Tune in, turn on, chill out.

Universal Music Australia is flexing its muscles in the events space with ZoneOut International Music Festival, a new single-day blast of ideas, imagery and music from the neo-classical world.

Sydney’s Carriageworks will host the debut show on September 28, a sort of mediation on neo-classical and its various paths into classical, ambient, electronic and alternative music, all of which will be explored in three rooms.

The programme reads like a family-friendly neo-classical rave, built-out with panels, film sessions and even a yoga chillout zone, and wraps at 11.15pm with a performance by Double Touch, the collaborative project of classical pianist Van-Anh Nguyen and Sydney DJ and producer Mark Olsen.


UMA has tapped Melbourne composer Luke Howard as inaugural Zone Out ambassador. “I’m excited to perform alongside some of my favourite musicians and label-mates. This genre has been under-represented in Australia and ZoneOut is putting it on the map,” he comments in a statement.

Howard will perform on the day alongside and homegrown pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings, British cellist Peter Gregson, Dutch harpist Remy Van Kesteren and others.