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THINKING of a getaway to escape the daily bustle and enjoy some fine tunes? NSW has got your back – with some of the world’s best line-ups of exhibitions, musicals and festivals rolling out in the coming months. On behalf of DNSW, we put together the list for you to check out on your next trip.

Rolling Stones
Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre
When: 17 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

This is the Rolling Stones’ first ever major exhibition: Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit. It is also the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged and is the first time the band has unlocked their vast private archive exploring the beginnings of their history to the Stones’ superstardom of today. The exhibit will see over 500 Stones’ items including vintage guitars, 50 years of Stones fashion, more than 190 original artworks spanning Andy Warhol to Elton John and interactive sound mixing decks.

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Where: Tamworth, NSW
When: 18-27 January 2019

Australia’s largest music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals around the world, the Tamworth Country Music Festival runs for 10 days. The Festival is also a family friendly event, which means it is set to have rides, entertainment and more in the Family Zone – making it more than just a music festival. It’s a must on every country music fan’s calendar. The lineup will see country music sweetheart Beccy Cole, who has ten Golden Guitar Awards to her name; as well as eight-time Golden Guitar Award winner Adam Harvey – set to make highlight performances of the festival.

Laneway Festival
Where: Callan Park, Rozelle
When: 3 Feb 2019

The ever popular Laneway Festival returns to Sydney in February 2019. The St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is all about leading new and revered seminal music and is an annual gathering of the best pioneering artistes. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to music lovers. Since its beginnings, Laneway Festival has grown into one of the most well respected and religiously attended events in the Australian festival scene. The 2019 line up promises not to disappoint either - including acts such as Baker Boy, Charlie Collins, and Skeggs – just to name a few. 

HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour
Where: Mrs Macquarie’s Point
When: 22 March – 21 April 2019

What promises to be a sweet treat is HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH), which will show West Side Story come March 2019. It is the first time a musical will be performed at this event and featuring the favourite infectious tunes including ‘Somewhere’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Tonight’. With a backdrop against Sydney’s skyline at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, it’s set to be an event to kick back and enjoy champagne under the stars as you forget the world to the glorious tunes of West Side Story. What could be better?

VIVID Sydney
Where: Locations across Sydney
When: Late May to mid June 2019

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns to Sydney once again. Held from late May to mid June, Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations, and a cutting-edge contemporary music programme. Owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney has become a hallmark event for the state that has defined Sydney’s cultural identity.

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