Mardi Gras Courtyard Sessions 2018 is celebrating Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary Festival with a series of free outdoor concerts from up-and-coming local musicians representing the LGBTQI community.
Courtyard Sessions’ free gigs at dusk have become a staple in the city’s live music scene, known for the diversity and energy of programming. Enjoy the warm weather, good food, cold drinks and great live music in Seymour Centre’s leafy courtyard.
Courtyard Sessions at sunset feature a bar, vintage games and more. Family and pooch friendly.
Mardi Gras at Seymour Centre is produced by the Seymour Centre in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Sat 17 Feb
Harley Mavis with support from Lady Lyon
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Harley Mavis is the new girl-fronted indie rock band hailing from Sydney’s inner-west, steeped in rich vocals and lush, growing ballads.
Sun 18 Feb - Fair Day Highlight
Rachel Maria Cox (solo) and Hollow States
5pm – 7pm
Rachel Maria Cox is a non-binary singer songwriter who grew up in Western Sydney and is now based in Newcastle, NSW.
In 2017, they were dubbed by Newcastle Live as one of the top 5 local acts to watch in 2017 as well as successfully crowdfunding their debut LP release. Their debut single Emotionally Untidy gained consistent airplay on Triple J, and their follow up single Stronger Lines saw them win a Triple J Unearthed competition to have a music video made by NIDA graduates and premiered on Rage on October 7th 2017. They were also nominated for the 2017 National Live Music Award for Pop Live Act Of The Year, and in 2018 will be playing Mountain Sounds Festival.
When enigmatic Sydney three-piece Hollow States released their first single, Damage I’ve Done, they were met with unexpected praise for their elegant simplicity and strange melancholy.
It’s a nice dichotomy they create. The band – comprised of singer Huck Hastings, guitarist Joel Woolf and keyboardist Hayden Woolf – craft songs that are both heartfelt and intelligent; equal parts haunting and jangly. Unmistakable within this sound is the emotive voice of Huck Hastings.
Fri 23 Feb
Chicks With Picks
Featuring – Lola Sola, Colleen Fricker (ex. Two Girls Will) and Cassy Judychair
6pm – 9pm
Chicks With Picks put on events for female fronted acts – the goal is to encourage more woman performers to get up on stage and to provide a network in which they can flourish. With a monthly open mic and various special events throughout the year, the aim is to provide a leg up to local artists and a community where people can gather to relax and enjoy live music.
Lola is a New Zealand singer-songwriter with a dynamic vocal range and emotive lyrics. Based in Sydney, she has released her first studio album Walking Back from Hell, a stripped-back collection of originals recorded at A Sharp Recording Studios with producers Richard Lake & Joe Sharratt. Since its release in mid-2016, she has toured the East Coast of Australia and New Zealand nationwide. Earlier this year she successfully crowdfunded her first independent music video for single Swim filmed in New Zealand and due to be released later this year. Walking Back from Hell is a collection of honest songwriting. Pairing haunting lyrics with delicate harmonies, it showcases an artist who has a powerful connection to her experiences and a lot more stories to tell. Lola is currently working on new material and is looking forward to hitting the road again at the start of next year.
With comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant it should come as no surprise that Colleen’s vocals are big, loud and emotionally raw. Couple that with addictive roots dance riffs under which runs a driving, foot stomping beat and you’ve got the perfect catchy combination of blues and roots. With two albums under her belt and a slew of impressive support slots this singer songwriter is generating a big name for herself in the Sydney music scene.
Cassy is a performer like no other. From brooding love ballads to pun-filled ditties about girls, Cassy’s songs showcase a range of musical styles (country, comedy and folk) in a clever and original way. A former criminal lawyer and union official, she decided that sleeping at night was really important to her and threw in her lot as a musical reprobate!