Sydney Revellers Top 10 Weekly 03/06/18
Psychedelic light shows, bloody severed limbs and glittering voguing qweens abound in a haze of jazz this week. Breathe it in.
10) Blue Wednesday
Finally, a place to wear that fedora you bought during the era when Jason Mraz was a thing. It’s not that the hat really suits the mood of a mid-week Jazz bar, it’s that the bar is lit dark enough that no one will be able to see it. Take a break from the rush of Vivid and relax with 505s Blue Wednesday.
9) Lea Delaria Live in Concert
Singer, gay-icon, comedian and occasional actress “Big Boo” Lea DeLaria is coming to Vivid for one night only with a live show that combines stand-up comedy and sultry vocals; a performance as velvety as it is razor-sharp. A night guaranteed to be less depressing than a Tori Amos cover band or your money back.
8) Harpoon Harry Music and Lights Extravaganza
From 25th May onwards
Throughout Vivid, Harpoon Harry will be sticking you through every available orifice with an unrivalled program of live music and visual effects all crammed in a rambling Cuban mansion. This’ll be one House Party in which you won’t get stuck in a corner conversing through a wine cooler haze about the benefits of an all kale cleanse…unless you’re…into that kind of thing.
7) Mad Mix
Fierce feminism; fiercer hangover. Following the premiere of a hell of a cinematic grind-up, continue queering the mix with genre-defying audio artist Anomie and video artist Carla Zimbler (Asterism) who will create, in the guts of the Hub, a party at least 70% as batshit insane as the film that precedes it.
6) Freak Me Out
Freak Me Out is back as the quiet neighbour (who always seemed so normal) of the Sydney Film Festival. Horror anthologies lead the way this year. Better bring a towel. No part of you will be dry after this. It’s time to get freaky in the grindhouse.
5) Heaps Gay Qweens Ball
Yas. Qween. It’s your first time? Well it’s theirs too. But that’s no reason to go slow or be gentle. “Assemble your very own royal queer family and step through the arches of the grandest, fanciest building in town…for the fancy dress spectacular ball of a lifetime.” A killer line up of performances, an homage to the leather Sydney scene, voguing and burlesquery over two grandiose stages; This’ll be the first time, but not the last.
4) Brian Jonestown Massacre
8th and 9th June
The sages of psychedelia are returning to Sydney with Something Else. There’s not much to say. You are in for “one hell of a f#@king trip”.
3) Animation After Dark
Meet the secret progeny of SFF’s Freak Me Out. Overflowing with demented charm, Animation After Dark is for the child inside you. Your parents probably should have hired an accredited therapist after your incident with that dog.
2) Raekwon & Slick Rick
Enter the Wu-Tang with the great adventures of Slick Rick. Opportunities to see two of the most influential rappers of all time don’t come around often. And you know what? The opportunity’s pretty much almost gone.
1) Sydney Film Festival Opening Night Gala
From eyeballs to shoulders, you’ll be rubbing all kinds of things at this soiree. Drink cocktails and sample canapés beneath one of the most impressive organs you will ever see outside of a Sydney International Airport T1 bathroom.