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Win tickets to the Sydney Festival 2009

The annual Sydney Festival [January 10-31] features, amongst a host of other cool events, the amazing All Tomorrow’s Parties, and performances from Matthew Herbert Big Band, Camille, and The Cinematic Orchestra. We have some tickets to these events to give away to randomly selected Lost At E Minor subscribers.

To be eligible to win a double pass to see either Matthew Herbert Big Band, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Camille or The Cinematic Orchestra, all part of Sydney Festival 2009, simply be a Lost At E Minor subscriber (or sign up to be one, if you’re not already), and leave a message under this post telling us which show you want to see and why.

For more information on the many exciting events taking place at the upcoming Sydney Festival, check out their website.

The ticket prizes available are:
2 TICKETS TO MATTHEW HERBERT BIG BAND AT CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Matthew Herbert’s Big Band project combines the cream of the UK jazz scene – on trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, bass and drums – with Herbert’s own electronic wizardry.

2 TICKETS TO CAMILLE AT CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE
Quirky Parisian chanteuse Camille Dalmais is one of the hottest talents to have emerged from the ‘new French chanson’ scene. Her live shows are a tour de force of sophisticated song-writing and stunning vocals, imbued with her natural charisma.

2 TICKETS TO THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA AT CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE
One of the most innovative bands in the UK, The Cinematic Orchestra remix live source material into a seamless fusion of electronic sampling, live instrumental and improvised jazz.

2 TICKETS TO ALL TOMORROW”S PARTIES AT COCKATOO ISLAND
Named after The Velvet Underground song, and conceived as a counterpoint to large commercial rock festivals, All Tomorrow’s Parties is a music event unlike any other.

Individual artists or bands are invited to draw together some of their favourite performers to play in unique and relatively intimate settings. 2009 sees the first ATP in Australia, curated and headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The full festival line-up will be performed twice in the centre of Sydney Harbour on the beautiful Cockatoo Island.

With its characteristic industrial and maritime landscape and set in the picturesque Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island is the perfect setting for the Sydney Festival debut of this unique event. Performances will take place across four outdoor stages with a number of indoor and outdoor bars (including cocktail and wine bars), food outlets (including tapas and global cuisine) and plenty of seating and chill out areas.

As well as performances by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the festival includes seminal international artists such as British transcendentalists Spiritualized and US avant-bluesman James “Blood” Ulmer, alongside celebrated Australian bands The Saints (featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey, Ivor Hay and Archie Larizza), Laughing Clowns and The Necks. Others joining this extraordinary family include F*** Buttons (UK), Michael Gira (US), Bridezilla (AUS), former Go-Between Robert Forster, Silver Apples (US) and Harmonia (GER).

Also featured on the bill are Australian 1980s rock darlings The Reels, US psych-rockers Dead Meadow and the avant-rock freak out Japanese twopiece Afrirampo, alongside former Birthday Party guitarist Rowland S Howard, Melbourne bands, The Stabs and Beaches, Sydney outfits Hunter Dienna and Passenger of S**t, Bad Seed Conway Savage and Greek legend Psarandonis, as well as ATP DJs and the exotic Sounds of Seduction to round off the festivities.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey, Conway Savage, Thomas Wydler and Jim Sclavunos. Over a career spanning 14 albums the band has become one of the most revered and influential forces in rock music. Their 2008 album Dig Lazarus Dig!!! is widely regarded as one of their finest releases and recently won Mojo Magazine’s ‘Best Album Award’.