Sydney City Limits 2018 Sideshows

Phoenix have added Melbourne and Brisbane sideshows to their Sydney City Limits appearance in 2018.
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

After news of the massive Sydney City Limits line-up (24 February at Centennial Parklands) arrived last month, today welcomes news of a series of sideshows from some of the major headliners.

Phoenix, The Libertines, The Avalanches, Car Set Headrest, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid provide the perfect antidote to any Sydney City Limits related FOMO.

Taking place across several states, there’s something for every music lover in this dazzling array of extracurricular activity.

Update 16 Nov, 2017: French pop-disco juggernaut Justice and London-based duo Oh Wonder have also announced Sydney City Limits sideshows.


Earlier this year, Phoenix unveiled their sixth record, 'Ti Amo', a sparkling love letter to Italy which Spin Magazine called 'a big, juicy starburst of romantic synth-pop and disco'.

'Ti Amo' is, in the band’s own words: "an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasised version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues."

Mon 26 Feb - Margaret Court Arena (Melbourne)
Thu 1 Mar - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre



Untouchable purveyors of the finest French electro-disco, Justice are consummate professionals who command every corner of the stadiums they now inhabit; Justice will take Melbourne by storm in their only Australian live show outside of Sydney City Limits.

Thu 1 Mar - Hisense Arena (Melbourne)


The Libertines

NME described theirs as 'the greatest rock & roll story of their generation' and, even for a magazine famously prone to hyperbole, it’s hard to argue their point. Australian punters now have their first chance to be part of the Libertines story.

Wed 28 Feb - The Forum (Melbourne)
Thu 1 Mar - The Tivoli Theatre (Brisbane)


The Avalanches

Staging one of the comebacks of the century last year with their second album 'Wildflower', Australian sonic adventurers The Avalanches make their way back to Queensland with a one-off Sydney City Limits sideshow in Brisbane.

Wed 7 Mar - The Tivoli Theatre (Brisbane)


Car Seat Headrest

A band propelled by the raw power of exceptional songwriting, Seattle’s Car Seat Headrest will capitalise on their status as everyone’s new favourite band by playing their biggest Australian shows to date in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Sun 25 Feb - The Rosemount Hotel (Perth)
Wed 28 Feb - Croxton Bandroom (Melbourne)
Thu 1 Mar - The Triffid (Brisbane)



As fierce and confident as they come, Sigrid’s enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and undeniable. Like a super-charged Joni Mitchell set against sparkling production, she is destined to wow Australian audiences on her first trip here in 2018.

Fri 23 Feb - The Triffid (Brisbane)
Wed 28 Feb - Corner Hotel (Melbourne)


The Head and The Heart

In 2014, exhausted after four years of non-stop touring, the six members of The Head and The Heart pointed their individual compasses to new cities, new relationships and new adventures.

When they regrouped in the summer of 2016 in Stinson Beach, CA, to start writing together again, "it almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried," bassist Chris Zasche recalls. "We stayed at a bungalow on the beach. We’d wake up, have coffee and go boogie boarding. We were ready and excited to be back together."

This culminated in Signs of Light their third studio album, full of indie-pop gems like ‘All We Ever Knew’ and ‘Turn It Around’.

Thu 1 Mar – Corner Hotel (Melbourne)


Oh Wonder

In an era in which pop careers require careful planning, Oh Wonder are an anomaly. They’re a band formed by accident not design, a duo who didn’t intend to play live but spent more than a year touring the world and a major label act who never saw this being anything other than a DIY project.

Don’t miss their magic SCL sideshows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this summer.

Fri 23 Feb – Forum Theatre (Melbourne)
Mon 26 Feb – The Triffid (Brisbane)
Wed 28 Feb – The Gov (Adelaide)
Thu 1 Mar – Rosemount Hotel (Perth)


Sydney City Limits takes place at Centennial Parklands 24 February, 2018.

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