Surf Club Sundays

Music Free
People sitting inside at Redfern Surf Club
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Time Out says

Upgrade your Sunday sesh with a series of free gigs featuring some of Australia's freshest musos

One of Redfern’s coolest bars will soon be pumping to the beat of a new gig series, curated in partnership with FBi Radio. It's the first time Redfern Surf Club has hosted live music, but co-owners Yannick Maslard and Jade New are no strangers to Sydney’s music scene, having previously worked at Oxford Art Factory and the Future Music Festival respectively. After a year of hardship for many musicians, the pair are now offering a platform for top Sydney musos to reconnect with live audiences, establishing Redfern Surf Club as Sydney's newest gig room in the process. Best of all, every concert in this inaugural series will be absolutely free to attend. 

But don't be fooled by the non-existent price tag – this ain’t no open mic night. Every Sunday between May 16 and June 13, a roll call of Australia's most exciting ascendant artists, across a wide range of genres and influences, will showcase their talents on stage. This is a chance to experience the young creatives who are shaping the future of music in Australia, and you won't have the pay a cent for the privilege.

On May 16, 19-year-old Byron Bay-based pop prodigy May-A shares the spotlight with the dreamy R’n’B of Liyah Knight and D’Arcy Spiller’s mercurial indie vocals. The following Sunday, May 23, the series changes gear with the edgy hip-hop of Tasman Keith, the soulful strains of Ms Thandi and 15-year-old singer-songwriter and former The Voice Kids star, Mi-Kaisha. On May 30, things get loose with Mini Skirt, the maverick four-piece praised for their zero-fucks reimagining of Aussie rock’n’roll, alongside trippy punk outfit Research Reactor Corp, electro-rock trio Satanic Togas and the up-and-coming pop-rock foursome from Sydney’s Eastern Beaches, Gully Days. Retro-electro at its finest from Vlossom headlines the bill on June 6, along with the tight and trendy EDM of Kult Kyss and KYVA’s effortlessly beautiful chill-hop vibes. The series wraps on June 13 with a mammoth line-up including Palms, Royal Otis, Ruben Neeson, Tild and the Blamers, followed by an afterparty featuring local DJs.

As capacity limits apply, you will need to reserve your seat in advance.

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