Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Homebake music, film, comedy & arts festival in the Domain

Celebrating 17 years supporting the local entertainment industry, Australia's much loved Homebake music, film, comedy and arts festival once again returns to its spiritual home, the Domain at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney on Saturday 8 December.

To celebrate this massive day, we have two double tickets to give away to the 2012 Festival. To enter, please click here.

They don’t get a reputation for being one of Australia’s premier festival events without actually coming up with the goods - which Homebake has managed to do each year, proving the great wealth of talent throughout Australia and New Zealand.

With Sydney’s historic Domain coming alive with the sound of music, film, laughs and more, Homebake returns in 2012 playing host to a virtual swag of national and internationally famous local superstars, once again presenting an eclectic and talented selection of the finest artists borne out of the Southern Hemisphere - covering music, film & comedy.

It wasn’t quite like this in the beginning when Homebake was staged in Byron Bay in 1995, although since that very first version, the Domain has become a landmark, witnessing some of the most astounding performances to have been seen in Australia (via Homebake) including Crowded House, Powderfinger, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Alex Lloyd, Noah Taylor, The Church, Eskimo Joe, The Divinyls, Toni Collette, Wolfmother, Jet, The Hoodoo Gurus, Kasey Chambers, Silverchair, The Presets and Pnau, as well as Australia's much loved hit television show RocKwiz and, memorably, the last ever performance of Australian icons, The Go-Betweens (prior to the passing of Grant McLennan).

Now in 2012 and after 17 editions (and 18 years), Homebake Music, Film, Comedy and Arts Festival returns 'changing the goalposts' for the first time ever (courtesy of a light hearted theme where it ‘celebrates’ the countdown to the supposed Mayan prediction of the world ending). The world’s most successful female fronted pop group, Blondie will join the festivities alongside of huge Australian international success stories such as Kimbra, Tim Minchin, Sam Sparro, Daniel Merriweather, Angus Stone, Julia Stone and much more. With Blondie having sold over 50 million albums worldwide, it will be the first time this iconic and much loved band will be performing in the Domain (and most likely the only time patrons will ever get to see and hear Blondie perform all their hits within an equally iconic location).

Combined with the Homebake Cinema Pavilion curated by the internationally respected actor-director Kieran Darcy-Smith, alongside of the production house Blue-Tongue Films (Joel & Nash Edgerton) and the brand new Comedy Stage curated by Sydney Comedy Festival (featuring some of Australia's best loved comedy acts), Homebake Music, Film, Comedy & Arts festival will also include activities such as multimedia, international food fair, roving activities and performers, market stalls, youth and community information, awareness stalls and much more.

This year, Homebake supports the wonderful organisation You Can, aimed at improving survival outcomes for young Australians with cancer through their recycling of old mobile phones campaigns. Full details for Homebake 2012 can be found here -

Who would have thought Homebake would mature to all this way back in 1995!