Happy Mag’s guide to Sydney City Limits

Music Festival Fomo (MFF) is a state of anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.

Now, if you’re like me and you’ve experienced some pretty hefty bouts of MFF in the past, then you’re gonna want to jump onto the Sydney City Limits bandwagon while you still can, and snatch those tickets.

Sydney City Limits is produced by the team that has brought us festivals like Falls and the notoriously quick-selling Splendour In The Grass. You know these peeps know how to put on a good party, and Sydney City Limits will be no exception. It’s a nod to the culturally influential Austin City Limits (which includes that sweet smell of barbecued goodness, sunscreen and generous amounts of body odour in the air).

If you really want your social media contacts to wallow in MFF, there are a handful of acts that will have Bryan from Marketing sweating under his M.J. Bale suit as he’s taking his third ciggie break for the hour.

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Australia’s most exciting new festival Sydney City Limits is closing in fast. If you’re still on the fence, here are 5 big reasons not to be.

Grace Jones

Jamaican-born pop cultural icon/supermodel/goddess Grace Jones will be gracing our completely unworthy presences (and let me quickly say that I was weak at the knees when I saw this colossal announcement) with her rhythmic goodness that has shaped a generation of disco-going, freewheeling club kids for years.

Seeing Grace Jones in the flesh will be like looking into the past, fuelled by her rebellious iconography and a groove that changed the perception of pop music. See Grace Jones. Just… see Grace Jones.

The Avalanches

Melbourne group The Avalanches are a live-act experience that you must see to believe. Mixing bizarre samples and producing beats to inspire a dreamy narrative, they will capture you by the heart and breathe sweet, sweet life.

Best known for their early 2000s work Since I Left You and coming off their sexy new Wildflower record, The Avalanches are untouchable, and you will surely find yourself solo dancing to Because I’m Me under the Sydney moonlight.

Young Thug

Recently announced into the SCL lineup is the avant-gardener himself, Young Thug. Thug has proved to be a tour de force, not only sweeping up the streets with his unique rhymes that bend the rules of the hip hop genre, but also with his prominent collaborations across the board, from Kanye West to Drake and Jamie XX.

Young Thug’s truly refreshing and audacious approach to rap will emanate through you as you get down and dirty amongst the sweaty bodies violently bopping their heads in the audience.


I love me some Australian music, and we can’t forget about another recently announced artist to hop onto the lineup; Mallrat. This Brisbane-based queen has continuously proved to be the artist that we’ve always needed.

With huge tracks like Uninvited and a personal fave Inside Voices, she’s created a relevant platform of lyrics and beats that really hit home, spitting lines like “I fucking hate Westfield” and “Everyone talks nicely, but I don’t think they like me, because when they go out they never invite me”.

Who doesn’t remember being that kid after school whose friends all go to Westfield for a $5 shake and don’t invite you along… just me? yeah alright.


Now if you’re not into music but you’re really into food, then SCL has you covered friend. Hosting a beastly smorgasbord, you’ll be gorging on Sydney’s finest, from Longrain’s incredible Asian food to Angie Hong’s Vietnamese and even Andy Bowdy’s Saga team who’ll be cooking up Sausage Roll on a Roll – a house-made pork and veal sausage roll wrapped in a white sesame bun with double tomato sauce. Ooft.


Look, if you really just want to avoid those MFF blues, get your ass down to Sydney City Limits and create memories that you will not soon forget. With a lineup of good food and even better music, it will remind you why festivals in Australia are truly one in a million.

Suss the full lineup below, and grab your tickets here.


Vance Joy
Young Thug
Tash Sultana
Grace Jones
Gang of Youths
Dune Rats
The Libertines
The Avalanches
Oh Wonder
Car Seat Headrest
The Head and The Heart
Ocean Alley
Winston Surfshirt
The Staves
Alex Lahey
Stella Donnelly
Ziggy Ramo