Singer Tex Perkins will be performing the entire Johnny Cash album At Folsom Prison in a special concert at next year’s Sydney Festival.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,2014,19th AugustThefestival kicks-off on January 9 with the Parramatta opening party — a street celebration known as POP 2015 — which festival director Lieven Bertels described as a “beautiful mix of live music, art installations, things to do for the kids and food”.
POP 2015 will include a free concert by Australian music icon Paul Kelly to launch the The Merri Soul Sessions, a collaboration with Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Vika and Linda Bull.
“That launch will only be held at Parramatta,” Bertels said.
The opening party will include performances by hip-hop wordsmith Radical Son, of the Aboriginal Kamilaroi people and Tonga, as well as the Stiff Gins.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Parramatta in the past, it’s been a while but I’m thrilled to be coming back to perform as part of the launch for Sydney Festival,” Radical Son said.
Radical Son indigenous wordsmith, support act during Sydney Festival’s POP 2015.
Look out for other western Sydney offerings including Timber! from January 8 to 18, a whip-crackin’ circus show from Quebec, Disco Dome from January 9 to 24, a funky walking tour of Parramatta’s former dance spaces, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show from January 8 to 18, which will bring Eric Carle’s popular children’s classic to life on stage, and dance extravaganza Puncture from January 21 to 25, which will explore the rituals of courtship and young love.
Music legend Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison performance will be revived in one of Australia’s oldest penal institutions on January 16, 17 and 18 with a seated concert from Tex Perkins behind the bars and the sandstone walls of Parramatta Gaol.
“I’ve jokingly said that if anyone can prove they’ve served time there, they will get a rebate on their ticket price,” Bertels said.
■ View the full program of events at sydneyfestival.org.au.
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