With only hours to go before all hell is unleashed on the internet in a desperate bid to grab Big Day Out tickets
we thought we’d take your mind off things. Knowing full well by tonight you’ll be the proud owner of a ticket to music heaven and a very depleted bank balance, we’ve gone and rustled up the best freebies Sydney has to offer this weekend to see you living out your rock star dreams on a rodie’s budget.
Drawing inspiration from the classic sounds of ‘60s Jamaica are Sydney skank masters The My Tys
. Featuring a horn section that will blow the roof off (making them an occupational health and safety hazard for venues everywhere) this 8-piece orchestra has a reputation for exuberant live shows. Having launched their debut album to a sellout crowd at The Basement last year, their videos have since been slotted into Rage
’s programming and have become a youtube sensation. This Saturday night you can get your skank on with these fellas down at OAF.
Having your dreams brought to reality could be alternatingly exhilarating or downright humiliating, depending on whether it was the dream of Brad Pitt covered in honey, or the one where you suddenly realize your naked while giving your Gold Logie winning acceptance speech. At the opening of exhibition As You Dreamt It this Saturday
, some of Australia’s finest photographers have collaborated with dreamers to recreate and capture their dreams exactly as they were dreamt. For one week the public are invited to peer into the sleeping minds of others and see what lies at the heart of their subconscious.
In an attempt to lure the masses away from the evil clutches of Beiber Fever and One Direction Infection, this Sunday at an as yet undisclosed location, the Godfathers of Funk are throwing an old fashioned Block Party
. With some of Sydney’s best masters of soul banding together and playing originals right along side the classics of James Brown, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla and Frankie Knuckles. There will be live street art and a BYO BBQ throughout the day, but places are limited so email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spend your day in another’s shoes this Sunday as Life in Limbo
shares the hidden stories of asylum seekers from Australia’s detention centres. Following on from last year’s highly successful fear+hope, this exhibition showcases original artworks that range from the humorous and surprising to the beautiful and heartbreaking. Using drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, Life in Limbo
features art created by asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma and Pakistan.
Need some new threads but no cash to supply them? In the interest of teaching fashionistas the value of recycling over consumption, the MCA is setting up an old fashioned Clothing Exchange this Sunday
. Inspired by Lee Mingwei’s in-house Mending Project, the MCA has run with the concept of clothing as art for the Sydney Biennale
. To take part just bring along 10 pieces of nice-enough clothing that have been collecting dust (maybs give it wash first) and see if you can make some super sweet swapsies before the day ends.
So while you spot clean your mouse pad for maximum efficiency and spend the rest of your day staring at the clock, you can be happy planning your weekend is one less thing you’ve got to worry about.