Return to Rio is back this November 3-5 promising to catapult Riopians to another galaxy not too far away, where mischief, magic and mayhem is the order of the day.
Back by popular demand is Carl Cox and Eric Powell who will be dominating Del Rio with 12-long hours of funk, soul, disco, classic house along with anything else that tickles their fancy with the Saturday dedicated to their ‘Mobile Disco’. Joining them on stage will be 12-piece acid jazz band, Incognito. With 16 albums under their belt, not to mention collaborations and performances alongside the likes of Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, they will be banging out the hits including ‘Always There’ and ‘Don’t You Worry About A Thing’ as well as dance remixes of chart-topping classics.
Carl Cox comments, “Return to Rio is the closest thing in Australia to Bestival and we had such a wicked time at the event last year that I told Ricky as soon as we came off stage that we’d love to come back this year. We’re going to be there for the full weekend of fun and I can’t wait to get amongst it.”
Hot Creations and Emerald City head honcho Lee Foss will have astronomers doing more than the moonwalk. This man of many talents is best known for running riot at ‘Paradise’ at Ibiza’s DC10 alongside wingman Jamie Jones and producing hits including ‘Benediction’ and ‘Reverse Skydiving’ as part of house music band Hot Natured. He’s headlined stages at Bestival, Glastonbury and Sonar and has just released debut album ‘Alchemy’.
Fabio and Grooverider, the Godfathers of Drum & Bass and legends of modern music will be treating guests to not one, but two performances throughout the course of the weekend. Saturday will see them digging deep as they play an exclusive 25 years of Drum & Bass set before closing the festival on Sunday with a rare acid house set.
Bedouin the hottest DJ duo on the white isle this season will be making their debut Down Under at Return to Rio. Their signature sound which pulls from their Middle Eastern heritage, Western upbringing, and world travels has made them a firm festival favourite. Fellow All Day I Dream alumni Hoj, is primed to continue the melodic journey as he’s back for a second helping of Rio revelry. Complementing these techno and soulful house maestros is Berlin-based &ME. As the biggest thing in techno since sliced bread, he is the founding member of Keinemusik and behind club smash ‘F.I.R’.
Completing the bill of international talent is Tel Aviv’s Khen, who’s house grooves and contemporary techno will accompany long-standing Return to Rio resident and dance music legend Mr C, A.K.A the Shamen front-man behind ‘Ebeneezer Good’ and ‘Move Any Mountain’.
Return To Rio 2017 Has Lift Off – ‘Outta Space’ Theme Announced
With this year’s theme, ‘Outta Space’ it is not just the music that will be taking guests to another dimension. Houseboats turned spaceships will be taking wannabe astronauts on a voyage of discovery like no other down the Hawkesbury. A giant jumping cushion will fling you to the moon and back, whilst the water park will propel you to another orbit. Glitter space stations, drum & bass pilates, 3D mapping, cosmic sound and lighting and roving martians will leave you in a spin and a few rounds of crazy golf will send you gaga. Throw some water skiing sessions into the mix and the mind will be playing all sorts of tricks.
The ultimate weekend away has the basics nailed too – a queue-free-bar stocked with delicious drinks and mixologists on hand to knock you up a cocktail, tasty morsels to eat from a selection of Sydney’s best food trucks, clean, flushing, toilets and hot showers. On the accommodation front, Del Rio Riverside Resort has riverside air-conditioned cabins to rest those laurels along with drive-up camping spots amongst the friendly kangaroos whilst Rainbow Tipis and Simple Pleasures Camping will be adding a touch of glamour to the campgrounds.
Ricky Cooper, Chief Mischief Maker, Return to Rio comments: “Each year we take it up a notch and this year is no different, expect more fancy dress shenanigans and random acts of kindness from those Riopian rascals than ever before. We have gone all out in terms of production, sound, food and music. In amongst three stages of music, pop-up parties and otherworldly happenings we’re hosting our first ever Speed Dating event where all those flying solo are guaranteed to meet their match. Can’t wait for you all to Return to Rio and see what’s in store.”
Not content with throwing Australia’s best-loved bash, Ricky will be taking to the decks alongside other Rio rockstars Tristan Case, Murat Kilic, Robbie Lowe B__A, Start:Cue and lots more. Fellow festival friends, Electric Gardens will be joining forces to host a hidden disco, broadcasting it live around the world from the shores of Del Rio.
Just a mere 90 minutes drive from Sydney, You. Don’t. Want. To. Miss. This.
With a large portion of passes already sold through the presale ballot, a limited number of golden tickets will be available on July 1 via the melodic grapevine. Tickets are priced at $249 and include a $10 eco-bond, which is refundable pending the preservation of the beautiful surrounds of the Riopian camping areas.