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Make Music Day 2021

The Festival of Place celebrates Make Music Day

We recently partnered with Create NSW as part of The Festival of Place to support six places across NSW to host free live music events and activities in public space to celebrating Make Music Day 2021.

Make Music Day is a global celebration of music making in more than 1000 cities around the world, now completing in its fourth year in NSW. Over two days (20 and 21 June) we invited the community to enjoy free music in local parks, streets and public spaces around the state.

Check out the posts from these events by searching hashtags #lovetheplaceyoulive #thefestivalofplace #makemusicday

Locations and details

Northern Beaches – Postponed due to bad weather. A new time will be updated shortly.

Northern Beaches council will host 24 live performances across four locations. Appearing in the town and village centres of Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Manly, you will find simultaneous performances from young local talent to professional musicians all day long.

Get yourself down to one of the free, live outdoor gigs, grab a takeaway lunch from a local café or restaurant and enjoy some local beats while supporting our creative community.

  • Who: 24 acts including young local talent to professional musicians
  • Where:
    • Manly Corso – John Speight Stage
    • Dee Why – Meriton Square Stage
    • Narrabeen – Berry Reserve Markets
    • Mona Vale – Village Park
  • When: Postponed due to bad weather. A new time will be updated shortly.

For more information and a full program list, visit Northern Beaches Council.

Crescent Head – Sunday 20 June

This small beach town was filled with live music on Sunday 20 June. ‘Pop Up’ is a free family friendly event, presented by Lisa Farawell, and saw local musicians take to the stage on the edge of the beach, including DJ Lis Faraway, Relax with Max, Garage Bones, Jayden William Smith, DJ RIXY, and Red Wine Roses.

Leeton – Sunday 20 June

Leeton Shire council toured in two well-known Sydney acts to take over the Leeton Skate Park with live music on Sunday 20 June. Jannah Beth delivered upbeat, club & tech-house, slow jams and alternative neo-soul and True Vibenation presented an irresistible blend of soul and afrobeat backed by big bass, big beats and live horns.

Wollongong - Sunday 20 June

Globe Lane was transformed into Full Set Fest on Sunday 20 June, curated by the Yours and Owls team. Full Set Fest made way for a stacked line up of artists and showcased grass roots and emerging artists in the Illawarra with headliners, Good Lekker, Big Twisty, and the Funk Nasty.

Coffs Harbour - Monday 21 June

It was a celebration of place, people and pride with free live music for Make Music Day on Monday 21 June. There was everything from chilled beats to jazz bands setting the soundtrack while people shopped to full band performances from the very best in local talent including DJ Coco Varma, Greg Sheehan, Bobby Singh, and Sarah Hyland.

Parramatta - Monday 21 June

City of Parramatta and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority joined forces to present live music for Make Music Day across multiple public spaces from the morning to the evening on Monday 21 June. There were 30 acts from Western Sydney’s vibrant live music scene. From jams and open mic spaces to music from shipping containers, on railway stations and concerts in Parramatta Square.

Make Music Day photos
Top right: True Vibenation. Bottom right: Bobby Singh performs at Depot Cafe. Right: Jannah Beth.

A total of $90,000 was made available to support these six programs held across NSW.

Public spaces are at the heart of our communities. These grants built on the success of the Summer Fund that saw around 100 free events and activations across NSW supporting creative industries, local business and creating more opportunities for people to connect.

Make Music Day music groups
Left: Big Twisty and the Funk Nasty. Right: Good Lekker

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