Sydney Festival 2012

Elise Pitt | 3 November 2011

Sydney explodes in a kaleidoscope of culture every January. Here’s our pick of the 2012 extravaganza.

The Festival First Night is a biggie- 1 million Sydney-siders will hit the streets for one heck of a party (that’s free!). The city will shut down on Saturday 7 January as musicians, artists and theatre performers take over our parks and streets. Holly Throsby will perform her children’s album See!, DJ Norman Jay will be parking his iconic double-decker bus in Hyde Park for an eight hour marathon of idyllic summer tunes and we’ve heard rumours PJ Harvey may also be making an appearance…

Miss Harvey (pictured below) is also doing a handful of shows at The State Theatre on 18-19 January. Get your digits on tickets asap to see the great lady in action! Prices range from $105-118.

Keystone Festival Bar (formerly known as Beck’s Festival bar) is always an absolute winner with heaps of quality indie bands rocking out in the gorgeous old Hyde Park Barracks.

We’re keen for So Frenchy So Chic night with Parisian hipsters Nouvelle Vague on January 19. Tickets are a tad exy at $52, but chilling out to seductive renditions of 80s classics like Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” in the beautifully lit Barracks will be worth it.

The Whitest Boy Alive, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro and Deerhoof are also on the lineup at Keystone Festival bar and the FBi nights are always a hoot.

English Rose Beth Orton will play a couple of shows at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on 17 & 18 January  as a follow on from her hotly anticipated fifth studio album due for release later this year.

New-York singer songwriter Sam Amidon (who Rolling Stone recently compared to Nick Drake) is hitting up the The Famous Spiegeltent on 21 & 22 January, while Washington will bring a multi-layered show called Insomnia, which incorporates art, poetry, photography and designs from her own personal archives, to the Opera House on 25 January.

Lastly, one of the greatest movie musicals and winner of ten Academy Awards, West Side Story will screen at the Opera House on 28 & 28 January to an epic soundtrack from Sydney Symphony.

Tickets on sale November 9.

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