Channel your best Boogie Nights Rollergirl vibes at Roller Jam
Ever wanted to recreate the Faith Evan’s ’98 music video, Love Like This? Erm, no, that’s just us? Well regardless anyone who fancies a spot of roller skating will be pleased to know that, as part of the Sydney Festival, you can get your roller jam on in Hyde Park at a specially installed rink. Stroll, spin and shake around the Archibald Fountain with a saucy lineup of live DJs. Gold lamé and knee warmers are optional.
For younger participants and clumsy attendants, remember to bring your safety gear. All children under 14 must wear a helmet. Click here for full skater guidelines and conditions of participation.
Prefer to stay on two feet instead of eight wheels but still want to join in the fun? Drop by the Meriton Festival Village from 12pm to grab a bite and a beverage. When the roller jam kicks off, make your way onto the lawn and get comfortable around the skate circle. Watch all the action, there’s bound to be some entertaining moments.
Faith Evans sadly won’t be performing but the line up for the next few Saturdays looks good. Check out the Roller Jam playlist here and the line-up below.
SATURDAY 14 JAN
2.30 PM Stephen Allkins (Love-Tattoo)
The disco godfather of Sydney, Stephen Allkins, is one of the pioneers of dance music in Sydney. Being the no.1 at disco venues and warehouse parties in the 1970s, he has inspired a whole generation of DJs through his infamous sets.
4.30pm: Misbehaviour (US)
London veteran Misbehaviour will be bringing Central Park Roller Jam vibe all the way to Sydney. Mixing dance classics from the 70’s to the wonders of today, Misbehaviour won the hearts and souls of the jammers and is now coming to rock your world.
SATURDAY 21 JAN
2.30pm: Paris Groovescooter
DJ Paris Groovescooter is really in his comfort zone when slamming out the jams, locking down the “bounce, rock, skate, roll” soundtrack for a Saturday afternoon roller-jam. Pushing the ‘80s boogie sound via his weekly radio shows and club residencies, the Groovescooter will get with that rhythm.
4.30pm: Misbehaviour (US)
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY
2.30pm: Adi Toohey
Do yourself a favor, catch Adi do what she does best – makes you blame it on the boogy. Now known as a certified boogie-ologist, Adi is a recurring legend on Stephen Ferris’ Souled Out FBi Radio show. Bringing the classics, the unusual and the funk, Adi is sure to get that spin going.
Australia’s First Lady of Disco, Club DJ and radio announcer CC:DISCO! is here to show you how to spin the record. CC:DISCO! has been pumping the tunes across the dance floors since 2010, making her a legend behind the decks.
We have added Ms Evans hit below for your pleasure. If you wish to dive into more roller jam music video classics, here‘s a little list for the warm-up.
Note: Meriton Festival Village is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Sydney Festival, Roller Jam
Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park
Dates: 7, 14, 21 & 28 Jan from 2.30PM
This is a free event.