9 music performances not to miss at Sydney Festival 2016

Sydney Festival officially kicks off tonight, and with it are hundreds of incredible performances across some three weeks. Here are the nine shows we think you can’t miss…

9. Girlpool

When? January 26th
Where? The Famous Spiegeltent, Hyde Park
Cost? $39 (plus booking fees)
What? The LA duo bring a dynamic blend of instrumentation, raw and passionate music that toes the lines of the blues and punk, all the while beefing out their live shows with an endearing and kickass live performance attitude. Do not miss your opportunity to catch them performing in this unique Sydney Festival environment.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/girlpool

8. Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

When? January 15th / 16th
Where? Riverside Theatres, Parramatta / State Theatre, Sydney (Respectively)
Cost? From $50
What?The feature film is being screened with a live performance of the score from drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/birdman-or-the-unexpected-virtue-of-ignorance

7. Dreamland

When? January 16th
Where? Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Hyde Park
Cost? $25 (plus booking fees)
What? A huge love in for Sydney fans of Jack Ladder and his enigmatic and charismatic-as-hell crew. DREAMLAND sees Jack Ladder, Kirin J Callinan, Donny Benet and Laurence Pike come together, performing material from both solo and collaborative outfits, all the while doling out some no doubt unforgettable stories.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/dreamland

6. Matthew E. White

When? January 15th at 7.30pm
Where? Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Cost? $39 + bf
What? We’ll let his music speak for the reason why…

This is going to be an amazing gig.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/matthew-e-white

5. Kev Carmody

When? January 17th
Where?Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Hyde Park
Cost? $39 (plus booking fees)
What? Iconic Australian poet and songwriter, Carmody brings a stellar career of music to the Sydney Festival in 2016, performing a range of songs from over 40 years within the industry. The night will be featuring a screening of Songman, a Brendan Fletcher-directed film on the man himself – not to be missed.

More Details:  http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/kev-carmody

4. Dirty Three

When? January 15th
Where? State Theatre
Cost? From $69 (plus booking fees)
Dirty Three are a musical force to be reckoned with, if you’ve seen any of the individual members perform previously. Together, they are something different altogether – from Warren Ellis’ unforgettable violin skills to Mick Turner’s almost fiendish work on guitar, their catalogue is one that is represented so well on the live front, it’s hard to tear your attention away from the band once you’re hooked in.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/dirtythree

3. Joanna Newsom

When? January 21st
Where? Sydney Opera House
Cost? From $59 (plus booking fees)
What? The incredible songstress is returning for a special performance at the Sydney Opera House. If her last show there is any indication, this is not a night that any fan of the artist will want to miss.

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/joanna-newsom

2. FBi Smacs Festival

When? January 10th
Where? Carraigeworks
Cost? From $39 for FBi Supporters / $49 Everyone Else!
What? An all-day celebration of Sydney’s music, art and culture. Featuring Wave Racer, Cosmo’s Midnight, Shining Bird, Fishing and many, many more…

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/fbismacs

1. The Flaming Lips

When? January 9th
Where? The Domain
Cost? Free!
What? US group The Flaming Lips are one of the best live bands in the world – and now’s your chance to see them for FREE. Don’t miss this opportunity. Just make sure you get in early! The Domain will definitely fill up for this one…

More Details: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/summer-sounds-in-the-domain-flaming-lips


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Larry Heath

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