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Sydney Film Festival – Free live music overview

Here at Sydney Social 101 we’re a big fan of free events, of which in Sydney are in abundance! One of the things I love about Sydney, there’s literally ALWAYS something going on – the next two weeks are absolutely no exception with regards to Sydney Film Festival – I urge you to get involved and celebrate all this amazing city has to offer…

LIVE MUSIC: Young Romantics

While Young Romantics may remind you of The Smiths, The Cure or Joy Division, the Sydney four-piece are inspired by the golden age of Australian music, when The Triffids, The Church and The Birthday Party reigned supreme.


Resolutely independent, Young Romantics are new wave band with an unpolished raw energy balanced by sophisticated song writing. The melodies on their debut EP Dark Times may be brooding but the driven beats are sure to get you moving.


Sunday 10 June, 8:30-10pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)


LIVE MUSIC: Johnsong

Johnsong layers beatboxing, live vocal samples and polished melodies to create infectious and ambitious pop songs. His dynamic and charismatic performances take inventive songwriting to new heights.

Sydney musician Johnsong (aka John Anthony) cut his vocal teeth classically, and moved through the disciplines of  music theatre, opera and a degree in Contemporary Music at UNSW before settling on his current incarnation. In 2010, Johnsong released Swallow Pretend, the first album to truly showcase his progressive and hybrid approach. More recently came Sneak, picked as Rage’s Indie Clip of the Week, along with a series of entertaining and memorable live shows that are quickly becoming his trademark.


Monday 11 June, 8:30-10pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)


LIVE MUSIC: The Fabergettes

FBi Radio presents an evening with The Fabergettes – a retro-inspired garage four-piece known for their high-energy live shows and a unique, saucy take on the ’60s girl group and surf-rock sound.


The band is fronted by Nat Martin, a former choir-girl from Sydney’s much beloved Cuthbert & The Night Walkers. She shares the stage with Bec Allen (Catcall) and Cipi Morgan, along with Marten Culity on drums.


The Fabergettes describe themselves as Best Coast meets The Ronnettes with a dash of The Runaways, but you could also think of them as the musical incarnation of sassy cult films like Barbarella.


Tuesday 12 June, 8:30-10pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)


LIVE MUSIC: Melodie Nelson

2SER hosts an evening of live music featuring Melodie Nelson, whose lush dreamy pop is inspired by melodic 1960s soundscapes, and supporting DJ sets by Paris Groovescooter and Thee Sonic Assassin.


Lia Tsamoglou took up the Melodie Nelson moniker made famous by the influential 1971 Serge Gainsbourg album Histoire de Melody Nelson. On her acclaimed first album Meditations on the Sun, you’ll also hear lingering echoes of James Bond themes, Doo-Wop, Nico and David Lynch soundtracks


Wednesday 13 June, 8:30-10pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)


LIVE MUSIC: Cambodian Psych-Out Party

To celebrate the Australian premiere of Golden Slumbers, filmmaker Davy Chou and film critic and SFF Freak Me Out programmer Richard Kuipers take turns on the decks. Expect psychedelic and highly danceable classic Khmer rock & pop from the ’60s and ’70s.


Unknown outside Cambodia until the mid-1990s when backpackers started buying cassette tapes at Cambodian markets, this music reflects the optimism and vibrant arts scene in Cambodia until the Khmer Rouge assumed power. Nearly every track was recorded in the one and only “recording studio” in Phnom Penh, which was more like a shopfront with a single microphone in the middle of the room. The master tapes were flown to Paris and pressed into 7″ singles. Most of the vinyl was destroyed under the Khmer Rouge and almost every singer was killed.


Original vinyl of Cambodian pop is extremely rare and this is a unique chance to dance to forgotten tunes, including smashing Khmer covers of hits such as Shocking Blue’s Venus, Nancy Sinatra’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) and House of the Rising Sun.


Friday 15 June, 8:30-10pm

Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)


LIVE MUSIC: Kira Puru & The Bruise

The Hub opens its doors to a band about to take the world by storm: Kira Puru & The Bruise, recent winners of the Triple J Unearthed APRA/AMCOS Song Summit for NSW.


With a spine-tingling voice dripping with attitude, sadness and sex, Kira Puru channels both Etta James and Tom Waits, belting out languid, gin-soaked heartbreak anthems while turning you into a quivering mess with one sultry stare. Songs like One Eye Open and Dangerous are reminiscent of the best vintage James Bond theme songs, while new single When All Your Love Is Not Enough could play over the end credits of a tragic modern noir. Sexy, sophisticated vocals give way to sweaty basslines, grimy guitars and drums like frantic pounding heartbeats. Backed by a trio of gifted singlet-clad musicians, Kira Puru re-invents the Blues for Sydney’s newfound nocturnal edge.


DATE: 8 June

TIME: 8:30-10pm

LOCATION: Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall

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