The Darlinghurst mini fest unites live music venues, local businesses and musos to foster a day of musical discovery
Brighton Up Bar, the Cliff Dive, the Burdekin and Oxford Art Factory may all serve quite different functions on Oxford Street… Usually, you'd head to Brighton Up to discover emerging indie rock talent; go to the Burdekin to catch a six-hour techno set; skip back over the road to get down to R'n'B jams with a well-made mojito in hand at TCD; and at OAF you’d probably be grooving along to a local electronic producer or catching a festival sideshow. But for two days in August, the four venues will be uniting to present Volumes, a mini festival of music and visual treats.
Festival curator and director James Spink, explains that the event, which is now in its second year, came from a desire to breathe life back into the heart of Oxford Street. With the lockouts impinging on a live music-goer’s ability to navigate their way through venues, Volumes serves as an antidote to those restrictions. “It’s not as easily accessible as it used to be – you can’t just bounce around and see different artists.” To this end, the festival will encourage punters to move between venues across the two days. Each serving up a curated mix of local record labels, collectives, bands and artists taking over the soundsystems and stages.
Spink remains positive that the emerging talent underpinning Sydney at the moment, “It’s an exciting time for emerging bands and the new talent in Sydney and Australia.” Alongside the programming there'll be local artists curating visual elements and interactive experiences. “We’re working with young visual artists from around Sydney to develop installations in the spaces.”
It’s that element of collaboration that initially sparked the idea for the festival back in 2015, Spink explains. “It creates a special event, not just for the audience but also for the bands playing as well.” And in a small scene like Sydney, that’s a top-notch formula for a good time.
Three to see:
While the full line-up has a huge 40 different artists on it, make sure you catch these guys among the busy schedule
His single ‘Queensberry Rules’ has been on high rotation in the Time Out offices and we can’t wait to see it in a live setting.
This Sidechains crew favourite crafts club-ready bangers with sharp strings and snappy synths.
The Future Classic signed beatmaker produces spaced out soundscapes that’ll be sure to complement the festival’s visual installations.