Beck, Phoenix, Justice to headline new festival Sydney City Limits
Sydney City Limits is a brand-new festival taking over Centennial Park in February – and it is going to be huge.
The festival, which is brought to you by the people who do Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, will serve as something of a sister event to the revered Austin City Limits festival in the USA.
It looks like it may go some way to plugging what is left of the hole that emerged in the Australian festival scene following the demise of the Big Day Out and Harvest festivals.
It’s a diverse bill, packed with legitimately enormous indie headliners and the absolute biggest and best local talent around right now.
Leading the line-up is this week‘s Double J Feature Album artist Beck, who returns to Australia for the first time since headlining Harvest half a decade ago. Since then he won the Grammy for Album of the Year and just a couple of weeks ago released his brightest modern pop work to date in Colors. His name is always welcome on any festival bill.
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Two of France’s most revered acts are on the bill too, with the indie pop kingpins Phoenix and incomparable electro smashers Justice both locked in for sets at the new festival. Both of these acts are long-time favourites of Australian audiences and would carry an entire festival line up on their billing alone. To have them both is just enormous.
Grace Jones is the beyond legendary queen of disco, new wave, art pop and all things both super weird and ultra-stylish. Her live show required the most awful of clichés – it must be seen to be believed – and after the release of a new documentary about her career, there’ll no doubt as much interest as ever in witnessing her in the flesh.
Infamous British legends Carl Barât and Pete Doherty bringing The Libertines back to Australia for Sydney City Limits. Electronic music royalty The Avalanches also add this event to their triumphant return.
Will Toledo’s genius Car Seat Headrest return after a triumphant showing at Laneway earlier this year. Psych-funk master Thundercat adds this show to his already announced Golden Plains appearance. British indie-folk trio – and favourites of Bon Iver – The Staves will bring their sublime harmonies, as will American folk-rockers The Head and the Heart.
Add to this a local line up of huge stars like Vance Joy, Tash Sultana, Gang Of Youths, Alex Lahey, Bad//Dreems and more, and you have an almighty line up of music.
On top of that, you can bring your kids! Yes, Sydney City Limits, clearly desperate to make it into our list of kid-friendly events, has a dedicated space called Sydney Kiddie Limits, where very young music lovers and their parents can have just as much fun as the big kids.
The line up is as follows:
Beck, Phoenix, Justice, Vance Joy, Grace Jones, Tash Sultana, Gang Of Youths, The Libertines,The Avalanches, Alex Lahey, Allday, Dune Rats, Oh Wonder, Bad//Dreems, The Head And The Heart, Car Seat Headrest, Ocean Alley, The Staves, Winston Surfshirt, Sigrid, Thundercat, Ziggy Ramo
Sydney City Limits happens at Centennial Park on Saturday 24 February. Tickets are on sale from 9am Wednesday 1 November.