Sunset Sessions at Cockatoo Island

People sitting at tables on Cockatoo Island with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.
Photograph: Supplied / Harbour Trust

Time Out says

Get your Saturday nights started with sunsets, songs and storytelling

Jump on the ferry to Cockatoo Island for a night of chilled acoustic performances with a banging city backdrop. Sunset Sessions – previously known as Campfire Sessions – will share intimate songs and stories from up-and-coming artists on the island lawn on Saturday evenings from November 23-March 28.

The line-up includes bluesy folk artists like Alice Terry and Billie McCarthy at the first sun-soaked dusk performance, then experimental indie-folk from Bonnie Stewart, jazz classics re-worked into retro rock by Mary Heart, Josh Cashman’s floaty pop and more over the course of 12 Sunset Sessions. 

Each evening will feature two artists, but there will also be a special extended show on November 30 featuring First Nations artists. Hear experiment strings from North American duo Bow and Arrow, and Aboriginal and Ni-Vanuatu acoustic roots and reggae sounds from singer-songwriter Evie J Willie. Dance collective Indigenous Enterprise will also be performing traditional cultural practices from North America.

It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, but if you forget your basket there are cheese and charcuterie packs plus drinks by the island’s resident eatery, Marina Café & Bar.


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