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Music Junkies, End 2018 with These Events In Australia

Here’s the year-end (or beginning) getaway you’ve been searching for a reason for, tuned just for your tastes. Depending on the type of music fan you are, your big bummers may be: Fuji Rock being too late in the year for you to take leave for, or Tomorrowland just being way too expensive.

Here’s a list of some of the world’s most notable line-ups of exhibitions, musicals and festivals. They’re all in the coming months, so you can score your big-gig fix before 2019 hits you face-first.

The Rolling Stones Exhibit

Westlife has had 16 number one singles, two times more than The Rolling Stones has had. The universe is unfair, and here lies all the evidence you need to paint it black. For the first time ever, here’s Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit!

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The golden tongue, an embodiment of the Stones and ‘Kali the Destroyer’.

The Rolling Stones reveal their vast private archive, detailing a historic journey from meagre beginnings to their superstardom of today. Feast your fandom on over 500 Stones’ items including vintage guitars, 50 years of iconic Stones fashion and over 190 original artwork pieces, spanning Andy Warhol to Elton John. Perhaps get all the satisfaction you need when you try your hand at the interactive sound mixing decks.

Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre

When: 17 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

Laneway Festival

The festival that needs no introduction returns to Sydney in February 2019. The St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is where to go if you want to stare at hipsters with food stuck in their beards or to keep track of all that’s new, revered seminal music and its pioneering artists. Laneway Festival has grown into one of the most well respected and religiously attended events in the Australian festival scene.

Daniel Boud at Laneway Sydney 2016
Daniel Boud at Laneway Festival Sydney 16

The 2019 line up promises not to disappoint – including acts such as Baker Boy, Charlie Collins, and Skeggs – just to name a few.

Where: Callan Park, Rozelle

When: 3 Feb 2019

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Australia’s largest music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals around the world, the Tamworth Country Music Festival runs for 10 days. Revel in a remarkable lineup, which sees country music sweetheart Beccy Cole, who has ten Golden Guitar Awards to her name; as well as eight-time Golden Guitar Award winner Adam Harvey – set to make highlight performances of the festival.

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Lee Kernaghan at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2016

If you’re a country music fan, this is one you shouldn’t give a miss. The event’s schedule is packed with over 2,800 free and ticketed gigs. If you need to convince a friend who makes arguments about country music being lullaby music, try selling them on the rides, entertainment and more in the Family Zone of the festival.

Where: Tamworth, NSW

When: 18-27 January 2019

HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour

What promises to be a sweet treat is HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH), which will show West Side Story come March 2019. It is the first time a musical will be performed at this event and featuring the favourite infectious tunes including ‘Somewhere’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Tonight’.

HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour
HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour

With a backdrop against Sydney’s skyline at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, it’s set to be an event to kick back and enjoy champagne under the stars as you forget the world to the glorious tunes of West Side Story. What could be better?

Where: Mrs Macquarie’s Point

When: 22 March – 21 April 2019

VIVID Sydney

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Held from late May to mid-June, Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations, and a cutting-edge contemporary music programme.


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VIVID Ideas Talks

Owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is now a hallmark event for the state that has defined Sydney’s cultural identity.

Where: Locations across Sydney

When: Late May to mid-June 2019

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