Sydney Festival 2011 begins

Yesterday was the start of the Sydney Festival, that annual month-long citywide celebration of the arts.

First night is always free. It was a warm night, and we moved between Hyde Park and Martin Place to see some of the musical acts.

London’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis were a lot of fun, with their rockabilly blues.Hanggai are Chinese folk-rock fusion, and seemed to be having a lot of fun.The Last Kinection had a Black Eyed Peas vibe,
but sounded better, less contrived. Last was some funky soul from The Dynamites with Charles Walker.

You can catch all these acts at other gigs around the city during the festival.

The whole festival vibe is great. People obviously aren’t partied out after the holidays, as the crowds were big. Thanks, Sydney, for putting on such great events. It’s one more thing that makes living here a lot of fun.

FBi Radio: Give them a booty call

One of the greatest surprises about my move to Sydney has been how awesome a radio station FBi is. I listen to it every day in the car on my commute, and sometimes online when I’m busy at my computer in the evening. It’s got no ads, and is way out on the cutting edge of young, new, interesting music. Almost everything I’ve heard on it has been new to me, and I’ve discovered so much music that I really like. And their focus on Australian and local Sydney music makes it even better.

They rely on volunteers and funding from non-ad sources to stay alive, and they’re having a membership drive right now. That drive – the FBi Booty Call– not only keeps the station running in all its awesomeness, it also puts you in a draw for prizes and makes you eligible for their on-air competitions. It’s running until 14 March.

I gave them a Booty Call just a moment ago and became a Passionate Supporter. They’re insatiable, so I think they’re up for another already.


FBi Radio

Since I’ve started driving into work again I’ve been looking for radio stations to listen to. I stumbled across FBi 95.4FM and love it.

FBi is

an independent, community-based radio station, delivering the best in new music and emerging culture. FBi plays 50% Australian music, with half of that from Sydney.

Much of the music I’ve heard has been completely new to me, and really interesting, different stuff. As I write this blog the FBi show playing is In The Pines, which showcases “folk, neo-folk, anti-folk, folktronica, folk rock, alt-country, slowcore, twee, violindie, singer-songwriter & instrumental music”. Check out this playlist.

You can listen to the stream yourself here.

Between this and triple j I think my radio music needs are completely sorted.