Sydney Festival Announces 2018 Music Lineup

Sydney’s annual celebration of culture, art, music and big ideas will return again in 2018, with Sydney Festival organisers today revealing the full music lineup for next year’s edition.

The music roster is (as usual) hugely diverse this year, with acts from 13 countries set to feature and a whole bunch of free music to get around.

Leading the lineup this year is Gotye, who’ll present his tribute to French electronic music producer Jean-Jacques Perrey.

Other highlights include experimental electronic artist Jlin; New Zealand gothic folk artist Aldous Harding; Aquasonic, the world’s first underwater band from Denmark; Rhys Chatham’s orchestral work for 100 guitars; and members legendary Aussie rock band The Go-Betweens playing their classic album 16 Lovers Lane with special guests Steve Kilbey of The Church and Izzi Manfredi of The Preatures.

This year’s Sydney Festival has been put together around three key themes: the intersection of art and science, a large look at human consumption and its impact on local communities and how the feminist movement has evolved around the world.

Check out the full 2018 Sydney Festival music lineup below, and the full program at the official website here.

Sydney Festival 2018 Music Playlist

Sydney Festival 2018 Music Lineup Highlights

16 Lovers Lane (Featuring mbers of The Go-Betweens, Steve Kilbey, Izzi Manfredi and more)

Aldous Harding


Bambula – Paul Grabowsky and the Wilfred Brothers

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

David Thor Jonsson

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karin Wasfi

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks


Genesis P-Orridge

Gotye presents a tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey


Mad Max with live score by Morricone Youth

Maarja Nuut

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium

Mission Songs Project – 1957 Palm Island Strike

Mount Eerie and Julie Byrne

Night of the Living Dead with live score by Morricone Youth

Operate in The Domain

Pussy Riot Theatre: Riot Days

Rahim AlHaj & Karim Wasfi

Rembrandt Live

Rhys Chatham’s A Crim Grail (100 Guitar Orchestra)

Seidler Salon Series

Shabaka and The Ancestors

Symphony Under The Stars

The Acid

the bomb

Vox Clamantis

Sydney Festival 2018

Saturday, 6th — Sunday, 28th January

Sydney, New South Wales

Tickets: Sydney Festival

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