For a full schedule of events click here. You can also download a map of the Meriton Festival Village here.
Everyone’s favourite Meriton Festival Village is bigger and better than ever. It's the ultimate oasis of musical and theatrical delights, along with plenty of delicious eats, all in the heart of the city at Hyde Park. Kick back in the afternoons or kick on into the warm summer nights.
Drop by and get a taste of the Festival with ticketed music, comedy, cabaret and music theatre events in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and enjoy free entertainment every day at our brand new outdoor venue, Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines. Don't missThe Hair Salon, a non-stop variety show with live music, extravagant hair styling, comedy and cabaret featuring Leah Shelton, Lisa Fa'alafi, Bob Downe and DJ Sveta.
There's much to explore around the Village as well - dust of your skates and glide around the Archibald Fountain to live DJs every at Roller Jamevery Saturday afternoon, get down at the famous Soul of Sydney parties each Sunday and explore the fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors in House of Mirrors - the ultimate maze of optical illusions that needs to be seen to be believed.
Treat yourself to simple and robust Italian fare from Fratelli Fresh, creative Latin American tapas from Bodega's Cantina, fresh and contemporary Japanese cuisine from Saké, juicy burgers and fried chicken courtesy of Sydney institution Mary's and treats from Porteño Pie Shop.
Enjoy a tipple from one of our bars; there's beer and cider from Kirin and a variety of wines from James Estate.
See the line-up of free bands playing on the Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines below:
Wednesday 11 January, 6.30pm - Pirra
Returning to the Meriton Festival Village, this indie outfit combines sophisticated yet catchy pop arrangements with surreal lyrics about modern life.
Thursday 12 January, 6.30pm - Lake Street Dive (USA)
A free concert with Brooklyn's Lake Street Dive has just been confirmed in addition to their previously-announced Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent show. Lake Street Dive perfectly blend rollicking soul, Motown pop, and knockabout R&B, anchored by flawless harmonies and Rachael Price’s smoky voice.
Friday 13 January, 6.15pm - Mighty Duke & The Lords
Crisp linen suits and sharp-witted lyrics are blended with junk percussion and double entendre by this five-piece band, resulting in a tropical cyclone of mad calypso rhythm and rum-soaked tomfoolery.
Saturday 14 January, 12.30pm & 6.30pm - Mighty Duke & The Lords
Sunday 15 January, 6.30pm - Mighty Duke & The Lords
Tuesday 17 January, 6.30pm - Orszaczky Budget Orchestra
A throwback tribute party full of Jackie’s soul-funk tunes and his arrangements of classics, truly worthy of both his memory and most of the leather on your dancing shoes.
Wednesday 18 January, 6.30pm - Body Type
With songs that bounce from the depths of heartbreak to the amusing banality of everyday life, this newly formed Sydney-based quartet are producing lo-fi garage pop music that has everybody talking.
Thursday 19 January, 6.30pm - Alice Terry
With a multi-faceted voice that slides from gutsy Delta blues queen through to a powerful yet ethereal falsetto, Terry’s beautiful songs have deservedly earned her the title of 'Sydney’s first lady of blues'.
Friday 20 January, 6.30pm - Broadway Sounds
With touches of psych, Italo disco, kwela jazz and township jive, this critically acclaimed trio churn out vibrant pop and pay homage to some of music’s richest lineages, while creating a sound both provocative and new in its own right.
Saturday 21 January, 12.30pm - The Spooky Men’s Chorale
The Spooky Men's Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the spookies seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices.
Saturday 21 January, 6.30pm - Broadway Sounds
Sunday 22 January, 6.45pm - Eastern Empire
This multi-cultural and multi-talented cast of both classically trained and self-taught musicians and vocalists will transport you to a world of Indian dance and music with a touch of Bollywood, filled with explosive colour and sound.
Tuesday 24 January, 6.30pm - Orszaczky Budget Orchestra
Wednesday 25 January, 6.45pm - Alice Terry
Thursday 26 January, 6.45pm - Eastern Empire
Friday 27 January, 6.45pm - Los Tones
Combining old school psychotropic beats with hip grinding dance rhythms, this garage rock quartet hurl themselves around with abandon and offer a sound that is gloriously big and brash.
Saturday 28 January, 12.30pm - The Old School Funk Band
The Old School Funk Band bring the 60’s/70’s Blue Note era back for a party of earthy, soulful jazz. Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Marvin Gaye, The Meters and Eddie Harris all get a look in. You never know who might sit in and what may happen.
Saturday 28 January, 6.45pm - Los Tones
Sunday 29 January, 6.30pm - Cumbiamuffin
The contagious, joyful rhythms of Latin American cumbia music is brought to life by this group of Colombian and Australian musicians. Think reggae, ragga and roots from the Caribbean – with a big band orchestra vibe.
Meriton Festival Village, Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines are all wheelchair accessible. Priority entry for people with access needs.
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Note: Meriton Festival Village is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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