March 2022, Western Sydney gets its own SXSW-style festival – ‘Sound West’
A first for Western Sydney, SOUND WEST will bring together artists, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs from across the world in a 5 day program of live events.
Sound West is Australia’s first major music and technology festival. The 5 day festival will include 2 day conference 3 day live events in Parramatta.
From March 30 to April 3 2022, Sound West will feature musical performances, workshops, panels and mentoring sessions from music industry leaders and technology brands.
ARIA-nominated rapper L-Fresh the Lion, who grew up in Glenfield says it’s a welcome addition to Sydney’s post-lockdown cultural landscape.
“As a hip-hop artist, we’re not shy about letting people know about where we’re from. Many of us fly the western Sydney flag very, very proudly and I’m one of those, so I’m definitely excited for Sound West to be calling western Sydney home,” he says.
“I feel like western Sydney over-represents when it comes to artistic talent, at a national and now even international level,” Singh says. “What artists from this region have been able to achieve is mindblowing, especially considering the lack of music industry infrastructure out here.
“We’ve definitely been a community that’s had to innovate amongst ourselves and cultivate, produce and develop talent by ourselves for such a long time. But I suppose that’s what you do when you’re presented with a lack of opportunities and a lack of options and you’re passionate about something – you just create despite the barriers.
“Now all eyes are on western Sydney,” he adds. “It’s definitely late but we welcome opportunity and infrastructure as it comes, and hope it continues to amplify what’s happening here and allows people from here to be platformed and showcased at the level they deserve.”
More information to come on the lineup of the festival and tickets go on sale in February 2022.
For more info, head to Sound West Website