Good news, Sydneysiders! We getting a bunch of pop-up gigs in the CBD to make the most of our fleeting summer days. Performers will include the likes of Sneaky Sound System, Peking Duk, Allday, Kwame, JK-47, and even Ben Lee, for some reason.
The series is called Sunset Piazza and it’s set to take place right outside St Mary’s Cathedral (the one opposite Hyde Park) on what the organisers are calling an “Italo-themed outdoor summer stage”. No idea what that means and why they didn’t just go with Leichhardt’s iconic Italian Forum, but it still sounds pretty cool.
Tickets to the events over 32 nights are $25 each and there’ll also be plenty of nibblies and drinks to purchase if you’re feeling a bit bougie.
On top of all the music, there’ll also be two comedy galas with lineups that are sure to give you severe whiplash from all the 2000s nostalgia – think Merrick Watts, Akmal and, uhh, The Umbilical Brothers, plus heaps more.
There’ll also be a live show from Heaps Gay hosted by Jordan Raskopoulos, Nic Kelly, Sharon Manhattan and Felicia Foxx, who’ve all been sorely missed over the lockdown period.
“Together with the NSW Government, we have invested $20 million into our al fresco city project,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a statement.
“Sunset Piazza will extend our long summer nights right through to March and provide affordable and COVID-safe entertainment for residents, workers and visitors.”
She added that aside from being fun, the events will also help support artist and local businesses.
Sunset Piazza will kick off on January 28 and run all the way until March 28, so hopefully we’ll be able to put our summer lockdown behind us and finally have a bit of fun again.
Melbourne, you’ve had your fun. You already got (free!) pop-up gigs form Tones and I, Missy Higgins and more. Now it’s Sydney’s turn to appreciate some lovely live music for once in our lives.
You can peep the whole Sunset Piazza lineup and book tix here.