SYNTHWAVE / ITALO / OUTRUN / RETRO ELECTRO
In September, we’re going to take you on a journey from the times of excess in 1985 right through to the rain-slicked neon streets of 2085. We’re stacking the live music deck with TWO performers this month, plus three DJs to keep your feet moving via the sounds of retrowave from the Americas, Europe and Australia!
Laser Highway is Australia’s premier night located in Melbourne dedicated to the very best synthwave, italo-disco, outrun, retro electro, 80’s jams, games, and anything else firmly with its roots in synthesizer-based music to keep you grooving into the night! We’ve cultivated a culture that takes inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s, cyberpunk, vaporwave, deep reds/purples/blues and a bunch of sci-fi/action movie tropes into a clash of exploding sound and colour.
We run monthly events featuring an incredible sound system, laser light shows, projection art, cocktail list, a big screen multiplayer game space and a pounding dancefloor to transport you to your retro home away from home. We’ve prided ourselves on creating a radically inclusive alternative club night to give you an experience that’s all about those thumping beats, synthesized basslines, good times and a touch of nostalgia and camaraderie from your past, present and future friends that you haven’t yet met.
RICKY SUMMER LIVE
From the neon-soaked mean streets of Bay City comes time travelling synth rocker, Ricky Summer. A man out of time, he fights to outrun the future, searching for a way back home.
Strapped into cybernetic battle armour Ricky Summer live mixes his own original music, featuring synth rock, cyber pop and tributes to gaming culture. Welcome to the future. Welcome to 2085.
If you know your Italo-disco, you would know George Hysteric. Famed for his vast vinyl collection of ’80s synthpop and disco obscurities, the Melbourne-based DJ has made crowds clamour on the dancefloors across Rotterdam, London, Vienna and beach parties in Italy.
Hysteric is also the man behind the Italo-disco label, Mothball Record. It’s themed CD mixes such as “Italo Estate” and the “Lost Treasures of Italo-disco” series, along with the infamous “Hot Girls of Italo-disco” and “Mothball Dance Classics” vinyl EPs (joining with Dutch label Bordello A Parigi) have now become highly sought-after rarities, having acquainted synth lovers with slamming Italo-disco gems that have remained unplayed since the early 1980s.
Synthwave project based in Melbourne, Australia.
Making tunes for a modern Miami world, where the lights are neon and the walls are purple.
(Z’s note: Very Com Truise influenced…but dancier)
SPOTIFY LINK: https://open.spotify.com/artist/00J5xe3XKC0Vtjb8sKlxmr?si=U0yFCfQrQLOOi63d1j6SBw
Ed Vice is no stranger to retro sounds. Having played gigs in the last ten years ranging from 80s synthpop to glam metal to freestyle, it was no surprise when he entered the synthwave world – and never left. ED hosted one of the first retrowave nights in Brazil for three years before moving to Melbourne. His sets mix recent synthwave classics with hidden gems of the retrowave scene.
Zerotonine is the host, resident DJ and runs Australia’s first and only monthly club night dedicated to synthwave, outrun and retro electro: Laser Highway in Melbourne. As a labour of love, he is dedicated to providing a unique experience for music makers and fans alike. He is also the co-host of www.kissfm.com.au‘s (87.6 in Melbourne) Retro Electro Show from 3pm Wednesdays AEST.
A veteran DJ and creator for over a decade playing too many genres internationally and at home in Australia, he is in love with arpeggio basslines, warm synths, and driving drums; his style is inspired by 80’s movies, the Lamborghini Countach, boss fights, neon vectors, keytars, androids, reverb guitars, gated drums, cosmic phenomena, bleeps and bloops. Expect a range of sonic styles to get your feet stomping and head rocking from all corners of the retro-verse.
9PM – LATE
LOOP PROJECT SPACE AND BAR
23 MEYERS PLACE
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
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We acknowledge that this event takes place on the traditionally owned land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin alliance, to whom sovereignty has never been ceded, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.