There’s no doubting the fact that this year’s Surry Hills Festival will be a cracker. The suburb known for its myriad of cafes, bars and vintage stores is also renowned for having an amazing community spirit that ensures its annual festival is an event not to be missed. I had a chat with Matt Grant – this year’s Festival Director – about the much anticipated day in the sun, and asked for a few tips about how we should approach the day.
The people of Surry Hills know how to host a party. Their festival, one of the first for the summer season, is coming up on Saturday, October 27. Returning to Prince Alfred Park, it’s going to be a huge day of music, art, shopping and a heap more.
Sure, I went to a festival or two over the winter, but nothing beats a summer festival and I want to do this one right. So, Matt Grant, the man who is also behind this year’s Peats Ridge Festival, was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to have a chat about just how I can make the most out of this year’s Surry Hills event. He was also kind enough to offer us a double pass to giveaway to the festival after party. More about how you can enter below but first…
Which events should we be sure to make on the day?
I would definitely get down there for the opening ceremony. That will be happening from 11:30am on the main stage. There’s a beautiful space in front of the main stage where you can get there early and spread your blanket out on the hill and base yourself there. There will be bars and food available there too. We’ve also got a dog show at the main stage from 10:30 so if you’ve got a dog, get yourself down to that so you can win some prizes!
Which bands should we catch?
I think Tijuana Cartel will definitely be a highlight. We programmed them because they’re such a strong festival act and they’ll be playing on the main stage. We’ve got another stage that will be more for dancing and I would definitely head over there and check out Alison Wonderland. I’d also really recommend Liberators – they’re a favourite of mine. They’ll get people dancing for sure. Keyim Ba are quite interesting on the world music front and The Tongue can be quite good for hip-hop lovers. Make sure you get down to the chai tent and get yourself a chai and catch some of the acoustic acts there. Oh, and step into the Indigenous Festival too!
What kind of food can we expect on the day?
We’ll have a whole range of different types of food! We’ve done our selections so they’ll be an absolute mix. What’s really important to us is to give people a proper dining experience. You’re not going to turn up and have hotdogs and hamburgs. You’ll get food from all over the world!
What should we bring with us?
A blanket and a water bottle because they’ll be free water refills throughout the festival. I’m sure it’s going to be a sunny day but it can get cool in the evening in October so bring a jumper too. It’s looking good though. And bring your walking shoes so you can walk up to the after party at the Burdekin later on!
Tell me about this after party…
We’ve got five floors running at the Burdekin with DJs and bands. It’s going to be a great way to kick on after the festival. I’m really looking for that!
What kind of stalls will be running?
Local art, clothing…it’ll be huge!
And the bars…
They’ll be themed bars and some of Surry Hills’ best cocktail makers will be there. We’ve got a cider bar too!
What if you wanted to find your summer fling at the festival. What kind of people can we expect to be there?
A really wide range of people who’ll be very reflective of the Surry Hills community. There’ll be a whole range of ages and they’ll be a really nice crowd.
If you and a mate would like to kick on after the festival at the Surry Hills Festival after party, we’ve got a double pass to give away to the event. To enter, just take a photo on Instagram of your favourite place to hang out in Surry Hills and tag @spitpress. The winner will be the person who’s photo makes the best Surry Hills recommendation. ENTRIES CLOSE TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2012.