Considering its postcode coincides with the year we’re in right now (2010 for those without a referdex, calendar or functioning brain) could the 2010 leg of Sydney’s Surry Hills Festival awaken a giant Godzilla-like monster from below the Earth’s crust? Perhaps. Except instead of stomping on buildings with his giant death claws the Surry Hills Monster would stomp on the sophomore albums of bands who were far more credible the first time round in giant Doc Martens. Get it? Heaps of legends live in Surry Hills.
Nah just kidding guys. Pedestrian HQ is actually in Surry Hills and the Surry Hills Festival, which showcases the thriving creative community in this here suburb, used to take place across the road at Prince Alfred Park. Due to ongoing construction however, the festival will this year take place at Ward Park (Devonshire Street) and Shannon Reserve (Crown Street) for a smaller, more intimate picnic vibe.
There’s a shitload of things to do but be sure to check out live performances from The Paper Scissors, Jonathan Boulet, Bearhug, Belles Will Ring and Fergus Brown as well as author talks in the Surry Hills Library, dog shows in the park and of course, the array of culinary delights in food stall town.
We’d also check out the warehouse party at the Diesels pop up store on Foveaux Street. Not just because there’s free food and drink (have you heard of this thing called Cider yet?) but because they’re taking an extra 10% off everything in store…which is already 50% off to begin with. Sample some free beer, cider, popcorn, gelato, music and cheap threads from 1pm.
See you there. We’ll be the guys in wayfarers.