The sister festival to Austin City Limits, Sydney City Limits is by the same people who brought us Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass. This new fest makes its debut at Centennial Park this weekend and is bringing with it good tunes and good times. Here are some of the reasons we think it going to be excellent.

Grace Jones
Style icon and provocateur Grace Jones is a once-in-a-lifetime act you have to see. The avant-garde trailblazer was Andy Warhol’s muse and a Studio 54 regular; she was an essential part of New York City’s 1970 disco scene and released three back-to-back albums. She’s had a formidable career spanning fashion, film (she played a Bond villain in A View to a Kill) and music.

Jake and Kenny’s Food Fight
Is it bad to be excited about the food as much as the music? We think not.

The food line-up by Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (Marys, The Lansdowne, The Unicorn, involves some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, and proves we’re living through the golden era of festival food.

There will be Vietnamese dumplings and hawker-style food by Mr Wong and deep-dish Detroit-style pizza by the Lansdowne Hotel.

South East Asian restaurant Longrain will be serving hot and spicy curries, and until O Tama Carey opens her Lankan Filling Station, you can eat her hoppers here. Potts Point institution Fratelli Paradiso is selling hand-rolled busiate pasta with smashed meatballs in a rich tomato sauce. And there’ll be natural wine by the fun guys and girls of P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants.

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Phoenix
At 9pm French new-wave alt-rock crooners Phoenix hit the stage. They’ll belt out festival anthems 1901, Lisztomania and Too Young. They’ll also play songs from their latest album, Ti Amo. France’s princes of gauzy soft-rock recorded this album amid two years of terror and division in their homeland but have managed to keep it sunny.

Markets
Curated by Surry Hills-based innovators Dear Pluto, there will be markets featuring more than 20 vendors selling clothes, ceramics, vintage pieces and festival needs.

Dear Pluto has been operating for more than 10 years, using Sydney warehouses and odd spots to host markets, exhibitions and its super-popular speed-dating parties..

There will be records for sale by My Vinyl Revolution; clothes by Miss Brown Vintage; illustrations by Loverly Bones; pins and patches by Project Elise Pins; and kiwi fruit bumbags and genital-themed gift cards by Millie Hall.

The Avalanches
Sixteen years after their breakout debut album Since I Left You, The Avalanches released their second album, Wildflower. Since then the group has done only limited shows, which makes their 6pm stage appearance at Sydney City Limits very exciting.

Sydney City Limits Music Festival will be held in Centennial Park on February 24 Tickets are available here and see set times here.

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