An initiative launched by the NSW Government and City of Sydney, Sunset Piazza will set up shop in Cathedral Square, opposite Hyde Park.
Music and comedy performances will run at the venue across 32 nights, with the Piazza closing its doors on March 21.
Thus far, details have been released for half of the evenings’ entertainment. Aside from Alex The Astronaut and Allday, Ben Lee, JK-47, Peking Duk and more are set to perform as part of the venue’s first 16 shows.
Per a press release, the gig series was conceived during the recent Summer Summit, at which the NSW Government hatched COVID-safe plans to maintain the state’s economy this summer.
“I love the feeling of going to a new stage, I always get a rush of adrenaline when I get to a venue and see the layout and imagine what the show might look like,” Alex The Astronaut said in a statement.
“After last year, the whole world has experienced and continues to experience so much upheaval so I think if we can come together in a safe way and tell stories and let people get away from what they’ve been through for an hour or so, it’d be a really healing thing for everyone involved.”
Concertgoers over the age of 12 will be required to wear a face mask while at Sunset Piazza. Those who have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to attending the venue will be refused entry.
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Sunset Piazza’s first lineup is:
Thursday 28 – Cumbiamuffin
Friday 29 – Kwame
Saturday 30 – Peking Duk (DJ Set)
Sunday 31 – Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 4 – Allday
Friday 5 – Comedy Gala Night 1 (featuring Tahir, Lawrence Mooney, Merrick Watts and more)
Saturday 6 – The Emma Pask Big Band Show
Sunday 7 – Ensemble Offspring celebrating 50 years of Steve Reich’s ‘Drumming’
Thursday 11 – JK-47
Friday 12 – Comedy Gala Night 2 (featuring Tahir, The Umbilical Brothers, Akmal and more)
Saturday 13 – Sneaky Sound System
Sunday 14 – The Best of Opera in the Sunset Piazza
Thursday 18 – The James Morrison Quartet with Special Guests
Friday 19 – Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Saturday 20 – Heaps Gay: Live N Queer
Sunday 21 – Ben Lee