A marathon music festival is taking over City Recital Hall next month. Extended Play will bring a big line-up of new music to City Recital Hall for 12 hours of continuous music featuring artists from every genre imaginable – and then some. From noon on Saturday August 25 until midnight, City Recital Hall will be buzzing with 20 local and international artists, transforming the venue into an immersive experience in sonic exploration. Headlining the explorative festival are the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who are flying in from New York to share their dynamic brand of classical-jazz-experimental-world-rock with Sydneysiders. We’re also keen to hear the closing act, a 90-minute DJ set from the Stereogamous duo (that’s Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour). Can’t get enough of the soul-restoring sounds of Philip Glass? Extended Play will feature songs from the composer, known for his countless compositions and film scores (he even won a Golden Globe for The Truman Show). There will also be works by established Australian writers like Elena Kats-Chernin and Peter Sculthorpe, plus the chance to hear songs from our top new talents. Everything from classical and jazz to rock and world music will feature at Extended Play, with the uniting factor being that everything you hear is cutting edge, innovative and nothing like what you hear on the average radio channel. There’s nothing fuddy or duddy about the festival so prepare to leave your preconceived notions of music etiquette at the door and
After a successful inaugural event last year, Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool will return for another street celebration of music, art and food showcasing the rejuvenated city centre. This year, Railway Street will be coloured with public art, carnival games, and stalls of designer and handmade goods presented by the Westies Markets. Local businesses along the strip will become part of the festivities, beside more of Liverpool’s favourite eateries in food truck form, and a curated music and performance program of local and international acts. Australian dance crew Shaun Parker and Company will step up to the mainstage for multiple performances, where they’ll show of a routine inspired by Western Sydney. Their bold bouts of choreography will be interspersed with sets by artists including Manutabu, who’ll get the good times rolling with funk and R’n’b, followed by the groove-rock melodies of Gang of Brothers and an amalgamation of jazz, reggae, hip hop and afro-funk sounds from nine-piece ensemble the Strides. The Museum of Contemporary Art will also be hosting an evening of art, music and performance for young adults at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 5-8pm For the food-focused market browsers, there’ll be fried chicken from the Dirty Bird stall and the Berlin Bangers’ mobile will top their mighty wursts with your favourite combo of mustard and crisp fried onions. Move onto Thai, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Fijian flavours for a menu as diverse as the Western
The indie broadcaster has been there for Sydney-made music since day dot, keeping to their promise to support Australian musicians as they break through to the mainstream and giving a platform to local arts and culture every day. In that 15 years since its first broadcast in 2003, FBi Radio has become a cultural institution and they’re celebrating that teenage milestone with a festival, fundraiser and birthday bash all in one. The three-stage party at Manning House will feature exclusively Australian acts, headlined by Australian Music Prize winners Cloud Control, psychedelic punk-rock group Tropical Fuck Storm, hip hop powerhouse Sampa the Great and CC:DISCO!. The line-up is a nod to the radio station’s history and their commitment to the industry. There will be performances by cosmic prog rock explosion and FBi favourite JAALA (pictured) and the unapologetic Brisbane rapper Miss Blanks, plus, Sydney femme-powered quartet Body Type, Western Sydney’s hip hop star Kwame, and metal band DISPOSSESSED, who sing in English and Gumbaynggirr. Not forgetting FBi’s very own Andy Garvey and Adi Toohey, who’ll keep the party going, along with sets from Melbourne two-piece Divide & Dissolve, powerful techno magician Jensen Interceptor, Stereogamous, Heaps Gay DJs and many others. Come show your support to the local heavyweights and the influential broadcaster.
Returning with a whopping line-up of ’00s musical legends, the next R’nB Fridays Live is bringing out eight-time Grammy Award winner Usher, ‘Turn Down For What’ party starter Lil Jon, Salt-N-Pepa, T-Pain, ‘Mr. Steal Your Girl’ Trey Songz, Eve and ‘American Boy’ Estelle. Plus, Naughty By Nature (‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’), multi-platinum-selling Ginuwine (‘Pony’), Next (who could forget ‘Wifey’?) and Fatman Scoop – because, of course. All killer, no filler.
Run by the folks behind the wonderland music festival Lost Paradise, this family-friendly incarnation returns to the Domain in October. The headline act will be home-grown talent Tash Sultana, who will be performing in Australia for the first time since releasing her debut album, Flow State. Her EP Notion was streamed 175 million times and earnt her four ARIA award nominations. Meg Mac will also be rolling up her sleeves for a powerful performance, alongside Kiwi singer-songwriter Marlon Williams. Odette, Sons of the East trio and ten-piece brass outfit Hot Potato Band complete the impressive line-up. This balmy afternoon in the Domain presents the perfect opportunity for a picnic, and if you don’t feel like catering yourself, leave it up to the food trucks on site. There’ll be grazing appropriate Italian snacks from the Dolphin and Bondi’s Rocker, and a bar to fuel your dancing feet. Since it’s a family affair, there will also be activities to keep the kids entertained. They can bounce between face-painting, sack races, tug-of-war, clown shows and right onto the jumping castle. For festival goers with tiny tots: kids under three get in for free.