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An unforgettable free show from the legends of psychedelic rock
Summer Sounds in The Domain: The Flaming Lips
Art Gallery Road
Royal Botanic Gardens
9 January from 5pm
Support acts from 5.30pm
FREE General Admission
"Come for the balloons, stay for the space-rock anthems about the inevitability of oblivion"
The Guardian

Take all the things you know and love about The Flaming Lips – the psychedelic pop anthems, the beamed-from-outer-space live shows, and the feelings of joy and goodwill towards your fellow humans, creatures and Martians – and now imagine all of this happening in The Domain, for free. It’s basically a recipe for your best summer music experience ever, and it’s open to everyone.

Over the course of three decades, Wayne Coyne’s Oklahoma crew has proven itself a musical force to be reckoned with, offering cult favourites like ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’ alongside such chart hits as ‘Do You Realize??’ and live performances that are simply unrivaled. Come celebrate Sydney Festival’s 40th summer at this glorious spectacle under the stars.

5:00pm – 5:30pm: DJ Misbehaviour

5:45pm – 6:30pm: Hermigervill

6:45pm – 7:30pm: Royal Headache

8:00pm – 8:45pm: FM Belfast

9:00pm – 10:30pm: The Flaming Lips


Arrive at 5pm when the gate opens to avoid disappointment as there is limited capacity.

No BYO food or drinks. The Domain is a licensed venue, food and drinks available for purchase. Bags and IDs will be checked at the entry.

Smoking is not permitted in common areas, but a designated smoking area will be provided.

For patrons with specific access requirements, accessible parking and an accessible viewing area will be available. These must be booked in advance. For all information about access, please visit this page.

VIP access has now sold out

Conditions of entry

Summer Sounds in The Domain is licensed. Police and liquor licensing require that we check every person who comes to the event for photo ID and that over-18s receive wristbands. To ensure quick entry please make sure you have your photo ID ready for presentation at the gate. If you purchased VIP access, you must also present your ticket. There will be no pass-outs.

On top of this you will also have your belongings checked for restricted items and may be subjected to a metal detection and/or pat down test for concealed weapons and other restricted items. All these checks do slow down the entry process so we thank you in advance for your patience.

CCTV will be in operation during Summer Sounds in The Domain.

Important information about entering the venue and what items you can bring.

Prohibited Items

Any prohibited items found will be confiscated. Alcohol will be disposed of, illegal substances or weapons or items considered dangerous or offensive will be handed over to the police, anything else can be held in the Guest service booth until patrons leave the event.

Sniffer Dogs

Many festivals across Australia have been targeted by sniffer dog operations. Please understand that Sydney Festival does not support illegal drug use or possession and anyone found with illegal substances will be handed over to the police. Possession of even a small quantity of illegal drugs can lead to a criminal conviction and a criminal record for life.

Dos and Don’ts


Remember to bring your photo ID.

If you purchased VIP access, you must bring your ticket with you.

Use public transport.

Bring sun/rain protection – we party rain, hail or shine.

Use the rubbish and recycling facilities available – The Domain is in a beautiful venue please keep it that way!

If you feel unwell, go to first aid straight away.

If you see a friend or anyone looking unwell, take them to first aid or tell a security guard.

Party safe and have a great day!


Bring any alcohol, drugs, weapons or audio/video recording equipment.

Bring a bad attitude – Summer Sounds in The Domain is about having fun!

Remember: If you take illegal drugs, you don’t know what is in them.


Free bike valet parking will be available courtesy of SydneyCycleways. Plan your journey now using the Sydney cycling map.

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