This week Spectrum Now Festival @ The Domain announced more extraordinary happenings taking place in the limited capacity Big Top, this March 3 – 13. The 11-night extravaganza is part of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Now Festival presented by ANZ and features music, art, performance, food and drink.

Missy Higgins, Hot Dub Time Machine and the Workaholics are set to join an already massive line up featuring The Jesus and Mary ChainGodspeed You! Black Emperor, CalexicoBirds of Tokyo, Augie March, Seekae, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, Jonathan Boulet and RocKwiz Live.

Following on from her sold out Twilight at Taronga shows, beloved Aussie singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will be headlining the festival’s finale, showcasing new material as well as the intimate acoustic tracks that have made her one of the nation’s most treasured singer-songwriters. Her first three albums, ‘The Sound of White’, ‘On a Clear Night’ and ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’, have sold more than a million copies. They have each gone to #1 on the Australian charts and have all been recognised with ARIA Awards.

Missy Higgins comments:

“I’m very excited and honoured to be closing the Spectrum Now Festival. From the ornate décor of the Big Top to the incredible line-up it’s hosting, I reckon it’s going to be one of the best festivals around this summer.”

The world’s first time travelling dance party, Hot Dub Time Machine, is returning home to Sydney for one very special show at the Spectrum Now Festival in the Domain. Prepare to party through time from 1954 to 2016 with the best songs from pop music history in a psychedelic whirlwind of singing, dancing and hugging. Songs are played in strict chronological order with giant visuals; all mixed live from vinyl turntables by Hot Dub Captain, DJ Tom Loud, who returns with his brand new time machine. Since its debut at the Sydney Fringe in 2011, Hot Dub has exploded across the world, selling out shows and breaking dancefloors from the Enmore to Edinburgh and everywhere in between. For this massive hometown show, expect plenty of surprises and as always the Best. Party. Ever.

In another first, Comedy Central will be staging its first-ever Australian live shows at the Spectrum Now Festival Big Top @ The Domain on 7 and 9 March. “Comedy Central Presents: A Night of Stand Up with The Workaholics and Special Guests” will feature the stars and creators of the hit US TV series ‘Workaholics’ – Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck – hosting a laugh-out-loud showcase featuring some of Australia’s emerging and most established comedians to celebrate the launch of the world’s #1 comedy brand on our fair shores.

Hot Dub Time Machine

On top of the new line-up additions, The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced that following their sell-out Melbourne show, their Spectrum Now Festival performance will be a Sydney exclusive, where they will play their seminal debut album ‘Psychocandy in its entirety to mark its 30 year anniversary, as well as all their other favourite tunes.

Complementing the ticketed program is the music line-up for the free-to-attend Domain fairground. Guests are invited to step through the illuminated gothic arches and join the madcap adventure where burlesque performers, pop up tattoo parlours, barbershops and a delicious food and drink offering will be accompanied by a selection of house bands who will be lighting up the stage each night. The family-friendly carnival of fun will see The Pigs, Australia’s craziest quartet, create quite the commotion.  Their unique bluegrass covers of pop hits from the likes of Beyoncé and Kanye are guaranteed to have guests dancing on the long tables and whipped in to a foot stomping frenzy.

The Crusty Suitcase Band, a powerhouse of brass music, will be belting out turn-of-the-century-gypsy-junk-yard-jazz, alongside Lyre Byrdland and a raft of other musicians yet to be revealed.

Festivalgoers will have their chance to shine on stage come March 7 as Marie’s Crisis and Hayes Theatre Co invite guests to gather ‘round the piano and join in a giant Broadway sing-a-long with stars of Australia’s best musical theatre. Hailing from New York’s West Village, this down-and-dirty piano bar, complete with singing waiters, will have you warbling everything from Rent to Wicked as they continue their 10-day stint at Sydney’s QT Hotel’s Parlour Lane Roasters.

Tickets to all of the Big Top shows are on sale now via with the full Spectrum Now program of art, music, talks and stage performances to be announced soon.

Experience NOW. Remember Forever.


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