Now that the cricket daze is over, get cracking on some of Sydney’s finest backyard entertainment this weekend. If you aren’t festival-ed out yet explore Marrickville’s Now Now festival featuring a savage bunch of international and local musicians and artists or there’s a range of world class acts on at the Sydney Festival starting on Thursday.
Thursday: The Abercrombie’s Last Night Ever ft. DJ Koze
Have a drink or ten and give the ex-Purple Sneakers joint a proper send-off. It will be the last time German DJ Koze plays on his Australian tour, and zoning in on the tearful demise of live music venues it will be the last time he (or anyone else for that matter) plays atone of our most beloved Broadway pubs.
9pm, The Abercrombie, Broadway, Tickets $25 (+bf), Facebook Event
Friday: Parra Opening Party, Sydney Festival
Parramatta’s street party with food, music (Hot Dub Time Machine!) and giant jellyfish will be the closest you’ll get to a neighborhood Brooklyn block party this summer, bar a red eye flight to NYC. They don’t happen often enough here so get involved in this one while it’s happening. It’s free and BYO.
6pm, Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta CBD, Free Event Page
Friday: Jimmy Sing & the Goodgod All Stars, Sydney Festival
Jimmy is a game changer scouting the newest exciting sounds and he happens to be the magnificent man behind Goodgod Small Club where handpicked Dj’s and musicians have infiltrated Sydney’s nightlife in the past few years. One half of the DJ team, Ro Sham Bo whose motto is ‘Confuse Di Dance’, Jimmy Sing (along with his pick of GoodGod DJ’s) will make it his prerogative to keep you on your toes well into the night.
8:30pm - 2:00am, Reckorderling Gazebo, Free, Sydney Festival
Saturday: Construct ft. The Finer Things (Victoria Kim, True North, TGMN)
Bass will be anchored at the Gladstone on Sunday with Sydney’s glorious underground duo Victoria Kim as well as True North, TGMN, James i.V. Stewart, Pearse Hawkins from the independent record label The Finer Things with Construct acts tearing up the outside with Actuator, Gilsun, Hatchscreen and Kieran Helmore.
9pm, The Gladstone Hotel, 115 Regent St Chippendale, Free, Facebook Event
Saturday: Half Moon Run
O Canada. Home of Arcade Fire, The Weekend and Drake. Thanks for bringing us another beauty of a band with Half Moon Run. No doubt you’ve heard ‘Full Circle’ on the radio from their debut album Dark Eyes. Support from Nova Heart and Tigertown (locals who played at last years sadly extinct Harvest Festival).
8pm, The Standard, Tickets $22 (+bf)
Sunday: Witness ft. Paleman, Oscar Key Sung, Black Vanilla
From the co-founder of OutsideIn Festival, Astral People’s Witness brings together their pick of the top local and international upcoming electronic DJ’s including Melbourne’s Oscar Key Sung and the UK’s recently discovered producer prodigy, Paleman on his first Australian tour. It’s the first of a tri-annual event and early bird tickets are already sold out.
The Factory Theatre, 2pm, Tickets
All Weekend: Impossible Art Installation
Ever felt the desire to dangle from the window of a building? No? Well regardless, a new perspective means that now you can. Snap up some photo ops of yourself defying gravity with Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich’s interactive architecture Merchants Store that has been touring the likes of London town and (ah) Paris (ooh la la).
Free, Darling Harbour, Sydney Festival Event Page
All Weekend: Now Now Festival
This 5-day festival brings together all the overlooked misfits of the world to expose their musical and artistic superpowers. Highlights include the incredibly well disciplined Splintered Orchestra playing on Friday whose 30+ members and lack of conductor that makes their electro improvisations uniquely fascinating.
The Red Rattler, Marrickville, Official Website
By Lauren Della Marta