THE LONGEST NIGHT
SOLOTEL’S WEEK-LONG MUSIC, LIGHT, AND ART AFTER DARK EXPERIENCE
Hospitality operator Solotel is turning the longest night of the year – winter solstice on 21 June – into a week-long after-dark celebration with music, light and art experiences across 17 pubs and bars in Sydney. Vibrant and diverse, The Longest Night program features more than 200 artists and collaborators ranging from music headliners Set Mo, Lotic (Germany), and Yolanda Be Cool to pop-up art installations by the National Art School, Queer Screen film screenings to incredible full venue light and projection installations.
The Longest Night experience takes place over six days, 21-26 June, from Kings Cross to Surry Hills and Newtown to Parramatta. Kings Cross Hotel, Darlo Bar, Goros, The Clock, The Golden Sheaf, The Erko, The Marly, The Bank, Courthouse Hotel, Paddo Inn, Barangaroo House, Public House Petersham, The Sackville, The Regent, The Edinburgh Castle, Albion Parramatta, and The Bridgeview Hotel, are all part of the after dark winter celebration.
Elliot Solomon, CEO of Solotel says: “We’ve collaborated with many of Sydney’s leading art, design, music, and cultural contributors to turn the longest night into a whole week of curated music, art, entertainment and after dark fun. Each neighbourhood venue has its own unique vibe and audience and so programming is individually tailored to reflect this. From live bands at Waywards to deep techno at Kings Cross Hotel, slam poetry and comedy at The Erko to an art show at Paddo Inn and queer parties at The Darlo - all genres are covered to reflect our diverse local audiences. As a group, we’re keen supporters of providing a platform for up-and-coming creatives to be recognised and so there’s a real focus on young artists throughout this program.”
Music is centre stage of The Longest Night program with an eclectic mix of bands, DJs, live electronic, and vocalists. Things heat up on Friday 24 June with highlights including Shantan Wantan Ichiban (Triple J) hosting 'HAUS OF WANTAN' at Goros and Northern beaches three-piece rock band Crocodylus playing at Marly for LOW PRESSURE. On Saturday 25 June, fresh off the release of their latest single Set Mo take on the Golden Sheaf and GiRLTHING hosting at Waywards.
Music headliners include:
SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN
YOLANDA BE COOL
Light reflects a key element in every venue which will be aglow with amber lighting for the week. Barangaroo House, The Golden Sheaf, The Bank Hotel, and Kings Cross Hotel also feature bespoke ambient mirror and LED installations by Reelize Studio, Yeti and Vincent Buret.
Art seamlessly folds into The Longest Night program. At Paddo Inn, Bondi’s street and gallery artist notnotcamscott curates an artistic tribute to winter solstice through a diverse range of emerging local talents. DJs and live music complement the nightly pop-up gallery experience. Queer Screen takes over Waywards on 23 June for a series of LGBTQI+ short films followed by queer event Woodys. And a collaboration with the National Art School provides a platform for selected up and coming artists to showcase their work across multiple venues in Sydney.
The Longest Night is on from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 June with a mix of free and ticketed events. The full program line-up and tickets available at thelongestnight.com.au.
21 –26 June 2022