The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) – once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under.
Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK – squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018.
Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand’s growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.
After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special.
They’d tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney’s warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient – more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips.
Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity.
Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico – with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ’s to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly “let go”.
The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.
5th Birthday Tour Dates
13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU
14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU
02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby – Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK
03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO – Secret Location || Brighton, UK
09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER
11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK
23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA
31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG – Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA
For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds – check this out!