The Domain, the heart of the festival, will be transformed into a vintage circus fairground from 3 – 13 March, hosting a ticketed Big Top full of local and international music and comedy acts, lots of free entertainment, a KidZone and a delicious selection of food and drinks served up by some of Sydney’s hottest restaurants and bars.
The all-star lineup includes The Jesus and Mary Chain, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins, Something For Kate, Augie March, Hot Dub Time Machine and more! Tickets are limited so be quick to secure your spot.
Also in The Domain, burlesque dancers, fire breathers and feathered showgirls are ready to immerse you into a forgotten fantasy land as part of a free entertainment program. Fuel up at The Nosh Pit and enjoy live entertainment, art installations and a delicious selection of food and drinks.
Spectrum Now Festival @ The Domain opens at 5pm weekdays and 12pm on weekends. Entry into The Domain is free.
For 11 nights only, we’re creating a Big Top in The Domain like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Step right up through lush velvet to explore the ornate bazaar decor, experience sensational acts, and enjoy a drink from the bar all kept in a big top tent – a limited capacity, must-visit venue.
Hot Dub Time Machine
Divine Times ft The Jesus & Mary Chain, Seekae, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, and Jonathan Boulet
Calexico & Augie March
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Birds of Tokyo
Something For Kate
Let your hair down to any one of the free house bands performing multiple sets each day of the festival. From Blues to Bluegrass, Salsa to Soul, grab a drink and have a dance at our Spectrum Stage. Featuring Cuban Jazz from Malo Malo, Hillbilly pop from The Pigs, the Jazz-Funk stylings of Lyre Byrdland, Hip Hop Brass of Hi Tops Brass Band and the swinging sounds of Crusty Suitcase Band.
The circus is coming to town … and you’re all invited to run away and join us. For this year’s Spectrum Now Festival, think old-school vintage circus meets cutting-edge entertainment, all held in Sydney’s beautiful outdoor oasis of the Domain. As soon as you step through the illuminated gothic doorways your adventure begins. Take a seat at the long tables, sit back with a cool drink and be immersed in a forgotten fantasy land. Holler & Haul brings you burlesque dancers, fire breathers, feathered showgirls and more roving spectacles!
MARIE’s CRISIS and HAYES THEATRE CO. bring you the stars of musical theatre to lead a free outdoor Broadway singalong. Taking over our Spectrum Now Festival at The Domain for one special night, gather ’round the piano and join in the song with some of Australia’s best musical theatre talent and New York’s West Village institution Marie’s Crisis.
In Partnership with Hayes Theatre Co.
“Balloon Chain is an installation made up of tethered helium-filled balloons which creates changing shapes in the sky.” Robert Bose Never before seen in Australia, the artist Robert Bose and The Balloon Chain will join us in Sydney. This impossibly long string of balloons is a familiar sight at festivals across America including Burning Man and Coachella. Exclusively at the Spectrum Now Festival, come admire and interact with this extraordinary artwork. Join us on March 5 for The Rainbow Chain – an artwork created to coincide with the Mardi Gras festivities and a colourful photo opp!
Celebrating art in all forms, Leslie Rice, twice winner of the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, finalist in the Archibald Prize several times and owner of LDF tattoo studios in Newtown and Marrickville, will be running a pop-up tattoo parlour in the Domain. Stop by and get a vintage-inspired bespoke tattoo from one of the many designs specially created by Les and company for the festival.
For hair styling and cutting, Tony Vacher of Sterling Hairdressing Parlour and Barber Shop is your man. Creating unique styles, cuts and even a cut-throat shave, join us at the Domain to receive one of Tonys unique cuts.
No festival is complete without a good feed us. So join us as we jump into the NOSH PIT.
The Morrison Bar
Black Star Pastry x N2 Gelato
Burgers by Josh
Colombian Connection Coffee
Dainty Dumpling House
Messina Milk Bar
One Tea Lounge
“Do Me Slowly” by Petit Bistro
Rangers Texas BBQ
KINDERLING KIDS RADIO present an afternoon of FREE kids entertainment at our Domain Festival including live music, DJs and the Kinderling crew!
Midday: Parenting anecdotes with hosts Stav and Shevonne
1:00pm: DJ Lorna Clarkson
2:00pm: Musical Creatures Live Performance
3:00pm: BennyTime Live Performance
4:00pm Regression Session Live with Barry Divola
5:00pm more dancing and wrap at 5pm
Kinderling grew out of the Australian independent music & arts scene. Kinderling is committed to children’s content that is contemporary and grounded in Australia’s culture, society and natural habitat.
Take a trip to Latin America right in The Domain at LATAM’s Friday Fiestas, with live music, roving entertainment, dancing, capoeira, textiles and specially created food offerings each Friday of the Spectrum Now Festival. Then head there for real with a chance win return business class flights to South America!
ENTER & WIN one of two Business Class Flights with LATAM Airlines Group.
Come explore the weird and wonderful and be dazzled by the Hendricks Gin Stage.
Enjoy a craft beer or cider at the Little Creatures Beer Garden. Workshops will be held daily on top of the rooftop container bar. More information to come.