Extended Play

City Recital Hall

Extended Play

Co-produced with Lyle Chan and Vexations840

Extended Play is a 12-hour festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, a dynamic line-up of 20 local and international artists will transform City Recital Hall into a rich hub of sonic exploration and musical landscapes. Be prepared to discard your preconceived ideas about music production and performance, and embrace the new, in all its raw, exhilarating, and immersive brilliance.

Headlining the main stage is New York ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, who play “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries” (The New York Times). They are recognised worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances, freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music to forge a distinct category-defying identity. Also appearing on the main stage are Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, presenting rarely-performed large scale works by Steve Reich, plus ARIA-nominated group Topology, virtuosic ELISION Ensemble, and drummer and instrument designer Alon Ilsar.

In every nook and cranny of the venue you will find musicians of the highest calibre, challenging and exploring the farthest realms of sound creation and instrumental possibility. Explore improvised celestial soundscapes, daredevil piano antics, twinkling electronica, uplifting melodic improvisations and so much more. See below for a full listing of all 20 artists.

Plus, musicians can get involved with a marathon, collaborative performance of Eric Satie's infamous piece Vexations! (Click here for more information).

Come for the music, but not just to listen. See, feel, explore and play.

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Alon Ilsar
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Elision Ensemble
Ensemble Offspring
Topology and Karin Schaupp


Acacia Quartet with Alicia Crossley & Matt Withers
Anna McMichael
Brett Dean and Zubin Kanga
ConCreative (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Ephemera Trio
Gabriella Smart
Griffyn Ensemble

Lisa Moore
Mark Isaacs
Nexas Quartet
Plait Ensemble
Raven (Peter Hollo)
Rubiks Collective
Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour)
We Are Breathing (Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker)

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Eishan Ensemble are no longer performing in Extended Play)


We are inviting musicians of all instruments to join in on a marathon, collaborative performance of Satie's infamous piece Vexations! Click here to find out more.

Event Duration: 12 hours, noon to midnight

Ticket Info

All remaining tickets $25 (save up to $47!)

The Extended Play Full Pass is part of City Recital Hall's Venue Package. Purchase three or more concerts in one transaction and receive a discount. Find out more here.

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6.60, Phone $8.25.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

City Recital Hall and Ticketmaster are the only authorised sellers for this event. City Recital Hall is under no obligation to honour tickets purchased via unauthorised re-sellers. If you attend an event with a ticket purchased via an unauthorised re-seller such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you may be refused entry to the event.

Details are accurate at time of publication

Extended Play Partners

Project Partner

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

Media Partner

Education Partner

Bang on a Can All-Stars Supporter