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With so many people in the northern rivers on the frontline at Bentley, it’s not surprising that Rock the Gate, the biggest anti-fracking awareness gig in Australian history, was born here.

Pete Murray will perform at Rock The Gate Sydney. Photo Tree Faerie.
Pete Murray at the Bentley Blockade in April. Photo Tree Faerie.

Rock the Gate will take the Lock the Gate message to Sydney next week when on Sunday November 23 for Rock the Gate Sydney. Some of Australia’s most beloved artists including Pete Murray and David Bridie, iconic hip hop act The Herd, blues guitar award winner Ash Grunwald, rock legends Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses, queen of the Australian roots scene Natalie Pa’apa’a from Blue King Brown, US roots stars Nahko and Trevor Hall and indigenous dub act Diesel n’ Dub, headline an amazing Rock the Gate event.

Comedians, indigenous dancers and community members who have been affected by the fracking industry will all feature at the Enmore Theatre. Satellite venue The Town Hall will host alt country; The Sly Fox will deliver conscious hip hop; The Midnight Special will see a dedicated blues event take over, there will be electronica at Secret Garden, and The Green Room and The Warren View will host acoustic artists.

Ash Grunwald will perform at Rock the Gate Sydney. Photo: Tree Faerie
No stranger to the Lock the Gate fight, Ash Grunwald has given stellar performances at Doubtful Creek, Tara, The Pilliga, and (pictured above) at the Bentley Blockade in April. Ash will perform again for Rock The Gate in Sydney. Photo Tree Faerie.

Presented by Uplift and Lock The Gate, a line-up expansion has been confirmed and the event has grown to include a massive seven-venue, 64-band program, with Sydney’s iconic music venue, The Enmore Theatre as its anchor.

This will be Australia’s biggest concert to support the rural communities who are uniting to protect their farmlands from fracking and unconventional gas mining.

In a campaign personally endorsed by Yoko Ono, who is famously active in the fight against fracking, Rock The Gate Sydney is officially the biggest concert of its kind ever held in Australia, with all ticket proceeds going directly to Lock The Gate.

The full line-up:


Pete Murray

The Herd

Ash Grunwald

Tex Perkins And The Dark Horses

Natalie Pa’apa’a [Blue King Brown]

Diesel n’ Dub

Nahko [Nahko & Medicine For The People]

Trevor Hall

David Bridie

Radical Son

Bunna Lawrie

Stiff Gins

Holley Somerville Knott

Glover & Sorrensen

Mic Conway & Robbie Long



Programmed by Rock The Gate


Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts

Leah Flannagan

Fanny Lumsden

The Protestors

The Re-Mains

Den Hanrahan

The Crooked Fiddle Band

Rusty Springs

Leroy Lee

Mic Conway and Robbie Long

Elana Stone

With special Guests Drag The Gate (Drag Queens in support of NO CSG)



Programmed by RE-GEN


Biolumingen (USA)




Heebee Jeebies


Deep Cycle Vs BFG



Programmed by Art Party

Golden Orb

Son of Sun

Geneveive Chadwick

Fallow Brook

Nic Cassey

Puck The Mindfuck

Deep Sea Lights

Alexandra Hughes



Programmed by Rock The Gate


Groove Depot

The Continental Blues Party

Dr Don’s Double Dose (Don Hopkins)

Big Blind Ray And The Goodtime Rhythm And Blues Band

Cass Eager and the Velvet Rope




Cooking With Caustic

Coda Conduct

Mighty Ash



Madam Wu & Elise Graham


Mighty Ash

Prince Naeem

Charles Oblivion

Felon & Provocalz

Sarah Connor

Susan Ross Foundation

Sweat Collectors




Paul Mbenna & the Okapi Guitar Band

The Gloomchasers

Terry Serio & the Half Truths

Hayward Williams (USA)




Sunday November 23

Tickets now on sale for $70 + bf

Enmore Theatre Box Office




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