Town Hall takes centre stage for Sydney Festival

Music lovers will flock to Sydney Town Hall this week when the iconic building becomes a live music venue for Sydney Festival 2013.

Named after Amsterdam’s famed rock mecca, the Paradiso at Town Hall will give audiences 10 back-to-back nights of unforgettable performances by international and Australian bands and DJs, including Japanese funk greats Osaka Monaurail and local favourites Dappled Cities.

Sydney Lord Mayor and Chair of Sydney Festival, Clover Moore, said the heritage-listed Town Hall in the heart of the city was a perfect hub for the festival.

“Town Hall’s long been a place for Sydneysiders to debate and discuss the issues,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The Paradiso moving in this month makes Town Hall a place to dance and celebrate as well.”

Paradiso at Town Hall will run 18-27 January with a rare screening of the Kashmere Stage Band’s Thunder Soul documentary and Dappled Cities presenting their 10-year back catalogue in baroque style.

After two sold-out nights at last year’s festival, So Frenchy So Chic is back with a live showcase of France’s eclectic and vibrant music scene, featuring Mélanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague) and Nadéah (the loveGods).

Australia’s best indie bands pay tribute to Lenny Kaye’s seminal garage rock anthology Nuggets, Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani and Balihu’s Daniel Wang offer a night of disco and deep house, as well as New York electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar, Richard Hawley from Pulp, and Norwegian space disco pioneer Lindstrøm.

“We asked Sydneysiders what they wanted late at night and they said surprising, underused venues to enjoy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Opening up the Town Hall gives people access to one of our finest venues and gives people a place to go out and see terrific music in the heart of the city.”

Following each night’s ticketed performances, audiences can keep dancing into the small hours with Paradiso at Town Hall’s after parties. The Paradiso Bar on the Terrace will also be open from 5.30pm each night, serving drinks and light hot meals.

The City of Sydney is a founding partner and major sponsor of the Sydney Festival, which launched in 1976.

Over the past 36 years, it has developed into one of Australia’s largest cultural events, featuring an extensive three-week program of music, dance, drama, visual arts, physical theatre and public lectures.

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