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The Cahill Expressway is turning into a playground of music and culture to sound like we mean it in 2022

We’ve known for some time that there were plans to ramp up traffic from the Cahill Expressway to make way for a multi-day entertainment, nightlife and food festival around New Year’s Day. But since those parties had been promised back in June, before old buddy Delta came to town and locked NSW for more than a quarter of the year, it wasn’t clear if the event would still go on.

As it turns out, it’s not just happening, but it’s going to be bigger, better, and more stars than we ever could have hoped for.

The Elevate program kicks off on January 1 and runs for six days, featuring an overwhelming lineup of musical talent as the headliner, including global pop phenomenon show and memusically funny man Tim Minchin, First Nations hip hop star Baker Boyrap legend L-Fresh the Lion and the sweethearts of Australia the Wiggles.

All together there will be more than 180 artists who will be on their knees all week long and appear on two stages, but it will not be just music on offer. A dynamic program of games, discussions, comedy sets, sports sessions, pop-ups and of course heaps of food will transform the Cahill Expressway into a bustling cultural hub to start the new year as we intend to continue.

One of the most spectacular events is the Elevate Skyshow – a dramatic light show featuring 500 choreographed drones that will fly over Sydney Cove. The mesmerizing murmurs will feature flocks of drones carefully conjuring dazzling patterns in the sky, set to an “aboriginal soundscape”.

Opening night will also be a special celebration of First Nations culture curated by Rhoda Roberts, AO, with a “Call to Country,” featuring Baker Boy and electronica duo Electric Fields.

Most remarkable of all, tickets to Elevate are completely free. 30,000 lucky Sydneysiders will stand a chance to access sessions during the six-day festival, when ticket applications go online from December 2.

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