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Megan Washington opens Sydney Festival First Night at the Domain

Posted on 8 Dec 2011

Not only is Washington's 'Insomnia' show one of the fastest selling tickets for Sydney Festival but announced today, Megan Washington will join the prestigious Sydney Festival First Night line-up at The Domain Stage on January 7.

The unbeatable line-up for The Domain Stage for Festival First Night – opening the night will also include the quietly enigmatic Gurrumul Yunupingu and international musical globetrotter, Manu Chao.

The gorgeously idiosyncratic two-time Aria Award-winning Megan Washington is undoubtedly one of Australia’s stellar young singer/songwriters.  In a very special appearance at Festival First Night, Washington presents songs from her debut album 'I Believe You Liar (2010)' and her current companion EP 'Insomnia (2011)'

With an ability to slide from jazz to pop via spiky new wave, Washington is one of Australia’s most promising musical talents, collaborating with the likes of Tim Finn, Paul Grabowsky and Paul Kelly, all while still in her early twenties.  In the two years since her debut album release Washington is now a serious musical force to be reckoned with.  Returning from New York, Washington will reunite with her Australian band in The Domain for Festival First Night.

The Minister for the Arts, George Souris MP said, “Festival First Night is a unique event that brings the Sydney CBD streets and parks to life each year in a fun-filled array of music and spectacle.  The inclusion of headliner, Manu Chao, another Sydney exclusive, adds even more appeal for those planning to travel from interstate and from the regions to experience all the event has to offer.  The NSW Government is proud to ensure that Festival First Night continues to be the inclusive and totally free opening event for Sydney Festival.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said Festival First Night shows off Sydney at its beautiful and balmy best, alive with art and music. "It's fantastic to see people taking over the city streets and enjoying our public spaces," the Lord Mayor said. 

Sydney Festival Director, Lindy Hume said, “Sydney Festival strives to present a tasting plate of art and culture from around the globe, so it’s a perfect fit to have Manu Chao as part of the program.  We are very proud of our tradition of presenting significant international artists in Australia for the first time.  And with Washington and Gurrumul in the line-up as well, who could pick a better night to come and enjoy everything that Festival First Night has to offer.”

For a media release with the full Festival First Night line-up including Norman Jay, Holly Throsby, Erth’s I, Bunyip, Electric Empire, The Jolly Boys, Trocadero Dance Palace and much more, go here

Washington will be presenting ticketed shows at Sydney Festival: Washington Presents Insomnia at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on January 25. Tickets on sale here

  • 'Sentimental Education' (M.Washington)/ Washington

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