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Thank you to everyone who expressed their interest in attending this event.

Registrations closed at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 2 March. Successful registrants have now received an email with their free ticket for entry into the Big Top Opening Night Party with Hayden James, Wave Racer and Paces.

Tickets are not transferrable. If you missed out on a ticket you can register at box office for second chance entry, pending available capacity, before 8:30pm – and come along to enjoy the festival atmosphere at The Domain. There will be free vintage circus entertainment and live music on two fairground stages. There will also be food and drinks available to purchase at The Nosh Pit where some of Sydney’s hottest restaurants and bars are popping up including Burgers by Josh and Messina Milk Bar, so come on down! More information here.

To celebrate the opening of Spectrum Now Festival’s not-to-be-missed Big Top venue in The Domain, two of Future Classics’ hottest acts, Hayden James and Wave Racer will be bringing their summer house jams, lifting the lid off our ornate bazaar marquee on Thursday, 3 March, as part of a FREE show that will set the tone for 10 nights of live music. Paces also joins the line-up of electronic heavyweights in raising the curtain for the opening evening’s proceedings with his signature swag.


Producing immense summer house jams with soulful and evocative vocals his music has stockpiled consistently rave reviews from the US, Europe and Australia alike, being labelled the “face of the new Australian production music scene”. Hayden’s first single ‘Permission to Love’ garnered worldwide love and attention hitting #1 most blogged on Hype Machine, as well as becoming the most played track on national broadcasting giant Triple J in Australia. His debut EP out on tastemaker label Future Classic garnered much love worldwide, but didn’t’ prepare the indie label for the success Hayden would have with hit single ‘Something About You’. This summer also saw Hayden hitting the road on his national “Something About You” tour, jetting off to the Northern Hemisphere for his debut headline US tour including his first performance at the infamous Coachella festival.



Twenty-three-year-old Tom Purcell is Wave Racer, a 64-bit freak speeding through the horizon, straight for the unknown. Taking both Australia and the world by storm, Purcell’s blend of pixelated funk zooms and enhances on trans-continental club sounds and gold plated production standards and blows them straight out of the water. Signed by Australian tastemaker record label Future Classic following his debut ‘Rock U Tonight’, Purcell doubled down with the release of ‘Streamers’ in early 2014, fast becoming one of the most rotated artists on Australia’s Triple J and a regular fixture on international stations BBC1 and KCRW.

Wave Racer’s sound is often (and best) described as driving down Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road to the club of your dreams. Melding vocal samples, synthesised trumpets and bass guitar slaps with his sunrise-styled melodies, Purcell gained early attention from the likes of Diplo, Flume, Snakehips, Madeon, and Skrillex. Having toured throughout Australia with Disclosure, and alongside Chromeo in both the US and Canada, you could be forgiven for forgetting that he has only been in the spotlight for two years. Featuring at festivals such as HARD Summer, Dour Festival, Peacock Society, Falls, Groovin’ the Moo, OutsideIn and Mad Decent Boat Party, Wave Racer has covered the US, Europe and Australia with ease. With sights firmly set on his fifth tour of the US, there is simply no sign of this racer hitting shore… so just jump on the dolphin and ride that .wav.



Mikey Perry, aka Paces, stormed through 2014 with two massive Australian and New Zealand tours in support of singles ‘Julian’ and ‘Can’t Touch Me’ including a performance on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass. His year culminated in his first official release through label etcetc for his ‘On My Mind’ EP with a comprehensive  national tour. 2015 couldn’t have started any better for Paces, having a track with Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza, ‘Switch Lanes’ making it into Triple J’s Hottest 100 at the coveted number 100 spot. Now Paces is quick to follow it up with his new single ‘Nothing’s Forever’ which features vocals from Perth singer Kučka. Having already received solid support from radio being added to rotation on Triple J and being named single of the week on New Zealand’s George FM, ‘Nothing’s Forever’ is set to take Paces profile to the ultimate swag level.

Set Times

Doors 7.00pm

Paces 7.15-8.15pm

Wave Racer 8.30-9.30pm

Hayden James 9.45-10.45pm






Allocation Full

  • Thu 03 March
    7.00 pm
Spectrum Now Festival @ the Domain
The Domain, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW

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