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Back in 2005, when Sydney’s Cockatoo Island was opening up as a venue for music and arts festivals, Jeff Angel from the Total Environment Centre cast doubts as to the amount of toxic material still remaining on the old World Heritage listed naval dockyard. The site had undergone a considerable clean up since its heavy […]


It was a midweek night in King Cross, over three decades ago in what were the buoyant and often permissive 1980s. Live music echoed from a whole variety of venues scattered around the area, often continuing well into the wee small hours. At the Piccadilly Hotel in Victoria Street, Lubricated Goat were hosting one of […]

Pastizzi Café says ‘addiju’ to South King

By ELIZA SPENCER For decades, the south end of King Street in Newtown has been a space for Sydney’s artists and outcasts. However, years of gentrification and council knock-backs have hit the small businesses of South King. Too far from the station for the comfort of tourists, and too obscure for even the hippest influencers, […]

THE NAKED CITY: Whatever Happened To Mid Week Music?

There’s much talk recently about making Sydney a 24-hour city, revitalising the night-time culture and asserting our role as one of the world’s leading cosmopolitan cities. The Olympics back in 2000 proved that this could be done, albeit driven by a unique one-off event and compacted into a period of only a few weeks. Nevertheless, […]

Street fair lights up changing face of Glebe

The sleepy streets of Glebe will spring to life with music, food and dance this Sunday as thousands of Sydneysiders descend on Glebe Point Road for the 31st annual Glebe Street Fair. While the footpaths fill with food vendors and artisans, an eclectic live soundtrack of jazz, blues, folk, and rock will fill the air. […]

Boom towns of the inner west

Newtown and Marrickville have been named among 50 of Australia’s “boom” suburbs for investors in 2014. The “Fast 50” report, by Smart Property Investor magazine, asked experts to consider factors such as rental yields, population growth, employment opportunities and housing demand in nominating their top performers. The magazine’s managing editor, Phillip Tarrant, said gentrification was […]