Be prepared, party people. Mardi Gras has today dropped a dangerously irresistible line-up for it’s biggest party yet, including some of the most wanted DJs in the world. With David Guetta and Bimbo Jones already forming an unbeatable team in the RHI, Mardi Gras is excited to announce a host of star-studded additions to the line-up including techno legends DJ Carl Cox and Dusty Kid in the Hordern, Australian dance icons Itch-e and Scratch-e with break-out Sydney band Chaingang live in the Forum, and a host of Australia’s premium DJ talent.
The Hordern will be transformed into a palace of techno and progressive house, with world number one DJ Carl Cox getting behind the decks for a superb headlining set. He’s been voted best DJ of the past 25 years by Mixmag, and his Carl Cox & Friends nights have been awarded huge acclaim, included bands such as Fatboy Slim and Fedde Le Grand, and attracted thousands of partygoers around the world.
Following in Cox’s legendary footsteps, and following his set in the Hordern, Italy’s Dusty Kid is ready to show you why he’s known as techno’s next big thing. Releasing his first single at 19 years old, in two short years he’s forced his phenomenal tracks such as “The Cat” and “Milk” into the tracklists of DJs around the world. Openly gay, he can’t wait to perform a massive show at this year’s Mardi Gras Party alongside DTPM legend Alan Thompson and Sydney’s favourite Scott Pullen.
The Forum, is set to be bigger than ever this year with an unstoppable blend of electro, nu-disco and live performances. Each year we aim to celebrate the best and brightest in established and breakthrough artists, and this year is no different with Australian dance pioneers Itch-e and Scratch-e – the prodigious partnership of Paul Mac and Andy Rantzen – whose 90s smash “Sweetness and Light” launched Paul Mac’s career, and who are now reunited for the first time in 15 years.
Joining them are Chaingang, a Sydney band whose spastic energy and whirling Siouxie style howls will have you enthralled, as well as a rambunctious line-up of the most rockin’ alternative DJs Australia has to offer including the mind-boggling diversity of DJ Gemma, and the eclectic electro and house of Sveta. The exclusive Women’s Space will call like a siren, and will enjoy the Forum’s amazing line-up with it’s new location in the gorgeous upstairs of the venue.
The Dome will seduce you yet again with its unique and much-loved brand of tribal and heavier beats. Paris’ own Leomeo will entrance you with his amazing tribal and progressive house, as he has at Hed Kandi parties in France, Discotec in London and massive events throughout Asia. Joining him will be Mardi Gras legend Ben Drayton, the always enticing Mandy Rollins and the irresistible sounds of Steve Sonius.
These phenomenal artists are joining an already stellar line-up, including French DJ and producing powerhouse David Guetta, whose latest album One Love featured worldwide number one hits such as “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland, “Sexy Bitch” with Akon and, most recently, “One Love” with Grammy Award winner Estelle. Bimbo Jones, hugely successful English DJ and in-demand remixer, will be playing alongside in the RHI, while the elite of Australia’s DJs will keep you on your feet all night, including Dan Murphy and Jake Kilby.
Mardi Gras has still not confirmed or denied any shows or performances, keeping in line with their "no announcement policy".