Sydney’s local music scene is an intricate network of partnerships, side projects and collaborations – labels and artists of a variety of genres giving and taking inspiration from each other. VOLUMES hopes to capture this essence with an event that will cover sounds from tropical disco and gypsy organ folk, to post-punk. It will feature hand-picked artists such as Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders, Canyons, The Laurels and Lower Spectrum playing over three venues.
The day is specifically constructed to be a journey across auditory landscapes, the sounds, visuals and time of the day will all factor into the experience. Fans are encouraged to move between venues, a concept inspired by music festivals such as SXSW and The Great Escape.
Where many live music events hang on big-name crowd-pleasers, VOLUMES presents an assortment of intriguing, lesser-known local artists. Three of Oxford Street’s most-loved live music venues, Oxford Art Factory, Cliff Dive and Brighton Up Bar, will be transformed into visual masterpieces, complementing the sound of the band on stage. James Spink, operation manager of the event (and of Oxford Arts Factory), describes the process of curating each venue’s stage. “The visual element is important because people have been to these places before. Combined with the music it will be a form of escapism; being in a place they might know but experiencing it differently. We will focus on the stage’s aesthetics to produce something more unique,” he says.
For VOLUMES’ first year, the focus will be on musical connections in the in Sydney scene, however future plans are for it to expand to showcase international partner labels in the hopes it will incorporate lesser-known overseas artists that would not normally make it to Australia solo.
The full line-up:
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Noise In My Head
The Walking Who
I OH YOU DJs
Strange Yonder DJs