The Cahill Expressway – the multi-million dollar highway that hovers over Circular Quay Station – closes to traffic for a week this summer as the new Elevate Sydney festival turns it into a stage for more than 180 artists.
In an effort to bolster the NSW economy after the lockdown, the state government is giving away 30,000 free tickets to the festival, where locals and visitors can enjoy live music, lectures and performances across six days and nights.
And it’s got some big names for the line-up. Headliners include Tones and I, Tim Minchin, Baker Boy, The Wiggles, Electric Fields, Marcia Hines, Leo Sayer, Ngaiire and L-Fresh the Lion. Shows will be across three different zones and two stages on the iconic waterfront by the waterfront.
Attendees can also expect a hypnotic light show with 500 choreographed drones flying over Sydney Cove, set to an original soundscape. Other highlights include an opening night First Nations celebration, afternoon sessions with leading athletes, family-friendly morning sessions with live entertainment and evening parties with performances by e.g. Courtney Act, Hauskey and Todd McKenney.
Elevate Sydney runs 1-6. January 2022. Tickets are available from 2 December.