Summer at the Star’s Sky Terrace


Sydneytown! Summer is upon us! Get ready for late nights out, post-work drinkies and, of course Sydney Festival. There aren’t many better places at this time of year.

When considering your January movements, you should consider The Star’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, which is back, offering Sydneysiders and visitors alike a unique venue, perfect for the warmer months ahead. It also has a bunch of Sydney Festival events lined-up, which are FREE!

bobby at the starWe’ve been there twice lately, for various events including its launch (that’s our editor photographed on the pink carpet of the VIP event), and can confirm that the view is awesome and the vibe is nicely chilled.

Rain, hail or shine, this year Sky Terrace will feature a transparent marquee, ensuring it is truly an all-weather option.

With expansive views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, guests can soak up balmy afternoons and nights, savouring the stylish bar food and sipping on a myriad of drinks at the various pop up bars while DJs create the perfect soundscape to the panoramic views.

The Main Terrace Bar is the place to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a selection of expertly crafted cocktails and boutique brews, whilst the Wine Bar will serve a wide range of new-world Treasury Estate Wines throughout the season including Penfolds.

See you on the rooftop for a drink.

Here’s some of the highlights from Sky Terrace’s Sydney Festival Programme:

45 Sessions
45 Sessions established itself locally last year, and since then they’ve been giving Australian selectors the chance to get a dance floor moving. Their Sydney Festival line-up of DJs will be treating your ears to soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, reggae and much more.

Trailblazing British DJ, Norman Jay MBE, co-founder of renowned Good Times Sound System, is one of the finest and most respected DJs in the world today. As a pioneering DJ in the 1980s warehouse party scene, he has influenced a generation. Norman became a key voice of pirate radio station KISS-FM, collaborator with Gilles Peterson at Talkin Loud records and he is the first DJ to be awarded an MBE for services to the music industry. When he plays his eclectic mix of funk, soul, motown classics, disco and dance music, it’s clear why this influential club culture figure is hailed by his peers and contemporaries as ‘The Peoples DJ’.

Famed worldwide for their unique genre-bending mix-making, Soft Rocks are veteran selectors, party boys and pioneers in the re-edit scene. Equally at home in the sweatiest of basements as on Glastonbury Festival stages, Soft Rocks’ delve into an impressive back catalogue of original and remix work to fill their deep, eclectic record bags destined for Sydney Festival.

A resident DJ of some of Sydney’s finest clubs, Lorna Clarkson’s Sydney Festival appearance will have her playing a whole array of warm funk-driven music styles, including songs tinged with house, African rhythms, boogie and disco. She won’t forget the straight-up party jams though, keeping up with whatever rhythm moves the crowd.

DJ KLEVAKUTZ (2:00PM – 6:00PM)
Klevaone aka Klevakutz’ (of the Crown St. Cut collective) diverse style incorporates everything from turntablism, hip-hop/party mash-up, to future garage, deep house/tech and drum n base – and on some days you just might find him collaborating with live flutists and saxophonists. Expect some turntable trickery from this Sydney legend of the hip-hop/mash-up scene.

DJ ALAN T (6:00OM – 10:00PM)
DJ Alan T is a collector and digger with a passionate calling. He’s on a quest to find every Eurovision song to complete his impressive collection dating back to 1956. But when he’s on hiatus from this momentous mission, he might be found playing big stages like the FIFA Eurosoccer in Zurich, taking his post as the official DJ at Eurovision or lending his patriotic touch to the Australian Party for Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary in Denmark. With a superb playlist for every occasion, he’s an unrivalled selector of musical blasts from the past and party favourites. For Alan T’s Australia Day special, he’ll be channelling all the good times past and present – with Australian classics taking centre stage.

There are heaps more FREE Sydney Festival sessions at The Star, beginning on the 8th Jan. Go to the Sydney Festival website for deets.