The Christmas and New Years sales hit us hard, and as we overturn all our cushions, pull apart our couches and scavenge through our old jeans and bags in search for any loose change we can't seem to find anything but lint, buttons, and gum wrappers. Well I guess we'll just have to stay in this weekend, right?
Don't give up! Backyard Opera has you covered! From Thursday to Sunday we'll show you the best happenings around Sydney to get you though the weekend without breaking bank.
Thursday: Funki Porcini - Sydney Festival
DJ James Braddell (UK), quizzically nicknamed Funki Porcini will be hitting the decks for a late night party this Thursday at The Famous Spiegeltent for the Sydney Festival, and he only has one mission in mind; take partygoers into the night with cinematic soundscapes and laid-back breaks. The master of downtempo beats and bedroom-eyed jazz will be playing his unique blend of Jazz, Breakbeat and Downtempo with plenty of the hip hop, drum and bass, stretched vocals and sampling elements that make him so fascinating and inventive.
The Famous Spiegeltent, 11:30pm, Tickets $30(+bf)
Friday: Velvet Cave Presents Animal Majik
The Velvet Cave is one of those once in a blue moon events so you're definitely not going to want to miss this one! With $5 beers and spirits, and $15 buckets it's not going to break your budget and it's a damn good party. Featuring national and international DJ's spinning the best tracks in acid, psych, glam and disco, come down to Club 77 this Friday for some good times.
Club 77, $10 entry, 9pm-6am, Facebook event
Friday: Jagwar Ma at the Metro Theatre
2013 turned out to be a Godsend for Jagwar Ma. Surprisingly enough, they actually live up to all the hype cast around them! Catch them at the Metro with support from JONTI and let them show you why their tripped-out beats, undeniable hooks and fuzzy psychedelia make them worthy of being called one of the most exciting live acts at the moment.
Metro Theatre, 7:30pm Tickets $33.70(+bf)
If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Pleasurekraft live then you know exactly what I'm talking about, but for everyone else, let me explain something to you. Pleasurekraft are two gentlemen from the USA who make seductive, groove heavy underground techno house music. They are simultaneously the most intrinsic and scholarly experience out there and they're playing at World Bar!
Supported by some of the finest homegrown talent that Australia has to offer, Pleasurekraft will be playing a massive 4 hour set, with doors opening around 9pm. Every time Pleasurekraft have played in Sydney it's always been a crazy event, so put on your dancing shoes and get this on your mind.
World Bar, 9pm, Tickets $20(+bf)
Sunday: The Beach Ball
Take one great beach, add all of the hottest national and international music acts, mix with a brilliant party and stir to combine. What does that give you? A fantastic explosion of the Notting Hill Carnival, LA's Do-Over and paradise in the Beach Ball.
This week CASSIAN and SI, along with hosts DANGEROUS DAN and brother BENI will be spinning tracks for you, so forget about Church, forget about brunch, and forget about your "Lazy Sunday". Get yourself together and get yourself down to Beach Road Hotel for the best party of summer with surprise guests and DJ's every week, and a "No Rules!" music policy!
Entry is free, but make sure you RSVP first!
Beach Road Hotel, 4pm, RSVP here
All Weekend: War is Over! (IF You Want It) - Yoko Ono
For those of you who may not be in the partying mood, but still want to get out this weekend, Backyard Opera recommends you head down to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and take a gander at the Yoko Ono art installation. Here for her first retrospective in Australia Yoko Ono has brought her most famous pieces along, including her "Wish Tree" series (for which she has collected over a million individual wishes for), in pursuit of her goal to mend a damaged world. Ono's artworks have never failed to appeal to our imaginations; they are an optimistic drive through which we are able to see a better future and how to work towards it.
So please, for the sake of the future go see this exhibition!
MCA, The Rocks, Mon-Wed 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, Tickets $9.70-$19.90, Website
By Gabriella Khouri