The sky is the limit for the inaugural Skyvillage People’s Party being held this New Year’s Eve.
Held in a scenic bush setting on the outskirts of Sydney, the festival promises plenty of low-key but talented musicians, burlesque, cult cinema and other art installations.
The creators say they want to extract their favourite aspects of festivals and implement them in one perfect, accessible event.
Shani Moffat, one of the organisers, said her perfect festival is “not about the big lineups but the good vibes and good friends”.
“Good music doesn’t have to be famous music, and all the acts playing at Sky Village are fun, talented musicians that stand up purely on quality, not record sales,” she said.
“Sydney has a really thriving underground party scene that sits outside of big commercial music venues. We get very excited by smaller festivals, warehouse parties – basically places where there’s an opportunity for people to do things a bit differently.”
There will be two stages on the day, one with live music featuring genres such as gypsy, jazz, funk, blues and grass, and another stage with DJs playing electronic, dubstep, drum and bass, and trance.
Skyvillage will see a cavalcade of inner west talent head for the city fringe. Among the acts are DJ and producer Antonio Rosselli (Ribongia) from Marrickville, Newtown swamp rockers Swamp Fat Jangles and the Alexandria-based live electronic band Svelt.
Vocalist and songwriter of My Sauce Good, Laura Brozky, said they were excited to be part of a new festival.
“We expect it might become the new Peat’s Ridge,” she said. “It’s got that vibe to it.”
They’ll be joined by an international guest – the Underscore Orkestra from Portland, Oregon.
The festival will take place in Scheyville National Park, located 41km from the CBD just north of Rouse Hill.
Conscious of the surrounding environment, the organisers have capped attendees at 500 and are asking people to bring their own non-disposable plates, cutlery and water bottles that can be washed on-site.
Attendees are able to camp overnight and you can take full advantage of the pop-up bars as you bring in 2014. Tickets are $50 and a link can be found on the Skyvillage Facebook page.
By Jonathon Leonard