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Festivals

Posted 21 Apr 2016 @ 7:00am

Goldstone, a new "Australian outback noir" by indigenous director Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, Toomelah) will headline Opening Night at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.

 

This year's SFF is the 63rd edition of the festival, and organisers have already revealed a teaser program of...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 2:12pm

The Lower Hunter Valley's Folk In Broke festival has announced its 2016 lineup.

 

Returning Saturday November 12 to McNamara Park in the heart of Broke Village, this year's bill will be topped by Afrobeat band Bakoomba and the Australian roots supergroup The Protesters (featuring members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, King Tide and Watussi), alongside folk singer Liz Stringer and co...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 10:48am

Vivid Ideas, the program that will bring over 400 speakers to Australia as part of the 2016 Vivid Sydney festival, has finalised its full list of events.

 

Joining a calendar that already includes headline events on the Vivid Ideas Game-Changers program, with appearances from filmmaker Spike Jonze, House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon, Orange Is The New Black writer/creator Jenji...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 10:34am

The Sydney music festival market is getting a huge addition in 2016, with the four-day Red Bull Music Academy Weekender to take place in our fair city this year.

 

The Red Bull Music Academy's dedicated festival event has taken over a number of cities around the world previously, from Tokyo to Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm, and now it's Sydney's turn.

 

With a...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 9:39am

Come Together, the all-Australian hip hop festival returning to Luna Park this June, has added a couple of new names to its boom 2016 lineup.

 

Tuka, the man who's made his name as a solo act alongside his work as one-third of Thundamentals, has joined a lineup that...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 9:00am

Palace Cinemas will premiere a collection of US independent films over a two-week festival.

 

The screenings, collectively bannered Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now, will showcase 32 films across the documentary and narrative forms, strung together by curator Richard Sowda to highlight thematic links of urgency and contemporary issues.

 

The festival is...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 11:52am

Even though it might not be true that you can have too much of a good thing – seriously, which grump came up with that line? – it’s certainly possible to be overloaded with opportunity. 

 

Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 is so packed with performers that navigating the whole thing can be a thankless task. To that end, and because we’re such helpful folks, we’ve drawn up a list of the...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 8:35am

Start planning your trip to Byron, because Splendour In The Grass has revealed an absolutely huge lineup for their 2016 incarnation. 

 

Headlining this year's event comes The Strokes (only Aus show), The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches (only Aus show), James Blake and At The Drive-In.

 

Elsewhere comes Violent Soho, Hermitude, Band of Horses, Sigur Ros (only Aus show...

Posted 11 Apr 2016 @ 10:24am

Soon to be gracing Sydney's Inner West will be the 2016 Sad By Sad West festival, bringing together a range of mediums based on their emotional impact rather than genre.

 

Put together by Lesstalk Records, Sad By Sad West prides itself on being a broad festival, with multiple art forms on the program, and artists booked largely on a common commitment to their craft and their...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 9:38am

Vivid Sydney has added a bunch of celebrated names in Australian music to its 2016 lineup.

 

Vivid Music, the contemporary music program held annually as part of the Vivid Sydney festival calendar, will this year host performances across the spectrum of popular genres.

 

Alongside the parties being hosted by ...

Posted 7 Apr 2016 @ 10:41am

Reports emerging overnight declared that Stereosonic has been permanently axed by promoters Totem OneLove and SFX Entertainment. But they say it’s just taking a break in 2016.

 

In light of media reports of the dance festival's axing, the promoters have as yet provided no response. The...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 8:45am

Sydney Film Festival is returning for its 63rd year in 2016, and organisers have now revealed the first 26 films on the program as a teaser for what's to come.

 

The full program will feature more than 250 films screening across 12 days in the Sydney CBD and suburban centres, but the teaser announcement offers plenty for cinephiles to enjoy already.

 

Following last...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:02pm

The Northern New South Wales town of Bellingen is again set to host the Bello Winter Music Fesival, and now organisers have locked in a lineup.

 

Following on from its 2015 success, this year's edition will feature the following artists:

 

Willie Watson

Jeff Lang

Kylie Auldist

Tijuana Cartel

Mojo Juju

L-Fresh The Lion

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Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 2:55pm

As if year's Vivid Music lineup wasn't epic enough, Carriageworks is set to host a music, video and light experience from Fuzzy - the promoter behind Field Day, Listen Out and Harbourlife - called Curve Ball.

 

Headlining the day will be the enigmatic ZHU and Sydney twin producers Cosmo's Midnight, with the remaining spots rounded out by the likes of Basenji, JOY., Nicole Millar...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 12:10pm

The Presets have teamed up with House Of Mince to create a brand new one-day music festival called Last Exit.

 

The first ever Last Exit is the brainchild of Kim and Jules of The Presets, who've been so busy working on their new album that they "felt like getting out of the studio for a party".

 

Featuring some of the biggest up-and-coming names in house and techno...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 12:01pm

The 19th annual Sydney Writers' Festival has just announced its full lineup of international and local authors.

 

This year's Sydney Writers' Festival will feature more than 400 Australian and 60 international writers, poets, illustrators and more giving talks across more than 65 venues, with novelist and perfomer Kate Tempest set to give the opening address.

 

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Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 10:35am

David Stratton is curating a restrospective program of films directed by the one and only Martin Scorsese during this year's Sydney Film Festival.

 

The Sydney Film Festival will present 'Essential Scorsese: Selected By David Stratton'. The program will contain ten specially imported 35mm prints of Scorsese films. Stratton, who held the position of festival director from 1966 to...

Posted 29 Mar 2016 @ 6:18pm

Reviewed on Thursday March 24 – Sunday March 28 (main photo by AirSwing Media)

 

As far as contemporary music goes, Bluesfest’s 2016 lineup may have been the finest Byron Bay has ever seen. Of course, this is a family-friendly festival that caters for everyone from hip local teens to the bring-your-own-deckchair crowd, and...

Posted 29 Mar 2016 @ 10:54am

Wollombi Music Festival, the family-friendly Hunter Valley event, has revealed the details of its 2016 lineup.

 

Alongside a plethora of musical genres spanning blues, punk, dub, alt-country and more, Wollombi each year hosts markets, workshops, a kids' festival and camping. As for the live music itself, the 2016 edition will feature:

 

Hot Potato Band

Lachy...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 11:27am

The 2016 Sydney Korean Festival program will be headlined by a UNESCO world heritage tightrope performance.

 

Saturday April 2 will see Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour transformed into a space for the 2016 Sydney Korean Festival.

 

There will be a host of Korean food stalls, various dance and music performances, handicraft activities, and a K-Pop World Festival...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 11:16am

South By Southwest: it's the holy grail of music festivals for both hopeful up-and-comers and established bands around the globe.

 

Every year in March, a legion of Aussies make the trip to Texas in search of a big break and an even bigger party. Now, Melbourne rockers Pretty City share with us their tour...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 10:31am

If being trapped on a boat with Boney M sounds like your version of fun, then this one's for you.

 

Lovers of '80s kitsch rejoice: next year's Cruise N Groove lineup has been designed with you very much in mind. One of the world's premiere cruise/music festival events, the voyage combines great tunes and the wide, wide open ocean.

 

The headliners for this year's...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 3:06pm

Staves Brewery, Glebe's own home of craft beer, is set to host an extravaganza of live music, comedy, lagers and ales as part of the suburb's Coloursound Festival this Easter.

 

The headline event is perhaps the Craft Beer Fight Club taking over Staves, in which competitors will include Feral Brewing Company, Merchant Brewing Co., Nomad Brewing Co. and Badlands Brewery.

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Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 12:41pm

Vivid Sydney has finally shed light on the 2016 edition of the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas.

 

Following on from the announcement of its full set of dates earlier this month, the program for the eighth Vivid Sydney has now been made public. The festival is split into...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 12:06pm

Come Together, the biggest all-Australian hip hop festival in Sydney, has announced the first round of acts on its 2016 lineup.

 

The 11th edition of Come Together will once again take over Luna Park as part of the Vivid Sydney program, and the first announcement includes some great homegrown talent indeed.

 

Perth's finest hip hop export, Drapht, will headline the...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 11:51am

Goodgod Small Club, the cult favourite clubbing location in Chinatown, is getting a revival this year as part of the 2016 Vivid LIVE lineup.

 

Goodgod, which was put up for sale last year and transformed by its new owners into the Plan B Small Club, is bringing back its short...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 11:45am

The 2016 edition of Vivid LIVE has has just dropped its massive lineup in full.

 

Set to take place from Friday May 27 through to Monday June 13 at the Sydney Opera House, the puzzle pieces of Vivid LIVE 2016 have begun to settle into place.

 

New Order, Bon Iver, Anohni, Onexhtrix Point Never, Esperanca Spalding and Ta-ku alongside Wafia head the live lineup. Other...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 11:14am

Get set for a month of side-splitting hilarity, and jokes about Donald Trump.

 

The 12th annual Sydney Comedy Festival is set to be the biggest and most diverse edition yet, with a slew of local acts to be mixed in with some of the most hilarious names in international comedy showing their wares across nine huge Sydney venues. 

 

Ross Noble, Arj Barker, Stephen K...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 12:40pm

After originally using crowd funding to raise income for what was first toted as a Soundwave replacement, Legion Festival has officially come into its own right - locking in their first outing, slated for early next year.  

 

While the event will no longer be crowdfunded, Legion organisers have said that initial pledges helped get the festival off the ground and secure the...

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 12:34pm

The second edition of Sydney's Irish Film Festival will run across four huge days and nights at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.

 

Providing a window into contemporary Irish culture, the 2016 Irish Film Festival will play host to eight specialty films across four dates in April. Starting with the Opening Gala on Thursday April 7, the festival shines light on contemporary Ireland...

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