Tuka, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jinja Safari, and more to play The Rocks’ free Australia Day festival

Sydney’s historic harbour-side precinct The Rocks is always one of the most popular locations for public Australia Day celebrations year after year, and 2016 will be no exception as organisers of the suburb’s annual festival have curated a huge music program to go along with the (hopefully) sun-charged atmosphere of eclectic market stalls and delicious eats.

Kicking off at 12:30pm The Rocks’ Australia Day celebrations will spring to life with Jaunt on George Street, a space full of lights, sounds, and activities for all with a caravan playing through triple j’s hottest 100 countdown.

From then an all-Australian music program will be spread throughout the day across two outdoor stages with the likes of hip-hop stalwart Tuka, alt-pop darling Katy Steele, the always reliable Melbourne Ska Orchestra, pop-rock outfit Jinja Safari*, soul singer Thandi Phoenix, and more. The full timetable can be found below.

The full celebration will last until 6:30pm and take place across The Rocks, First Fleet Park, Atherden Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place, and Playfair Street, with free entertainment for all ages.

**UPDATE**: Jinja Safari will no longer be performing on the day, in their place will be energetic rockers The Grates.

The Rocks’ Australia Day

Tuesday 26th January, 2016

WARRANE STAGE – First Fleet Park

12.30 – 1.15pm: THANDI PHOENIX
1.35 – 2.20pm: MAU POWER
2.40 – 3.40pm: KATY STEELE
4.05 – 5.05pm: THE GRATES


12.45 – 1.30pm: ROBBIE MILLER
1.45 – 2.30pm: LEFT.
2.50 – 3.35pm: GORDI
3.55 – 4.40pm: JONES JNR.
5.00 – 6.00pm: TUKA

For more information head to www.therocks.com and for updates head to therocks.com/australiaday


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Chris Singh

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