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Sydney's Factory Theatre becomes new home for block party One Day Sundays

Sydney hip hop posse One Day are coming off a huge year, releasing their debut collaborative album Mainline and heading on a successful national tour. That is hardly the extent of how much they have grown though, just ask any hipster in Sydney's inner-west and they'll tell you that the group's regular block party, One Day Sundays (ODS), has quickly become the quintessential party in Sydney. In fact, ODS has become so popular so much that it has outgrown it's original hosting venue, Marrickville's Vic on the Park Hotel.

As such, One Day Sundays will now be making the very comfy move to The Factory Theatre, a venue which is more able to host the ever-growing block party. As One Day say themselves, they just want to "party with all of ya'll, and we want you to spend less time lining up, and more time turning up". The first One Day Sundays to kick off at their new home will take place on January 25th.

One Day Sundays began in February 2013 with the simple aim of creating a relaxed environment where people could just have a good time hanging out and dancing to tunes by the One Day DJs. Fast forward to now and you have people scrambling to get inside.

The very first One Day Sundays was a combined launch for Spit Syndicate's album Sunday Gentlemen and from there grew to include a rotating cast of guests including P-Money, DJ Izm, Dexter from The Avalanches, and more. Demand eventually pushed One Day to tour the party around Australia and they have now thrown over 30 parties in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and the parties spiritual home of Sydney.

There's no sign of slowing for One Day, as they have just confirmed dates for a Summer Run of One Days Sundays across Australia, locking in some pretty massive guests for each event.

Raph Dixon of One Day (and Jackie Onassis) had the following to say about the upcoming move while reflecting on his favourite One Day Sunday sessions.

At what point did you realise One Day Sundays was growing to the point where something like this would happen?

The bar lines have been getting pretty long over the last few months, but the last one we had to turn people away as there was a line of 300 people out the front of the venue - thankfully the new venue, The Factory, will be able to accommodate more people and there will be 4 bars - so far less lining up!

What are some of your fondest memories since you guys started One Day Sundays?

Most of my memories of the event are pretty foggy to be honest, although P Money's first set was pretty wild I would have to say. Also Adit letting off a confetti canon when P Money dropped his "Not Many" remix was wild. And having Anthony Albanese come down to party was great.

Have you guys given much thought into how to use the new space?

That's basically the thing we've spent most time on. We're getting a bunch of posters made up and we have commissioned a large scale mural to be done - we'r hoping to get it done in time for the January party and I have to say that The Factory Theatre have been pretty good letting us basically permanently redecorate their venue! We'll also have multiple stages running when the numbers pic up including a small funk/soul/disco chill out room with its own bar and air con for anyone who wants a break.

You guys have been touring the party across Australia, how has that been going?

It just keeps getting bigger and bigger which is great! We just came back from Perth from our biggest event and we're heading to Melbourne this weekend. We never planned on being able to take the party round the country and the first time we did it was going to be a one off, but here we are throwing parties every other weekend - it's wild!

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One Day Sundays kicks off at The Factory Theatre on Sunday January 25th, featuring One Day DJ's, Nina Las Vegas, and Halfway Crooks, as well as more acts to be announced. Entry is FREE.

The Factory Theatre is located at 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville.