Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
WAITLIST FULL
Baroque favourites on period instruments
18 January
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Am I
Shaun Parker & Company
9-12 January
Sydney Opera House
Amadou & Mariam (Parramatta)
SOLD OUT
Malian duo
12 January
Riverside Theatres
Amanda Palmer
SOLD OUT
Pioneer of punk cabaret
9-19 January
The Spiegeltent
Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet - City
Meet the future of jazz
11 January
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet - Spiegeltent
SOLD OUT
Meet the future of jazz
12 January
The Spiegeltent
Andrew Weatherall
WAITLIST FULL
Legendary British DJ
26 January
The Spiegeltent
Andy Votel
Weirdest, wildest and best records in the galaxy
19 January
Sydney Town Hall
Apollo Ensemble
Jewish Baroque
14-15 January
The Great Synagogue
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
SOLD OUT
Blues-belting folk balladeer
8 January
The Spiegeltent
Big Star's Third
All-star lineup recreates this classic album
23 January
Enmore Theatre
Bombino
SOLD OUT
Bluesy desert jams
9-10 January
The Spiegeltent
Bombino (Parramatta)
SOLD OUT
Bluesy desert jams
11 January
Riverside Theatres
C.R. Avery and the Sojourners
Harmonica-wielding beatbox poet
9-10 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Cat Power
WAITLIST FULL
A rare, intimate solo performance
24 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Chi Udaka
Taikoz and Lingalayam
16-18 January
Seymour Centre
Chris Thile
SOLD OUT
The most remarkable mandolinist in the world
14-15 January
The Spiegeltent
Chris Thile (Parramatta)
SOLD OUT
The most remarkable mandolinist in the world
16 January
Riverside Theatres
Colin Stetson
Bass saxophone virtuoso
25-26 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Dido & Aeneas
Sasha Waltz & Guests
16-21 January
Sydney Lyric at The Star
Dom Flemons
SOLD OUT
Reviving old-time blues
11-12 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Dom Flemons- The Spiegeltent
Extra show added by popular demand
22 January
Festival Village
Donny Benet & the Donny Benet Show Band
Poster boy of Italo funk disco
10-24 January
The Spiegeltent
Eclipse
Amadou & Mariam's extra-sensory experience
9-11 January
Sydney Town Hall
Edwyn Collins
Exuberant northern soul
19-21 January
The Spiegeltent
Edwyn Collins (Parramatta)
SOLD OUT
Exuberant northern soul
18 January
Riverside Theatres
Emily Barker
Compelling singer/songwriter
13-21 January
The Star Event Centre
Funki Porcini
Downtempo beats and bedroom-eyed jazz
16 January
The Spiegeltent
Future Classic: Jacques Renault, Medlar, Touch Sensitive & Wave Racer - Paradiso at Town Hall
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins- Paradiso at Town Hall
Delicious sounds of funk, soul & hip-hop. With DJ Romes
23 January
Sydney Town Hall
Hilliard Ensemble and Consort Eclectus
In their final Australian performances
17 January
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Hilliard Songbook
Hilliard acapella performances one last time
15-16 January
The Great Hall, University of Sydney
Hive + 100 Million Nights
Tyondai Braxton + Canyons & Daniel Boyd
21 January
Sydney Opera House
Hot Dub Time Machine
WAITLIST FULL
Best. Party. Ever.
11-25 January
The Spiegeltent
Hurricane Transcriptions / Laborintus II
Lee Ranaldo & Mike Patton + Ensemble Offspring XL
16 January
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Jazzamatazz!
Ali McGregor does jazzy beats for kids
17-19 January
The Spiegeltent
John Grant + John Murry - Paradiso at Town Hall
Heart-wrenching Americana
16 January
Sydney Town Hall
John Murry
Bittersweet Americana
22 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
John Murry (Parramatta)
Beautiful and bittersweet songs
17 January
Riverside Theatres
Jonathan Toubin
Shake what ya mama gave ya!
25 January
Sydney Town Hall
Kurt Vile & the Violators - Paradiso at Town Hall
SOLD OUT
FBi Night
22 January
Sydney Town Hall
Kurt Vile Solo
WAITLIST FULL
Lo-fi psych rocker solo
23 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Lao Qiang
Ancient rock'n'roll of the East
22-25 January
Seymour Centre
Lee Fields & the Expressions
Funk and hip-shaking R'n'B
9 January
The Spiegeltent
Matmos
Avant-garde electronic duo
15 January
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man - Paradiso at Town Hall
Serge Gainsbourg reimagined
19 January
Sydney Town Hall
Mick Turner
Blurry guitars and sea-legged rhythms
23 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Modular: Juan Atkins, Movement, Roland Tings, Wordlife & Softwar - Paradiso at Town Hall
One eye on the future, the other on the dancefloor
17 January
Sydney Town Hall
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro - Paradiso at Town Hall
Traditional tango turned on its head
18 January
Sydney Town Hall
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro (Parramatta)
SOLD OUT
Traditional tango turned on its head
19 January
Riverside Theatres
Paradiso Lates - Paradiso at Town Hall
Free entry, dance the night away
16-25 January
Sydney Town Hall
Parra Opening Party
Free family fun
10 January
Parramatta CBD
Rekorderlig Gazebo
Party with Sydney's best DJs for free
9-26 January
Festival Village
Samaris
Dreamy Icelandic electronica
16-17 January
The Spiegeltent
Scanner
Cutting-edge sonic artist and composer
16-21 January
The Star Event Centre
Scotch and Soda
Raucous music & dexterous feats
10-26 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Sinkane
Global music with real soul
24-26 January
The Spiegeltent
Sky Terrace
Make a night of it!
9-26 January
The Star Event Centre
So Frenchy So Chic in the Park
French music, food and wine
18 January
St John's College, University of Sydney
Soil & Pimp Sessions - Paradiso at Town Hall
Frenetic Japanese jazz
25 January
Sydney Town Hall
Spirit of Akasha
SOLD OUT
The magic of the ocean through music and film
25 January
Sydney Opera House
Summer Sounds in The Domain with Chaka Khan
'Chaka Khan is one of the great funk-soul vocalists' The Guardian (UK)
11 January
The Domain
Sun Ra Arkestra
Legendary jazz orchestra takes you on an intergalactic journey
18 January
State Theatre
Symphony in The Domain
Classical music under the stars
26 January
The Domain
The Staves
Golden harmonies from fast-rising British trio
22-23 January
The Spiegeltent
The Staves - Sutherland
Golden harmonies from fast-rising British trio
24 January
Sutherland Entertainment Centre
Tom Thum: Beating the Habit
Beatboxing virtuoso
21-26 January
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Village Bandstand
Free live music and DJs
9-26 January
Festival Village
Visitors
Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass & Jon Kane film + SSO
23-24 January
Sydney Opera House
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Baroque favourites on period instruments
WAITLIST FULL
January 18
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is regarded as one of the world’s leading period ensembles. In this special program the ensemble, led by concert master Georg Kallweit, present a feast of much-loved Baroque masterpieces, including Bach, Telemann and the sumptuous overture to Vivaldi’s Il Giustino.
Am I
Shaun Parker & Company
January 9-12
Sydney Opera House
Choreographer Shaun Parker and composer Nick Wales have created a striking visual and theatrical world for Am I. An arresting music and dance collaboration, Am I investigates the meaning of “I”. Seven individuals seek to re-establish a new civilisation, in this stunning world premier.
Amadou & Mariam (Parramatta)
Malian duo
SOLD OUT
January 12
Riverside Theatres
This Grammy Award-nominated pair met at the Bamako Institute for the Young Blind in the 70s and have been creating inspired blues-infused Afro-pop ever since. Their celebrated career has seen them circle the globe, sharing their sound, and collaborating with Manu Chao, Santigold and Damon Albarn.
Amanda Palmer
Pioneer of punk cabaret
SOLD OUT
January 9-19
The Spiegeltent
One of the music industry's true mavericks, Amanda Palmer explodes onto The Spiegeltent stage this summer for 10 nights of music and mayhem. A pioneer of punk cabaret, as one half of The Dresden Dolls and in her own right, Palmer performs a special solo show exclusively for Sydney Festival.A night of pop punk cabaret with one of the music industry's true mavericks.
Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet - City
Meet the future of jazz
January 11
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Young trumpeter-composer Ambrose Akinmusire and his quintet come to Australia for the first time. Signed to Blue Note Records, the prodigious Californian creates mind-blowing music that the New York Times has described as "limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery and pop instincts"
Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet - Spiegeltent
Meet the future of jazz
SOLD OUT
January 12
The Spiegeltent
Young trumpeter-composer Ambrose Akinmusire and his quintet come to Australia for the first time. Signed to Blue Note Records, the prodigious Californian creates mind-blowing music that the New York Times has described as "limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery and pop instincts"
Andrew Weatherall
Legendary British DJ
WAITLIST FULL
January 26
The Spiegeltent
Andrew Weatherall is a man who knows music. The legendary British DJ, producer and remixer is always on the cutting edge as a true pioneer of the underground. Weatherall runs the gamut of modern electronic music in his sets, tapping hypnotic house, dark electro and even post punk.
Andy Votel
Weirdest, wildest and best records in the galaxy
January 19
Sydney Town Hall

UK

Andy Votel presents: Kleksploitation, a vibrant sonic and visual journey, into the film music of prolific composer Andrzej Korzynski, who wrote soundtracks for more than 120 films including Wajda’s Everything for Sale, and Zulawski’s Third Part of The Night and Possession. Votel presents an entirely re-contextualised version of Korzynski’s psychedelic proto-electro scores for the cult Pan Kleks trilogy of children’s films from the 1980s. Based on the novels of Jan Brzechwa these bizarre films have been loved by generations of Polish children. 

Andy Votel will also be performing DJ Sets at:
Festival Village Rekorderlig Gazebo
With James Pianta (The Round Table)
Friday 17 January 8:30pm - 2am
Free entry

The Star Sky Terrace
Featuring Jack Shit
Saturday 18 January 6pm - 10pm
Free entry
Apollo Ensemble
Jewish Baroque
January 14-15
The Great Synagogue
The Ensemble brings Jewish Baroque treasures from the Ets-Chaim Library in Amsterdam, home to a centuries-old collection of Jewish music to The Great Synagogue. Directed by David Rabinovich, accompanied by Norwegian soprano Siri Karoline Thornhill and Dutch countertenor Maarten Engeltjes.
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Blues-belting folk balladeer
SOLD OUT
January 8
The Spiegeltent
Compared to Seasick Steve and Tom Waits, this blues-belting folk balladeer's live performances have won him a serious fan base. Rugged, raspy and full of onstage banter, Ben Caplan's melodic fury is matched by his eloquent and powerful lyricism. Prepare for a rollicking, foot-stomping time.
Big Star's Third
All-star lineup recreates this classic album
January 23
Enmore Theatre
"Big Star aren't just rock's greatest cult band; they were arguably rock's first cult band" Pitchfork
An all-star cast inlcuding Cat Power, Edwyn Collins, Tim Rogers, Kim Salmon, Dave Faulkner and many more, gather to perform one of the most iconic albums ever made, Big Star's third album, Sister Lovers. Considered a cult classic, the record is adored by critics and artists alike
Bombino
Bluesy desert jams
SOLD OUT
January 9-10
The Spiegeltent
Electric guitar firebrand Omara ‘Bombino' Moctar hails from Niger and plays with the spirit of Hendrix.
The singer-songwriter is plugged in to the sound of the Sahara and driven by the politics of his people. Bombino & band start a rhythm-led rebellion in Sydney with their bluesy desert jams.

 

Standing tickets only

Bombino (Parramatta)
Bluesy desert jams
SOLD OUT
January 11
Riverside Theatres
Electric guitar firebrand Omara ‘Bombino' Moctar hails from Niger and plays with the spirit of Hendrix.
The singer-songwriter is plugged in to the sound of the Sahara and driven by the politics of his people. Bombino & band start a rhythm-led rebellion in Sydney with their bluesy desert jams.
C.R. Avery and the Sojourners
Harmonica-wielding beatbox poet
January 9-10
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Harmonica-wielding beatbox poet C.R. Avery is joined by gospel greats The Sojourners to transport Sydney to a speakeasy of the future. Raw spoken word riffs and rock'n'roll energy mesh beautifully with heaven-sent harmonies of the Canadian trio to create an eclectic mix of blues, hip-hop and punk.
Cat Power
A rare, intimate solo performance
WAITLIST FULL
January 24
Circus Ronaldo Tent
"An inspired, fearless and curious artist" NPR 

From heart-wrenching indie to uplifting Memphis-style RnB, the enigmatic Cat Power is forever one of a kind. Following the tour of last year's studio album Sun, Cat Power a.k.a Chan Marshall is back in Australia to play two solo shows for Sydney Festival. This rare, intimate celebration of one of our generation's most remarkable singer-songwriters promises to be truly special.

Cat Power is also appearing in Big Star's Third on 23 January at The Enmore Theatre. 
Chi Udaka
Taikoz and Lingalayam
January 16-18
Seymour Centre
A dynamic, cross-cultural partnership- the powerful drumming of TaikOz merges with intricate classical Indian dance movements of Lingalayam. The vocabulary of both companies is steeped in tradition and they now come together with their respective Japanese and Indian practices to break new ground.
Chris Thile
The most remarkable mandolinist in the world
SOLD OUT
January 14-15
The Spiegeltent
Chris Thile is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. Thile has recently won both a Grammy and the McArthure ‘Genius’ Grant. In this new program, Thile draws from his latest recording, Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, while also exploring his own compositions.
Chris Thile (Parramatta)
The most remarkable mandolinist in the world
SOLD OUT
January 16
Riverside Theatres
Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. 
In The Lennox, Thile draws from his latest recording, Bach Sonatas & Paritas Vol. 1, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.
Colin Stetson
Bass saxophone virtuoso
January 25-26
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Visionary saxophonist Colin Stetson straddles the worlds of avant jazz and experimental noise. He has worked with the likes of Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and Laurie Anderson. His polyphonic sound really pushes boundaries, his saxophone becoming multiple instruments in one.
Dido & Aeneas
Sasha Waltz & Guests
January 16-21
Sydney Lyric at The Star
The oldest love story in English opera, Dido & Aeneas is the myth of a queen, a soldier and the illicit love that tore them apart.
Dom Flemons
Reviving old-time blues
SOLD OUT
January 11-12
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Folklorist Dom Flemons explores the roots of black string-band music by interpreting and reviving old-time blues. A member of Grammy Award-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills in addition to singing).
Dom Flemons- The Spiegeltent
Extra show added by popular demand
January 22
Festival Village

USA


"A true virtuoso" Full-Time Blues Radio (USA) 

Due to popular demand Dom Flemons is performing an extra show!

Folklorist Dom Flemons explores the roots of black string-band music by interpreting and reviving old-time blues and traditional songs. A member of Grammy Award-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops, banjo enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills in addition to singing). Flemons performs with exuberance as he casts new light on songs of the past.

The Festival Village is a licensed venue after 4:30pm each day. All minors attending shows or events must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 
Donny Benet & the Donny Benet Show Band
Poster boy of Italo funk disco
January 10-24
The Spiegeltent
Donny Benét is the new poster boy of Italo funk disco. Armed with a drum machine, a slick bass and a Moog synthesiser with a pitch bender that won't stop. Hearts will be broken, dreams will be realised and Sydney will swelter when it feels the heat.
Eclipse
Amadou & Mariam's extra-sensory experience
January 9-11
Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall is plunged into total darkness for an all-senses experience with Malian superstars Amadou & Mariam. The Grammy Award-nominated duo met at the Bamako Institute for the Young Blind in the 70s and have been creating inspired blues-infused Afro-pop ever since. 
Edwyn Collins
Exuberant northern soul
January 19-21
The Spiegeltent
Hailed as a pop national treasure in the UK, Edwyn Collins is responsible for some of the most celebrated indie albums of the last 30 years. It's been a hard road for Collins since his stroke in 2005, but his recent releases are a true testament to his prodigious talent and determination.
Edwyn Collins (Parramatta)
Exuberant northern soul
SOLD OUT
January 18
Riverside Theatres
One-time frontman of post-punk band Orange Juice, and acclaimed solo artist, Edwyn Collins is responsible for some of the most distinctive and celebrated indie albums of the last 30 years. Hailed as a pop national treasure in the UK, his back catalogue is legendary.
Emily Barker
Compelling singer/songwriter
January 13-21
The Star Event Centre
Emily Barker’s agile vocals are a blend of strength and fragility, while her lyrics explore the meaning of home and its related tangents of exile, displacement, and family. She brings extra warmth to hot summer evenings on the Sky Terrace.
Funki Porcini
Downtempo beats and bedroom-eyed jazz
January 16
The Spiegeltent
Master of downtempo beats and bedroom-eyed jazz, British musician and DJ James Braddell, aka Funki Porcini, takes you deep into the night with laidback breaks and cinematic soundscapes. This Laborintus II afterparty set taps into the world of Italian 60s B-movies that inspired Luciano Berio.
Future Classic: Jacques Renault, Medlar, Touch Sensitive & Wave Racer - Paradiso at Town Hall
Raw house and disco treats
January 24
Sydney Town Hall
Future Classic are calling in international house heavyweights to keep the dance floor heaving; DJ/producer extraordinaire Jacques Renault bringing the disco treats and UK house maestro Medlar with a banging summer set. Rounding out the bill are two local rising stars Touch Sensitive and Wave Racer.
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins- Paradiso at Town Hall
Delicious sounds of funk, soul & hip-hop. With DJ Romes
January 23
Sydney Town Hall
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins are not your ordinary husband and wife duo. Having worked with artists including Mos Def, Erykah Badu and Madlib, the dynamic pair mix funk, soul, hip-hop and psychedelic rock to create delicious sounds. They are joined by Californian hip-hop legend DJ Romes.
Hilliard Ensemble and Consort Eclectus
In their final Australian performances
January 17
City Recital Hall Angel Place
One of the world's most distinguished vocal chamber groups, The Hilliard Ensemble is virtually unrivalled for its A Capella performances of old and new music. In the performance the Ensemble is joined by viol group Consort Eclectus, the Melbourne-based Renaissance music specialists.
Hilliard Songbook
Hilliard acapella performances one last time
January 15-16
The Great Hall, University of Sydney
In its 40th year, The Hilliard Ensemble performs its final two Australian concerts at Sydney festival. Join them for a landmark musical occasion. In this performance in the Great Hall, the Ensemble sings A Hilliard Songbook, a program of its best-loved works, encompassing the sacred and the secular.
Hive + 100 Million Nights
Tyondai Braxton + Canyons & Daniel Boyd
January 21
Sydney Opera House

An audio visual experience reinterpreting Australian-European history. Two very special sight and sound works take you on an incandescent sensory journey. Part installation, part band, all set atop architecturally designed and custom built illuminated platforms.

Hot Dub Time Machine
Best. Party. Ever.
WAITLIST FULL
January 11-25
The Spiegeltent
Best. Party. Ever. Pack your hotpants and prep your spirit fingers - the world's first time travelling dance party returns to Sydney Festival! Mashing up music and video, Hot Dub captain DJ Tom Loud takes you on a journey through musical history, starting in 1954 and traversing the last 60 years.
Hurricane Transcriptions / Laborintus II
Lee Ranaldo & Mike Patton + Ensemble Offspring XL
January 16
City Recital Hall Angel Place
Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo is joined by Classical innovators Ensemble Offspring to present Hurricane Transcriptions. Mike Patton tackles Luciano Berio’s composition Laborintus II, a montage of spoken word and instrumentation. Patton is joined by Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company.
Jazzamatazz!
Ali McGregor does jazzy beats for kids
January 17-19
The Spiegeltent
Lead by the insanely talented cabaret star Ali McGregor, this hour of jazzy beats and trashy pop classics will get your children singing, prancing, twisting and dancing. McGregor and her jazz trio are joined by two dancers who teach rock'n'roll, swing and jive moves. 
John Grant + John Murry - Paradiso at Town Hall
Heart-wrenching Americana
January 16
Sydney Town Hall
"Genuinely remarkable"- The Guardian. It takes a masterful songwriter to tell heart-wrenching tales with a sense of humour. Grant has emerged from a difficult past to deliver two astounding solo albums. Joining Grant John Murry, who journeys from heartbreak to salvation via arresting Americana.
John Murry
Bittersweet Americana
January 22
Circus Ronaldo Tent

A true craftsman of lyrical storytelling, Southern troubadour John Murry writes beautiful and bittersweet songs that pick over the embers of his life.

As he journeys from heartbreak to salvation, via arresting Americana, his stories captivate with every word.
John Murry (Parramatta)
Beautiful and bittersweet songs
January 17
Riverside Theatres
A true craftsman of lyrical storytelling, Southern troubadour John Murry writes beautiful and bittersweet songs that pick over the embers of his life. As he journeys from heartbreak to salvation, via arresting Americana, his stories captivate with every word.
Jonathan Toubin
Shake what ya mama gave ya!
January 25
Sydney Town Hall
Powering the evening through to the wee hours of Paradiso's closing night is New York Night Train's Soul Clap & Dance Off, the party machine of dynamic DJ/nightlife visionary Jonathan Toubin who is currently changing the world one wild 45rpm at a time!

His infectious and high energy maximum rock n roll/soul sets have taken him from underground New York venues to some of the most prestigious festivals around the world, sharing stages alongside the likes of The Black Keys, Erykah Badu, Jack White and Rick Ross.

Jonathan will transform Paradiso at Town Hall into a giant dance floor for all with his signature Dance Off contest. With special guest judges, DJs and even a cash prize, Soul Clap & Dance Off is the ultimate chance to strut your stuff and shake what ya mama gave ya.
Jonathan Toubin will also be appearing at:
The Star Sky Terrace
Featuring Yo Grito!
Friday 24 January 6pm - 10pm
Kurt Vile & the Violators - Paradiso at Town Hall
FBi Night
SOLD OUT
January 22
Sydney Town Hall
Kurt Vile writes warm and expansive songs, dipping from mellow rambles and rising to sky-scraping anthems. Piecing together a motley combination of fingerpicking folk, classic rock and layered psych, he’s eager to rock out and equally unafraid to sing low and sweet, backed by his band The Violators.
Kurt Vile Solo
Lo-fi psych rocker solo
WAITLIST FULL
January 23
Circus Ronaldo Tent
With a raft of revered albums to his name including the recent release 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze', Kurt Vile's  slow-burning sounds have seen him dubbed "sublime" by Pitchfork and "electrifying" by NME. Kurt Vile's status as a slacker-rock hero is indisputable.
Lao Qiang
Ancient rock'n'roll of the East
January 22-25
Seymour Centre
From the dusty plains of northwest China's Shaanxi Province comes the tradition of Lao Qiang or ‘old tunes'. Lao Qiang is energetic folk music accompanied by shadow puppetry. The Zhang Family Band performs this centuries-old form of storytelling with humour and energy.
Lee Fields & the Expressions
Funk and hip-shaking R'n'B
January 9
The Spiegeltent
Lee Fields has been in the game for over 40 years. He delivers sweet soul, James Brown-inspired funk and hip-shaking R’n’B with an authenticity that only comes from being there from the start. Making fresh sound with exceptional players The Expressions, this is Fields at his best.
Matmos
Avant-garde electronic duo
January 15
City Recital Hall Angel Place
An evening of boundary pushing sonic invention, avant-garde electronic duo Matmos experiment with noise to push the boundaries of pop music. Mining non-conventional sound sources and exploring bold ideas, Baltimore-based Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt have been producing music together since the 90s. 
Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man - Paradiso at Town Hall
Serge Gainsbourg reimagined
January 19
Sydney Town Hall
Multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey pays tribute to Serge Gainsbourg with a special presentation of the enigmatic French provocateur's work. Former Bad Seed Harvey revisits his mid-90s solo albums Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants (his interpretations of Gainsbourg's songs).
Mick Turner
Blurry guitars and sea-legged rhythms
January 23
Circus Ronaldo Tent

"Mick Turner is an inimitable force, a man whose creative legacy continues to defy and mystify" - The Music

Blurry guitars, sea-legged rhythms, somnolent tempo - must be Mick Turner!

Otherwise known as the guitarist for the internationally acclaimed Dirty Three, Turner steps into the Festival Village limelight for an intimate, one-off gig showcasing his extraordinary new album Don't Tell the Driver. Performing with a full band and guest vocalists, this unique early evening show is set to be a subtly powerful musical experience.

Modular: Juan Atkins, Movement, Roland Tings, Wordlife & Softwar - Paradiso at Town Hall
One eye on the future, the other on the dancefloor
January 17
Sydney Town Hall
Iconic Australian label Modular takes over Paradiso, assembling an eclectic line-up of talent. Rising stars Movement deliver seductive beats live alongside acid house lab-rat Roland Tings, techno futurist duo wordlife and emerging DJ team Softwar. International headliner to be announced soon.
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro - Paradiso at Town Hall
Traditional tango turned on its head
January 18
Sydney Town Hall
This 13-piece band from Argentina have turned tango on its head in their hometown of Buenos Aires and around the world. Three violins, a viola, a violoncello, a double bass, a piano and a singer, La Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro bring new intensity and fire to traditional acoustic tango.
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro (Parramatta)
Traditional tango turned on its head
SOLD OUT
January 19
Riverside Theatres
Responsible for blasting traditional acoustic tango into the 21st century, La Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro's high-energy performances have turned tango on its head in Buenos Aires and around the world. This 12-piece band from Argentina is the liveliest force in tango.
Paradiso Lates - Paradiso at Town Hall
Free entry, dance the night away
January 16-25
Sydney Town Hall
We know you'll want to make your summer nights last, so we’re offering all the after-hours entertainment you could ever need with Paradiso Lates. Hit the dance floor with our late night line-up of bands and DJs or kick on outside with your fellow Festival night owls in the Paradiso Terrace Bar.
Parra Opening Party
Free family fun
January 10
Parramatta CBD
Imagine a perfect summer night filled with free music, street theatre and amazing food for the whole family to enjoy. This is POP 2014. With Sydney festival artists such as Boxwars, Ambrose Akinmusire, Hot Dub Time Machine Bella Kalolo, Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers, and Lee Fields & The Expressions.
Rekorderlig Gazebo
Party with Sydney's best DJs for free
January 9-26
Festival Village

The Rekorderlig Gazebo returns in 2014 to again showcase the very best DJ’s Sydney has to offer. If it’s a party you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the Rekorderlig Gazebo.

Samaris
Dreamy Icelandic electronica
January 16-17
The Spiegeltent
Icelandic Samaris create music well beyond their years. Layering astral vocals and 19th-century Icelandic poetry on dreamy electronica and percussive beats, the band produces a sound that is at once both ancient and modern. This trio from Reykjavik is unlike anything else you've heard before.
Scanner
Cutting-edge sonic artist and composer
January 16-21
The Star Event Centre
Sonic artist and composer Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner has been traversing the experimental terrain between sound, space and image since 1991, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres - collaborating with artists Bryan Ferry, Danger Mouse, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Miroslaw Balka, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others.
Scotch and Soda
Raucous music & dexterous feats
January 10-26
Circus Ronaldo Tent
Some of Australia’s finest acrobats and music-makers butt heads to create Scotch and Soda, a whiskey-soaked evening of raucous dance and dexterous feats – where the band holds centre stage. Channelling the vibe of a rowdy whiskey joint, Scotch and Soda will rollick along late into the evening –naturally – in the Circus Ronaldo Tent.
Sinkane
Global music with real soul
January 24-26
The Spiegeltent
Forward-looking four-piece Sinkane tap jazz, disco and rock to create space-age summer jams. Sinkane’s breezy sounds reflect Gallab’s diverse musical experience. Mining 70s funk, Sudanese pop and New York indie, this is global music with real soul.
Sky Terrace
Make a night of it!
January 9-26
The Star Event Centre

Join us at Sky Terrace this January for an exciting free program of live music, DJs and quirky performances on the roof terrace at The Star. Add some delicious alfresco food into the mix and you've got all the key ingredients for a great summer night out.

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park
French music, food and wine
January 18
St John's College, University of Sydney
Summer gets stylish as So Frenchy So Chic takes over the park in St John's College for a day of fine music, food and wine. This family friendly boutique party all things French with the sophisticated sounds of Lou Doillon, Lilly Wood & the Prick, Féfé and Babylon Circus.
Soil & Pimp Sessions - Paradiso at Town Hall
Frenetic Japanese jazz
January 25
Sydney Town Hall
The blazing death jazz sounds of Japan's Soil & "Pimp" Sessions explode onto the Paradiso stage this summer with the funkiest ensemble horn-play you'll hear this side of Tokyo. This six-piece has become a favourite on the festival circuit. Now Soil & Pimp Sessions makes its Australian debut. 
Spirit of Akasha
The magic of the ocean through music and film
SOLD OUT
January 25
Sydney Opera House
A live music and film experience celebrating the spirit of surf culture. Featuring surfers Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Tom Curren. Accompanying the screening are live performances from Xavier RuddPONDCanyons DJsAndrew Kidman & the Windy Hills and Jack River in this special music and film experience.
Summer Sounds in The Domain with Chaka Khan
'Chaka Khan is one of the great funk-soul vocalists' The Guardian (UK)
January 11
The Domain
There's no better way to get into the swing of summer in Sydney than by enjoying a free outdoor concert in the heart of the city. Join tens of thousands of music lovers in The Domain and dance the night away to the incredible headlining act Chaka Khan!

Performance Times:
Hot Dub Time Machine from 8pm
Chaka Khan from 9pm
Sun Ra Arkestra
Legendary jazz orchestra takes you on an intergalactic journey
January 18
State Theatre
Open a door to the cosmos with one of the greatest big bands of all time. Performing under the direction of veteran saxophonist Marshall Allen, this 12-strong legendary jazz orchestra takes you on an intergalactic journey spanning the past, the present and the future.
Symphony in The Domain
Classical music under the stars
January 26
The Domain
Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets under the stars. The interstellar music will be interspersed with readings by Bell Shakespeare's John Bell and finished with one of the finest fireworks displays in the galaxy. Best of all, Symphony in The Domain is free.
The Staves
Golden harmonies from fast-rising British trio
January 22-23
The Spiegeltent
Due to illness, we regret to announce all Sydney Festival performances by The Staves have been cancelled.
The Staves - Sutherland
Golden harmonies from fast-rising British trio
January 24
Sutherland Entertainment Centre
Due to illness, we regret to announce all Sydney Festival performances by The Staves have been cancelled.
Tom Thum: Beating the Habit
Beatboxing virtuoso
January 21-26
Circus Ronaldo Tent
A sonic journey for the whole family. Beatbox addict Tom Thum makes musical magic using only his mouth and a microphone. Packing an entire sound system into his throat, he creates mind-blowing soundscapes of impossible beats, phenomenal notes and a whole band's worth of instruments.
Village Bandstand
Free live music and DJs
January 9-26
Festival Village
Join us at the Village Bandstand in the Sydney Festival Village for an exciting free program of live music, DJs, and quirky performances. It's a great place to see a little something extra between shows, while you enjoy a drink with friends or as you grab some delicious eats.
Visitors
Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass & Jon Kane film + SSO
January 23-24
Sydney Opera House
30 years after their groundbreaking Koyaanisqatsi (Qatsi Trilogy), director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass have joined with filmmaker Jon Kane to create a cinematic time capsule for the 21st century. Reggio's visual poetry and Glass's haunting score are a wordless ode to modern life.