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Festivals

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:47pm

Get a taste of Malaysia as Sydney's inaugural Malaysia Fest takes over town. The two-day interactive festival will tickle taste buds and immerse Sydneysiders in the melting pot that is Malaysian culture in a multi-layered sensory experience.

 

Malaysia Fest will feature Malay, Indian and Chinese dancers and stalls from some of Sydney's best Malaysian restaurants as well as places...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 10:30am

The much-loved Newtown Festival has had a facelift after 38 years.

 

Event director Gill Minervini is part of the new team charged with delivering its new look. Formerly creative director of City of Sydney Events, she’s also had a hand in Winter Feast for Dark Mofo and Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. For her, Newtown Festival offered more than just a convenient geographical...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 12:19pm

The Winda Film Festival kicks off its inaugural showcase of curated Indigenous films from across Australia and the world this week. From the Red Centre to Russia, Winda presents a global Indigenous voice. 

 

It's a diverse and fascinating program, so we've narrowed it down to select highlights. Check out the full...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 11:46am

Electronic Music Conference 2016 is around the corner, and now organisers have announced the final round of speakers, as well as 16 more acts for EMCPlay, the showcase arm of the event.

 

Homegrown dance star Alison Wonderland has been added to the EMC bill as a keynote speaker, alongside the previously announced Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Mirik Milan, who will no doubt be able to...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 10:53am

Bluesfest have added even more acts to their ever-growing lineup. 

 

English ska icons Madness lead the charge, alongside all-star concert experience Miles Electric Band who are coming to Australia for the first time.

 

Elsewhere, Pati Smith and her band will take to the stage once more for an acoustic set and Billy Bragg and Joe Henry will join forces for a set of...

Posted 7 Nov 2016 @ 11:21am

Reviewed on Saturday November 5

 

Marrickville’s Addison Road Community Centre is an essential hub of multicultural celebration in Sydney, with the weekly Addison Road Markets and monthly Street Food Markets actively encouraging and supporting local stallholders and community groups.

 

Now entering its sixth year, West African Festival Inc. (WAF) is one such...

Posted 7 Nov 2016 @ 10:18am

Reviewed at various venues in Cronulla on Thursday November 3

 

It’s the first of four nights at the second year of Australian Music Week, and the infamous southern Sydney beach spot of Cronulla is playing host to another round of panels and music.

 

The 8pm slot at the Brass Monkey is filled by Katoomba blues rocker Claude Hay and band. Later in his 30-minute set,...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 5:36pm

The Loy Krathong festival will celebrate all things Thai and honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej when it takes over the banks of the Parramatta River next week. 

 

Festival attendees will be treated to Thai culture, with costume displays, food from Thailand, Nepal and Korea and traditional Thai arts and crafts including a krathong-making workshop. The krathongs will be...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 4:55pm

A music lover's paradise, hidden in the bush.

 

The three-day music and arts festival The Gum Ball will take place at Dashville once again, home to its fellow Dashville Skyline, PigSty In July and Thrashville festivals in the Hunter Valley. The Gum Ball is cozy, family-friendly and BYO (but leave glass at home!).

 

The festival focuses on developing an eclectic mix...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 4:17pm

The 25th Parkes Elvis Festival will hit New South Wales in January.

 

The Parkes Elvis Festival will take place over the King's birthday and will feature headliners Jake Rowley and Pete Storm, two of the world's biggest Elvis performers.

 

The festival will feature a themed Viva Las Vegas night on the Thursday, with the Friday night focusing on Elvis' greatest live...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 4:25pm

The festival's debut is already off to a solid start with a lineup that boasts both national and international heavy music acts. 

 

King Parrot are headlining, with Psycroptic, American death metal giants Revocation, Whoretopsy, and Black Rheno following them up. Not to mention a local band will kick off the madness in each city.

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 3:35pm

More than 20 acts from Australia and overseas feature on the first round lineup for the 2017 National Folk Festival.

 

The 51st edition of the Easter festival, which takes over the nation's capital for five days and nights, will attract some 200 artists to Exhibition Park - not to mention tens of thousands of music fans from around the country.

 

After the...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 2:02pm

Meet Babylon - a new electronic festival featuring a world of music, art, mindfulness and community exploration. 

 

Billed as equal parts dystopian playground and bohemian gathering, the music lineup focuses on techno, psytrance, deep house and experimental beats, all delivered with crystal clear sound and immersive production.

 

Set in the beautiful surrounds of...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 5:13pm

Legion Music Fest, the rock festival that first emerged after the untimely demise of Soundwave, has ended a difficult birthing period by confirming its 2017 debut will not go ahead.

 

Legion Music Fest subscribers were alerted to the news this afternoon in an email from the organisers, which read:

 

"The organizers wish to thank all Aussie metal fans for their...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 3:27pm

Vanfest has announced that the "world's first time-travelling dance party", Hot Dub Time Machine, will join an already huge lineup including Angus & Julia Stone, The Rubens and Drapht for its Forbes festival in 2016.

 

The new additions to the lineup also include house and techno due Set Mo, electronic funk group ManaLion, reggae band Ocean Alley, R&B singer Morgan Bain...

Posted 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:57am

Christmas Eve stress? No worries.

 

No Worries Festival is the new music shindig for the silly season, taking over the New South Wales South Coast town of Moruya on Christmas Eve.

 

The festival has come together thanks to a typical "no worries" approach. Four years ago, the Paradise South Crew threw a party with their mates' bands on a private property, attracting...

Posted 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:55am

The 2017 edition of Blue Mountains Music Festival has been locked in, with a lineup led by some Australian songwriting icons.

 

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen top the Blue Mountains bill for next March, performing songs from their first collaborative album, Death's Dateless Night. The record features a peculiarly Kelly spin on classics from The Beatles and Leonard Cohen, plus some...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 10:27am

An international street art festival heads down to the Gong next month.

 

The fifth instalment of the Wonderwalls festival will be heading down to Wollongong over the weekend of Friday November 25 - Sunday November 27.

 

Local and international artists will paint live artworks over 20 walls in the city's West End to celebrate the unique style of street and graffiti...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 4:02pm

Soul Messengers are returning for your soul *dun dun dun duuuuuuuuuun*.

 

Catch the new-look Soul Messengers playing at the Double Bay Street Festival this November. Oh, and the word is they will also be putting out an album in 2017. Sick one.

 

The last six months have been a bit of a rollercoaster for this band, with new members being added and replaced, as well...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 2:10pm

It's back bigger, better, and badder than ever.

 

Slapdash Records and Promotions is gearing up to present Razor Blade Fest 2016. This will be its fourth year running and with the help of your steady cash flow, it will hopefully continue to run for many more years to come. So help a brother out and go buy tickets now. Right now.

 

Headlining the night will be...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 1:12pm

Mountain Sounds Festival is back with a 2017 lineup that features the who's who of Aussie music.

 

After announcing Dune Rats as the first act on the bill for the Central Coast shindig, Mountain Sounds' organisers have revealed a bumper full lineup.

 

Alternative dance kings RÜFÜS will lead the charge north in February, joined atop the lineup by a mysterious special...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:00pm

The 41st edition of Sydney Festival is upon us this summer, and now the full program has been launched.

 

January's three-week Sydney Festival season will feature a lineup of free and ticketed shows, exhibitions, talks and events across music, theatre, dance, visual arts, circus and more. And as usual, the Festival Village will be back in Hyde Park with the Magic Mirrors...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 11:44am

Sydney Open will once again give Sydneysiders a behind the scenes glimpse into some of the city's hidden architectural gems.

 

Now in its 12th year, the 2016 program will focus on the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

 

New additions to the program include Two International Towers at Barangaroo, the EY Centre on George Street, Walsh Bay’s heritage...

Posted 24 Oct 2016 @ 9:00am

Newtown Festival is back for its 38th year in 2016, and now the full music lineup has landed.

 

Tens of thousands of festivalgoers from the Inner West and beyond will make the trip to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park this November for a day full of live music, family entertainment, market stalls, food and craft beer.

 

The lineup is led by The Griswolds, the Sydney...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 12:45pm

Get the real life Sir David Attenborough experience at Mountain Sounds next year.

 

The seasonal change from summer to autumn creates some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, and hidden away in the Mount Penang Parklands on the Central Coast you can witness a spectacle in the making. Yes, watch in awe as a large group of human animals come together to party, seek out a...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 4:02pm

Lace up your boots and get your drinking arm ready...

 

Gritty back-alley blues meets sun-kissed beaches this weekend as the Craft Beer and Cider Festival takes over the Coogee Bay Hotel with an epic music backdrop.

 

Headlining the weekend are Sydney's fireballs Papa Pilko And The Binrats...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 10:31am

Are you ready to rock?

 

Rock festivals might have gone out of style, but if Thrashville has anything to say about it, they're coming back with a vengeance.

 

The new summertime event from the people behind Hunter Valley festivals The Gum Ball, PigSty In July and Dashville Skyline includes some great Aussie talent.

 

Oz rock icons Cosmic Psychos and...

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 12:00pm

Subsonic Music Festival, the celebration of underground beats that takes over Riverwood Downs near Foster in regional New South Wales, has revealed a bunch more additions to its 2016 lineup.

 

A raft of local acts have been added to the December schedule, led by Sydney party-starters the House Of Mince headlining The Mince Inn on Subsonic Sunday.

 

On the Saturday,...

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 11:17am

It promises to be an energetic and immersive family-friendly celebration of West African culture.

 

For six years, West African Festival Inc has been bringing the colourful traditions of the West African region to Sydney. It's now announced a brand-new African Rhythm And Roots Festival, to take place in Marrickville's Addison Road Community Centre on Saturday November 5.

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Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 3:21pm

Hold on to your hats, this year's Falls Festival just got even bigger. 

 

Leading the charge come sets from You Am I, Dope Lemon, Northeast Party House and Haelos. They'll be joined by the likes of Kingswood, Hockey Dad, Moonbase Commander, Hein Cooper and KLP.

 
Rounding it out comes The Middle Kids, Just A Gent, Dena Amy, Spit Syndicate, Kilter, Generik,...

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