The full Sydney Festival 2014 lineup  has been announced, with a diverse array of bands and artists headed out as part of the extensive music programme.

Taking over Sydney from the 9th to 26th January, the Sydney Festival 2014 lineup features everything from international artists to local favourites across a range of venues and unique performances.

Among the Sydney Festival 2014 highlights are famed vocalist Mike Patton and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, who will both offer major performances with the 14-piece classical Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company. The double bill will see Patton performing Laborintus III, a Luciano Berio composition touted as “a montage of spoken word, instrumentation, and electronics”, alongside Ranaldo debuting his new work Hurricane Transcriptions.

Also on the Sydney Festival 2014 lineup are crowdfunding cabaret queen Amanda Palmer, soul survivor Chaka Khan – giving a free show at The Domain, Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, electronic eccentrics Matmos, and saxophone prodigy Colin Stetson, an on/off member of Bon Iver and Arcade Fire.

Also on the music programme for Sydney Festival is former Battles frontman Tydonai Braxton, sideshows from forthcoming Laneway act Kurt Vile, ex-Czars stars John Grant, post-punk Orange Juice icon Edwyn Collins, former Bad Seed Mick Harvey, The Soft Pink Truth, and Niger guitar wiz Bombino.

Another major highlight is a concert tribute to cult rock act Big Star, with a cast of music faithful performing the band’s much-loved album, Third. The ensemble features surviving Big Star member, drummer Jody Stephens, former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, Ken Strinfellow of the Posies/solo fame, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, and a roster of local and international talent. 

The performance of Big Star’s Third will see the last remaining musician from the band, drummer Jody Stephens, joined by REM’s Mike Mills, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and guest local and international artists. Lee Ranaldo will perform his new work Hurricane Transcriptions on a double bill alongside Mike Patton, who will be performing Luciano Berio’s 1965 composition Laborintus III, which is described as “a montage of spoken word, instrumentation and electronics”.

Sydney-based indie labels Modular and the AIR-winning Future Classic will also provide their own parties for Sydney Festival, with Future Classic rocking disco master Jacques Renault in a bill alongside Medlar, Touch Sensitive, and Wave Racer, while Modular will bring Movement, Roland Tings, Softwar, and a mystery big-name headliner.

For full programme details, dates, venues and tickets, head to the Sydney Festival’s official website.

Sydney Festival 2014 Lineup

January 9th – 26th, 2014

Lee Ranaldo’s Hurricane Transcriptions and Mike Patton’s Laborintus III w/ Ensemble Offspring & The Song Company
Big Star’s Third – feat. Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Ken Stringfellow, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, and more.
Amanda Palmer
Chaka Khan
Amadou & Mariam’s Eclipse
Colin Stetson
Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE + Canyons & Daniel Boyd’s 100 Million Nights
Kurt Vile
John Grant
Edwyn Collins
Mick Harvey
The Soft Pink Truth
So Frenchy So Chic in The Park – Lou Doillon, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Féfé and Circus Babylon
Sun Ra Arkestra
Ambrose Akinmusire
Tom Thum
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Chris Thile
The Staves
C.R Avery & The Sojourners
Dom Flemons
Hot Dub Time Machine
Donny Benet & The Donny Benet Show Band
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Funki Porcini
Andrew Weatherall
Modular Night – Juan Atkins, Movement, Roland Tings, Wordlife and Softwar
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro
Mick Harvey
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins with DJ Romes
Future Classic – Jacques Renault, Medlar, Touch Sensitive, Wave Racer
Soil & Pimp Sessions
The Soft Pink Truth
Andy Votel

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