Future, Young Thug and more join the 2018 team

Sydney City Limits promised more acts for their inaugural summertime bash and hell have they delivered some gold. Get ready for current global heroes of hip hop, masters of mixtapes, trailblazers of trap and some of our finest local overachievers to hit the SCL stage at Centennial Parklands on February 24!


There is no other rapper, singer or writer who simultaneously moves the streets and the Billboard charts with an influence that resonates with stars like Drake, Rihanna and everyone else in between. With 13 gold and platinum singles and top selling albums like ‘DS2’, ‘EVOL’ and ‘What a Time To Be Alive’ to his name, FUTURE’s rank in the game is unmatched.

Dubbed ‘the most exciting new voice in hip hop’ by Rolling Stone, YOUNG THUG exploded out of the Atlanta rap scene, making his mark in 2011 with mixtape ‘I Came From Nothing’. Gaining a reputation for his unique delivery style, the avant-garde rhymer was picked up by Gucci Mane’s label and singles ‘Danny Glover’ and ‘Stoner’ landed him in the limelight. 

Hotwiring sweet summer vibes with striking trap, L D R U’s self-described ‘trapical’ sounds has cast a spell on fans here and overseas. He’s struck gold with songs like ‘Keeping Score’ (the highest selling Aussie single of 2016), ‘Next To You’ and his latest slice ‘Me’ (featuring BOI) and worked his Midas touch on remixes of Flume, Lorde, Pnau and Jack Ü (amongst many others). With best buddy Yahtzel, he’s also one half of dynamic duo Carmada, who topped the iTunes charts with their debut EP ‘Realise’ featuring their omnipresent hit ‘Maybe’. Armed with his fresh debut album ‘Sizzlar’, get ready for this hometown hero to drop the perfect set for a Sydney summer.

She may have just graduated from Year 12 but rising star MALLRAT is the one schooling the rest of us when it comes to lo-fi pop hip hop. With lyrics that defy her 17 years, Mallrat’s authentic and observational tunes have clocked up more than 16 million streams in the two short years she’s been making music. She’s already supported the likes of Allday, Peking Duk and Maggie Rogers, along with selling out her own headline shows to celebrate latest single ‘Better’. Self-described as the “Hannah Montana of the rap game”, and already endorsed by Rolling Stone and NME, Mallrat is poised to be the next big thing.

It’s been an exceptional year for Perth singer-songwriter, STELLA DONNELLY. Her cheekily-titled debut EP Thrush Metal was welcomed with open arms by critics, earning praise for both its charming lo-fi pop and refreshingly frank lyrics. Songs like ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ saw her hit high rotation on Triple J and dominate the West Australian Music Awards (she won five WAM Awards). Catch her set at Sydney City Limits before she jumps a plane overseas to wow crowds at SXSW and the Great Escape festival in the UK. 

Sydney City Limits is the sister event to the legendary Austin City Limits Festival. Nestled amid the lush, inner city oasis that is Centennial Parklands in summer, Sydney City Limits is a one day, all ages, centrally located, creatively curated fiesta in the sunshine that combines the best of music, food, art and community into a Sydney block party like no other.


With 30 acts sprinkled over four stages and some seriously good food, curated by the team from Mary’s, Sydney City Limits will have you feeling phat and happy in no time.

All the music. All the food. One day only. Sat 24 Feb. Centennial Parklands.

This article was posted on December 11, 2017