Red Bull Music Academy Weekender
Soak up the sounds of Flight Facilities backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, hear from house music legend Larry Heard or learn how to build your own soundsystem. Whatever your electronic music persuasion is, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender has four packed days of events to get you dancing.
The Sydney musicians you need to know
There’s a heck of a lot of talent in this fine city – from local stalwarts and familiar faces to up-and-comers just breaking through. We scoured Sydney to showcase some of that talent. Because live music is a little like Tinker Bell – the more you believe in it, the stronger it becomes.
Where to see free live music every night of the week
Liven up your Tuesday with some old school funk or or get yourself through hump day at a mid-week gig. Whatever night you choose, there's plenty of free live concerts every night of the week to get you groovin', right across the city and its surrounds.
Sydney's best party crews
They bring world-class DJs and producers to our shores, host parties at pubs, clubs, carparks, warehouses, basements and rooftops, and make our music and cultural festivals pop with talent.
Sydney tours you've got to book
The Vengaboys have gone from New York to San Francisco, and now they will be bringing their intercity disco to Sydney. The '90s Euro pop outfit will be joined on stage by a flock on throwback artists including Tina Cousins (the voice behind the early 2000s hits 'Wonderful Life' and 'Pray'), American house hero Crystal Waters, DJ Sammy (yep, the DJ behind some of the biggest Euro dance covers like 'Heaven'), Whigfield (remember 'Sexy Eyes'?), Britain's Sonique and finally, Australia's own one-hit-wonder and pop treasure, Joanne (aka Jack-Jack-Jackie!) So boom, boom, boom get in that room (well, the Big Top) for a night of cheesy pop that's big on the fun factor and low on the cool factor (but who cares, when you can dance to the Vengabus?)
Earlier this spring, Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell – better known as wildly beloved Australian production duo Flight Facilities – surprised everybody with a crash landing of sorts. After years of speculation and even Hugo’s insistence that it would only happen when they were “both in wheelchairs and nobody cares anymore,” they had finally completed a debut album. Till now, Flight Facilities has been known primarily for slinky singles featuring an array of female vocalists – stuff like 2010’s ‘Crave You’ (recorded with Sydney’s Giselle Rosselli) or ‘Claire De Lune’, the 2012 smash featuring American singer Christine Hoberg. The tracks came at a trickle, earning the boys a reputation for being either incredibly sluggish or overly perfectionistic. But maybe both assumptions were false. “Not enough people wait to create demand for albums,” says Hugo. “That was the first thing we wanted to do. The second was to not tell anyone we were doing it in the first place, because then you only create nine months of stress and anticipation for yourself and your fans on the basis of knowing.” Down to Earth opens with ambient noises meant to ape an airport terminal – the whoosh of departing jets, whirring propellers, clicking heels, the dulcet dings of a xylophone and a cheeky announcement that directs listeners to “move about the cabin as much as possible” and “be sure to loosen those belts”. “We wanted to let people know they’re in for a listening experience,” explains Hugo. “We already
Your guide to Sydney's music scene
Now in its final days we asked some of those closest to Goodgod to share their favourite memories of the Small Club that's had a big impact on Sydney's nightlife and culture Sydney's favourite basement danceteria has been dishing out late night good times for almost six years. A haven of dancefloor antics, fruity cocktails, vibrant personalities and no phone reception that was as inclusive as it was diverse and forward-thinking, while still maintaining an emphasis on unpretentious fun. As owners Jimmy and Hana move on from the Liverpool Street venue (but watch this space, there's plans for Goodgod in 2016, just not as a traditional club) we salute you, Goodgod Small Club. Andrew Levins It’s possible that I’ve spent more time inside Goodgod Small Club than Jimmy and Hana themselves, so picking a favourite memory from the thousands of amazing ones is borderline impossible. I can say though that nothing beat those first few visits in 2010, as the club filled with new structures and artwork and made the transition from La Campana to Goodgod. With every new addition we realised what a special place this was going to be. Andrew Boon My fave Goodgod memory would have to be one of the first nights I'd ever been down to the venue for one of the early Ro Sham Bo parties. We stayed until the end, and as was tradition 'Come On Eileen' played as the final song of the night. There was about 25-30 of us, all in a circle linking arms and doing a massive kick line dur
Sydney's best music tees
The Lulu Raes The embroided logo and a choice between grey marle or black makes this #chic #minimal band tee a top notch option. Accessorise with on trend legionnaire cap. The Completely Boys Ring 1800-Completely-Boys for this Drake-infused, high quality tee. Rüfüs Ü know Ü want one of these Sticky Fingers Celebrate the Sti-Fi with this illustrated tee Seekae The Sound of Trees Falling On People bear, on a tee? Sure.
The best music venues in Sydney
The best music shops in Sydney
We know that Spotify and itunes gives us access to vast amounts of music at the click of a button, but there's something wonderful about going out and purchasing a physical album, taking it home and playing it to death. Here are the places you can still indulge in the old ways of comsuming music - your ears will thank you.
Meet the crew: One Day
For anyone not already familiar with One Day, who are you?Adit: We're a group of friends that started as a crew of various rap groups. We make music and we throw parties. Joyride: We're pretty good at both.Why did it start?Adit: It started because like all humans we're highly social animals. We like to do things together and we are stronger for it. We like doing those things with like minded people. We're all boys from way back. For example, our album Mainline came about literally because we all wanted to tour together cos it'd be fun, and we thought having some more songs to perform would be a good idea. A lit convo or two may have also contributed. We all want to make our mark, and this is yet another vehicle for us to do so.Joyride: As anthropological as our exploits may seem, we are also driven by the idea of legacy. We have a shared vision of what our impact on wider society can be, and it manifests itself in our parties, music and respective personal brands. What's your end goal when you're organising an event/party?Adit: Maximise dancing subject to budget constraint.What most excites you about changing things up from the One Day parties to One Day Only?Adit: Controlling the music at a party is one of the best ways of ensuring a good time. One of us will try to do this at any event you may find us at, whether it's a house party, kick on, or even someone else's DJ gig. One Day Only is a realisation of this at the festival level. It's also an incredibly humbling fee
A letter to Sydney
Hey Sydney, how’re you holding up? We know it’s been a rough year. In 2014 they came for your nightlife and you’ve been holding on for dear life since then, trying to stem the fun loss after dark. But you couldn’t save them all. The Flinders was the first to slink off into the night in the early days of 2015. Gone was the home of late night indie party jams and vodka Red Bulls, the home that had taken over when the Abercrombie went to the big pub in the sky. You also lost your grip on the underground party bunker Spice Cellar. You tried so hard to pull them back to safety, but even a change of venue to the Imperial Hotel couldn’t save the late night techno raves. The best weekly punk rock parties, queer nights, indie dance-offs and midnight Jenga were stolen from you in one massive hit when the Exchange Hotel shut down, taking Q Bar, Spectrum, Phoenix and Nevada Lounge. That was a low blow. But we were proud of the way you still got up off the mat. There were little rays of hope that meant you didn’t have to pack away your dancing shoes just yet. Bad Deep triumphantly launched all night parties at the Sly Fox in Enmore, One Day Sundays continued to throw the biggest hip hop Sunday sessions in the city and GoodGod was channeling the Little Engine that Could. But there wasn’t enough steam in the tank at the end of the day, and we’ve had to say goodbye to the greatest mini underground club in the city. All is not lost because Plan B will be taking over the site with fresh bl
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The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of robust, challenging and inspirational discussion with compelling speakers from around the world. We have six double passes up for grabs to the session Why Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Stan Grant. This one will be a conversation starter – that's for sure. Each double pass includes a mysterious haze cocktail per person at Opera Bar and a FODI-inspired mystery meal at Opera Kitchen (vegan and vegetarian options available). To enter, simply sign up to the Time Out Newsletter (your ultimate social planner) before 10am, Wednesday September 1. Already a subscriber? No issues. You can still enter the competition – and we promise not to send you multiple newsletters. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now! Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions.
Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra
Beloved Australian singer, trumpeter, songwriter and performer Vince Jones has assembled a crack squad of Australian jazz musicians, with musical direction and piano by Matt McMahon, to form the Astral Orchestra. This super-group of local legends will, for one night only, take on Van Morrison's seminal late '60s and early '70s albums Astral Weeks and Moondance. These are the records that turned Morrison into Van the Man, and gave us 'Madame George' and 'Into the Mystic'. Not only were both albums critically acclaimed (although, for Astral Weeks, the road to recognition was a slow one) they were also hugely influenential for a young Vince Jones. This show at Angel Place's City Recital Hall follows two sold out performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, so act fast. Astral Orchestra full lineup: Matt McMahon – piano and music directorBen Hauptman – guitarBrett Hirst – bassJames Hauptman – drumsPhil Slater – trumpetPaul Cutlan - saxaphone and fluteMichelle O'Young – violinStephanie Zarka – violinJustine Clarke – vocals
Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
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