For 13 years, Art & About has found and used Sydney’s rare performance and exhibition spaces. The newly renovated Terrace at Town Hall catches the last glimmer of sunlight each day. And this month the cosy rooftop will transform into a free venue for live music.
“We really wanted to create a new, intimate music venue in the heart of the city,” says Simon Walkom, creative producer of Art & About. “We were just lucky The Terrace was available on those days.” Jutting over Town Hall, the function space can hold 500 people. In the past it has been used for performances presented by Sydney Festival.
The Terrace’s program covers different genres over nine nights. Starting things off, with a mix of soulful blues and contemporary beats, will be JONES jnr. There will also be a rare acoustic set by Dave Leaupepe and Joji Malani, the respective voice and guitar for local rockers, Gang of Youths. Emma Pask will play tracks from Cosita Divina, her debut album of Latin American classics. And there will be a selection of Cake wines and bar snacks.
The Terrace’s first Sunday is all about kids. Be prepared for a disco of classics and plenty of activities. Walkom says, “They’re going to be making their own pet rocks and also designing their own hot-air balloons.”
For one of his only Australian shows in 2015, a 20-person gospel choir will back cabaret legend, Paul Capsis. “We wanted a big finale,” Walkom says. “Paul has worked with [the choir] before, so they’re working on our brief to create an intimate live-music venue.”
The Terrace runs from September 18–27. DJ sets start 5pm nightly, with main acts starting at 7pm. More information from Art & About’s website.