Kicks is a Canberra based entertainment team who bring premier music events with a unique vibe and the latest talent to the nations capital. We search for the very best party locations, the most rewarding artists, the ultimate in atmosphere and deliver it to you. Kicks annually host some of the biggest artist in the world at Foreshore Summer Music Festival, held in the heart of the parliamentary triangle at the start of each summer.
With all that in mind Kicks have not neglected the regular club nights at Canberra’s premier venue Academy. Alliance is the result of a juicy collaboration between Academy and Kicks bringing the likes of Calvin Harris, Flo Rida, Naughty By Nature, Fake Blood, Kissy Sell Out, Chuckie, Proxy, Freestylers, Stanton Warriors and so many more. This great club night has lifted clubbing in Canberra and has won ITM50 Award ‘Best Club Night’ in both '09 and '10.
Kicks was born from the collaboration of two music companies bringing their music knowledge and experience together to create the biggest events Canberra has seen.
Once the two companies Friction & Lexington Music, combined to form Kicks, they worked together exclusively year in year out on a number of projects. Together they have bought a range of artists, DJ’s and groups to Canberra creating fun and excitement for the young and the young at heart. Events such as the great charity party Block Party, a great summer series at Old Parliament House, Sound Baked Sundays @ Trinity bar, side tours and many great one off events.
The Birth of Foreshore
There are many memories surrounding the first ever Foreshore, especially those who were there – the rain, Sneaky Sound System, Fedde Le Grand, more rain, Muscles, Midnight juggernauts, rain and mud fights!
But for the organisers behind the scenes, it was 12 hours of hard work in consistent rain, metres upon metres of brown slush and hundreds upon hundreds of people covered in brown slush.
So there is no way a cliché can be added here saying ‘Foreshore 2007 went off without a hitch’, as it didn’t.
What was satisfying was the moment the four directors realised 18 months of hard work, planning and negotiating turned into 12 hours of more intense work amplified by constant rain, cold conditions and mud whereby 6000 people still showed up, embraced the mud, danced and sang along to the most popular talent in Australia at the time. They may have been cold, but those 6000 people walked away with smiles on their muddy faces!
People who went to Foreshore 2007 know the feeling, the mud solidified not only their lost thongs, it bounded their hearts to this magical event because those 6000 muddy faces returned in 2008 and brought with them a few more friends. Foreshore 2008 grew to 10,000 people who enjoyed the amazing melodies of The Presets, PNAU, Sasha, Above and Beyond.
Foreshore Summer Music Festival is now an annual event held at the very cusp of summer, expanding over three stages to over 18,000 patrons drawn from all over NSW and the ACT. The festival showcases the latest bands and DJ’s from Australia and beyond, capturing the true essences and beauty of our Capital city.
Over 5 years of operation, Foreshore has hosted artists like Tiesto, LMFAO, Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Salt N Pepa, Gotye, The Temper Trap, Deadmau5, The Presets, Art Vs Science, Axwell, Afrojack, Boy & Bear, Miami Horror, PNAU, Empire of the Sun, The Bloody Beetroots, Sneaky Sound System, Midnight Juggernauts, Sasha, Crookers, plus so many more, it is easy to see why the festival is the winner of the ITM50 award for ‘Best ACT Event’ four years in a row!
Having thrown the biggest summer music festival, Kicks headed into the massive AIS arena to set up a soiree to warm the Canberra spirits with a second Canberra festival. Pulling together an enormous production budget, a 10-metre high ghetto blaster was built to symbolise the theme Technology and Warehouse Winter Music Festival was alive. 5000 excited Canberrans bounced, rocked and pumped over three arenas for the first time introducing the most up-font and diverse sounds of the year. As the show reached its climax and kilos of confetti rained down, Warehouse was a success.
Each year since 2008, Warehouse has warmed the winter spirit for 7000 music lovers. The festival has seen the likes of Deadmau5, LMFAO, The Bloody Beetroots, Kid Sister, Green Velvet, Ferry Corsten, MSTRKRFT, Armand Van Helden, James Zabiela, Laidback Luke, Dirty South, Art vs Science, Mix Master Mike, Bonde do Role, Hybrid, Utah Saints, Mr. Oizo, Kissy Sell Out, Riva Starr, Justin Martin, The Stafford Brothers and Timmy Trumpet, the Potbelleez, Ajax, The Aston Shuffle... the list goes on! When it is at the depths of winter you will know it is time to head to another world... Warehouse ('ITM50 ‘Best ACT Event – Runner up).