Days Like This Festival returns for its second year at an amazing new location. The boutique one day festival will showcase a carefully curated selection of the world’s best in house, techno and electronica at the picturesque setting of Victoria Park. Situated in the heart of Sydney’s cultural hub of the Inner West, Victoria Park conveys the perfect summer festival vibe with large, open, grassy dance floors, flanked by luscious tree lines, a plethora of shade and boasting a city skyline view. Days Like This will feature a lineup of twenty international acts across three main stages. We caught up with British expat promoter Scott Robertson to find out more about the festival and agency that has helped put Sydney’s underground music scene back on the global music map.
Hi Scott, thanks for taking a minute to chat with us today! You’re about to head into your second year of Days Like This Festival, how has the lead up to round two been?
Running festivals is not without its challenges or stresses, however the lead up to year two has been a really positive experience. The feedback to first year was overwhelmingly positive and once we secured the lineup for year two we knew we had the chance to produce another incredible event. Across the board the response to the lineup and new venue announcement this year has been fantastic and it is keeping everyone in our team very motivated and excited.
For 2018 you’ve moved to a new location (in Victoria Park), what made you decide to make the change?
Our original venue was Royal Randwick Racecourse which we love however it is primarily a racecourse and unfortunately our festival date clashed with a scheduled race day and we had no choice but to find a new venue. That being said, everything happens for a reason and Victoria Park works as the perfect location so close to everything and situated in the heart of the cultural hub of the Inner West. It’s an extremely beautiful park with large grassy dance floors and shaded tree lines, which is allowing us to create something really special for festival goers. We are close to finalising the site plans and I think everyone is going to be very happy with the new location.
Aside from the new venue, what else can punters expect this time round?
We are spending a lot of time thinking about the overall festival experience from the minute you walk in the gates of the festival. We want it to be more than just stages and music. We want to engage people visually as well as aurally and our team are currently working on bespoke stages and plans for an event precinct with a diverse range of bars, premium food options, activations, chill out areas and an array of market stalls all combining to create a unique festival experience.
Give us a quick flashback to last year, what were a couple of your favourite moments?
There were so many highlights but having guys like Dixon, Ame and Ben Klock play on our main stage in year one was a proud achievement and they all rose to the occasion on the day. Fatima Yamaha and Octave One both playing live towards the end of the night on different stages were also clear stand outs for me personally.
Your touring and events company Division Agency is the driving force behind DLTF. Give us a little background on what DA is all about and what your plans for the future are?
I started Division Agency just over 3 years ago after leaving Future Music Festival as I wanted to focus primarily on underground music again. Since then it has grown at an impressive rate especially in the past 18 months having launched two of Sydney’s most exciting new venues (Goodbar and Seadeck) and in the event space we have enjoyed a sold-out run of shows at the Greenwood Hotel and launched Days Like This Festival at Royal Randwick last March. More recently we announced a strategic partnership with TEG and in December we launched The Warehouse Collective. Once this year’s edition of the festival is over we will focus on more large-scale tours in partnership with TEG as well as dates at The Warehouse Collective and Greenwood. ‘The Warehouse Collective’ launched late last year with The Presets as headliners, how was the inaugural event and what do you have planned for 2018? The first event was really special. A project of that magnitude took months of hard work and planning to get all the approvals and to see it all come to life was one of my career highlights. The venue itself is truly spectacular and until you see it yourself first hand it’s hard to grasp the scale of it. The Presets show was awe-inspiring and we are now working on more events for that project in the year ahead.
Finally, some departing words to Days Like This 2018 attendees?
First and foremost, we are extremely thankful for everyone’s support. If someone told me Sydney could support a lineup of this calibre and a festival of this scale a few years ago I would never have believed them but here we are and on the 10th of March we get to show our thanks by delivering an incredible experience for you all to enjoy.
Days Like This Festival feat. acts like Maceo Plex, Sven Vath, Black Madonna, Booka Shade and more will happen at Victoria Park in Sydney on Saturday 10th March from 12PM – 10PM Tickets available now from www.dayslikethisfestival.com.au