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Sydney City Unlimited

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Sydney City Unlimited

Marlikka Perdrisat

Last month was the first ever Sydney City Limits. Walking into Brazilian Fields, Moore Park two things hit you straight away: first, the 33 degree heat; and second the bright presence of the Dune Rats Troops there to see the iconic stoner trio.

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Ziggy Ramo was the first act I saw upon arriving, who has real presence and power as a songwriter and performer. I’m sure 2018 will be the year of Ziggy!

Also early on in the day was Tkay Maidza, who despite being invited to perform at the last minute, still managed to inspire devotion in those present with a high energy performance and some pretty cool dance moves. The Libertines were a highlight, repeatedly kicking over their microphone stands to the misery of their roadies, and playing all their garage rock classics to the joy of the crowd.

After catching the last few songs by the smooth and funky Thundercat I followed the masses to Gang of Youths. From my vantage point at the back I watched a woman crying tears of joy from the thrill of the music, and another one deriving a lot of joy from eating her orange.

Whether you came alone, with friends or with lovers everyone was enjoying themselves. The festival offered a range of experiences beyond the music including Sydney Markets, Sydney Kiddie Limits (a family-friendly party zone), and all sorts of food ranging from burgers, dumplings, vegan options to charcoal flamed marinated chicken skin skewers.

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After the sun went down Beck started his performance (sadly at the same time as Grace Jones). Then it was time to watch one of three astounding headline acts - Tash Sultana, Phoenix, or Justice. This was a hard choice but in the end 15-year-old me was in the back of my head chanting Justice.

The lads got the crowd dancing in minutes when they started mixing classics such as D.A.N.C.E, DVNO and Stress in with music from their newer album. After the set the French electro duo came down off the stage and shook my hand. I went completely fan girl, gripping on just a bit too tight.

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The headliners all finished at the same time but there was no stampede to the exit. It was seamless and clean. There was a continuous loop bus system from 8:30 through till 11:00 to Bondi Junction Train Station free of charge. Hats off to the Sydney City Limits crew for the new festival.

8.5/10

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My Schedule

Ziggy Ramo | Tkay Maidza | The Libertines | Thundercat | Gang of Youth | The Avalanches | Future | Beck | Justice