Discover Sydney’s newest unique outdoor venue set under the stars, The Barracks, North Head, Manly. Audiences will be entranced by the artistry of Australia’s biggest names in music, theatre, ballet, dance, rock, opera and jazz for five weekends of performances from Thursday 24 February to Sunday 27 March. Featuring performances by Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, James Morrison, David Hobson, Lucy Durack, John Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra, Tim Campbell and Bonnie Anderson, The Tap Pack, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Rock Collective and many more.
Set in an enchanting location steeped in historical significance and natural beauty. Be among the first to experience this diverse and inspiring concert series in a truly magnificent setting perched high above Sydney Harbour.
Jessica Mauboy said;
I am excited to be invited to be a part of Night At The Barracks at North Head with an incredible line up of talent. It’s such a beautiful and historic site and to be able to perform live there will be a very special night. Can’t wait to see you all!
The Barracks on North Head is a historically significant and treasured space on the doorstep of Sydney that will have a new lease of life in Autumn this year with the announcement of this all-star concert series over 20 nights.
Organisers say the event, the first of its kind in this open performance space, will provide employment to more than 650 performers and event professionals. They are working closely with local businesses, including hospitality, transport, and tourism providers, to bring money into the Beaches’ economy.
The event is supported by the Federal Government RISE Fund, Destination NSW and Northern Beaches Council. This unique series of concerts presents an opportunity to generate income that can be used to maintain and repair the site. To create jobs and income for the Arts and Entertainment industry which has been dramatically affected by COVID-19 and to respect the history and environmental preciousness of the site.
Thursday 24 February
If 2021 has been a rebirth year for multi-ARIA award winning singer-songwriter, actress, and Voice Coach Jessica Mauboy, 2022 will be her watershed one. Making new music and continuing her role as a leader and disruptor, Jessica Mauboy returns to the stage for the sure to be incredible opening night of Night at The Barracks North Head, Manly. This exciting new show will read as an anthology of Jessica’s global smash hits since her first solo album in 2008, elevating them to a new era of empowerment. Jessica Mauboy is a quadruple threat with a conscience, a woman with serious acting chops and multiple accolades, an accomplished songwriter and piano player, and she owns her effervescent and incredibly engaging energy. You’ll know a Mauboy song when you hear it because Jess makes every song her own, each tune laced with trills you instantly recognise as hers.
JAMES MORRISON MOTOWN EXPERIENCE
Friday 25 February
The legendary James Morrison, accompanied by his talented band will blow you away with an unforgettable and entertaining Motown experience. This feel-good evening will get you on your feet and includes four soulful voices, a pumping rhythm section and some smouldering horns lead by the incomparable James Morrison. Songs include hits from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and all the Motown greats. This is one show not to be missed. So come join the party and prepare to be blown away!
DAVID CAMPBELL: BACK IN THE SWING
Saturday 26 February
Australian ARIA award winner, singer and popular TV presenter, David Campbell is BACK and set to wow Night at The Barracks crowd with his acclaimed show ‘Back in the Swing.’ Featuring Campbell’s silky vocals and his full band, ‘Back In The Swing’ blends together genres of swing, ballads and R&B from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel, with the Aussie singer’s own personal style. Notable songs include Come Fly With Me, For Once In My Life and Walkin’ My Baby Back Home, which will be sure to keep The Barracks crowd singing and dancing along all night.
JAMES MORRISON AND HIS BIG BAND
Sunday 27 February
James Morrison is renowned as one of the finest jazz players Australia has ever produced. Revel in this rare and sensational night of brassy sounds as James is joined on stage by his big band. You’ll be swingin’ from the first note as they bring you a heap of big band classics made famous by greats Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Gershwin and, of course, Frank Sinatra. Prepare to be blown away in a toe-tapping, show-stopping evening of entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of swing.
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY. An exclusive double bill by Rafael Bonachela, Impermanence featuring the Australian String Quartet and Duet from ab [intra]
Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March
Sydney Dance Company take to the stage at Night at The Barracks this March with a transformative double bill of the sensational IMPERMANENCE featuring the Australian String Quartet, fresh from its sell out season, and the mesmerising duet from ab [intra] as featured in the Paris Opera Ballet’s Gala evening before touring Europe and the United States. Don’t miss this exclusive double bill as Sydney Dance Company take you on an electrifying journey through the power of contemporary dance.
DAVID HOBSON AND LUCY DURACK IN CONCERT. ACCOMPANIED BY JOHN FOREMAN AND 45 PIECE ORCHESTRA
Sunday 6 March
One of Australia’s leading ladies of stage and screen Lucy Durack, and Opera legend David Hobson come together for the very first time with a 45-piece orchestra, led by renown conductor John Foreman for this amazing and one-off show at A NIGHT AT THE BARRACKS. Lucy and David will perform classics from productions such The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahama, Into the Woods, Shrek, Wicked, 42nd Street, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, La Boheme, Granada, L’elisir d’amore (Una Furtiva Laguma), Tosca (E Lucevan Le Stelle), Rigoletto (La Donna e mobile), the Merry Widow and La Traviata (Libiamo) and more. This two-hour Concert will be nothing like you’ve seen before and will enchant audiences of all ages.
AUSTRALIAN ROCK COLLECTIVE CELEBRATES THE BEATLES ‘LET IT BE’ ALBUM 50th ANNIVERSARY
Friday 11 March
Following two sold-out tours of The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live in 2019/20, The Australian Rock Collective (ARC) are returning in 2021 to present the final Beatles album in all its glory – Let It Be, marking the 50th Anniversary. ARC, comprised of Kram (Spiderbait), Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) Mark Wilson (Jet) and Davey Lane (You Am I) are self-confessed Beatles tragics, playing Let It Be from start to finish – followed by a second set of favourites spanning the breadth of the Beatles’ catalogue.
THE TAP PACK
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March
Australia’s hottest tap dance sensation, THE TAP PACK are bringing their high energy, tap comedy show to Night at The Barracks, North Head. THE TAP PACK conjure up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the 50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr to Sheeran, Bublé and Beyonce, THE TAP PACK mix slick humour, high energy entertainment and world class tap dance. Armed with their lovable on-stage larrikinisms, they sing – they dance – they joke! They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style that the whole family can enjoy. Dressed in slick suits and equipped with sharp wit, THE TAP PACK is “old school cool” from the new kings of swing.
The 80s reimagined by John Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra starring the amazing Tim Campbell and Bonnie Anderson.
Thursday 17 & Friday 18 March
Remember the days of big hair, shoulder pads and catchy pop songs? The 80s are back, but this time with an orchestra! Join the incredible Tim Campbell, the fabulous Bonnie Anderson and John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra for a brilliant night of your favourite 80s smash hits, complete with symphonic backing. Get ready to party – it’s time to cut loose!
SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS FEATURING JOHN FOREMAN AND THE AUSSIE POPS ORCHESTRA
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March
Join us for a magical night: Popular Classics Under the Stars. Whether you’re a symphonic aficionado or orchestral newbie, you’ll be swept away by the magnificence of some of the world’s most glorious music. Performed by esteemed tenor Lorenzo Rositano, magnificent soprano Giuseppina Grech and John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra.
AN EVENING WITH QUEENSLAND BALLET
Featuring RAYMONDA PAS CLASSIQUE
BLUEBIRD PAS DE DEUX FROM THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
DON QUIXOTE ACT III PAS DE DEUX
Thursday 24, Friday 25 & Saturday 26 March
In an enticing exploration of classical ballet and contemporary works, Queensland Ballet comes alive on stage to reignite the audience’s passion for dance with a high energy, dynamic and emotional performance. Showcasing a vision of Queensland Ballet’s future, our gifted Jette Parker Young Artists will join featured Company dancers to delight in breath-taking pieces including the energetic Don Quixote Wedding Pas de Deux, Greg Horsman’s classical masterpieces Raymonda Pas Classique and vibrant Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty and, a new contemporary work by Resident Choreographer Natalie Weir. This performance of precision, prowess and promise is not to be missed.
Venue: The Barracks at North Head, Manly 33 N Head Scenic Dr, Manly
Season: from Thursday 24 February – Sunday 27th March 2022
Showtimes: Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances
6pm gates to the event site will open
7.30pm show / 9.30pm finish Sunday performances
4.30pm gates to the event site will open 6pm show / 8pm finish
Prices: from $69 (Transaction fees apply)
For full schedule and ticketing visit nightatthebarracks.com.au