As some of the leading players in the world of electronic and dance music get busy with their to-do list ahead of next month’s debut Orbit DJ Retreats in Ibiza, organisers are already looking ahead to a launch next year in Australia, TIO can reveal.

The inaugural Balearics gathering will take place Oct. 6-11 at Freds Finca, in the heart of a UNESCO protected national park, where attendees will be coached on all the essentials, from audio and technical skills, to business, health and wellbeing and more.

It’s shaping up as an “immersive and holistic learning experience” for DJs, producers and music industry professionals, explains Orbit co-founder Doorly. Ibiza is a natural launch pad for the retreat, and Australia is the obvious next step.

“Australia is a part of the world that I have always enjoyed performing more than any other and I always find so much potential when I’m over there on tour. It’s a melting pot of talent and positivity,” the veteran British DJ and producer tells TIO. “Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s just the Aussie way but we can’t wait to be set up camp in Australia in 2020.”

Doorly DJ set


A location has yet to be announced, but Byron Bay is certainly on the radar. “Our live music scene still flourishes down under, but the club scene has dwindled over the past 5 years so there are less tangible opportunities for DJs,” explains Dom Furber, director of Sydney-based Paxx Group and founder/partner in Orbit.

“However, we’re still one of the best electronic markets in the world (and we) want to give the next gen of exports the tools ranging from production skills to mental health awareness to expedite their success.”