Make Music Day

The Festival of Place celebrates Make Music Day

We partnered with Create NSW as part of The Festival of Place to support six places across NSW to host free live music events and activities in public space to celebrate Make Music Day 2021.

Make Music Day is a global celebration of music making in more than 1000 cities around the world, now completing in its fourth year in NSW. Over two days (20 and 21 June) we invited the community to enjoy free music in local parks, streets and public spaces around the state.

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Locations and details

Crescent Head – Sunday 20 June 2021

This small beach town was filled with live music on Sunday 20 June. ‘Pop Up’ is a free family friendly event, presented by Lisa Farawell, and saw local musicians take to the stage on the edge of the beach, including DJ Lis Faraway, Relax with Max, Garage Bones, Jayden William Smith, DJ RIXY, and Red Wine Roses.

Leeton – Sunday 20 June 2021

Leeton Shire council toured in two well-known Sydney acts to take over the Leeton Skate Park with live music on Sunday 20 June. Jannah Beth delivered upbeat, club & tech-house, slow jams and alternative neo-soul and True Vibenation presented an irresistible blend of soul and afrobeat backed by big bass, big beats and live horns.

Wollongong - Sunday 20 June 2021

Globe Lane was transformed into Full Set Fest on Sunday 20 June, curated by the Yours and Owls team. Full Set Fest made way for a stacked line up of artists and showcased grass roots and emerging artists in the Illawarra with headliners, Good Lekker, Big Twisty, and the Funk Nasty.

Coffs Harbour - Monday 21 June 2021

It was a celebration of place, people and pride with free live music for Make Music Day on Monday 21 June. There was everything from chilled beats to jazz bands setting the soundtrack while people shopped to full band performances from the very best in local talent including DJ Coco Varma, Greg Sheehan, Bobby Singh, and Sarah Hyland.

Parramatta - Monday 21 June 2021

City of Parramatta and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority joined forces to present live music for Make Music Day across multiple public spaces from the morning to the evening on Monday 21 June. There were 30 acts from Western Sydney’s vibrant live music scene. From jams and open mic spaces to music from shipping containers, on railway stations and concerts in Parramatta Square.

Northern Beaches – Tuesday 21 June 2022

After a year of cancellations due to lockdowns and wet weather, Northern Beaches council hosted free live performances across four locations. Appearing in the town and village centres of Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Manly, 24 acts from young local talent to professional musicians provided entertainment for locals and visitors all day long.

Top left: True Vibenation. Bottom left: Bobby Singh performs at Depot Cafe. Right: Jannah Beth.

A total of $90,000 was made available to support these six programs held across NSW.

Public spaces are at the heart of our communities. These grants built on the success of the Summer Fund that saw around 100 free events and activations across NSW supporting creative industries, local business and creating more opportunities for people to connect.

Left: Big Twisty and the Funk Nasty. Right: Good Lekker