Can you believe it’s already April? It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and saying goodbye to 2013. If there’s one lesson we should all learn, it’s that as we get older time is slipping past us faster and faster. No more waiting, we have no excuses left!
Take a look below at the tasty new things happening this week in Sydney. It’s a busy one!
Thursday: Art Of Turntablism
Hosted by legendary DJ Samrai (winner of both the DMC & ITF National Championships) is this 3-hour workshop on the art of “Turntablism” (“manipulating sounds and creating music using direct-drive turntables and a DJ mixer”). DJ Samrai will be delivering one-on-one coaching on techniques such as scratch (and all variations – baby scratch, stab scratch, crab scratch etc.), and introductions into the equipment, Scratch DJ’s, Club DJ’s and Turntablists, with a Q&A to finish.
Work-Shop, 6:30pm, $60(+bf), Tickets, Website
Friday: Japan Music Festival 2014
This Friday, The Roller Den will play host to four of Japan’s most adored live J-Rock, J-Alt and J-Pop bands on what is the first of an annual event, bringing Tokyo’s underground nightlife and culture to Australia.
The festival is promoted by Sonny King (bassist of Melbourne rock band Lucy’s Crown) and features Jill, 101A, Sparky Quano, and Kaimokujisho on the bill, all setting out to represent the large range of sound the underground music scene of Japan provides.
The Roller Den, 7:30pm, $18.90, Tickets, Facebook Event
Saturday: Newtown Hotel Cider Fair
Featuring 25 different ciders – Bilpin, Kirin, Hills Cider + many more - in a range of flavours is the Newtown Hotel’s Cider Fair! The Cider Yard will be transformed into a sort of fair ground, with stalls situated around the cider tree, with the ciders served in small tasting glasses. You can also expect live performances from some of Sydney’s most hailed folk acts, with Betty Oswald and Achoo Bless You among the line up.
Best of all, it’s completely free! However, tokens for cider tastings must be purchased at the bar on the day.
Newtown Hotel, 1pm, Free, Facebook Event
Sunday: Soul of Sydney Block Party
Soul of Sydney is an independent, artist run collective established in November 2009, who have bonded by a love of ‘funk’ based music. The collective consists of musicians, DJ’s, producers, dancers and designers and their main objective is to promote and support the music and street culture in Sydney.
The Soul of Sydney Block Party is a monthly endeavour by the group, providing an afternoon of soul, funk, disco, jazz, and golden era hip-hop in a secret location. The sessions include DJ’s, B-boys and B-girls, open decks and open mic opportunities, and music from live bands.
Secret Location, 12pm-9pm, $10(+bf), Tickets, Website
All Weekend: Audi Festival of German Films 2014
Presented by the Goethe-Institut in partnership with Palace Cinemas, the 2014 Audi Festival of German Films brags a selection of 50+ German language films, as well as lectures, special screenings, parties and Q&As. The program for this year holds more of a historical focus, with 2014 marking a significant centennial.
Highlights comprise of Marc Rothemund’s The Girl with Nine Wings (centered around a young woman struggling through a cancer diagnosis), Jan-Ole Gerster’s black and white drama/comedy Oh Boy (recipient of the top prize at the 2013 German Film Awards), and a live multimedia performance piece by Berlin cabaret band The Beez.
For a full program list see the festival website.
Palace Cinemas, Until Friday 11th April, $12-$20, Website
All Weekend: Cloud Control
Blue Mountain’s alt-rock jammers Cloud Control are joining forces with Corona for a special bunch of free acoustic shows. The bands sophomore 2013 album, Dream Cave, was a move from their first release, and the acoustic sound should be another experimental shift. The gigs are set to be stripped back and unplugged, popping up at bars, pubs, and hotels all along the east coast. The Blue Mountains outfit are also releasing Dream Cave Unplugged, presenting stripped back versions of the Dream Cave album.
Sydney dates are as follows:
Friday 4th April, 6.30pm, Coogee Bay Hotel
Friday 4th April, 10pm, Manly Wharf Hotel
Saturday 5th April, 2pm, Bucket List Shop, Bondi Beach
Saturday 5th April, 5.30pm, Newport Arms, Newport
Saturday 5th April, 9pm, Opera Bar, Circular Quay
Sunday 6th April 6.30pm, Northies (Old Joe’s), Cronulla
Various, Free, Website
All Weekend: The Standard Bowl Three-Day Bender Relaunch
The Standard was one of the most iconic live music venues in Sydney, gifting Sydney siders with quality live shows and headlining events featuring anyone from locals to international acts and even burlesque performances. Through and though it has been a hub for diversity, and it just got a whole lot better!
This weekend marks the opening of The Standard Bowl, a bowling alley with free live music. Although you won’t find Jeff Bridges or Steve Buscemi lurking around (if you don’t get that reference slap yourself immediately, and then go watch The Big Lebowski) The Standard Bowl have invited heaps of friends to celebrate this quirky idea!
Weekend line up as follows:
Thursday 3rd April, Wolf & Cub + Greta Mob
Friday 4th April, Palms + DJ set by Bris Sprinsteen (aka Jeremy Neale)
Saturday 5th April, Jenny Broke The Window + King Colour
The Standard Bowl, 6pm, Free, Facebook
By Gabriella Khouri