SOFAR Sounds - Songs From A Room
It seems like Sydney is slowly but surely becoming more of a creative hub with cultural and social events becoming more the norm – and it's about time that Sydney finally makes it's mark. To add to this, Sofar Sounds is making life that little bit more interesting in Sydney with secret concerts held in living-rooms and backyards every month or so.
From its beginnings in London 2009, Sofar Sounds has become a global movement in over 50 different cities bringing artist and audience closer together. The movement has been a success in exposing and promoting local and emerging artists of all genres.
On Saturday night Sofar Sounds held another mini concert in our very own up and coming Inner West suburb, Marrickville. The setlist included UK's Tom Staniford and local bands Smaal Cats and The Baby Lips and Silhouettes. With a small $10 donation (going towards the artists and the event) at the door, people gathered together in the backyard, sitting on their own cushions and enjoying their BYO goodies. The intimate atmosphere allows for an experience where you're reminded that they too are just people.
I felt at home, and I don't mean that because there was an iconic Hills Hoist clothesline in the yard and a tin shed out back. No. I felt at home because there I was, perched on the roof watching over such a quiet yet warm and relaxed crowd. I could see people cuddled together, leaning on each other's shoulders, drinking, eating, watching and listening. It was nice to witness such a sight and the sense of community that comes out at events like this. So, thank you Sofar Sounds.
Two of the Sydney volunteer organizers that we really should thank are Camila and Therese. Their focus on keeping Sofar Sounds raw, exciting and intimate is definitely apparent with the small number of invites and having the venue and program disclosed until just before the event. I can however give a hint, that the next one may just be of the rooftop type. Just maybe... ;)
SOFAR SOUNDS (The name stands for “Songs From A Room”)
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By Lauren Hansom
Photography By Daniel Knott