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Freedom Time Is Sydney's New Summer Day-Night Dance Party

After two years in Melbourne and Perth, the festival is making a stop at Manning Bar.
By Libby Curran
September 22, 2017
By Libby Curran
September 22, 2017

Freedom Time — the free-spirited festival synonymous with balmy summer days, dance-fuelled nights and lush DJ sets — has been giving Melburnians good times for two years now, and it's gearing up for another huge summer season, today announcing that, in 2018, it will drop by Sydney too.

This time around, the Freedom Time gang are spreading the love even further, adding a January 7 visit to Sydney's Manning Bar and Gardens on top of the usual shows in Perth on New Year's Eve and at Melbourne's Coburg Velodrome on January 1.

As always, the festival's gifting us with a diverse lineup of musical guests, assembling a mix of international greats and homegrown heroes that'll have you dancing your little feet off no matter your style. Headlining this eclectic bunch is famed Chicago house producer Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers), Jamaican dancehall legend Johnny Osbourne and an inter-generational collaborative effort from Leroy Burgess and Melbourne's own Harvey Sutherland.

Meanwhile, Rhythm Section International's Bradley Zero will present a handpicked label showcase in each city, featuring a crop of local acts performing alongside modern soul duo, Silentjay and Jace XL. Sydney's lineup includes appearances from the likes of Simon Caldwell, Rimbombo and local producer Jonti.


Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers)
Leroy Burgess
Harvey Sutherland
Johnny Osbourne
Sassy J
Bradley Zero
Nai Palm
Freda & Jackson
Ben Fester
Simon Caldwell
Boogie Monster
SilentJay & Jace XL
Inner West Reggae Disco Machine
Jimmy Sing
Love Bombs
Mike Who
Cazeaux Oslo

Freedom Time will take place on Sunday, January 7 at Sydney University's Manning Bar. Tickets will go on sale at 9am, September 26. Grab yours here.

Published on September 22, 2017 by Libby Curran


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