Amid all the Christmas cheer artists are busy creating some of the most interesting and challenging art, pushing us to question the world that we live in. Check out what artists are reflecting on this week in Sydney.
The space was completely dark when my sister and I scurried in late. We entered what would have felt like a lifeless and abandoned factory space, if it weren’t for the presence of a crowd gathered a few metres away - all of whom appeared to be observing something of apparent significance.
As the year comes to a close, why not celebrate the joy and excitement of 2018 with some upbeat comedy and inspiring art. This week is all about the kinds of performance that makes you feel better for having left the house!
Bringing their signature combination of queer, femme aesthetics, outlandish performance and a good time for all involved to Knox Street Bar in Chippendale each month is The Oyster Club. Comprised of Marlena Dalí and Porcelain Alice, the two are performers themselves, but have created a niche and safe space for acts that cross boundaries and refuse to be limited to a single label.
After a year of international tours, celebrating the release of debut album, Alright Already, Sydney’s own rock duo have returned home to promote their latest single, ‘Clarity’.
The Silk Music label pride themselves on delivering smooth ambient music that lives up to their namesake fabric. Their monthly Chillout Sessions, featured on the Only Silk radio show, shine a spotlight on their unique tone. The co-host Gorm Sorensen (aka Airillusions) is not only Silk Music's long-time A&R Coordinator of all chillout and downtempo releases but a master of mix curation.
For fans of electro, house and EDM, Australia’s favourite party band have provided a holiday track to dance the niceness away and embrace the naughty. From Melbourne, Confidence Man have crafted their own unique niche in a crowded electropop field.
There are two ways to enter Usfin Atelier. From the street frontage, you wind up a set of wooden stairs with high, chestnut coloured balustrades. Framed images of workers from the early 20th century ring the stairwell as light pours in from above. Entering the second floor a warren of offices spreads out, each simply marked by a plaque at the entrance.
While rooftop bars have been in vogue for the last couple of years, they have been a city slicker favourite for decades – and it doesn’t look like this will change any time soon. Despite Sydney being somewhat late to this party, even despite its enviable weather, there are a couple of spots that we are particularly enamoured with.
The line outside Enmore Theatre snaked along the street, filling Enmore Road with Sydney's youth, ready for Alison Wonderland. As Manu Crooks took the stage to warm up the crowd, the venue was packed from wall-to-wall. Jumping around the stage with a crazy energy, Manu played a collection of hard hitting originals such as ‘Everyday’ and fan favourites like ‘Day Ones’.
Music festivals have become the core and lifeblood of the Australian summer. While a focus is predominantly placed on the musical talent that graces stages the nation over, it is important to stop and pay homage to the true backbone of any music festival: its attendees.
Since the moment of meeting Grace Pitts, I always knew she would go on to do amazing things in music. In the past few years, under the moniker GRAACE, Grace has gone on to achieve milestone after milestone.