Now in its 35th year, one of Sydney’s largest and longest running free community festivals; Newtown Festival returns Sunday 10 November 2013 to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. Held as a way to promote and celebrate the diverse Newtown community and raise awareness of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and it’s programs, Newtown Festival has grown from its humble beginnings in the late 1970’s to the immensely popular event it is now. Never losing its identity as an event grown for the community, by the community, festival goers are invited to give a gold coin donation at the festival entrance with all money raised returned to the Centre to provide support services to the local community.
Now attended by by upwards of 80,000 people each year, in previous years Newtown Festival has hosted acts as diverse as The Whitlams, Hermitude, Sarah Blasko and Blue King Brown. The 2013 line up will offer up the same depth of genres, styles and quality.
With 3 main stages, entertainment spread across both the Federation and Essential stages will consist of:
Beloved Sydney Indie/Art rock mainstays Dappled Cities, NZ ratbag Hip Hop crew Home Brew, Sydney’s favourite purveyors of swampy blues-rock The Snowdroppers, Acclaimed MC (& member of Thundamentals) joined by 15 piece dance orchestra Tuka & The Basement Big Band, Lauded Melbourne roots performer, Melbourne Ska Orchestra leader and John Butler Trio drummer leading an all star band Nicky Bomba & Friends, Local garage rock sensations featuring former members of Red Riders Palms, Melbourne Indie electronica from former Oscar and Martin producer/vocalist Oscar Key Sung, Sydney indietronic composer/producer come full band Guineafowl, Melbourne based progressive-vintage pop featuring Miami Horror guitarist/vocalist All The Colours, live art/Hip Hop Gameshow Sketch The Rhyme, Local explosive and energetic stoner rock and heavy blues Gay Paris, experimental indie pop from South Coast NSW Shining Bird, Brisbane based afrobeat, reggae and world outfit Kooii, Sydney 2 piece traversing a blend of old school soul and contemporary beats Jones Jnr, Country/Bluegrass quartet of local songwriters featuring incredible vocal harmonies The Green Mohair Suits, Local all girl rock’n’roll come hip hop party starters She Rex.
Whilst local and emerging artists showcasing on the Vocal Local stage will include; Hobo Bordeaux, The Ray Mann Three, La Tarantella, Godfrey Uke & His Orchestra, The Morrisons, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Swamp Phat Jangles, Bogan Yoga & Rock & Roll Aerobics.
All acts performing at The Newtown Festival do so for free, giving of their time for the cause. Newtown Festival program & marketing manager Nathan Farrell, owner/director of Nathan Farrell Entertainment (NFE) said:” “In our first year as program directors, we have been thrilled with the breadth and quality of both local, interstate and even international talent that have come together to offer their support to this incredible festival and the NNC in general. With an immense pool of talent to draw from, we are confident that this year’s line up both captures the spirit of the event and showcases some of the most exciting live acts in Australia at the moment.“
A community and family friendly event, Newtown Festival will also, as always, feature interactive activities and workshops, amusement rides, puppet shows and an incredible line up of kids entertainment in the Festival Kids and Family Zone plus will be home to a selection of some 300 odd stalls featuring vintage fashion, local art, fair trade products and a vast variety of world cuisines as well as crowd favourite the annual Newtown Festival Dog Show. The immensely popular Writers Tent, home to prominent authors, panels and discussions will also feature heavily in the days activities.
The Neighbourhood Centre: Please Donate
With a particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable community members, The Newtown Neighborhood Centre supports people through community action and provision of services throughout Sydney’s inner west. This includes their Boarding House Outreach Project, The Community Linking Project (general social support and assistance), Multicultural Neighbour Aid and much much more. All creating a more inclusive, resilient, vibrant and self- reliant inner west Sydney community.
The Newtown Festival is the neighbourhood centre’s primary annual fundraising event and is made possible by the generous contributions of attendees, sponsors, the local community, artists, entertainers and volunteers. The average donation per attendee is less than 50 cents per person and this year the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre is really hoping to get the average donation up towards $1 per person. Check out http://www.newtowncentre.org/festival/donations.html for more details.
Dappled Cities, Home Brew (NZ), The Snowdroppers, Tuka & The Basement Big Band, Nicky Bomba & Friends, Palms, Oscar Key Sung, Guineafowl, All The Colours, Sketch The Rhyme, Gay Paris, Shining Bird, Jones Jnr, The Green Mohair Suits, She Rex, Hobo Bordeaux, The Ray Mann Three, La Tarantella, Godfrey Uke & His Orchestra, The Morrisons, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Swamp Phat Jangles, Bogan Yoga & Rock & Roll Aerobics and more
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
When: 9.30AM – 5.30PM, Sunday 10 November 2013