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Return to Rio, one of Australia’s most secretive shindigs has released its mammoth musical line-up. This November 11 – 13, the ultimate weekend away returns to Wisemans Ferry for plenty of singing, dancing and fancy dress capers.

Headlining the fantastical festivities is one of the worlds biggest, best loved and most respected DJs – Carl Cox. Joined by his esteemed partner in crime Eric Powell, the dynamic duo’s Mobile Disco will be dominating Del Rio for 10-strong-hours.  The marathon DJ set will see the boys digging deep in their record crates to spin old and new disco, jazz-funk, soul and classic house tunes, along with anything else that tickles their fancy. Fresh from his final season at Space Ibiza, following a 20-year residency, Coxy will be rested, recuperated and ready to roll, as he makes his Return to Rio debut.   

Carl Cox comments: “12 hours – oh yes, oh yes! I can’t wait to hit the Hawkesbury for Return to Rio as I’ve heard lots of great things about this very special event. It’s about time I experienced some of the Rio magic myself…”

Joining Carl and Eric for an unmissable live performance is De La Soul.  The Grammy Award Winning American hip-hop group who have a new album on the horizon, will be belting out timeless hits including ‘All Good’, ‘Me, Myself & I’ and ‘Ring, Ring, Ring’ alongside their latest tracks.


DJ EZ will be bringing the old skool garage vibes as he takes to the wheels of steel for a set quite unlike any other.  Recognised as the best garage DJ of all time, it’s quite the coup to have this Londoner on the bill as garage well and truly makes its comeback. 


Rio resident, international DJ and Shamen front-man, MR C Superfreq is also returning to Rio once again. Responsible for dance floor sensations including ‘Move Any Mountain’ and ‘Ebeneezer Goode’, the familiar face will be frequenting the main stage as well as leading the charge on the after-party antics. Other international heavyweights coming back for more include drum and bass pioneer LTJ Bukem and Robot Heart regular Atish whilst German beat purveyors Super Flu and Lee Burridge’s right hand man – YokoO of All Day I Dream, complete the bill of top notch talent. 


Promoter Ricky Cooper comments:
“We’re pulling out all the stops this November as this will be our one and only three-day spectacular for the next 12 months.  I’m off to get hitched to my beautiful fiancé in March and need to plough all my time and creative juices in to our celebration of love!”


On top of an impressive array of artists and yet more impressive names still to be announced, the exhilarating extravaganza promises an all-new layout for this annual edition.  Riopians will be able to experience the Funktion1 sound system, epic light installations and impromptu performances including some seriously weird stuff you’ve never seen or heard before on the banks of the Hawkesbury.  The absolute waterside location, promises to be the most picturesque set-up Australia-wide. 


return-to-rio-festival-02.pngThe weekend has the basics nailed too – a queue-free-bar stocked with delicious drinks, tasty morsels to eat, clean, flushing, toilets and hot showers. On the accommodation front, Del Rio Riverside Resort has riverside air-conditioned cabins to rest those laurels along with drive-up camping spots amongst the friendly kangaroos and a range of luxurious accommodation and glamping options are also available from the resort for an additional cost. Also you can BYO alcohol to consume within your camping area.


Just a mere 90 minutes drive from Sydney, the site also features a range of wholesome activities for one to partake in, including tennis, crazy golf, basketball, volleyball and water skiing.
As always, golden tickets are available on the musical grapevine, so you’re going to have to ask around – seek and you shall find, with any remaining going on general sale on August 1st. 


Before then, come down and get amongst it at the Return to Rio launch party on August 20 at Manning Bar.  Naturally, only the very best are coming to play and with a five-hour set from M.A.N.D.Y. taking center stage, expect all the bells and whistles of Rio as we get the fiesta started in suitable style.


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