The Meriton Festival Village is going to be bigger than ever. Below is the full list of free bands you can see at the festival in January
Ticketed music, comedy, cabaret and music theatre events in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and free entertainment every day at the brand new outdoor venue, Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines. Also The 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.
Dust of your skates and glide around the Archibald Fountain to live DJs every at Roller Jam every 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.
With food and drinks to partake of before and after shows like Italian (Fratelli Fresh), American tapas (Bodega’s Cantina), Japanese (Saké), burgers and fried chicken (Mary’s) and Porteño Pie Shop.
Of course there will be beer and cider from Kirin and a variety of wines from James Estate.
Here is the line up of free bands at the Village Stage
Friday 6 January, 6.30pm Spectres Of Love
A shared lust for primal swamp, garage rock, doo-wop and 60s pop unites this new trio, which features Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, Tin Star) on lead vocals and electric guitar, Michaela (El Dinero) on bass and AJ True (Zombie Ghost Train) on drums.
Saturday 7 January, 12.30pm Electric Fields
Electric Fields are two feminine brothers -Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross – combining modern electric-soul music with ancient Indigenous culture. Elegantly coupling Ananu language and English, these girly boys are in the business of bypassing the barriers. Think Daft Punk meets Deep Forest with the fearlessness of Nina Simone.
Saturday 7 January, 6.30pm – Spectres Of Love
Sunday 8 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.
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.
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
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.
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