This huge exhibition exploring the Rolling Stones’ rise to stardom and their subsequent impact on pop culture, rock’n’roll, fashion and art is an exclusive Sydney event. It’s setting up at its only Australian destination, the International Convention Centre, from November 17 until February 3, 2019. It will feature more than 500 items from throughout the band’s career, including vintage guitars, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, and the personal diaries and letters of the Stones themselves. Their style, which definied a generation of rock fans wardrobes, will be on show, with clothing items worn by the band members from the ’60s till today on display. These will be accompanied by articles from designers who were inspired by or dressed the group, including Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, L’Wren Scott, Mr Fish and more. If you’ve lived under a rolling stone (sorry) for the last 50 years and aren’t clued up about this genre-defining rock group, the exhibition curators are adamant that you’ll still enjoy your experience. There’s 190 original Stones-inspired artworks from the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bailey and John Pasche to enjoy, alongside an interactive sound deck and recording studio, a film screening narrated by Martin Scorsese, video elements throughout the exhibit and a big 3D concert finale. The premiere exhibit in London was touted as a wild success, and the US tour of the collection saw similar reviews. Let’s hope Sydney gets just
Bringing together local artists and groups from around Australia, Midnight Sun offers Sydney’s insomniacs, night-owls and nocturnal mammals a late-night live music refuge. Laughing in the face of Sydney’s lockout laws and championing the local music scene, these Friday night parties don’t kick off until 11pm, with performances starting at 11.30pm. There’s a new setlist every week, sometimes featuring solo artists or acting as a stage for a mini-festival of musicians. The program covers everything from alt-rock to soul jazz, indie-pop and hip hop, and will occasionally operate like an open-mic night. While this is a City of Sydney funded initiative, the local music legend-makers FBi Radio are the musical masterminds behind the project, along with Young Henry’s, who’ll sling a free tinnie to the first 50 punters in the doors. It all goes down at Foundry616, which is a jazz club just on the edge of Chinatown. Entry is $10, so it’s a great opportunity to explore some new music on a shoestring.
Sydney’s live music scene has a little extra pep thanks to Kittyhawk’s decision to start hosting jazz and swing every week. Every Thursday and Saturday you’ll be able to see some of Australia’s best bands and vocalists on stage – past performers include Kate Wadey, the Corridors, the Finer Cuts, the Cope Street Parade and Adam Pringle. The Liberation Day-themed bar’s old-world vibe is a pitch-perfect backdrop for jazz and, as a bonus, they mix some seriously good cocktails here. Best of all, it’s completely free, so all you need to do is turn up, snag a seat as close to the stage as you can, and order a rum and rye Old Fashioned as you wait for the sweet tunes to begin.
The quarterly retro market at Sydney Uni is a meeting place for people who love vintage, vinyl and classic cars, but on November 25, it’ll also be a haven for Christmas-mad shoppers. For the festive edition of the markets, they’ll uphold their highly regarded selection of stallholders, featuring rock 'n' roll-inspired vintage fashion to books, art, homewares, records and other collectibles. Each market has a different music line-up, from to honky tonk to rockabilly tunes. This edition will see country-punk rockers, the Jonny’s perform beside the Porkers who’ll be rocking some reggae-infused tracks, along with traditional honky-tonk and rockabilly classics from the Cruisin’ Deuces and the Western Distributors. In between performances, you can take swing-dancing lessons for $11 per person (no experience necessary) and kids under 12 can enter the market free of charge.