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Live Nation pushes the City Limits festival to Sydney

Live Nation has further expanded its City Limits festival franchise into Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.

The inaugural one-day Sydney City Limits Music Festival is set to take place on February 24, 2018 in Centennial Park, and comes after the launch of an Auckland, New Zealand, franchise last year.

City Limits events have put a focus on cuisine, family fun and local art, as well as music, since the first franchise was staged in Austin, Texas back in 2002.

The Sydney event will include headline performances from Justice, Beck, Vance Joy and Phoenix, with other acts such as Grace Jones, the Libertines, Tash Sultana, the Avalanches, Gang of Youths, Alex Lahey and Dune Rats.

Secret Sounds, which Live Nation acquired last December, is the new festival’s promoter in partnership with C3 Presents, which also produces Lollapalooza, and Live Nation itself.

Meanwhile, Auckland City Limits Music Festival is set to return after its debut year last March in New Zealand’s largest city.

The second annual event will take place on March 3, 2018 in Western Springs Stadium, and the surrounding fields and lakeside park.

A selection of the same artists will play at both festivals, such as Beck, Justice, Phoenix, Grace Jones, Tash Sultana, the Libertines and the Avalanches, while George Ezra and Peking Duk are among the performers that will be exclusive to Auckland.

Auckland promoter CRS Presents, in partnership with C3 Presents and Live Nation, are responsible for organising Auckland City Limits again.

The inaugural staging of the event was considered a success, with a review by The New Zealand Herald saying: “Hats off to the organisers of the inaugural Auckland City Limits. It was one of the easiest, smoothest, most well-run music festivals Auckland has ever had.”