Sydney Swings is a new open air concert series that will take place in the Royal Botanic Gardens between Friday November 9 and Saturday November 24. It will be held on the lawn next to the harbour's edge, at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point. The concert stage will be located at the northern end and will be covered, meaning the event will go ahead in any weather (but if it rains, bring raincoats or ponchos - umbrellas may obstruct the view).
The concerts will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. The ones on Friday and Saturday will start at 7.30pm and typically go to 9.30pm (gates with open at 6.00pm), while shows on Sunday will start at 6.00pm and finish at approximately 8.00pm (with gates opening at 5.00pm). There will be one 20 minute interval during each concert.
The following performances will be held on each date:
Friday November 9: Kate Cebrano Saturday November 10: Tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw Sunday November 11: Grace Knight, Jeff Duff
Friday November 16: Crazy for Gershwin, Cole Porter and Bernstein Saturday November 17: The Harry James Angus Band Sunday November 18: David Campbell
Friday November 23: James Morrison Saturday November 24: Big Band Finale with Special Guests
The concert lawn is all unreserved, so picnic blankets and rugs are recommended. Personal chairs are welcome but if you have taller, director-style chairs you will be restricted to the rear of the lawn. There is also the option of hiring a low beach chair for $10 (plus a $20 deposit). As for food and wine, you are permitted to bring your own, but if it sounds like too much to carry, there will also be a variety of hot and cold food, espresso coffees, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, confectionary and ice creams available to purchase at the event.
Sydney Swings tickets cost $59 for adults, $54 for concessions, pensioners and students, $49 for juniors (11-18 years) and $39 for children (4-10 years). Kids under four years old are free and there is a discount for groups of 12 or more, with prices reduced to $54. All of these prices include GST and booking fees. You can buy your tickets on the day at that Box Office at the concert gate, or get in early and purchase them through Ticketek.
Entry to the concert lawn will be through Mrs Macquaries Road, with a short walk down Fleet Steps Access Road. Since gates to the Botanic Gardens shut at 8pm, you will be expected to exit the concert area via Mrs Macquaries Road only. A complimentary shuttle service will run for elderly and less mobile patrons who park in the Domain Car Park. It will collect people from the car park entrance and drop them off at the event entrance before and after the concert, operating between 5.30pm-7.30pm and 9.30pm-10.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 4.30pm-6.00pm and 8.00pm-9.00pm on Sunday evenings.