good ones as well. While rare, plenty of people have been seemingly graced with one of these shows yet no one can predict what to expect from it as Edwin Congreave and Jack Bevan take spontaneity very seriously. See you front and center.
Lost Paradise runs from December 28th, 2018 to January 1st, 2019 in Glenworth Valley, just one hour north of Sydney. Tickets start at AU$359 for 3 days and can be purchased on Pulse.