Following the cancellation of Australia’s best-loved boutique festival, the Playground Weekender, set to be held at the Del Rio Riverside Resort in Wisemans Ferry this weekend, the promoters have announced a raft of alternative venues across Sydney will now host the high profile international and local artists booked to perform. Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, ticketholders will be able to salvage their celebrations as the Metro Theatre, Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel and The Roundhouse host a jam packed itinerary of eclectic artists. The three-day festival was cancelled on advice of the State Emergency Services and NSW Police in relation to the flood risks presented by the dangerous levels of the Warragamba Dam. Andy Rigby, Playground Weekender Promoter comments:
“With the event being cancelled less than 36 hours before it was due to start, we wanted to ensure all those who had spent a year looking forward to the best weekend of the year, could still enjoy some of the exciting entertainment planned. The artists are here, the people are here, so the idea was to put on the best party humanly possible within the incredibly short time frame. We tried to get an outdoor space but the weather just kept on getting worse so we’ve had to go indoors. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the support of our loyal following who return each year because of the award-winning crowd and atmosphere and venues in the city who rallied together to help us through what has been an extremely tough time. The show must go on!”
Ticketholders will be able to access all of the events taking place completely free of charge AND will be able to retain their ticket to claim a refund as per the terms and conditions of purchase. Refund options are currently being explored and the process of how to claim will be confirmed next week.
Alternatively, people are invited to keep hold of their tickets which will be valid for Playground Weekender 2013. Roots Manuva, James Lavelle’s UNKLE Sounds, Lainie Lane, Bonobo and Neon Indian are some of the other musical highlights on offer. Damian Lazarus head honcho of the Cross Town Rebels will be bringing the Rebel Rave Crew to Sydney for a night of epic proportions with sets from the likes of Art Department, Lee Burridge and Danny Daze. Also taking to the decks will be Greg Wilson, Russ Yallop and many, many more. The nation’s largest Fancy Dress Party, which has become an attraction in itself over the years, will be in in full swing with the ‘uniquely talented’ Cuban Brothers at the helm.
Fancy dress is encouraged throughout the weekend’s festivities.
A limited number of people wishing to join the fun who had not originally bought tickets, will be able to purchase them on the door. A ballot system for free tickets to see disco legends Chic featuring founding member Nile Rodgers perform at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Monday night will be in operation. This will be the band’s first ever performance in Australia. Guests will be getting their groove on to their classic hits including ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘I Want Your Love’ and ‘Le Freak’ not to mention a debut performance of INXS Original Sin which was also produced by Nile.
To ease travel across the city in the rain, the promoters are also putting on buses to transport people between the Beach Road Hotel and The Metro on Saturday. No guest list places will be available for these events. Full entertainment schedule below:
SATURDAY – PLAYGROUND BEACHENDER ROOM 1 NEON INDIAN BLACK LIPS LANIE LANE SEEKAE FAIT ACCOMPLI ROOM 2 GREG WILSON KIRK DEGIORGIO ALEX PATTERSON (THE ORB) + SUPPORTING ARTISTS FROM CLUB TROPICANA The Beach Road Hotel, Bondi 1pm – 12am Tickets: free with Playground Weekender tickets or $50 on the door
SATURDAY – REBEL RAVERS OF THE LOST ARK REBEL RAVE presents DAMIAN LAZARUS LEE BURRIDGE ART DEPARTMENT DANNY DAZE AMIRALI (LIVE) RUSS YALLOP BROHN Metro Theatre, George Street, Sydney 9pm – 3am Tickets: free with Playground Weekender tickets or $50 on the door
SUNDAY – ALL ABOARD ROOTS MANUVA BONOBO SHAPESHIFTER JAMES LAVELLE (UNKLE SOUNDS) GREG WILSON CUBAN BROTHERS DANNY LA RU(E) + SUPPORTING ARTISTS FROM CLUB TROPICANA
Roundhouse, University of New South Wales, Anzac Parade, Kensington 2pm – 11pm Tickets: free with Playground Weekender tickets or $60 on the door