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The Longest Night

For Sydneysiders, the winter solstice means one thing this year — more hours to party.
By Concrete Playground
June 21, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
June 21, 2022
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For Sydneysiders, the longest nights of the year mean one thing — more hours to party. The Solotel team are turning this month's winter solstice into a week-long affair called The Longest Night, set to light up pubs and bars across the city when the sun goes down.

Over the six days from the solstice on Tuesday, June 21 until Sunday, June 26, music acts and art installations will be bringing 17 locations stretching from Kings Cross to Surry Hills and Newtown to Parramatta to life. Venues taking part in the winter celebration include Darlo Bar, Courthouse Hotel, The Marly, Paddo Inn, Public House Petersham, The Sackville, The Regent, Albion Parramatta, The Bridgeview Hotel and more.

Solotel CEO, Elliot Solomon, is proud of the collaboration the hospitality group has had with local artists and their communities to bring the mammoth program to life. "Each neighbourhood venue has its own unique vibe and audience and so programming is individually tailored to reflect this," he explains.

Some hotly anticipated acts will be bringing the tunes, such as Set Mo, Yolanda Be Cool and Northern Beaches band Crocodylus. Other music highlights include a dreamy set from Sydney sweetheart Dominic Breen at The Bank Hotel and an unmissable night of dancefloor fillers at Goros courtesy of beloved triple j DJ Shantan Wantan Ichiban.

Incredible light and art installations will be illuminating things, as well as pop-up art installations from the National Art School — best viewed when the sun goes down. In particular, Barangaroo House, The Golden Sheaf, The Bank Hotel, and Kings Cross Hotel will feature bespoke ambient mirror and LED installations by Reelize Studio, Yeti and Vincent Buret. There will also be queer film screenings at The Bank Hotel as well as comedy sets and slam poetry readings at The Erko — whatever your arts and culture pick of choice, it will be catered to.

A mix of free and ticketed events make up the lineup, so check out the full schedule for the week of music, art and entertainment on the event website.

Keen to check it out? For more information and to peep the full program and participating venues, visit the website.

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