Mingus Amongst Us: Charles Mingus brought a fire and energy to the jazz world that had never been seen before! His compositions and the personnel in his bands were all thoroughly steeped in the swinging blues/jazz traditions, yet fiercely modern and avant guard for their time. Sydney baritone saxophonist Steve Fitzmaurice has brought these compositions to life again with his arrangements of the Mingus repertoire for the nine piece powerhouse ensemble Mingus Amongst Us.
Thu, Dec 21, Django Bar
Christmas Eve Choral Services: Across four special performances throughout the day and evening the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir will perform a selection of your favourite Christmas Carols. With performances at 10am, 6:30pm, 8pm and 11pm you can either begin your day with carols or sing in Christmas.
Sun, Dec 24, St Andrews Cathedral
Keyim Ba: This brilliant eight piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk & rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dance floor.
Fri, Dec 29, Camelot Lounge
Classixx: Brimming with nostalgic synth melodies and smooth vocals, Classixx have created a spacious, soulful dance album for disco lovers. Faraway Reach traverses continents through locales, vocalists and inspirations. It delivers a welcome drift of warm beach air. Close out your year with a live performance of the album in Sydney.
Sat, Dec 30, Oxford Art Factory
Project Collective Ska: A Sydney nine-piece featuring a blazing horn section and raucous upstroke rhythms that never fail to get people jumping and skanking! Ring in the new year with some ska in the main room or head to level one for some jazz.
Sun, Dec 31, LazyBones Lounge
All You Need Is Love: Celebrate the new year with Jack Jones, Ciaran Gribbin, Rai Thistlethwayte and Jackson Thomas – singing some of great Beatles songs alongside a full orchestra conducted by Nicholas Buc.
Mon, Jan 1, Sydney Opera House
Everything Everything: Across four albums, immense acclaim and intense adoration, the sound of Everything Everything has remained a volatile beast. The quartet have risen from a cult underground favourite to one of the biggest and most uncompromising bands in the UK.
Wed, Jan 3, Metro Theatre
Jungle: Formed in 2013, Jungle as a collective puts an emphasis on forging a true connection with their audience, accomplished with a powerhouse seven-piece live band. The on-stage effect is spectacular and with a sold out Aussie tour in 2015 already under their belt and new material on its way, there’s no doubt we’re in for a real treat this summer!
Wed, Jan 3, Enmore Theatre