Top 10 Sydney Revelry On this week 12/01/2020

This week will electrify you, which is anecdotally preferable to burning.


10) Season X in the Bridge #9

18th January

What: Season X is proud to announce the ninth edition of this legendary event. They are bringing to you the best of House and Techno and the powerful Psytrance with some of the biggest headliners in Sydney that have already played at Subsonic Music Festival, Dragon Dreaming, New Psycle, Antigravity, Universo Paralello Festival and many more. Just outside of the lockout; enjoy a 15 hour party with the bar open all night long until midday of the next day.

Why: Avoid the early morning hangover with a headache that starts as soon as the DJ blinds himself with his own snapback and says “you ready for this?”.


9) ALOKA: Day Party

18th January

What: ALOKA is on fire baby, and its time to feel the heat! What better way to celebrate the post lockout law era by being a part of the party all of Sydney is talking about and dance your morning away to the beats of the best Featuring: DJ VU, DJ Ryan John and DJ Fabricio San.

Why: To be clear, we did not choose the metaphoric language used to describe this event. That’s completely on them.


8) Vagabonds Afloat

18th January

What: It’s time to cut the cake and blow out the candles, Vagabonds are turning 1! To celebrate their 1st birthday, they’ve upgraded the boat, enlisted France’s finest plus a crew of their usual suspects to celebrate in style! Parisian house extraordinaire Molly will be heading up proceedings. A Rex Club resident with releases on labels Giegling & Rekids, her record speaks for itself. Rounding out the line up, they’ve got some of the smoothest and sexiest selectors from Sydney including follow Rex Club alumni Pepperpot, the ever amazing Cassette and Captain Return To Rio, Tristan Case.

Why: The least debauched French 1-year-old’s birthday since 1956, when this joke was relevant.


7) Morning Glory: Summer Fling

12th January

What: Your favourite sunrise dance party is back for 2020. Dance the morning away with your nearest/dearest as the sun rises with what is set to be the funnest Summer Series yet. Whether you’re an early riser or a late bloomer Morning Glory is the Sunday morning house & techno party worth getting up for! For anyone who enjoys a sunrise dance or hates calling it a night come down for an Espresso Martini, Bloody Mary or a Vodka Redbull for a new type of Sunday Service.

Why: You’re an adult now. This is your church. Fewer paedophiles, less herpes in the wine.


6) Obituary ‘Cause Of Death’ Tour

17th January

What: Obituary remains one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre, one which they helped to create. Combining hyper-speed guitar riffing, complex arrangements and guttural screams, the band created a bleak and violent soundscape for metal fans worldwide. In 1990 Obituary released the album ‘Cause Of Death’. One considered a classic in the history of the death metal genre, a masterpiece that has stood the test of time and, to this day, remains as a must have album for any death metal fan. Celebrating 30 years since its release, Obituary return to Australia to play the album in full, plus a choice selection of death metal cuts from their early years!

Why: Unfamiliar with their canon? Place an electric screwdriver deep in your ear canal and switch it on. Whatever follows will be far less sensorially invasive than listening to one of their songs.‘Cause-Of-Death’-Tour-(Sydney)/1c6baa50-3336-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


5) Sunset Seekers: WhaTheBeat Launch Party

18th January

What: Announcing the launch of WhaTheBeat Sydney. To celebrate they are pushing the boat out for this astonishing event, as in literally pushing the boat out as they are taking over one of the most iconic high end cruises in Sydney for a 5-Hour scenic cruise around darling harbour and Sydney Opera House featuring the best of deep house, progressive and techno with Wild Fox, Neil Roberts and Catanni on the mainstage and Marley Sherman, Doctavio and Accent on the rooftop.

Why: It seems odd that there’s so much animosity towards supposed boats full of refugees when these things are floating around the harbour.


4) Electric Gardens Launch Party

18th January

What: Kick off the #EG2020 festivities at the official launch party with some of Sydney’s finest local talent at The Green with pizzas, a private bar and the best underground electro DJs including Nastia, Victor Ruiz, Nick Reverse, Andrea Bakulic, Dean Zlato, Nine One and many more.

Why: What an already unnecessary genre needs to preface its festival: an unnecessary launch party.


3) Invasion Fest & Invasion Fest After Party

18th January

What: Chaos is set to descend upon the streets of Sydney in 2020 as Invasion Fest reveals the full strength of it’s line-up, featuring the hottest acts in the heavy scene from Australia and around the world such as; Knocked Loose, The Red Shore, Jesus Piece, Malevolence, Alpha Wolf, Justice For The Damned + More. Afterwards, to celebrate Invasion Fest 2020, they are excited to announce the official after show at the Burdekin Hotel featuring an intimate headline set from Jesus Piece with support from Broken, Ill Natured & Crave Death.

Why: The tidal-waves of radicals descending upon the streets of Sydney…will be briefly interrupted by a small contingent of heavy metal fans who will offend no ones sensibilities. They’ve even politely decided to hold their shindig afterwards in a quiet little hotel. The violent radicals actually disrupting the system will return to the streets following the event.


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2) So Frenchy So Chic

18th January

What: This January, Australia’s one-of-a-kind French music and culinary festival, So Frenchy So Chic returns to bring the newest and most-loved musical acts direct from France to Melbourne and Sydney. With exciting new foodie partners, a hand-selected choice of wines and experiences for the entire family, SFSC will once again be offering a sensory destination of a different kind to audiences seeking a Gallic hit of culture in the middle of the Australian summer. Meet the new Gallic disco queen Corine, uncover new music from French royalty Lou Doillon, celebrate Nouvelle Vague’s 15th anniversary, fall in love with the ever soulful Tété and dance along with Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen Solal DJ set.

Why: Note: “A Gallic hit” does not refer to a French union boss punching a random tourist in the neck.


1) Sydney Festival

11th-26th January

What: Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world.

Why: Don’t forget to watch out for the wildly accurate piece of performance art featuring thousands of people fleeing a very realistic all-consuming raging fire. Don’t worry if cops are telling you to run and your clothes suddenly start to feel very warm, it’s just the genius of the piece.


Special Mention

Thredbo Blues Festival

17th-19th January

What: Get ready to shake up the Snowy Mountains! The iconic Thredbo Blues Festival is back and bursting with talent in 2020 for its 26th year with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other. Enjoy 3 huge days filled with the best of the blues, good & wine and awesome times! With intimate bars and restaurants, spectacular outdoor venues and the whole of Thredbo Village given over to the blues, Thredbo sets the stage for an atmosphere that musicians and blues fans love.

Why: “Thredbo Village remains closed due to fire activity in the surrounding Kosciuszko National Park. Due to uncertain weather conditions today and over the weekend, we are unable to make a decision on whether the Blues Festival will go ahead until Monday 13 January 2020. We are working closely with the authorities and will advise when the resort is able to reopen. We understand this is an inconvenience for all Blues Festival guests however at this point we are simply not in a position to make a decision. We appreciate your patience and understanding and will keep you posted.” There it is folks. The first blues festival that could inspire greater melancholy by not taking place.

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