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SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Sydney Festival Live Review: LIMBO - The Famous Spiegeltent, Festival Village (09.01.14)

Following years of successful cabaret "house shows" at the Sydney Festival's Famous Spiegeltent, it should come of little surprise that this year's production LIMBO is set to follow in the footsteps of critical and box office smashes like Cantina and Smoke & Mirrors. Well, we certainly can't predict a sell out season, but we can tell you one thing: this is THE must see show of the festival and we would definitely get our hands on tickets before word spreads and they all fly out the door. If they haven't already that is...

Sydney Festival Live Review: Lee Fields & The Expressions - The Spiegeltent, Festival Village (09.01.14)

The prolific multi-decade career of soul legend Lee Fields places him as one of the more historic acts on this year’s greatly varied Sydney Festival line-up; a festival that has managed to pull icons like Al Green in 2010, and Chaka Khan this year, along to our shores. Soul has indeed been a focal point for this festival, and the curators only seem to entertain authentic trips back to the genre’s heyday.

Sydney Festival Live Review: Amanda Palmer - The Spiegeltent, Festival Village (09.01.14)

Amanda Palmer is so much at once that it’s often hard to tell which way one of her gigs is going to go. This year’s Sydney Festival has the forward-thinking musician doing a run of intimate performances in the otherworldly The Spiegeltent, the centrepiece for the huge Festival Village in Hyde Park. Palmer makes her love for our country no secret, as such she has a healthy stock of local friends who will be dropping in and out of her gigs, ensuring surprises for those who feel the need to see her multiple times; after how great this performance was, I am probably going to be one of those people.

Sydney Festival Photo Gallery: LIMBO - The Famous Spiegeltent, Festival Village (09.01.13)

The house show of Sydney Festival this year is an incredible production going by the name of LIMBO. The full review will be online shortly, but in the meantime enjoy these photos from opening night at The Spiegeltent. Performances continue nightly (except Mondays) until the close of the festival. Photos by Prudence Upton.

Sydney Festival Live Review: Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers - The Spiegeltent, Festival Village (08.01.13)

In the now classic song* by Sydney band The Beards, it's exclaimed "There's Nothing Better Than Having a Beard". What Canadian troubadour Ben Caplan proved in his Sydney Festival opening set, accompanied by his band The Casual Smokers, is that a) this is true and b) it's even better when that beard can play some sweet music, make a room of grown men (some with beards) and women sigh (more on that later) and is accompanied by three incredibly talented fellow musicians. This was the night (or, early evening if we're going to be technical here) that Ben came to town, sold out the Spigeltent and christened Sydney Festival open for business for 2014. And boy was it good.

14 Performances You Can't Miss at Sydney Festival 2014!

From mirrors in the streets, to bullets in your teeth, Sydney Festival will have it all when it kicks off this Thursday night. But let's face it - there's just too much to choose from! So to help, we've listed 14 performances and attractions you can't miss at Sydney Festival 2014!

the AU interview: Ryan Grieve of Canyons (Perth/Sydney) talks 100 Million Nights at Sydney Festival and Perth Festival 2014!

Canyons are willing to get up, about and all crazy in a live setting most of the time (as are most bands on the Modular label), but the last year has seen a different type of performance from them as a group. Throughout this year, the outfit has performed 100 Million Nights - a slightly more immersive collaboration - with artist Daniel Boyd at various festivals around the country in 2013. They’ll continue to perform the project through to the middle of this year with the latest performance to happen at the upcoming Sydney Festival. Ryan Grieve from the duo chatted to Philippe Perez about the collaboration.

the AU interview: Mick Turner (Melbourne)

Not long before he released his new record, Don't Tell the Driver (available now), I caught up with Mick Turner, best known for his work as part of Dirty Three to talk about his music, his art, touring with Bill Callahan and much more... Mick will be playing Sydney Festival on January 23rd.

the AU interview: Danik Abishev from Sydney Festival's LIMBO

Ahead of the premiere next week of LIMBO as part of Sydney Festival, I spoke to Danik Abishev about his role in the show described as a "dirty and dangerous circus-cabaret". Danik, meanwhile, is described as an "aggressive hand balancer". Find out what that means and more about the show in this interview!