APRA AMCOS and the National Live Music Office have teamed up with the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival and the Surry Hills community to present IGNITE – HEAT THE STREET, an afternoon to evening of eclectic live local music and performance on Crown Street.

The official launch event for 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival will see shop fronts, bars and venues between Foveaux and Devonshire streets open their doors to host musical offerings from over 30 local acts including Lime Cordiale, Avivaa, On The Stoop, Milan, Gang of Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Elodie Sablier, Paul Capsis, Rose Henshaw, Emma Pask, Martha Marlow and more to be announced. Trinity Bar on Crown Street will act as a central hub for the event and will include a pop up radio station with a live broadcast by Bondi FM.

The event will conclude at the newly refurbished White Horse Hotel on Crown Street where guest event Curator and APRA AMCOS Ambassador, Ilan Kidron will perform with his group, The Potbelleez. Together with Festival Director, Kerri Glasscock, Kidron has enlisted the talents of local and independent acts to perform throughout the launch event.

Fringe IGNITE is a co-initiative of the Sydney Fringe Festival, National Live Music Office, and APRA AMCOS, and supported by the City of Sydney.  The National Live Music Office is part of an overall campaign to reintroduce live music to the culture of Australia. The aim of IGNITE is to encourage businesses and venues to host live music within the community. This year’s launch event is set to highlight the existing culture of the inner city suburb of Surry Hills and aims to encourage new audiences to experience the independent arts of Sydney and help to build a stronger more sustainable sector.

From a nine piece spaghetti western tango crew to blazing New Orleans style soul singers to hook laden indie bands, IGNITE – HEAT THE STREET is an opportunity to fire up the Sydney street into the cultural powerhouse we know and love.

It is a unique opportunity and honour for me to team up with the Sydney Fringe Festival, APRA AMCOS and the National Live Music Office to bring together this innovative style of street party with the aim being to push boundaries into what live performance is all about and to bring unity through our diversity.

The fact that so many of Crown Street’s shops and businesses have come on board, who want to cross over into having live performance is remarkable.’ says Ilan Kidron, Curator

Fringe IGNITE – HEAT THE STREET will run from 4pm – 8pm on Sunday August 31, 2014. The 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival continues until 30 September. For further information on the Festival please visit: