Update: Although the Crawl looked like it had evolved into the King Street Carnival with 60-plus acts on three outdoor stages including two open-air parties, it has failed to materialise despite more than two years of planning by the organisers. After conversations with City of Sydney Council and Inner West Council, the decision was made considering the safety of patrons as well as the significant damage that the parks would suffer.
“Although outdoor stages are cancelled, 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗵 𝗮𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻-𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝘄𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 and hope to make it just as a spectacular weekend as we originally envisioned. We are currently working hard with the artists who have been directly affected to find alternative spaces for them to perform, so please keep a close eye on our socials as there will be some amazing shows popping up across the weekend,” the organisers of the KSC said.
Don’t let the rain keep you away from the King Street Crawl and if you can get out and about, hit up the offering of free entertainment along King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road. Who knows what special shows you may come across on your weekend outing.
From Crawl to Carnival, the Inner West upsized its live music and art offering and transformed it into a behemoth three-day open-air festival, which despite exploding in size will still throw up free entertainment in Newtown, Enmore and Erskineville. However, this March, three dedicated outdoor stages will host more than 60 acts and two dance parties that are bound to go off. Make sure to take a look below to see who is playing when and where as some details have changed.
Heads up: King Street Carnival is accepting Discover NSW Vouchers! You can redeem yours through the Fever website.
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Friday night at King Street Carnival
The weekend festivities kick off with the Elefant Trax Takeover of the Sydney Park Ampitheatre.
The takeover includes Horrorshow and now, Melbourne’s Soju Gang has been added to the night for good times on the dancefloor.
Hosted by comedian Gen Fricker, the Friday night showcase also includes sets from the likes of Western Sydney soul trio Planet Vegeta, Barkaa and Nardean as well as FBi Radio’s Carolina Gasolina and party-starter Dameeela.
Saturday at King Street Carnival
Take a good look since some of the artists you’ve been keen on seeing have possibly changed days, from Saturday to Sunday or vice-versa.
Sydney Park Ampitheatre (Jameson House of Rounds Stage)
- Confidence Man
- Young Franco
- Harvey Sutherland
- The Regime
- Milan Ring
- Liyah Knight
Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
- Yothu Yindi
- Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
- Andy Golledge Band
- Johhny Hunter
- Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
- Joseph Liddy & The Skeleton Horse
If a party is what you’re after, then Heaps Gay will be turning Brick Pits into the place to be. The lineup of party starters and late-night stars is massive, with the likes of Madameempress, Vetta Borne and Korky Buchek all playing live. 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. And there’s a couple of shows on as well to add to the spectacle.
Sunday at King Street Carnival
Sydney Park Ampitheatre
- You Am I
- Tropical Fuck Storm
- King Stingray
- Cosmic Psychos
- Hayley Mary
- Private Function
- Wolf & Cub
- Shogun & The Sheets
- The Laurels
Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
- Middle Kids
- Sarah Blasko
- Stella Donnely
- All Our Exes Live In Texas
- The Buoys
- The Lazy Eyes
- EJ Worland
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 D, Foreigndub with MC Rayjah, Roots Odyssey, Nick Toth and MC Mikey Glamour. But that’s not all because Mike Who, Tuff Tone Sound System and King O.P.P., as well as MCs Chatta Cat, Tessy 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.
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.
The Food and Beverage Hub at King Street Carnival will host special guest DJs, like Pearl, DJ Macaroni, Reenie and Geo as well as Clutch4Love and Sounds of Seduction to keep the good times sounding while you dig into a tasty feed or a cold drink.
King Street Carnival Details
When: Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March
Where: Inner West at Sydney Park Ampitheatre, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and Brick Pits
Price: $50 day pass or $130 all-weekend pass