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Come Together

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When: Sunday 10th June
Where: The Big Top, Luna Park

Come Together returns on the June long weekend in 2018 Recharged, ready to rock and this year adding a Gold Coast date.
From its indie rock origins in 2005 to more recent years when Come Together hosted some of the country’s most memorable hip hop gatherings this year, Come Together will return to its rock roots and who better to lead the charge and bring good energy than the mighty Spiderbait. Without any doubt, one of Australia’s favourite live bands, Spiderbait was the first Australian band to top Triple J’s Hottest 100 with ’Buy Me A Pony’. They’ve collected numerous ARIAs and they have just completed the hardest rocking and most successful tours of their career. This three piece from Finley NSW, is built around Kram’s massive drum sound plus bombastic front man persona and the alternative jazz rocking guitar by Whitt, with the power bass and sweet vocals from Janet English. The set is packed with hits, many as you’ve never heard them before. One of the great live power trios of all time. Joining Spiderbait will be special guests The Superjesus who are celebrating 20 years since the release of their platinum debut album Sumo. Sarah McLeod, one of the most dynamic and charismatic frontwomen in Australian rock and fellow founding band member Stuart Rudd on bass, have floored audiences coast to coast as they return to their raw roots performing their greatest hits during extraordinary live shows. Come Together will be a show fans of The Superjesus should not miss. A live show by Melbourne’s Modern Rock monsters Mammal is just pure energy from the gut. The MML enigma stems from four unique, driven and charismatic artists. Ezekiel Ox spits out heartfelt lyrics against Pete Williamson’s incendiary guitar riffs over the thunderous rhythms of bassist Nick Adams and drummer Zane Rosanoski. Mammal have slaughtered audiences across Australia, UK and Europe and are back to reclaim the crown of Australia’s most exciting live band - a must see at Come Together Recharged. As always, Come Together introduces the best of the newcomers. Joining the lineup this year is Osaka Punch. Hailing from Brisbane, Osaka Punch are forging a reputation as one of Australia's most wildly enter- taining live acts. The group's distinctive fusion of catchy grooves, jazz chops and a rock ethos sets them apart from most heavy bands, while introducing humour and satire in an otherwise very serious music scene. Reviewers have emphasised the crowd-captivating live antics of the outfit and especially its charismatic and ceaselessly energetic front man, Jack 'Muzak' Venables. Completing this year’s line-up is Sydney’s four piece RACKETT whose slamming loud experimental punk-pop has critics and fans raving - “Rackett brought the energy to the crowd and slayed it”. “High energy and addic- tive, I can’t wait to see these vivacious girls live again!” “Noise is their number one trade and they are very, very good at it.” They’re also great fun so be there early! Recharged and ready to rock, Come Together returns on Queen Lizzie’s long weekend with 6 hours straight of high-energy home-grown Rock and back at the home of fun, Big Top Sydney at Luna Park. For the first time ever, Come Together will also expand across the Queensland border for a second high-energy show on Saturday, 30th June at the Night Quarter, the Gold Coast’s hub of community and culture.

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Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House

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When: Friday 25th May - Saturday 16th June
Where: Sydney Opera House

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Featuring Mazzy Star, Dreams (Daniel Johns & Luke Steele), Ice Cube, Cat Power, Neil Finn and much more.

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Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival

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When: Saturday 16th June
Where: Centennial Parklands
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: From $30

One day festival in Centennial Park that celebrates Australia’s much loved dairy product, cheese. Share a cheese platter with friends and family, enjoy live music and our free cheese workshops while tasting and learning about some of the best cheese produce in the country. Buckle up, we’re in for a GOUDA ride.

HIGHLIGHTS:
-  50 stalls that include cheese, wine, beer and relative condiments
- The Cheese Menu Lunch designed and hosted by celebrity chef Justine Schofield (Ticketed - 150)
- Cheese pairing workshops with lavosh, beer and wine
- Cheese making classes
- Fancy Cheesecake Competition (Amateurs only)
- Legendairy Kid’s Zone (Jumping castle, educational activities, spacious animal farm and more!)
- VIPicnic tent
- Live music

Phone: 9891 4107
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Article by Freedom Agency.

Wild Nights Tour

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When: Saturday 16th June
Where: The Big Top, Luna Park

WILD NIGHTS TOUR - The biggest Australian Club brand and Multi-Platinum selling CD series ‘WILD’ is back for 2018 and going on tour across Australia. Featuring 5 of the world’s biggest dance superstars live on stage including: CASCADA, DJ SASH, DJ ALIGATOR, N TRANCE, LOVE INC. performing all their hits live on stage. Get taken on a nostalgic journey through the biggest dance anthems to hit the ‘Wild Radio’ air waves and played in clubs around Australia and around the world, coming to a venue in your city this June.

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Sydney Film Festival 2018

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When: Wednesday 6th June - Sunday 17th June

The world’s best new films come to Sydney every June for 12 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Join us and be among the first in Australia to see the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer. Sydney Film Festival takes place at our flagship venue the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Western Sydney and more, screening more than 200 films you won’t usually find in the multiplex. 12 films are selected for the Official Competition, which celebrates “courageous, audacious and cutting-edge” cinema with a $60,000 cash prize. Sydney Film Festival also presents seven other cash awards over the course of the festival – you can read about them all here. The Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia, and the City of Sydney. The festival's Strategic Partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW. We also run the Travelling Film Festival year-round, taking the best of international and Australian cinema to 17 regional centres around the country, as well as the Travelling Film Festival at Sea. Stay up to date with what we're up to: eNews, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Article by Sydney Film Festival.

Bastille Festival Sydney

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When: Thursday 12th July - Sunday 15th July
Where: Circular Quay, The Rocks
Time: 8am-11pm (except July 15, 8am-7pm)
Cost: FREE

Bastille Festival Sydney is the world’s largest Bastille Day celebration (outside of France), held in Sydney over four exciting days in July. This world-class cultural experience spans both sides of Circular Quay and for the first time in the festival’s 6-year history, they’re also bringing the food, wine and art revolution to The Rocks - best of all it’s completely free to explore and family-friendly too. Bastille Festival Sydney is renowned for its delicious, authentic French cuisine and this year they’ve selected +100 of the tastiest food stalls, leaving you to eat your way through breakfast, lunch and dinner over the 4-day event. (*Personal tip: there’s nothing more tantalising than watching fresh raclette being made right in front of you; oh and the crepes are always incredible.) Seven of the top French wine regions will be represented at the festival, allowing visitors to revel in a rosé, sip a sauvignon blanc and consume a cabernet sauvignon; many of which are being shipped over directly from France. Let’s not forget the familiar ‘pop’ of a champagne bottle, which is sure to be a very familiar sound as you wander about the event. A crowd-favourite from last year’s festival, the Electro Beer Garden, is back in East Circular Quay. This popular outdoor bar pairs premium craft beers with live electro-swing beats, in a neon and faux grass wonderland. Another much-loved element returning to the festival this year is Sydney’s premiere outdoor cinema experience, Le Cinema, held on Tallawoladah Lawn (the big, grassy area in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, in The Rocks). Imagine snuggling up in a warm blanket on a fresh winter's night, seated in a soft deck chair, a warm glass of mulled wine in hand, as you enjoy a mix of classic French comedies, family-friendly films and works by some of the great French directors (Luc Besson, we’re looking at you). Festival Director, Vincent Hernandez said, “I’m very excited to share my country’s diverse culture with the people of Sydney. 2018 marks the 6th year we’ve celebrated in Circular Quay, and I’m proud to announce our expansion of the event to include Bastille Festival in The Rocks.” The festival program is jam-packed with wonderful food and wine experiences, cabaret performances, magicians, street musicians and many more unique and exciting to be be revealed in the coming months.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Bastille Festival Sydney is proudly supported by The Rocks managed by Property NSW. Festival Partners include, the French Embassy/Consulate-General in Sydney, Alliance Française Sydney, and the French Chamber of Commerce. Bastille Festival Sydney is created by BBR Agency Sydney, who also created Mov’in Bed: Sydney’s first outdoor bed cinema experience. Previously, the event was known as the BBR Festival (standing for Bleu, Blanc, Rouge - the colours of the French flag). In 2017, the event was rebranded as Bastille Festival Sydney, to represent the welcoming and immersive celebration of French culture in Sydney.

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Article by Sarah.

Sydney Guitar Festival 2018

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When: Thursday 9th August - Sunday 19th August

The Sydney Guitar Festival returns 9-19 August 2018. Sydney's premier guitar event, the festival celebrates the diverse instrument's rich history and exciting future, packed with maestros sourced from the Australian guitar scene and the world over.

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Sydney Tea Festival

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When: Sunday 19th August
Where: 17 Waterside Crescent, Sydney
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Cost: $16.50

The Sydney Tea Festival is a celebration of specialty loose leaf tea. Five years, 155 stallholders and 25,000 tea lovers later - the Sydney Tea Festival is back at Carriageworks on Sunday, 19 August 2018! Festival-goers will again be spoilt with a range of world-class loose-leaf teas, and a refreshed program. New festival features in 2018 include The Tasting Table, an area where tea drinkers can participate in intimate group tastings with tea purveyors, and a tea and food pairing degustation dinner held at Automata in Chippendale, in honour of the festival’s 5th birthday. Wander through the Tea Market and discover some of the best artisanal teas around, pick up some handmade teawares, grab a bite to eat, indulge in a sweet treat, and simply sit and enjoy a cup of tea in the brew lounge.

Tea Market
The tea market includes dozens of stallholders, from the boutique to the global, with specialty loose leaf tea and tisanes of all styles; ceramic artists and makers of beautiful teawares; artisan food purveyors and food trucks for something bigger to eat. There’s also a Brew Lounge where you can sit and enjoy a cup of ten and a DIY Tea Blending Station sponsored by Austral Herbs.

Tasting Cup
Sample tea from different stallholders all day with a porcelain tasting cup. A cup is included in the entry fee (valued at $5.00). Tickets will go on sale in June.

Tea Workshops
Immerse yourself in the world of tea with some of Australia’s leading tea specialists, as they host educational talks, tastings, demonstrations and hands-on sessions. Workshops cover a range of topics, such as tea blending, tastings, preparation and tea ceremonies. The workshop program will be announced in July.

Brought to you by Tea Festivals Australia.

Phone: 0414 816 071
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Article by Sydney Tea Festival.

 
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