Jai Ho! Prepare for a night like no other when Indian superstar A.R. Rahman takes to the stage for a free outdoor spectacular at Parramatta Park.
Rahman, two-time Oscar winner for his work as composer and songwriter on the film Slumdog Millionaire, is the undisputed king of contemporary Indian music. His songs embrace Indian, Western and Asian influences, connecting with hearts and minds all over the world. Sydney audiences have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see A.R. Rahman in the beautiful parkland setting of Parramatta Park. With an entourage of more than 40 musicians and Bollywood dancers on stage, this promises to be a fantastic night filled with colour, dancing and the irrepressible rhythms and melodies of contemporary India.
Sydney Festival is proud to celebrate this inspiring and multidimensional artist – truly one of India’s international superstars.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE A.R. RAHMAN CONCERT
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The following information is provided to help you plan your visit to and from Parramatta Park and to make the event a happy and safe one! Please forward this info to everyone you know who is coming.
Gates to the event site will open at 12pm. We are expecting large crowds, so expect delays and allow plenty of time to meet your friends and get to the event. The park will be closed when it is full.
The concert will also be broadcast direct from Parramatta Park on ABC2 TV at 8.30pm on the night. The concert will also be broadcast internationally on the Australia Network as well as the international arm of ABC, Radio Australia.
There is no BYO alcohol and no glass permitted – there will be bag searches at the gate. Food and beverages will be on sale at stalls on site throughout the day, and there will be licensed areas.
The concert is from 7.30pm-10pm. To avoid the departing crowds, why not stay and enjoy some Bollywood music videos and our VJ? They will be playing until 11.30pm.
NSW Police officers alongside security personnel will ensure a safe and secure event.
Expect long delays when leaving the park - please be patient and look out for one another.
Visit parracity.nsw.gov.au for information on Parramatta restaurants and things to do after the concert.
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Be sun smart: wear sunscreen and a hat and drink plenty of water
- If drinking alcohol, drink responsibly – and remember to look after your mates
- No pegging into the ground or reserving of unattended areas
- No high chairs or beach umbrellas
- No plastic sheeting or ice on the grass as this kills the lawns
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Public transport is the best way to get to the concert so leave the car at home. Please note there is no parking at Parramatta Stadium and there will be limit parking around Parramatta Park. To plan your trip visit 131500.com.au and click on trip planner, or phone Transport Info on 131500.
CityRail is operating to a weekend timetable with additional direct Western Line services to get you to and from the concert.
Large numbers of people are expected to attend this event. Plan your trip, purchase a return ticket, travel early and please note the following transport destination messages to ensure you arrive at the concert in time.
If travelling from the City and east of Parramatta, get off the train at Parramatta Station, then walk to Parramatta Park (approx 20 minute walk). Entry to the park is on the corner of Macquarie and Pitt streets.
Trains to Parramatta operate all day with direct services departing Central Station departing 4pm and stopping at Redfern, Strathfield, Lidcombe, Granville, Harris Park and Parramatta only. The direct services do not stop at Westmead – you must alight at Parramatta and follow the signs to Parramatta Park.
If travelling from west of Parramatta, get off the train at Westmead Station, then walk to Parramatta Park. Entry to the park is on Park Avenue. Trains to Westmead operate all day with direct services departing Blacktown Station from 4pm, stopping all stations to Westmead.
Sydney Ferries services will operate to a regular Saturday timetable.
If you’re heading back toward the City from Parramatta Park, you should walk to Parramatta Station and catch a service to Central Station departing every 5 minutes from 9.30pm, stopping at Harris Park, Granville, Lidcombe, Strathfield, Redfern and Central. The direct services to Central do not stop at Westmead – you must walk to Parramatta Station.
If you’re heading West of Parramatta Park, you should walk to Westmead Station and catch a service to Blacktown departing every 5 minutes from 9.30pm, stopping at all stations to Blacktown.
Important trackwork information
Upgrading work takes place on CityRail lines on a regular basis and it is sometimes necessary to alter train services or replace train services with buses. Buses are replacing trains on the following lines:
South Line: buses replace trains between Macarthur and Granville.
Airport & East Hills Line: buses replace trains between Macarthur and Kingsgrove.
Inner West and Bankstown lines: buses replace trains between Liverpool and Villawood.
Southern Highlands Line: buses replace trains between Goulburn, Campbelltown and Central.
For trackwork information visit cityrail.info/trackwork/index.jsp
Use the 131 500 Trip Planner to help plan your journey. It will give you up-to-date train and bus timetable information. Timetable information for buses replacing trains is available from Thursday 14 January.
Note: It is an offence to drink alcohol on public transport. Intoxicated people will not be permitted to travel on CityRail trains, Sydney Buses or Sydney Ferries.
ROAD CLOSURES & SPECIAL EVENT CLEARWAYS
Road closures and special event clearways are in place from midday to midnight in Westmead and Parramatta for this event. The roads are being closed to allow a safe walking route from Parramatta and Westmead stations to Parramatta Park.
Please note that there will be no parking available around Westmead Station.
For more details visit rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents or phone 132 701.
Limited spaces will be available for RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 02 8833 5000.
Enjoy the concert!
The A.R. Rahman concert is made possible by the generous support of the NSW Government.