Sydney Festival program features free Flaming Lips gig, Joanna Newsom and more!

The Sydney Festival celebrates 40 years in 2016 and as today’s program announcement reveals, there is going to be plenty to be celebrating this year. From the Flaming Lips performing in The Domain, to Dirty Three and Joanna Newsom each bringing some stellar live shows to Sydney’s State Theatre and the Opera House respectively, this year’s Music line up has got us chomping at the bit.

The Flaming Lips’ Sydney Festival gig is part of ‘Summer Sounds in the Domain’ – a free show put on by the trippy US band on one of the best stages in the city. The all ages event will open at 5pm on January 9th, with punters advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Lally Katz and Kate Miller Heidke‘s raved about opera The Rabbits also makes its way to Sydney for the festival next year, pulling up at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from January 14th-24th. Other surefire highlights of the music line up include GirlpoolKate Tempest, DREAMLAND (featuring Jack LadderKirin J CallinanDonny Benet and Laurence Pike) and The Apartments.

The theatre and film elements of the Sydney Festival program also brings some excellent names to Sydney from abroad; Antonio Sanchez brings his Birdman score from MOFO in Hobart, while the Bangarra Dance Theatre will be represented on screen with the screening of Spear. Eva Vermandel‘s 40 Portraits series is undoubtedly one of the festival must-sees – a public exhibition of 40 Sydney Festival individuals featured across the CBD and in the UNSW Galleries.

The 2016 Sydney Festival runs from January 7th-26th – head to to check out the entire program and to book tickets!


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