Hot Jazz Picnic festival launches in Sydney

A new one-day festival called Hot Jazz Picnic is set to fuse jazz beats, local musicians, craft spirits and gourmet food against the sparkling backdrop of Sydney’s iconic harbour.

The picnic-style jazz festival taking place at the Lyne Park in Rose Bay on 25 November 2023.

The inaugural Hot Jazz Picnic will be hosted by comedy duo SketchShe and is inviting guests to turn the dial to maximum vibrancy and wear their most fashionable colour-block attire.

The music line-up is curated by ARIA award-winning musician Elana Stone and includes Harry James Angus (Cat Empire), Dan Barnett and Emma Pask fronting a 14-piece big band, The Morrisons, Brekky Boy, Katie Thorne, Ruby Jackson, The Vampires and Kate Wadey.

“Hot Jazz Picnic is your golden ticket to groove and celebrates Aus Music Month and the resurgence of jazz like never before. For the inaugural event, we’ve curated a line-up that marries the classic and the contemporary, promising an electrifying experience for all music fans,” said Stone.

The festival will feature an onsite pop-up picnic market, with guests able to curate their own lavish spread, from Penny’s Cheese Ultimate picnic baskets, to fresh baguettes, while freshly shucked oysters can be washed down with champagne.

Mary’s Burgers, Sonoma Bakery, Ta ta ta Pizza, Mapo Gelato, Single Origin coffee and Tuckerbox are just some of the other names involved.

Pop-up bars will be serving aperitivo, champagne and non-alcoholic drinks. A Casamigos truck will be on margarita duties, while Hickson House Distilling Co will be shaking up cocktails showcasing its new Wild Rosé Summer Cup.

Executive Producer Caroline Kemp said: “The concept was conceived in the second Coronavirus lockdown in NSW. The world felt very black and white. Lacking joyful and inspired experiences and connection with friends and wider social groups was non-existent.

“As an event professional and specialist in large-scale music and cultural events, I only had one choice; to use the time to dream up Hot Jazz Picnic. Hot Jazz Picnic champions the jazz community, shines a spotlight on the best artists from
NSW, as well as the best food and drink from the region.”

Hot Jazz Picnic is proud to support OzHarvest, who will be raising awareness and funds to support their vital work with a pop-up selling sustainable picnic items and snacks. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the charity and they will dispose of all food left over from the event.

To support the creative industries, who have struggled through the last four years,, 500 complimentary tickets will be awarded. To apply visit

For all of the details and ticket (starting at $79), visit

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