Towering above Circular Quay Station, the scenic million-dollar highway Cahill Expressway will be closed for a week this summer as the new Elevate Sydney festival transforms into a stage for more than 180 artists.
To support the post-quarantine NSW economy, the state government is giving away 30,000 free tickets to the festival, where locals and visitors alike can enjoy six days and nights of live music, talks and performances.
And some big names are listed for the lineup. Titles include Tones and I, Tim Minchin, Baker Boy, The Wiggles, Electric Fields, Marcia Hines, Leo Sayer, Ngaiire, and L-Fresh the Lion. The shows will be in three different locations and in two stages on the iconic harborside highway.
Attendees can also expect a hypnotic light show flying over Sydney Bay with 500 choreographed drones tuned to an original soundscape. Other highlights include an opening night First Nations celebration, afternoon chat sessions with top athletes, live entertainment and family-friendly morning sessions, and evening parties featuring performances such as Courtney Act, Hauskey and Todd McKenney.
Elevate Sydney valid from 1–6 January 2022. Tickets are available from December 2.