Thursday, October 31st • Bar opens 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club 10PM.
Advance Tickets on sale
On Halloween Night we are pleased to host our favorite freaky party, Flesh, filled with your biggest phobias along with the deep raw tunes of Sandwell Dsitrict’s founding member Function and Australian-born producer, Francis Inferno District. Upon arrival, guests should expect the strongest of medicines to help face your fears, move your feet and warm your soul during the night’s freakish festivities. Wind through the haze of October 31st, keeping an eye out for the wickedest webs, creepiest crawlers, and surely some very pertifying partygoers. We welcome the erriest spirits, both old and new to join us for this seriously hair-raising, spine-chilling, bloodcurdling operation hosted on Florida Ave.
Function lays down the law in the Main Room, providing everyone with a healthy dose of pure power and magical combination of wicked yet pleasurable sounds. A key underground techno influencer with 25+ years of experience, Dave Sumner, aka Function, takes us on a next level Halloween journey. Warming up the room is DC talented duo Rush Plus, who have stemmed their sounds from a minimal, heavy and cerebral sounds from the likes of Shed, Truncate, and Ben Sims. Heading the Rooftop on this supernatural night is one of the most esteemed talents to emerge from Australia’s creative capital of Melbourne, Francis Inferno Orchestra. We welcome his wonky, discofied, big room house sound back to Flash.
In addition to a frightening fantasy and some fat bass lines this Halloween, we are giving away prizes to lucky winners who takes the most exotic, creative and over the top photo in the Flash photo booth located in Flash Bar. Venture into the spider’s photo den if you dare! 📸
🥇1st place for best photobooth photo receives: $300 cash. Runner up receives a complimentary bottle of champagne! As always: no cellular phones on the dancefloor, let’s keep it dark. Don’t risk it. 🥂🍾
Function (Sandwell District | Berlin)
Rush Plus (Emissions | DC)
Francis Inferno Orchestra (Australia)
Tommy Cornelis (theneedlexchange | DC)
One of techno's true underground heroes, Function (Dave Sumner) has
been DJing and making music for over 25 years. He is a founding
member of the Sandwell District collective, Ostgut recording artist and
owner of Infrastructure.
Hailing from New York, he was seduced by techno when Jeff Mills held
residency (as well as his own first) at Limelight in the early 90s.
Producing from the mid-90s onward, he released his first 12"s on
Damon Wild's Synewave and his own Infrastructure imprint. A chance
meeting in 1996 brought him together with Regis (Karl O'Connor). The
two worked as Portion Reform, releasing uncompromising music on
Downwards, making him the only non-Birmingham producer to appear
on the label. He later moved to Berlin in 2007, still working with Regis,
and now Silent Servant (Juan Mendez), putting his focus on Sandwell
District. Since, the label come collective, skyrocketed into cult status -
decentralizing the artist ego, blurring the lines between the artist, label
and dj; re-arranging the DNA of modern dance music.
Initially releasing records under their own identities, as the label's
success grew, it came to be seen increasingly as a collective entity,
releasing tracks and albums anonymously partly in revolt against the
increasingly celebrity-oriented DJ culture of the time, culminating in its
2010 collective album Feed Forward. Their sound has been highly
influential across the following generation of techno musicians, and has
informed a major shift in world techno. By the time the label
announced its "glorious death" in 2012 (continuing only as a performing
act) the American Billboard magazine would write that "Sandwell
District's influence on underground techno can hardly be overstated."
The move to Berlin proved successful, bringing both Function and
Sandwell District to enigmatic status. Headlining festivals worldwide, his
sets at Labyrinth, Japan from 2009-2011 became things of legend;
Sandwell closing Sonar's main stage in 2010 proved their impact, with
regular Time Warp, Awakenings and Dekmantel appearances (to name a
few), combined with frequent club appearances at Berghain, Berlin;
Fabric, London; and The Bunker, New York, and other key techno
clubs/parties around the world, Sumner's status as one of techno's
most important figures became evident.
After disbanding in 2013, their final transmission being; Fabric 69:
Sandwell District, Sumner was invited to join the Ostgut family,
releasing his debut album, the critically acclaimed, Incubation on
Ostgut Ton, and becoming a Berghain resident. In 2015 he contributed
to the notable Berghain mix series releasing, Berghain 07 - Function;
the game-changing series which left behind the mix CD format, making
the mix available as a free .WAV download and Soundcloud stream
alongside two EPs with eight exclusive tracks by various artists.
The album Incubation landed on Ostgut Ton in 2013 and was a heavy
impacting reminder of Function's single-handed talents, solidifying his
status as a solo artist. The album flows very fluidly and is meticulously
detailed with a futurist and foreboding sci-fi feeling throughout. The LP
circles in hypnotic loops with unsettling tones luring you into the
darkest corners of your mind. From the day of release, Incubation is
rightfully considered as a landmark in techno's ever growing history.
In addition, in 2014, he collaborated with Vatican Shadow on Hospital
Productions, releasing Games Have Rules, a beautiful full length
ambient affair. Feeling the need for a platform to explore developing
new artists and an outlet for solo material, he then decided to relaunch
the 9 years dormant, Infrastructure New York, in 2015 - releasing a
string of beautifully crafted 12"s and albums, developing a camp of new
exclusive artists; Campbell Irvine, Post Scriptum, Mariano DC and
Function/Inland, as well as involving techno classics such as Steve
Bicknell and Altern8's Mark Archer (Trackman). Going on to release the
quadruple pack vinyl/CD label compilation; Infrastructure - Facticity, in
In 2017, Function established a new residency, being the only
international resident at Bassiani, in Tbilisi, Georgia. He also celebrated
nearly 25 years as a recording artist, releasing a retrospective
compilation for the newly formed Ostgut Ton off-shoot; A-Ton.
Alongside an already eventful year, Function engaged in a new project
which would form the techno supergroup LSD in collaboration with
Luke Slater and Steve Bicknell that they would described as "lysergic
machine music". The trio debuted on Ostgut Ton with a 3 track EP titled
"Process", too much acclaim, in conjunction with mesmerising
performances at both ADE and Berghain which led to them playing
headline shows ever since. A lot more music by LSD is soon surfacing as
Then, 2019 will see Function re-inventing himself once again: releasing
a fresh batch of newly orchestrated productions and roaring with energy to get back on the road playing shows. As always,
Function keeps on shifting to the next gear and will no doubt be turning
a lot of heads in the years to come.