Splendour In The Grass is Popping Up For A One-Off Event In Sydney’s CBD


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In the lead up to November’s instalment of Splendour In The Grass, organisers have revealed an exclusive Sydney pop-up showcase event for next month, to give us a taste of what November has in store for us.

The pop-up event is titled Splendour In The City and will take over Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal between 10-18 July and feature the likes of Tash Sultana, Illy, Violent Soho, Spacey Jane, Ocean Alley and more Australian names.

The pop-up mini festival will sport over 20 artists and a bunch of comedians across two rooms, as well as offering long table dining, food trucks, specialty bars, art installations, markets and a programme for kids.

Other musical acts set to take part include Running Touch, Vera Blue, The Southern River Band, Ziggy Ramo, Triple One, Dune Rats and The Lazy Eyes.

Those more into the LOLs than the mosh are in for a treat, with two special comedy events featuring some of Australia’s funniest legends such as Nikki Britton, Tom Ballard, Nazeem Hussain, Nath Valvo and more.

The two main rooms – Customs Hall (900 capacity) and Cargo Hall (400 capacity) – will be ticketed events, but access to the general event area is free, which means you can be spontaneous and swing by for dinner and drinks on a whim; an unfamiliar treat amid Covid restrictions.

“While we’re still working towards our Byron Bay event in November and are very grateful for the ongoing support from our Splendour community, we hope that the Splendour In The City pop up, alongside our recently announced Splendour XR virtual festival, will tide you all over in the meantime,” Jessica Ducrou, Co-founder Splendour In The Grass says.

“Hugest thanks to the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their support to make this happen.”

Tickets go on sale on June 18 from 9am. You can find more information here.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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