DRESS UP ATTACK! A Music and Arts Festival For Children and Grown-ups offers children the unique experience of a music festival programmed to engage young people AND THEIR CARERS TOGETHER.
Carefully curated, the festival presents a range of high quality musical experiences for children and their carers to enjoy together.
Back in 2012 we got a group of mates together down at The Addison Road Community Centre and the inaugural Dress Up Attack! was born.
MC’d by Robbie Buck with performances by Holly Throsby, SPOD, Spurs For Jesus and Teddy Rock, Dress Up Attack! really was a fun day for everyone. We felt like there was six degrees of separation between everyone there. The kids got to dress up in costume and the parents could watch bands alongside their kids. At last our community of music loving parents could come out with their kids to see bands!
2013 saw us pull off a dream line up. Regurgitator and Justine Clarke on the same festival bill! Along with The Sticker Club and Lah’s Lah’s Big Live Band the hall at Addison Road treated a new generation to great live music.
We also introduced The Awesome People Reading Books Stage and had some pretty weird and wonderful performers roaming around.
2014 we were graced with The Clouds, Phil Jamieson's Woodenspoon, Rufino and The Coconuts and the Zoo Boyz. What a fun one that was!
For 2015, Dress Up Attack! we were stoked to have Hoodoo Guru's play, as well as Bloods, KiddyRock and the Ta Da's. AND The PRESET's DJ'd. So awesome.
For 2016 we adding Brisbane to the family. Have a look at the full line up on the "Home" page. Kimya Dawson (remember the awesome JUNO soundtrack) is playing both Syd and Bris events. Custard will play Sydney and The Grates will play Brisbane. You're welcome :)
Can't wait to see you there!
Check out all the fun and festivities from Dress Up Attack! 2014, 2013 & 2012
The Clouds and Phil Jamieson!
OMG Justine Clarke AND Regurgitator!!
What’s this crazy festival all about?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to dress up?
Dressing up in costume on the day is encouraged but not required.
Some of the workshops are messy, you may want to bring a change of clothes.
Will you have more than one face painter this year?
Yes – we will have more than one face painter!
Can I bring my own food and water on site?
Yes you may. There are food and drinks available on the day to purchase.
Is there parking at the site?
Yes – plenty of parking in Sydney. A little street parking in Brisbane. Dress Up Attack! strongly encourages the use of public transport. One of the reasons we chose both the Sydney and Brisbane venue is because it's close to train and bus stops.
Does the site have good pram and wheelchair access?
Yes – excellent ramp access all through the site. The site ground surfaces are a mixture of grass, concrete and wooden floors.
What are the music art workshops?
Paint What You Hear workshops are directed by musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi. Children learn about the elements of music and how to capture sound on paper. Participants are then invited to let loose with paint-rock duo Afterwhite to create group canvases. Afterwhite (drums & guitar) play original music while children respond to live music using paint - the workshops are engaging, fun and messy. Yes – MESSY.
What if it rains?
We still know how to have fun in the rain. Bring a raincoat and gumboots too, although a lot of the site is sheltered.
Photography and Video
There will be people designated to document the festival, if you do not want your child or children to be photographed or filmed, please notify one of our staff.
Are the live bands loud?
Yes – not anywhere near as loud as say, your local pub. But it is live music. We pitch the sound levels appropriately for tiny ears. If you wanted, there are a great range of baby and toddler ear muffs available online and at various stores across Sydney.
NIDA Bite Size for 2-5 years and their parents
Adventure through your imagination to uncover big ideas and tiny surprises. Parents and children engage in storytelling and movement exercises that explore imaginative storytelling.
NIDA Bite Size for 6-8 years
Inspire your child’s creative side with this fun introduction to drama and performance. Share in group dramatic play and be introduced to the joy of performance-based storytelling.
PRINT YOUR PHOTO to WIN A Bugaboo BeE3 by Diesel Rock
WIN A BUGABOO BEE3 BY DIESEL ROCK
When you are at Dress Up Attack, head over to our photo booth (extra special this year) for your photo.
All you have to do is:
1. HAVE FUN! The most entertaining entries are the best
2. SHARE! Upload your GIF to Instagram
3. HASHTAG! #bugaboo and#dressupattack2016
4. GO PUBLIC! Make sure your profile is set to public (or we won’t see your entry)
Important things to remember:
· You have until 5pm, Sunday September 18, to upload your GIF
· Winners will be judged at 11am on Monday 19 September
· If you win you will be notified by Dress Up Attack via direct message on Instagram
MUM ROCK VS DAD ROCK
Thanks Levins - this DJ set is going to rule!
PAINT WHAT YOU HEAR
PAINT WHAT YOU HEAR WORKSHOPS
Paint What You Hear workshops are directed by Erica Rasmussen and Zakiya Kurdi. Children learn about the elements of music and how to capture sound on paper. Participants are then invited to let loose and paint along to various styles of music with our energetic music crew led by Sam, Ryan and Asha. The workshops are engaging, fun and messy! This year you can catch Sam reading a book over at The Awesome People Reading Books Stage too.
The Creative Play area is a space of self directed, sensory play. We're bringing nature and texture to the festival for some free play time. Sometimes the simple things are the best.