More Than 60 Acts Will Perform Across 3 Days At The Supersized King Street Carnival This January

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Sponsored SMN Writer (APAC) - Staff Writer (Aus)

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From Crawl to Carnival, the Inner West has upsized its live music and art offering and transformed it into a behemoth three-day open-air festival with some of the country’s top musical talent and best up-and-comers. Three dedicated outdoor stages will host more than 60 acts and two dance parties at the King Street Carnival, which despite exploding in size will still throw up free entertainment in Newtown, Enmore and Erskineville.

Heads up: King Street Carnival is accepting Discover NSW Vouchers! You can redeem yours through the Fever website.

Friday night at King Street Carnival

The weekend festivities kick off with the Elefant Trax Takeover of the Sydney Park Ampitheatre. The artist-run and independent record label, which has been around since the late 90s and supported hip hop and electronic as well as soul and R&B artists come through the ranks, has rounded up a mega crew for the opening night party that includes Horrorshow‘s first 2022 show of the year as well as a visit from rapper and hip-hop head Jess B from across the ditch.

Hosted by comedians Dane Simpson and Gen Fricker, the Friday night showcase also includes sets from the likes of Western Sydney soul trio Planet Vegeta, Nardean and New Zealand’s Half Queen. To keep the music on high rotation throughout the evening will be FBi Radio’s Carolina Gasolina and party-starter Dameeela.

Saturday at King Street Carnival

From Friday night beats to Saturday guitar riffs, King Street Carnival is coming in hot with cult garage-punk band Shogun and the Sheets as well as neo-psychedelia outfit The Laurels. Punk rockers Private Function and glam-pop cross rock n rollers Johnny Hunter will keep the volume cranked before former Jezabels lead singer Hayley Mary, Ratcat, Magic Dirt and Amyl and the Sniffers take to the stage.

Aria Award winners and Australian rock icons You Am I headline the Saturday line-up of artists at the Sydney Park Ampitheatre stage while Sydney’s Middle Kids, who are on the back of a phenomenal 2021 with the release of their album ‘Today We’re The Greatest’ and features on US late-night talk show television, take top billing at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.

With the likes of AIR’s Album Of The Year’ and ‘Pop Album Of The Year’  winner Stella Donnelly, as well as, Kaiit, Donny Benét, The Lazy Eyes and The Buoys also on the stage at Camperdown, punters are going to be hard-pressed to make a choice where they spend their Saturday. Also on the bill at Camperdown are alt-country group Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys, psych-funk group Joseph Liddy & The Skeleton Horse and EJ Worland. 

If a party is what you’re after, then Heaps Gay will be turning Brick Pits into the place to be. While their line-up is still to be released, you can be certain that the larger-than-life crew will be bringing the rhythm, the flow and the style to have you dancing all day and night.

Sunday at King Street Carnival

Sunday Funday at the Sydney Park Ampitheatre will see one of the world’s hottest festival acts Confidence Man tear up the stage alongside triple-threat artist Touch Sensitive for a mix of funk, disco and electronic. They will be joined by Melbourne jazzcats Mildlife and Harvey Sutherland‘s blend of dance, disco and funk.

It’s non-stop dancing on Sunday with multi-instrumentalist Milan Ring and Sydneysider CLYPSO also on the bill that features the likes of Italo-disco fiends Lazywax, the percussive rhythms of Setwun and up-and-comer Liyah Knight.

Again, where to spend your day will be a tough decision to make because twice-Grammy nominated and impossible-to-define Hiatus Kaiyote will round out a stellar line-up at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. They share the stage with Australian music royalty Yothu Yindi, as well as Sarah Blasko, and Alex The Astronaut. The folk will be delivered by All Our Exes Live In Texas while Emma Donovan & The Putbacks unleash powerhouse vocals and Sydney’s pub-scene legends the Andy Golledge Band break out. The Regime and Maple Glider are also on the lineup.

Brick Pits will be set alight by the Inner West Reggae Disco Crew who are holding nothing back. They’re bringing together The Mighty Asterix from Salmonella Dub with Melbourne’s Stryka DForeigndub with MC RayjahLStaticRoots OdysseyNick Toth and MC Mikey Glamour. But that’s not all because Mike WhoTuff Tone Sound System and King O.P.P., as well as MCs Chatta CatTessy Sing Song, anf Ibojah are getting in on the action too.


While the King Street Crawl was a free event, the supersized King Street Carnival is ticketed and the question you’ll need to ask yourself is: are you in for just the one day of live music, or are you in for the entire weekend?

A General Admission day pass for Friday, Saturday or Sunday will set punters back just $50. This will get them into all shows for that day, at both the Sydney Park Ampitheatre and Camperdown Memorial Rest Park as well as the open-air parties at Brick Pits. However, if you use your NSW Discover voucher, you could get yourself hours and hours of live music in the outdoors for just $25.

On the other hand, an all-weekend ticket is priced at $130. Or, just a smidge over a hundy when taking advantage of your NSW Discover voucher. Not a bad bargain for a weekend of music that includes sets from Hiatus Kaiyote, Confidence Men, You Am I, Horrorshow and Middle Kids.

What else is on?

The King Street Carnival hasn’t forgotten its roots and to support the massive music offering across the three days, a heap of pubs, venues, bars, shops, cafes and spaces will all be offering free entertainment along King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road.

The Inner West has plenty to offer visitors and its creative communities are rising to the fore for the occasion. So, when you’re wandering between stages or you’re feeling like a bite to eat, head out onto the street and see what’s up for grabs.

King Street Carnival Details

When: January 14-16

Where: Inner West at Sydney Park Ampitheatre, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, and Brick Pits

Price: $50 day pass or $130 all-weekend pass

King Street Carnival Music Festival ft. Confidence Man and more

January 14, 2022 5:00 PM
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