Search for the Sublime: An Evening with Percy Grainger Event Review

It’s a nightclub! It’s a book launch! It’s the Grainger Museum! Our courtyard was transformed into a pop-up techno party of sorts on Wednesday 20 June in celebration of the launch of the latest issue of Swampland magazine, one of Australia’s newest (and, evidently, coolest) music journals.

Emphasising quality, well-researched longform articles and pitching to an audience adventurous enough to search outside the online media bubble for their music journalism, this is the fourth edition of this fascinating new publication.

Play On DJs made sure everyone kept warm on the dancefloor.

Partnering with Swampland for the evening was one of Melbourne’s most innovative new performing arts companies, Play On, who present stunning live shows combining performances from both classical and electronic artists, held in unusual locations such as underground car parks and public gardens.

Writer Sam Flynn gave an enthralling reading from his piece The Search for the Sublime, published in this edition of Swampland, charting Grainger’s eclectic career and its influence on the latest wave of Australian electronic artists. Not letting the chilly Melbourne evening get in the way of a great party, attendees were then also treated to a beautiful Grainger-inspired performance from electronic duo OK EG, and an uplifting set from Play On DJs.

Sam Flynn, reading from his article The Search for the Sublime.

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