The first King Street Crawl hit the streets in 2015 with a simple ambition; to work with the businesses of Newtown to create a free day of live music that created opportunities for musicians to perform and promote their music to new audiences. The goal was to create one long musical crawl that promoted live music, the arts and those businesses that provided the stages.

By using live music as the common thread, ‘The Crawl’ was also an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the incredibly diverse, accepting and creative community that has made this corner of Sydney renowned (both nationally and internationally) as a ‘must experience’ destination when visiting Sydney and the most fertile breeding ground for artistic talent in the country.

In the 5 years since its inception it has now become the biggest Sunday of the year for local businesses and reached its capacity in its current form.

In 2019 the King Street Crawl was made up of:

  • 12,000+ in attendance
  • 700+ individual artists
  • 30+ participating venues

Bars from St Peters to Sydney University were filled with thousands of revellers on Sunday as Sydney’s version of South by Southwest, the King Street Crawl, took over the streets of Newtown.

Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald – 2015
The Preatures at Waywards 📸 unknown


Polish Club was the first band to open up the crawl!!

In that same year, the likes of Alex Cameron and City Calm Down headlined stages and we had secret sets from The Preatures at Waywards and Sticky Fingers at the Botany View Hotel.


The Crawl expanded down Enmore & Erskineville Road!

Things got very loose at the Botany View for a secret Skegss set, whilst Rolling Blackouts C.F. and Middle Kids played on the same bill at the Marly and we hosted our first outdoor stage outside The Hub.

Rackett at The Imperial 📸 Daisy Hofstetter
DZ Deathrays at The Botany View Hotel 📸 Tom Wilkinson


DZ Deathrays performed a huge secret set for I Oh You’s party!

150+ bands performed across 25 venues – with Stella Donnelly playing one of her first-ever Syd shows at Waywards Vision party + Private Function at the Newtown Hotel.


Straight Arrows set the record for most sets played in one day at the Crawl- Playing four shows at four venues in eight hours!

Triple One & Andy Golledge Band closely tie for sweatiest sets in Crawl history and we had our first international acts in The Beths (NZ) & Wax Chattels (NZ)

Andy Golledge Band at The Union 📸 Backyard Opera
Cosmic Psychos at Newtown Hotel 📸 Unknown


Scabz pip Straight Arrows’s record with five sets at five venues across the day.

Cosmic Psychos play a secret set under the name Slapper Jackson & The Eski Stackers, I Know Leopard and Pist Idiots announce last-minute pop up shows and we partnered with Fringe to bring live music to shop fronts and a range of eclectic non-traditional venues all around Newtown.


‘If there’s one thing King Street Crawl is known for, it’s the quality and quantity of live acts on offer over the course of the day….From the top to the bottom of King Street, every pub, bar and club was filled to the brim with punters of all ages searching for the best live music and the coldest beer on the Inner West strip

 Dougal Gorman for Monster Children – 2019

“We love King Street Crawl,” said drummer Tess before this year’s set. “It’s Newtown’s Christmas, the best day of the year.”

Tess Wilkins from The Buoys chatting to Backyard Opera post gig – 2019

The future of Sydney live music: King Street Crawl and the inner-west – ‘September 2015 marked a milestone for the revival of Sydney’s bedraggled music scene: the King Street Crawl. On Sunday the 6th, the inner precinct of Newtown banded together for a day that, amongst so much darkness and vapid determination to stamp it out, actually celebrated the potency and virility of Sydney live music

Nick Stillman for Happy Mag – 2016

King Street Crawl continues to breath life into Sydney’s live music scene

Barry Divola for The Sydney Morning Hearld – 2017

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