Electronic Music Conference is returning to Sydney this November.

Known as the leading electronic music industry event in the Asia Pacific region, this year the conference will be held in Sydney for a week from November 12th.

The week-long program includes a two-day conference program covering all facets of electronic music business and culture including keynotes, In Conversations, workshops, masterclasses, breakout sessions and networking events, plus EMCPLAY – five nights of after dark parties, club nights, film screenings and pop-ups. Across the parties and conference, the likes of Sasha, Gilles Peterson, Blond:Ish, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Greg Wilson as well as many more.

EMC’s 2018 theme will be THE FUTURE OF YESTERDAY, which reflects the reality that “despite our future focus, we are always looking back to the traditional business models of the past to learn from the shortfalls and errors, and to work towards a brighter future in the music business which offers a fairer playing field for all involved, be they music creators or music businesses. Musically – especially in electronic music which has a DNA embedded in sample based culture – we are forever referencing past sounds and past genres – reworking, remixing and refurnishing nostalgic sounds of yesteryear in a contemporary take for today. EMC’s THE FUTURE OF YESTERDAY theme will also pay homage to some of the most golden years in electronic and dance music from the last three decades – 1988; 1998; 2008,” a press release reads.

Things kick off on November 12th with one-day forum Global Cities After Dark, which focuses on the night time economy and culture. EMC presents this forum in partnership with Mirk Milan, Global Night Mayor Advocate. It aims to exchange knowledge between international cities, highlights best practices and focuses on future solutions for positive and thriving nightlife globally.

On Wednesday November 14th and Thursday November 15th, EMC returns with a new venue, a line-up of incredible speakers and an unmissable program. The new home is the Frank Gehry designed, multi-award winning Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at UTS in Ultimo. Among the speakers are Sasha, Gilles Peterson, Greg Wilson, Blond:Ish, FlexMami, and more.

As part of the conference there is also EMCPLAY, while on Saturday 17th November, Return To Rio present The Rio Revel. This exclusive show will see Sasha playing a three-hour set, alongside progressive maestro, Cid Inc, and Hoj. Also, Greg Wilson will be hosting his Credit To The Edit stage with Late Nite Tuff Guy, The Owl, plus a secret super-star guest. This marquee event runs from 5pm – 3am at Manning Bar.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that The Rio Revel is happening on Saturday 17 November as a part of EMCPLAY’s new format. To have such legendary artists performing at an indoor/outdoor event on a summer afternoon and evening in Sydney is the perfect celebration of electronic music excellence. I know that I for one will be planting myself on that dancefloor at The Rio Revel!” EMC Executive Producer Jane Slingo said.

We are backing it up from the ‘ultimate weekend away’ to throw an almighty shindig in the centre of Sydney.  It will be a chance for music fans who missed the chance to catch extended sets from these legendary artists at Return to Rio experience a sprinkling of the magic at the Rio Revel.  The Riopians will be out in force and with indoor and outdoor stages it’s primed to be one of the summer’s biggest electronic music extravaganzas.Richard Cooper, Chief Mischief Maker, Return to Rio said.

With over 100 speakers contributing to EMC 2018, there are many more inspirational pioneers and figures yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more updates.

EMC 2018 SPEAKERS (In alphabetical order)

Blond:ish (Canada)
Chad Cohen, United Talent Agency (USA)
Charlotte Lucy Cijffers, DJ Mag (UK)
Denise Melanson, Paradigm Agency (USA)
FlexMami (AUS)
Gilles Peterson (UK)
Greg Wilson (UK)
Ian Bron, Paradigm Agency (USA)
John Watson, ELEVEN: a music company (AUS)
Kyle Bell, Rhythm & Vines (NZ)
Leanne de Souza, Association of Artist Managers (AUS)
Lorna Clarkson, 2SER (AUS)
Mike Warner, Chartmetric (USA)
Robb Harker, Supermodified Agency (ASIA)
Sasha (USA)

EMC PRO passes are now on sale here, while you can find Global Cities After Dark tickets here.


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