Fairfax bolsters music line-up in bid to entice public to Spectrum Playground

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 12.35.33 PMFairfax has bolstered the musical line-up at its Spectrum Playground arts event at it looks to avoid a repeat of the opening weekend’s disappointing attendance.

Late additions to this weekend’s entertainment in the Domain includes Sneaky Sound System, The Cat Empire and Angus and Julia Stone, acts which are understood to have been booked only in the last few days.

They will join a variety of other artists including Jeff Martin from Tea Party, Elena Stone, The Knowing Glances, Olympia and Deep Sea Arcade.

A photo of last week's poorly attended Spectrum event

A photo of last week’s poorly attended Spectrum event

It is hoped the late addition of such festival heavyweights will attract strong crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fairfax events boss Andrew McEvoy and major sponsor ANZ will be closely monitoring attendance levels this weekend, after the public stayed away from the Domain for the opening weekend of Spectrum Playground.

The free events, part of Fairfax’s Spectrum Now arts festival which runs until March 29, were hampered by poor weather with ANZ admitting numbers were “smaller than we hoped”. The weather forecast for this weekend is mixed.

A Fairfax spokesman said: “This is the first year of Spectrum Now and we’ve had great successes including many sell-outs. As it’s the ‘Festival of Surprises’ we’re making it better and better each day. With that in mind, we have been able to secure Sneaky Sound System, Deep Sea Arcade, Cat Empire, Angus & Julia Stone, Jeff Martin from Tea Party – along with other great attractions and food stalls.”

The publisher added that the Full Spectrum talk series begins this weekend “with some shows sold out or selling strongly”.

Steve Jones


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