The Red Bull Music Academy Weekender recently announced that they will be making their return to Sydney in 2017 and today we have the official line-up and details!
The four-day festival lands in Sydney on Thursday, August 31st opening with Red Bull Music Academy Presents: VIA ALICE – a poignant world premiere and multicultural collaboration that tells of a uniquely Australian journey through virtual reality film and live performance. Taking place at Carriageworks, this exclusive performance will run across four evenings, accompanied by a free virtual reality screening, open to the public for the festival’s duration.
On Thursday evening, Red Bull Music Academy presents a powerful line-up of founding Aboriginal reggae rock legends, No Fixed Address and ARIA Award winners Coloured Stone performing together at Redfern’s 107 Projects. The two widely acclaimed bands will reunite in the historical centre of the Sydney Aboriginal community, inviting fans to revisit and explore their rebellious lyrics and driving reggae rhythms that burst onto Australia’s music scene in the early 1980s.
Friday moves into Saturday’s early hours with a headline performance from Atlanta’s darkwave duchess ABRA, at Sydney’s Manning Bar. A core member of Awful Records, the princess of alternative R&B, will be joined by local artists Manu Crook$, ALTA, Kwame, Lara Andallo and Flex Mami, for her maiden Sydney appearance, in collaboration with Australian hip-hop’s new wave champions, Thank Guard Magazine.
During Saturday’s daylight hours at 107 Projects, one of house music’s founding fathers Tony Humphries will be the very special guest at a talk hosted by Academy alumnus Lorna Clarkson. On Saturday afternoon, the exceptional talents of Peven Everett who will perform live as a quartet from a secret open-air location. He will be joined by key local players J’Nett, CC:DISCO!, The Possé, Mike Who, Boogie Monster, Midnight Mutants (a new project by Jonti, Bus Vipers & Mohi), Adi Toohey and more.
For Saturday evening’s proceedings, Red Bull Music Academy Weekender presents Zanzibar meets Mad Racket; the Australian debut of Tony Humphries live at Marrickville Bowling Club. Humphries will unite with the founders of Australia’s own long-running residency, Mad Racket DJs – Simon Caldwell, Jimmie James and Ken Cloud – for an extraordinary exchange of house music across the Zanzibar era to present day. Humphries’ five-hour performance from one of Sydney’s favourite dance floors will provide a moment to cherish.
Closing the four-day musical affair is an outdoor Sunday party like no other, featuring Australia’s newest hip-hop sounds live from Max Watt’s on Sunday, September 3. Known for their sold-out parties across the country, the team behind Sydney’s One Day Sundays will invite acclaimed Melbourne duo REMI, B Wise, SK Simeon, Turquoise Prince, Haiku Hands, Baker Boy and more to perform alongside Jackie Onassis, Joyride and the One Day DJs for a massive outdoor celebration of dancehall and new-wave hip-hop.
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Here’s the important things you need to make note of:
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY WEEKENDER SYDNEY
MULTIPLE SYDNEY LOCATIONS
AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 3