ZoneOut Festival Sydney 2019 – The Music Begins

The inaugural ZoneOut International Music Festival was held at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia on Saturday 28 September 2019.

ZoneOut Festival featured a number of highly regarded contemporary artists, including festival ambassador Luke Howard (Australia) and pianists Sophie Hutchings and Nat Bartsch (Australia), as well as Australian debut performances by enigmatic masked musician Lambert (Germany), acclaimed cellist Peter Gregson (UK) and indie harpist Remy van Kesteren (Netherlands).

Adding further musical diversity to the line-up were Australian electronic music producers Anatole and Double Touch, breakout Kenyan singer/songwriter J.S. Ondara, emerging Irish folk singer Sibéal, Scottish cellist and composer Peter Gregson and Australian pianist Kristian Chong.

As the festival’s inaugural ambassador, Luke Howard said that he was “excited to perform alongside some of my favourite musicians and label-mates. This music has been under-represented in Australia and ZoneOut is putting it on the map.”

ZoneOut Festival took place in three venues throughout the Carriageworks complex. The 500-seat Blue Room presented the housed the festival’s headline concerts in an immersive environment with a large LED display featured behind the performers, while the intimate Red Roomwas a 300-seat in-the-round performance venue with minimalist visual aesthetic. 

The Green Room played host to morning yoga sessions (presented by Power Living), film screenings, and panel discussions on the topics Music and Wellness, Music and the Environment, and The New Sound of Classical Music. Panels discussions were moderated by ABC Arts personality Eloise Fuss.

In the Green Room festival-goers were able to browse the ZOSHOP merchandise store and express their creativity at the Roland Synth Station by jamming on a range of musical synthesisers provided by iconic instrument-maker Roland.

An estimated 700+ people attended the inaugural ZoneOut Festival.


Luke Howard
Remy van Kesteren
Sophie Hutchings
Peter Gregson
J.S. Ondara
Nat Bartsch
Double Touch
Kristian Chong