5 free Sydney shows not to be missed this long weekend

The year’s first long weekend is almost upon us, a time to kick back and wind down after the new year’s return to responsibility. A time to enjoy your extra day off without having fun at the expense of anybody else’s culture – turns out it can be done!

If you celebrate anything this weekend, let it be some live music or an art show with a few of your mates. Here are five spots to hit up if that sounds like your jam – all for free.

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Stuck for something to do this long weekend? Make the best of your Monday off with these 5 events kicking off in Sydney.

Kilter – Sunday 27 Jan, The Sheaf Hotel

Nationally renowned party starter Kilter will be making his first appearance of 2019 at The Sheaf Hotel on Sunday, January 27th. He’ll be playing around dinnertime, but be sure to head along earlier in the day if you want to drink and dine your way through triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown and stay planted.

Sheaf Sundays is a free weekly affair, opening up one of the Eastern Suburb’s longest-standing venues to DJs and all manner of world-class acts. If you’re around their end of town, this is a hot pick for the day.

Find out all you need to know right here.

Nick Cave’s Until – All Weekend, Carriageworks

Artist Nick Cave (as in, not The Bad Seeds) has been taking over Carriageworks for the better part of the year so far, decking out the space in thousands upon thousands of found objects. Until is a richly detailed exhibition which confronts gun violence and control, race and gender.

Nick Cave’s Until is open 10am-6pm daily. Find out more here.

All My Friends 1st Birthday – Saturday 26 Jan, The Bank Hotel

Sydney-based club night All My Friends is turning one year old this weekend, and celebrating the way they know best. Free from 11pm and kicking until 4am, they’ve got your Saturday night spot sorted with hours upon hours of DJs spinning the best indie tunes.

You’ve got two days to recover… what’s there to lose? Find out more here.

Otto’s House Party – Sunday 27 Jan, The Lansdowne Hotel

Having recently relocated from the closed World Bar in Kings Cross, Otto’s House Party now calls The Lansdowne home. This Sunday they’ll be calling in the talents of Georgia June, Tropical Strength, and Bullshirt. Don’t miss out.

RSVP and grab the details here.

Bad//Dreems – Sunday 27 Jan, Vic On The Park Hotel

If you’re out of range of The Sheaf and still after a Sunday sesh, don’t sleep on a big Bad//Dreems carpark party at Vic On The Park. $15 jugs and a sausage sizzle (meat and vegan) will be up for grabs to keep you kicking all day long.

Alongside Bad//Dreems will be live sets from TOTTY and Kimono Drag Queens. Grab all the details here.


If you’re free on Saturday 26 January from 11am, consider attending Sydney’s Invasion Day Rally in support of First Nations people and allies. Details can be found here.