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Make Music Day 2021

The Festival of Place celebrates Make Music Day

We have 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 in its fourth year in NSW. Over two days (20 and 21 June) we are inviting the community to enjoy free music in local parks, streets and public spaces around the state.

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Locations and details

Crescent Head - Sunday 20 June

This small beach town will be filled with live music. ‘Pop Up’ is a free family friendly event, presented by Lisa Farawell, and will see local musicians take to the stage on the edge of the beach.

  • Who: DJ Lis Faraway, Relax with Max, Garage Bones, Jayden William Smith, DJ RIXY and Red Wine Roses.
  • Where: Crescent Head Point Reserve, in front of the Surf Life Saving Club
  • When: Sunday 20 June, 11am-5pm

More information and a full program list, visit Pop Up Music Festival Crescent Head.

Leeton - Sunday 20 June

Leeton Shire council is touring in two well-known Sydney acts to take over the Leeton Skate Park with live music for the day.  Jannah Beth will deliver upbeat, club & tech-house, slow jams and alternative neo-soul and True Vibenation presents an irresistible blend of soul and afrobeat backed by big bass, big beats and live horns.

  • Who: Jannah Beth and True Vibenation
  • Where: Skate Park, Leeton
  • When: Sunday 20 June, 12pm – 3pm

For more information and a full program list, visit Leeton Tourism.

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 new time will be updated shortly.

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

Wollongong - Sunday 20 June

Globe Lane will be transformed into Full Set Fest, curated by the Yours and Owls team. Full Set Fest will make way for a stacked line up of artists to take over Wollongong’s Globe Lane and will showcase grass roots and emerging artists in the Illawarra. Headlining the event, will be Good Lekker and Big Twisty and the Funk Nasty.

  • Who: Good Lekker, Big Twisty and the Funk Nasty, Body Promise
  • Where: Globe Lane, Wollongong
  • When: Sunday 20 June, from 2pm

For more information and a full program list, visit Full Set Fest.

Coffs Harbour - Monday 21 June

A full day celebration of place, people and pride with free live music for Make Music Day. Expect everything from chilled beats with your morning coffee to jazz bands setting the soundtrack while you shop to full band performances from the very best in local talent. Make your Monday a music one by loving where you live and joining Make Music Day – Coffs Coast.

  • Who: DJ Coco Varma, Greg Sheehan, Bobby Singh, Sarah Hyland and more
  • Where: Coffs Harbour City Centre, Coffs Harbour, Coffs Central Shopping Centre, Coffs Harbour Jetty
  • When: Monday 21 June, 9am – 5pm

For more information and a full program list, visit Make Music Day, Coffs Harbour.

Parramatta - Monday 21 June

City of Parramatta and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority join forces to present live music for Make Music Day across multiple public spaces from the morning to the evening on Monday 21 June.

  • Who: 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.
  • Where: Parramatta Square, Jacaranda Square, Olympic Park Railway Station, Cathy Freeman Park, the Abattoir Heritage Precinct and Epping Railway Station.
  • When: Monday 21 June

For more information and a full program, visit Discover Parramatta or Sydney Olympic Park.

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

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

Public spaces are at the heart of our communities. These grants build 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.

You can be part of Make Music Day Australia outside of this grant round. We also encourage anyone who wants to be part of Make Music Day Australia to register your live music event and join the celebration!

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

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