Friday, January 9, 2009

Sydney Festival First Night - This Saturday!

Yep, the biggest annual event has now come again with last year around 200 000 people flocking the CBD for the free music offerings. HOWEVER, before we get too excited TECHNO is NOT all! ARGH! Why is that? Well Fuzzy are organising most of the electronic and dance artists and for some reason think 'electro' is the only accessible genre of electronic music for an event like this....'But that's ridiculous' you may cry out, and, I concur. Pulsating rhythms of techno (not all types of course) and other types of electronica are in my mind perfect for an open-minded crowd that are coming just to enjoy themselves. There's nothing better than booging down to some good dance, just check Earth Dance for that.

To be fair though some of the DJs billed do crossover but I still think with all the amazing techno/electronic artists in Australia right now, more of the less commercial ones could of being taken up for an awesome open air techno stage in a lane way..right! who's with me!??

Next year I hope this changes. While Beks Festival Bar has some very good electronic artists coming through I think we can do better...

The artists Playing are;
# Grace Jones (Considering friends of mine paid $80 tix, expect this free one to be packed!)
# The Cat Empire
# Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
# Santogold
# The Gypsy Queens & Kings
# Movers & Shakers
# Dan Zanes & Friends
# Java
# A-Trak (killed it at Field Day, should be great again this time around!)
# Mr Scruff
# DJ Mehdi
# Busy P
# Uber Lingua
# Bag Raiders Live
# Jaime Doom & Gus da Hoodratt
# Ember
# Mission Control
# Ajax
# Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentlemen
# The Cycologists
# The Leaping Loonies
# Music is Magic!
# The Festoons Big Band and special guests (Woot! Big Band)
# The Pyrophone Juggernaut

So officially;
Festival First Night returns for its second year on January 10, 2009 with an epic, outdoor celebration to mark the opening of the 2009 Festival. It’s all free and you‘re invited!

With the streets again cleared of cars, over 600 major local and international musicians, dancers and artists from around the globe will explode onto open-air stages across the CBD. This is an opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for free. Festival First Night is held in Sydney’s CBD, across its streets, laneways and parks. There are seven precincts, each with stages hosting live acts and DJs.


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