Sydney has been getting plenty of unique festivals this year and the city is about to welcome to very first SXSW outside of its traditional home of Austin, Texas. These events are helping shape what post-pandemic Sydney looks like, one of the city’s foremost institutions is throwing its considerable hat in the ring with a new festival called Volume.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales will run Volume from 22nd September to 8th October, 2023, presenting a unique fusion of music, film and performance with the help of big-ticket international and local artists. And to give you an idea of the caliber we’re playing with, the headline act will be none other than Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter Solange.
Solange, who was last here for a sold-out pre-pandemic performance at Sydney Opera House will share top-billing along with award-winning Zambian rapper Sampa the Great, American songwriter and producer Mount Errie, Dharawal, and Inuit contemporary musician Sonya Holowell.
What’s more is that the 17-day festival will be held across the various spaces of the Art Gallery’s new North and original South buildings. These spaces will be packed with not only music performances, but a great number of film and performance events, including both free and ticketed programming day and night.
Each night from Tuesday to Sunday during the festival, the Art Gallery’s new North Building will make use of two performance spaces. The first is the much-discussed Tank, which is a former World War II oil tank converted into a unique art space. Second, the 13-metre-high Atrium and sculpture gallery spaces located on lower level 2.
Sound like something you need to attend? Tickets go on sale this week on Tuesday 18th July at 10 AM (pre sale) and Wednesday 19th July (general sale), priced between $55 and $199.
Image: Solange performing at Sydney Opera House credited to Daniel Boud.