Every Sunday | 3pm to 10pm
Premier Sydney events company, Picnic, are re-igniting their much loved Picnic Social sessions at Opera Bar for a truly iconic Sunday residency, programming our city’s most talented, emerging and established live acts and DJs.
Settle in each week from 3pm to 10pm for a crucial dose of culture and programming sophistication. From sunny afternoon disco to immersive live acts across a range of genres - think spell-binding ambient compositions through to heart-swelling live soul and lively post punk, and closing out with some after sunset chair dancing; Opera Bar's harbourside stage is no stranger to world-class music sourced directly from our own backyard.
This Picnic Social program is made possible through the City of Sydney’s CBD Activation and Create NSW Play The City grants programs, along with our venue partners.
The artwork contains original works, and is designed, by esteemed Sydney based artist Nadia Hernández.
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Sunday 7 March
The season might be changing but Picnic has plenty of A-grade bookings lined up to make sure March is like a bonus summer month down at Opera Bar. All-Sydney talent, all-Sydney setting, nothing but good vibes every Sunday from 3 PM until 10 PM AKA prime sunset hours.
Live sets have been a highlight of Picnic Social Sundays, and this weekend is no different.
Marco Vella (Live)
Marco Vella (Live)
A certified Sydney dreamboat, Marco Vella is one of our most treasured musicians. He’s made some genuinely brilliant records as part of Retiree, peaking with an album on Rhythm Section International, and more recently he dropped an EP as Body Corp that’s a real heartwarmer. He’ll be bringing a whole stack of gear down to the Social for a picture perfect Marvo Vella performance by the water, it’s guaranteed to be a beauty.
He tends to lurk in the shadows a bit, but Paul Jextra has held the Sydney scene together with a few mic cables and some gaffer tape for many years now. He’s a low-key killer producer, releasing four tracks of sun-drenched boogie for the tropics under his Caravan alias—a record so good it launched Mike Who’s Planet Trip imprint—and he’s got a golden ear, running and curating Treat Street Records. Most importantly he’s an amazing summer selector, ideal for a Sydney Harbour Sunday.
Scroll through the extensive Picnic event archives and you’ll see plenty of beautiful flyers designed by Sydney style icon Marcus King. His immaculate tastes aren’t just contained to the visual realm—his sense for quality has helped him build up one of the most coveted record collections in town. It’s a rare delight to see him manning the Picnic decks these days, definitely not an opportunity to pass up.
In recent years, plenty of emerging artists have looked to the unique natural environment we have here in Australia for inspiration. As one half of Angophora, and as a burgeoning solo artist in his own right, Max Santilli is at the fore of that movement, translating the sights and sounds around him into some really magical music. Bliss out with him at the Social as the sun sets over the harbour.