Top 10 Sydney Revelry On this week 02/02/2020
Sell your soul and join the children of the night. It’s the only way you’ll avoid severe heatstroke.
10) Rock Bottom First Birthday
What: Sydney-based event label, Rock Bottom, is celebrating 12 months of underground parties at the Civic Underground. Experience an intimate night of all minimal, prog and electro featuring Rock Bottom residents.
Why: Too often, people demonise the rock bottoms of drug and alcohol addiction. It’s clearly an overreaction when rock bottoms like this exist. There’s no methadone equivalent for EDM bros.
9) UNDISCLOSED 22.0
What: To start off a new era in Sydney free of lockouts in the CBD and Oxford Street, UNDISCLOSED will be holding their first 12-hour techno party at their home stomping ground, Goodbar. Both levels of Goodbar will be open, with UNDISCLOSED holding down the fort in the basement while the burgeoning early-morning kick-on specialists, Toasted will be taking over upstairs. Downstairs in the iconic basement, fast-rising Melbourne queen of the rave, Laura King will be flying up to Sydney to take you on a journey through her nostalgic taste in techno, hard trance and acid. The remainder of the bill is stacked with immense local talent.
Why: Saving Sydney’s nightlife is like performing an ancient spell to bring your dead dog back to life, succeeding and then realising you’re suddenly surrounded by a graveyard full of undead Baxters. Including the Baxter that died in an animal testing lab, the constantly horny Baxter, the tarantula Baxter and the Baxter with chronic diarrhoea.
8) Highvoltage presents Bloodlust
What: Highvoltage presents Bloodlust, the official Darkness warmup party. Join them as they turn Candy’s Apartment into the darkest and hardest place to be. Highvoltage is honoured to be working alongside ESI to host Bloodlust (NL). This artist on the ‘End Of Line’ record label is dominating the rawstyle scene globally and has been in high demand in Australia finally he is here.
Why: Highvoltage and Bloodlust. So the musical equivalent of a cross between Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula. Think severely limited vocabulary, chemical dependency and hoards of under-aged victims intermittently screaming.
7) Klubnacht: Enter The Lair
What: Experience a night inspired by elements of Berlin’s and Australia’s techno scene with B2PC. Heartfelt soundscapes twisted into brutally heavy techno, Bass To Pain Converter embodies bass mutation, destruction and power. Exploring a balance between industrial darkness, psychedelia, tribal groove and narrative, B2PC’s ethos has been developed with labels such as Renesanz, Digital Structures, Egothermia Records, Bassic Records, Techgnosis Records and Raw Nuts, and have led him to remixing artists such as DJ Balthazar, Knobs, Triforce, Ben Rama and Aerodroemme. His professionally trained background in drumming, live performance, production and DJing power his sets with technical versatility and originality, utilising a live, 4 deck performance style with unique percussion and atmospheric looping.
Why: “Atmospheric looping” is one of the most creative ways we’ve heard the sentence “the same s**t repeated fifty thousand times” phrased.
6) Circuit Summer Rooftop Party
What: Get ready to party with your tightest crew on a unique Sydney city rooftop for Circuit’s second big, bold and sexy summer party! This special summer rooftop event will be featuring a packed line up led by the Italian afro house master ‘Leo Guardo’. Currently signed to Tribe Records, Union Records (IT), Obenmusik, Arawakan Records and Uncover Music this man is no stranger to bringing great music to the masses. His unique style brings a fusion of tech, deep and house grooves infused with exotic, tribal and ethnic elements, which will all combine to take the rooftop crowd to another level.
Why: Well there’s really only one other level you can hope to reach when you’re at an EDM rave on a rooftop. The skull-smashing pavement level.
5) BiCONIC: Bi Vis
What: Mardi Gras season is upon Sydney once again! Kick off Queer Christmas with a big Bi+ party! This years festival theme is ‘What Matters’. Join BiCONIC in the Impy Basement to party with a cause, and fundraise for Community organisation Bi+ Visibility and their 2020 Mardi Gras float which is focused on promoting bisexual+ visibility and inclusion within queer spaces. Don your finest high vis attire and bring visibility to this fantastic community!
Why: There’s no more satisfying path to morality than the one lined with liquor and floats.
4) Red Hot Summer Tour 2020 feat. Hunters & Collectors, James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera
What: The Red Hot Summer Tour celebrates 10 years of Red Hot Rock in 2020 and in true style, organisers have put together an incredible all Australian line-up for a massive series of dates. In an incredible coup for music-fans, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Hunters & Collectors are reuniting to headline the 2020 tour, bringing with them special guests James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.
Why: A lineup of rockers so hardcore they haven’t as of yet cancelled due to fears concerning air quality.
3) Sydney Lunar Festival
What: Celebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in Sydney. 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle, so 2020 can be considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. Haymarket is the centre of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations. The street party kicks off with live entertainment, roving performers, golden rat robots, games, lion dancers, markets and food trucks. At the nearby Chinese Garden in Darling Harbour there will be a special Twilight Garden Party. The fun continues in the garden for 16 days with calligraphy and lantern decorating workshops, meditation sessions, traditional tea ceremonies, musical performances and a closing ceremony with a 15-metre dragon. Don’t miss the exciting dragon boat races on Cockle Bay! At Circular Quay, 12 huge lunar lanterns representing the animals of the zodiac will be on display. There will also be parades of bright LED lions and dragons on every weekend. Also, head over to the lantern-strewn Lunar New Year markets at The Rocks to pick up gifts, jewellery, art and food.
Why: Living almost vampirically under the light of the moon is a wonderful way to remove those troubling thoughts of the burgeoning environmental apocalypse. If you don’t see the raging sun blanketed by diseased-looking smoke clouds, you can still cram a whole cow leg down your throat for breakfast with the air-con cranked up to ‘Greenland’ without feeling at all guilty.
2) St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
What: Featuring the most talked about, critically-acclaimed and best live acts in the world right now, the 2020 Laneway Festival is gonna be the hottest ticket in town! For a full day of musical discovery and adventure, they have you covered. Headlining the bill are the likes of pop pioneer Charli XCX and popular rapper Earl Sweatshirt will also be playing this year’s festival. Other international snags include The 1975 and J.I.D. But that’s not all. There’s a huge stack of local legends on the bill as well, including Ocean Alley, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Chats, Hockey Dad, DMA’s, Stella Donnelly, Ruel, Tones and I, Kucka and more.
Why: The most invasive thing to happen to St Jerome’s laneway since Christianity was shoved up his arse.
1) Twilight at Taronga
6th February-7th March
What: Bringing together the breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour skyline at dusk with the sounds of another all-ages live music line-up, the Twilight at Taronga Summer Concert Series is back once again! The Twilight at Taronga line-up has all the makings to deliver another standout season of Sydney summer memories as artists making their Twilight debut like Broods, Wolfmother, Pete Murray, The Australian Rock Collective, Sunnyboys, Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways To Look At Birds, Mavis Staples and Meg Mac, perform alongside returning favourites Bernard Fanning, Kasey Chambers, James Morrison, Bjorn Again and the Comedy Gala, within Taronga Zoo’s intimate natural amphitheatre.
Why: There could be nothing more calming to the psychology of a wild animal whose hearing is many times more powerful than a human than a brass band and some hard rockers screaming for three straight hours.