FBi To Launch New Music, Arts & Culture Festival This January

28 October 2015 | 4:58 pm | Staff Writer

The event promises to give city-dwellers the chance to "uncover Sydney's finest, first"

Beloved Sydney-based community radio station FBi is doing its damnedest to highlight the breadth and brilliance of the city's music, arts and culture scenes, announcing today that it will be launching a new Sydney-centric festival, dubbed FBi SMACs (or A Festival Of Sydney Music, Arts & Culture), at Carriageworks this January.

They're not wasting time to secure your interest, either, naming a raft of musical acts tapped to lend their talents to proceedings, including Cosmo's MidnightTukaDustin TebbuttVallis AlpsBlack VanillaDro CareyPalms and more (with further acts still to be announced, even), with artists such as Bhenji RaDavid CapraHissy Fit and others also joining the fray to provide a touch of visual stimulation to keep attendees entertained across the event's 10-hour runtime, from midday on Sunday 10 January.

The keen-eyed among you will note that this isn't the first iteration of the SMACs acronym that FBi has utilised in their day — the fledgling event takes its name from the seven-year strong tradition of the station's annual FBi SMAC Awards, expanding the scope of the yearly celebration to include the full-day festival in order to "spotlight the brightest talent and undiscovered gems from the Sydney scene". The Awards ceremony itself will be held a couple of days after the festival, also at Carriageworks, on Tuesday 12 January.

Before that arrives though, you'll have to get through the festival — and what a smorgasbord it is, offering not just live acts but DJs and electronic artists in the FBi Click Rave Cave, a traditional Italian BBQ created by quirky fave Donny Benet, and a "riotously colourful" mini-golf course created by sculptor and installation artist Rosie Deacon amid the bountiful activity.

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Tickets for 2016's inaugural FBi SMACs festival are on sale via Sydney Festival and Ticketmaster, and will set you back $49+bf at first release ($39+bf for station supporters).

Check out the full line-up (so far) below, and, for more information, see the station's website.

fbi smacs 2016: music line-up

Cosmo's Midnight
Dustin Tebbutt
Vallis Alps
Black Vanilla
Dro Carey
Shining Bird
Holy Balm
B Wise
World Champion
Sampa The Great
Polish Club
Coda Conduct
Adi Toohey
special guest + more to be announced 

fbi smacs 2016: artist line-up

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Bhenji Ra
David Capra
Hissy Fit
Lewis Doherty
Michaela & Claudia Gleave
Rosie Deacon