Cockatoo Island festival
Cockatoo Island Festival Location(s) Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour Years active 2005 Date(s) Easter Genre Rock, Hip hop, Electronic
Cockatoo Island  Festival was a music festival held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, over Easter of 2005, organised by Mixed Industry and The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. See the section below on 'Progress' for details of more recent events. The 2005 Cockatoo Island Festival attracted over 20,000 people across the 3 days, with some choosing to camp on the island, others buying a 3 day pass and catching a dedicated ferry service each day and some buying a single day pass. While some of the island was off limits, many of the old buildings were used as stages, with the Turbine hall used as the main stage for the festival, a natural amphitheatre looking towards the Gladesville Bridge and a spectacular sunset and an old tunnel to host DJs. In addition to musical acts, there was also on offer a range of other features such as comedy acts, bingo and trivia, conspiracy theory talks and yoga.
In the intervening years since the Cockatoo Island Festival, the island has grown into a versatile venue on Sydney's cultural calendar. It hosted the contemporary art exhibition the Biennale of Sydney in 2008 and 2010, attracting over 80,000 and 157,000 visitors respectively. The Biennale returns to Cockatoo Island in 2012. The island hosted Sydney Festival's All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in January 2009. The 2 day festival included 24 bands over 4 stages across the island, and was curated and headlined by Nick Cave, attracting an audience of over 11,000. The island also hosted the World's Funniest Island Comedy Festival in October 2009, with 200 comedy acts appearing over a weekend and attracting over 8000 visitors. There are plans to repeat the comedy festival in 2010, and discussions are also continuing with Sydney Festival and other cultural bodies for future events.
The island is also increasingly used as a a venue for private events large and small, and part of the blockbuster X Men Origins Wolverine III was filmed there in 2008, with its star Hugh Jackman abseiling down the island's cliff into the crowd during the film's world first media launch on the island in April 2009.
A campsite  opened on the island in 2008, campers can bring their own tents or take a camping package which includes pre-erected tent. The island's views of the Harbour Bridge and harbour make it a popular spot for watching the New Year's Eve fireworks, with the second NYE camping event for 2000 campers held in 2010. Three heritage dockyard residences are now also available as holiday houses.
The island is now much more accessible since Sydney Ferries increased their services to Cockatoo Island, and it is now a stop on the Woolwich/Balmain ferry route as well as the Parramatta Rivercat route. Day visitors are also welcome, and can picnic, barbecue, wander at leisure or take an audio or guided tour. Cockatoo Island is open daily and there is no admission charge.
The Turbine Hall Village Green The Jailyard Factory Floor Electroplate Pavilion
- Circle Of Rhythm
- Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union
- Hirst & Greene
- The Millers Tale
- Dead Marines
- Kim Barlow
- Renny Field
- Monkey Boy
- Michael Jerome Brown
- New Buffalo
- Waiting For Guinness
- The Millers Tale
- Custom Kings
- MC Layla feat. Drapht
- The Herd
- Muph & Plutonic
- Scott Burns & A Love
- DJ Jack Priest
- The Bird
- Sola Rosa
- Trakky Dax
- Radio Alchemy
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