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Wollongong City Council

Laneways Live brings live entertainment and fun to the Wollongong CBD

Friday 20 May 2022

Image: Costumes created by Andrea Davies

Wollongong CBD is going Live! Enjoy live music, live street art, live performances, and great food and drink when you visit the Laneways Live festival.

From Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May, Crown Lane, Globe Lane, and the Crown Street Mall buzz with activity as part of Wollongong City Council’s Laneways Live festival. Laneways Live is proudly funded by the NSW Government and is a free community event for people of all ages to enjoy.

For four days and three nights, the Crown Street Mall and Wollongong’s Laneways will be brought to life with circus performances, bands, DJ’s, mural art, markets, and outdoor dining. Showcasing some of the Illawarra’s best talent, alongside acts from across Australia, Laneways Live is presented by Wollongong City Council and supported by Yours & Owls, Illawarra Folk Club, Verb Syndicate of Wonderwalls fame, Circus Monoxide and Wollongong’s Conservatorium of Music.

The Line-Up

Local favourite Yours & Owls will be curating three nights of music starting Thursday 26 May. We’ll end the festival with a Sunday Session with a new chapter of jazz music curated by the Illawarra Folk Club and the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

Headline Acts

Harvey Sutherland (Live) . Wagons . Grent Perez .


Aodhan . Astrophysical Maser . Bargain (Solo) . Brad Colley . Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys . Callum McCombie & Jasmine Carmody-Burton . Charbel . Cody Munro Moore . Doldrums . Dominic Breen . Egoism . Fangz . First Beige . Godriguez . Horror My Friend (Solo) . Human Movement . Justin Frew . Kellpy . Lady Lyon . Leroy Macqueen . Lizzy Jack . Major Arcana . Meadowhip . Montgomery . Nardean . Ok Hotel (Solo) . Plastic Bath . Ren Steele . Sam Allen . Smoky Mirrors. Steve Bourk . Teddie . The M1 . The Pinheads .


Aether . Amy . Brock . CAL . Carlsen . Chelsey Dagger . Dugggi . Great Curve . . Matt Brockman . Pica . Pierre . Seth & Wilko . Sevin Casey . Spink Rock .

Sunday Session

Ben Daley Trio . Emma Stephenson Solo Piano & Voice . Magdalena Mira Afro Peruvian Quartet . Seen Herbivore . Spyglass . Steve Barry Green Thumbs Organ Trio . The 343 Brass Band . Woll Con Jazz Combo . WollCon Jazz Ensemble . Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra .

For more information visit the Wollongong CBD website.

At the same time follow the gourmet trail of delicious food on offer. If you want a seat at one of Wollongong’s boutique bars or local restaurants, you’ll need to reserve a table by contacting the individual business directly.

“Laneways Live is an all-ages, art and cultural festival that will open up the heart of the Wollongong CBD for a long weekend of local music, great food and fun,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“Wollongong is fast becoming known as a must visit destination that offers great food, live music, boutique bars and first-rate coffee. Laneways Live takes all these elements that are great about Wollongong and combines them for into a four-day festival of live entertainment!”

Minister for Enterprise, Investment, and Trade Stuart Ayres said Wollongong is evolving into a thriving mini-metropolis with convenient train connections and unique local culture and attractions.

“Laneways Live showcases the best part of the social fabric of Wollongong’s community, drawing visitors to reconnect with regional NSW and diverse events that create opportunities for local businesses to thrive again,” Mr Ayres said.

“We are proud to support events like Laneways Live, as the NSW Government’s CBDs Revitalisation Program looks to bring life back to the beating hearts of numerous CBDs across greater Sydney, including Wollongong and Newcastle.”

Wollongong City Council has a strong focus on supporting local businesses. One of the ways we can achieve that is by activating the Wollongong CBD with events, outdoor dining opportunities and art installations.

“Council has been doing a lot of work over the past 12 months to encourage outdoor dining opportunities and our community has responded with excitement and enthusiasm. It shows that our community and visitors to the city are keen to discover what’s new about Wollongong and enjoy the variety of experiences on offer,” Cr Bradbery said.

“My message is that everyone should get involved in this great event and enjoy the atmosphere, music and of course, great food that will be on offer. Laneways Live is going to be an exciting event. I encourage you to book a table at a participating restaurant or bar and make it a top night out.”

The details – Laneways Live

WHEN: Thursday 26 May – Sunday 29 May, with a different program each day and finishing late.

WHERE: Crown Lane, Globe Lane, & the Crown Street Mall, Wollongong

COST: Free! If you want a seat at a participating restaurant or bar, book a table by contacting the business directly. For more information visit the Wollongong CBD website.