Thirty-nine Australian artists, twelve Sundays, three Merivale venues. It all adds up to Sunday Sundown, a series of gigs happening in early 2016. The venues will be the idyllic Coogee Rooftop; well-known party destination, Ivy Pool Club; and the yet-to-open Newport. The three venues are open air and waterside.
Sydney artist Kristy Lee Peters, aka KLP, says she is excited for the series. “I’m always up for daytime parties, because I love Sydney’s summer,” she says. Afternoon events might be a way to keep live music alive in the future. “It’s awesome that more venues are doing [daytime parties], especially with the lockout laws,” Peters says. “It’s cool that we are doing earlier things, and not letting it kill the party vibe.”
The series will kick off on January 3 with Sydney pop-rock band The Preatures at Coogee Rooftop. Other gigs on the rooftop will be by electro-indie trio, SAFIA on January 17; the Bon Iver-inspired Dustin Tebbutt on January 31; and house-music favourite Nicky Night Time on February 7. The rooftop’s finale will be a DJ set by Yahtzel, slinging synthesiser-based dance music into the night on March 6.
Ivy Pool Club will start with Adelaide emcee, queen of dance-floor rap Tkay Maidza on January 10. Further poolside performances will include dance-pop tunes by KLP on January 24; international guest, electronic duo Holy Ghost! on February 14; and Future Classic’s LDRU on March 6.
The Newport, one of Merivale’s soon-to-be-launched locations, will open in January 2016. The northern-beaches destination will feature an expansive alfresco area and a striking waterfront view. Sunday Sundown will start with well-known Melbourne duo Gypsy & The Cat on February 21, followed by nine-piece band Saskwatch on February 29.
Sunday Sundown events will be free at The Newport and Coogee Rooftop. Entry to shows at Ivy Pool Club will cost $20.