There’s a distinct excitement in the air. Not just from the arrival of Summer but the palpable thrill of being out of lockdown and doing all the things we missed out on in the last year. Now the government has gone ahead and announced a huge six-day festival featuring music, extravagant light displays and live entertainment called Elevate Sydney.
Sydney’s Cahill Expressway is set to undergo a major transformation to make way for Elevate Sydney. On for six days from January 1 to January 6, the festival will be set against the glittering backdrop of the Sydney harbour.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the festival aims to breathe fresh life into the city.
“This has been a tough time for hospitality and tourism, we’re committed to doing everything we can to get these industries back on their feet and ensuring that our people have the chance to enjoy the city again,” he said.
The festival will usher in a full closure of the Cahill Expressway with several alternate routes and public transport options available for visitors and residents.
Of the many events planned, perhaps the most exciting is the Elevate Skyshow which will feature 500 choreographer drones over Sydney cove, creating a hypnotic pattern in the sky. The drone performance is also set to an original soundscape that will dazzle the night sky following the headline performances.
There are over 180 performers set to take the stage by storm over the six-day festival. The line-up includes global sensation Tones and I, electronic duo Electric Fields and Australia’s beloved The Wiggles.
Other names include Tim Minchin, Leo Sayer, Ngaiire and First Nations artist Baker Boy.
Also in the offing are several evening party sessions showcasing music performances by Todd McKenney, Hauskey and Courtney Act among others.
Comedy sets, sports sessions, children’s entertainment, pop ups and food trucks will be also be available on site.
Even better — all tickets to Elevate Sydney are completely free with around 30,000 tickets up for grabs as early as December 2.
Find further details at the Elevate website.
What: Elevate Sydney
Where: Cahill Expressway
When: January 1-6, 2022