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, 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; 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 one day in August, the three venues will be uniting to present Volumes, a mini festival of music and visual treats.
Showcasing more than 50 diverse Australian artists, labels, and collectives, the one-day event lets you grab a pretty rigorous aural snapshot of local music scenes. One ticket gives you access to all the venues, where you’re likely to crawl through genres faster than an inexperienced wedding DJ. Catch a guitar band at one place and end up thrusting glow sticks in the air to some throbbing acid house. Line-up highlights include scrappy pop girl band Body Type, jubilant ’80s-inflected goths Orion, complicated and fun techno from Lucy Cliche, Balearic beat homage from Retiree and so, so much more.