The trend of music festivals upping their game continues at Bad Friday, a Marrickville block party happening this Good Friday.
Back for its ninth year, and with bigger stages, it sees Railway Parade once again shut down, and along with a line-up of local bands – including Boo Seeka, the Belligerents, Ecca Vandal, Straight Arrows and a secret headliner to be announced the morning of – there’s an impressive food and drink offering.
On the day, punters will be able to get food by the Porteño crew, as well as burgers by Mary’s, deep-dish Detroit-style pizzas by the Lansdowne Hotel and tacos from Vejoes. There will also be jerk chicken from Sparky’s.
Jake Smyth of Mary’s is excited to see these venues come together. “As a vocal and local small business owner, it tickles us pink that parties like Bad Friday exist,” he says. “It is [all about] our neighbourhood, the inner west, which has a large music and food community.”
Young Henrys is taking care of the beer and cider, and there’ll be craft-brewed alcoholic lemonade at the Frank Strongs taco stand. “To be able to close down a street in the industrial heartland of Marrickville and bring together some absolute legends of Australian music, as well as the best local brewers and foodies in such a unique location, is an absolute blast,” says Matt Rule from the Music and Booze Company (MBC), which puts on the event.
As well as Bad Friday, MBC are bookers for the Lansdowne Hotel and organise Newtown’s King Street Crawl and Beer, Footy & Food festivals. MBC worked with Architects of Entertainment for this event, which produces some of Australia’s biggest festivals, including Splendour in the Grass and Laneway.
The festival is also supporting two local not-for-profits. When you buy your ticket, you can nominate to donate to either Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets, a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people, or the Aboriginal Women and Children’s Crisis Service, which provides support and crisis accommodation.
Bad Friday is on Friday March 30 from midday in Railway Parade, Marrickville. Check out the full line-up and get final release tickets here.
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