As part of Sydney Solstice, which started earlier this week and will run until June 20, South Eveleigh will be hosting its own festival on June 18 and 19 celebrating great food, booze, arts and culture: South Eveleigh Solstice. To cap off each day, a line-up of live music has been locked in both nights: electronic group Pnau will headline with a DJ set on the Friday night, supported by Jagwar Ma’s Jono Ma, Sydney pop artist Kota Banks and Australian-Korean rap crew 1300. And after weeks of secrecy, the Saturday-night headliner has now been revealed: rapper Genesis Owusu, who recently released his debut album Smiling With No Teeth.

Owusu will be supported by Coodjinburra singer-songwriter Budjerah, Australian-Nigerian rapper and singer-songwriter PRICIE and pop duo Royel Otis. When Ghanian-born Owusu – who moved to Australia as a child – performs, expect to witness his powerful explorations of the complexities of growing up as a black man in an overwhelmingly white society.

The musos will all perform in the Locomotive Workshop – a historic space that’ll be transformed into a retail hub following the festival.

Other highlights of the South Eveleigh Solstice include dumplings from Kylie Kwong’s newbie Lucky Kwong, special cocktails from Matt Whiley’s regenerative bar Re–, and food specials from the precinct’s other diners, including Rara Chan, Bekya and Eat Fuh. There’ll also be kids programs both days, a free street festival curated by FBi Radio and tours of the on-site native garden.

Genesis Owusu will perform at South Eveleigh Solstice on June 19. Tickets are now on sale.

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