The institutional Homebake Festival will reportedly be relocating to the Sydney Opera House steps for the 2013 event. This is a change for the festival, which famously features an all-Australian lineup, Blondie notwithstanding, normally held in The Domain, on the outskirts of Sydney CBD.
The news was leaked by Australian rock icon Tex Perkins, of seminal Aus-rock band Beasts of Bourbon and now The Ape, who confirmed the news in an interview with ABC Dig Music. Perkins implied that the news of the venue change was meant to be kept secret, saying:
“I’m going to announce that here. Beasts of Bourbon at Homebake, and Homebake will be performed on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. They probably don’t want me to announce that.”
The move to the Opera House Forecourt and its famed granite “Monumental Steps,” will likely mean a decreased capacity from previous years. The event had been held at The Domain since 2000, after making a move from the University of Sydney Grounds. Many musical events have been held on the Opera House steps, which were built to create a natural amphitheatre.
Music Feeds will have the full lineup and details on what the change of venue will mean for the festival as they come in.
UPDATE: The Homebake 2013 lineup has landed, and they’ve announced that they’re moving the festival to a three-day event!
Homebake 2013 – The Birthday Edition
Friday, 6th December – Sunday, 8th December (18+ only)
Sydney Opera House (Forecourt and surrounds)
Tix: On sale 9:00am local time Wednesday, 25th September via http://www.homebake.com and http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Day 1 lineup
Friday, 6th December
Gates Open 4:00pm
Day 2 lineup
Saturday, 7th December
Gates Open 2:00pm
The Cat Empire
Architecture In Helsinki
The Aston Shuffle
Way Of The Eagle (featuring guest performers Dan Sultan, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Findlay, Harry Angus & Lachlan Mitchell)
Deep Sea Arcade
Day 3 lineup
Sunday, 7th December
Gates Open 2:00pm
Birds of Tokyo
You Am I
Beasts Of Bourbon
Plus comedy, bars, great food & markets
Homebake is an over-18s event
– You must be over 18 (eighteen) years of age to purchase a ticket
– Relevant government-authorised photo ID (e.g. passport or drivers licence) required on entry and if you wish to drink alcohol