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Fred Again Is Playing Three Shows In Sydney Next Month—And Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

By Sammy Preston
28th Feb 2024

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To make sure that you're on top of all the new developments and newsworthy chats happening around Sydney, we've wrapped up this week's top city news right here.

Fred Again Is Playing Three Shows In Sydney Next Month—And Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

He sent Australia into a manic frenzy last year, selling tickets in a record 3.4 seconds to "secret" warehouse raves alongside headlining at Laneway Festival, and now Fred Again is back with his pop-up shenanigans with a surprise show in Sydney, and we couldn't be more hyped.

After posting his signature cryptic Instagram stories yesterday and leaving clues all over the place (hello, Vegemite), the English producer and DJ officially announced a secret show in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. It sold out in mere seconds—but the good news is—Fred Again has since revealed not one, but three stadium shows for Sydney in March:

  • Tue 12 March 2024: Qudos Bank Arena
  • Wed 13 March 2024: Qudos Bank Arena
  • Thu 14 March 2024: Qudos Bank Arena

Tickets for all three shows will go on sale on Thursday 29 February at 1pm for the Sydney shows. Head over to Ticketek to get in the queue. 

Yellowface Author Rebecca F. Kuang Will Headline Sydney's All About Women Festival In 2024

The Sydney Opera House festival All About Women has revealed two superstar headliners for its 2024 edition. Returning for the 12th year, All About Women will feature keynotes from the writer of one of 2023's most popular novels and a contemporary feminist icon who thinks about the Roman Empire a whole lot more than most men you know.

Yellowface author Rebecca F. Kuang and feminist icon and author of The Emperor of Rome, Mary Beard have been confirmed on the All About Women lineup, both on their first speaking tours in Australia. 

The remainder of the lineup is yet to be revealed—with final details due to land in mid-January. However, the festival of panels, conversations and workshops centered on big ideas important to women, gender-diverse people, and their allies, is locked to take place on Sunday 10 March, 2024.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale this week, from Wednesday 6 December at 9am. Head over here for more

A 25hours Hotel Will Open In Sydney Next Year With A Rooftop Bar And A Restaurant

25hours is the latest boutique hotel brand to set its sights on Sydney. Taking on the former West Olympia Theatre building on the corner of Oxford Street and South Dowling Street in Paddington, the luxury hotel will feature 109 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar, a restaurant, a ground-floor cafe, live music space, and a central courtyard lined with greenery. It's scheduled to open in December 2024. 

Behind the build and restoration of the gorgeous Paddington site is Central Element (CE) and joint venture partner Boston Global Group. This iconic Sydney building has a colourful past: it was first a brewery, before becoming a cinema, then a nightclub. Most recently it was home to Don Peppino's, before the crew opened Fontana in Redfern. 

25hours has 12 hotels scattered throughout Europe's coolest cities—think Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Florence, Frankfurt, and Copenhagen. They're typically design-forward, playful hotels, laced with cool details and local collabs. In Dubai, there's a 5,000-book library fountain, with a rotating globe showcasing works by local artists. The Vienna property is circus-themed. While there aren't too many details on the Sydney hotel yet, we're excited to see the 25hours brand come to life here. 

25hours joins a flood of fresh hotel openings in Sydney, including W Sydney, Capella, and the Ace Hotel. Read about some of our favourites here

Coming Soon: Luna Park Steps Into The Future With A Major New $15 Million Immersive Attraction 

Originally opened in 1935, Luna Park delivers old-school Art Deco amusement park nostalgia in spades. This year, however, the iconic Big Top will be transformed into a souped-up 21st-century spectacle, complete with holograms,  motion-activated LED screens, and state-of-the-art light and sound tech. 

Sydney’s new "Immersive Big Top" now features 360-degree visual and audio immersion with an activated surface area of more than 3,500 square metres. Perhaps Sydney's answer to Las Vegas' viral Sphere venue, the new Big Top will be the new home for wild immersive experiences, never-before-seen live music performances, and other one-of-a-kind events. 

“As a world-class amusement park, we need to be more than rides, and expanding our depth of offering through world-class immersive experiences will mean that Sydneysiders won’t have to travel the globe to experience these incredible environments," said Luna Park CEO John Hughes in a statement. "We want to be a reliable, magical, and affordable destination for all generations of Sydneysiders and visitors to our city."

The first spectacle to show within the new Big Top will be Dream Circus, a locally created immersive and sensory experience that will combine the venue's impressive technology with stagecraft, loveable characters, magic, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Dream Circus will launch at Luna Park on Friday 22 December and tickets are now available here

A Stunning 26-Storey Boutique Hotel Is Planned For Sydney—With Australia's First Glass Floor "Vertigo Suite"

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From Capella Sydney to the W Hotel and smaller boutique offerings like Hotel Morris and Oxford House, Sydney's hotel scene is evolving at pace. The latest hotel announcement comes via ICON Developments and Icon Oceania, who have revealed stunning plans for a 23-storey, $265 million boutique hotel in the Sydney CBD.

The property is a reimagining of the heritage-listed RCA House on Kent Street, once the home of Universal Studios in Sydney. The yet-to-be-named hotel will feature 229 rooms, a rooftop bar, and an infinity pool with views over Darling Harbour. With interiors by local design legends SJB and Golden Age of Hollywood aesthetic, probably the most intriguing feature will be the hotel's "Vertigo Suite"—the very first of its kind in Australia. The suite gets its name from its fully transparent glass floor. 

The property is slated to begin construction in 2024, pending planning approval. The hotel would then look to open in 2026. 

For now, check out our guides to:

A New Subterranean Arts Precinct Will Open In The Heart Of The CBD This Year

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Sydney will score a brand new creative arts precinct in October when Machine Hall Precinct opens in the heart of the city. A bit like Carriageworks or the cavernous underground "Tank" space at the Art Gallery of NSW, the new precinct will make use of two historic buildings. Set across the ground and subterranean levels of the former Sub Station No. 164 and the Shelley’s Warehouse buildings on Clarence Street,  the refurbished space features 14-metre-high ceilings, grand ornate windows, and original machinery.

As for what's in store when it opens, the Machine Hall Precinct will include a huge events space for both public arts events and private events, a speakeasy-style bar, a licenced cafe and concept store, a co-working space, and more. The project is part of a cultural partnership between Australian development group Built and the City of Sydney and has been designed by architects fjcstudio and interior design agency YSG Studio. 

“As part of the redevelopment of this site, the City of Sydney secured the Machine Hall Precinct for affordable cultural activities,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore AO said in a statement. “The substation vision is to be a unique cultural space in the warehouse district to be used for art exhibitions and a broad range of performances and events together with compatible commercial event space."

When the Machine Hall opens in October, you can expect to see it as a regular feature for upcoming events like SXSW, Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras, and Vivid Sydney. More info is here

A $2 Billion Performing Arts Precinct Proposed To Revamp The Domain Car Park

East Sydney Grimshaw Architect development proposal aerial view with transport mappingImage credit: City of Sydney | Supplied 

Sydney is showing no signs of slowing down on development with recent news of a massive revamp proposed for The Domain that’ll transform the current (and, let’s face it, pretty underutilised) car park into a world-class arts precinct. 

Proposed by global architect firm Grimshaw Architects, the proposed development features four new performance spaces on the existing site of The Domain car park. The biggest space would be a 2500-seat state-of-the-art theatre. Also in the designs is a dance theatre with an estimated 800-person capacity; "The Academy" intended as a rehearsal and teaching space; and Sydney's first and only dedicated First Nations performance space. 

 "We tried to look at other places to put it in the city and the simple answer is it doesn't fit," Grimshaw Architects Director of Strategic Communications Bradford Gorman told Urban List

"There is [also] no lyric theatre in Sydney. The theatres that exist to host large productions are located in casinos. And notably, which is really shocking, we don't have a centre for Indigenous performance in Sydney. They've talked about putting [one] in Barangaroo in The Cutaway, which in our opinion is not progressive thinking because it literally puts Aboriginal facilities underground," says Gorman. "We believe First Nations performance should have its own facility." 

And while the proposed cultural precinct would mean losing the playing fields atop the current car park site, Grimshaw has drafted up increased green space by transferring it to in front of the Art Gallery of the NSW, as well as landscaping on the roofs of the proposed buildings. 

Also part of the proposal are designs set to revitalise and invigorate the wider Woolloomooloo and East Sydney area with a snazzy new 24-hour entertainment and hospitality precinct as well as an upgrade and expansion of social and affordable housing.

"East Sydney has sort of deteriorated. The public housing is not fit for purpose, and you've got a community which is right in the midst of Sydney and yet hasn't been brought along with [the rest] of Sydney's development," says Gorman. "We believe the community deserves to have the facilities for social housing upgraded and expanded to provide more social housing solutions."

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