The Red Rattler

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    The Red Rattler
    6 Faversham St
    Marrickville, Sydney, NSW 2204
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The Red Rattler Theatre is a community-based venue and artists’ studios. The Theatre operates on a not-for-profit basis, and is an artist-run initiative (ARI). The Red Rattler Theatre is a creative playground for performers, musicians, artists, designers, multi-media makers, experimentalists, film-makers, theorists, activists, collective organisers, and local punters. It is fitted with a full PA, stage, LED lighting rig, projector and screen, licensed bar, three non-residential artist studios, and a rooftop garden. The Red Rattler Theatre is the realisation of the collective dream of five local artists, who wanted to create a legal warehouse-style venue to showcase alternative Sydney arts, performance and grassroots activism. The five “Rats” had been hosting events for years at many of the illegal inner-city and inner-west warehouse spaces that have been shut down over the years and dreamed of creating an accessible venue that held all relevant licences to stay open, and would not be at the mercy of landlords, high rents and developers.

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Past events

Anarchist Bookfair Afterparty

22nd March

Anarchist Bookfair AfterpartySteppin Razor (Ska, Reggae, Punk)Forty Five (Brisbane Punk)The Lurkers (Punk Bluegrass)Golden Orb (exp...


Golden Waves Tour

1st February

After a massive year in which Cash Savage and the Last Drinks’ stunning second LP The Hypnotiser received rave reviews from some of the most highly...


Endless Heights Australian Tour 2014

24th January

Sydney’s Endless Heights are set to start off 2014 with a run of headline dates, launching their debut album “New Bloom”. The band gave audiences a first...


The Primitive Calculators

18th January

Snaggle-toothed synth-punk heroes Primitive Calculators, who first formed in 1978, are releasing their first ever studio album The World Is Fucked on...


Primitive Calculators, Ghastly Spats, Litter

18th January


The Stevens, Day Ravies, Bed Wettin' Bad Boys, Nathan Roche

17th January


The Now-Now Festival

8th January


15: A Celebration Of 15 Years Of Elefant Traks

30th November

We present to you 15: A Celebration Of 15 Years Of Elefant Traks. An elefant-sized party presented over 2 nights.Each artist is only performing once over...


Coke and Sympathy - A Rock 'n Roll Cabaret

6th November

Coke and Sympathy is a 90 minute, rock & roll cabaret show that tells the tumultuous and titillating tale of Wild Delilah, part pseudo-groupie, part rock...


Prince Rama Australian Tour 2013

25th October

What the hell is that” is a question, not uncommon to sisters, Taraka and Nimai Larson, whom make up Prince Rama. The answer isn’t simple either. They...


Bushwalking Australian Tour 2013

11th October

Eerie, hypnotic Melbourne/Sydney trio Bushwalking announce launches for their second album No Enter, which comes out on Chapter on September 6. The band...


Bushwalking at Red Rattler

11th October

After premiering new single High Hogs on Pitchfork a week or two back, eerie, hypnotic Sydney/Melbourne trio Bushwalking announce supports for their...


The Melodies, live in concert!

23rd August

The Red Rattler in Marrickville will live up to its name on August 23 when Sydney girl group The Melodies rock the joint with a repertoire that ranges...


Dick Diver at Red Rattler

13th July

We announced Dick Diver's July national tour a couple of weeks, and tickets are positively flying out the door! Punters wanting to get along to their...


The Spitfires Single Launch

30th March

On first listen these tunes will stay in your head for days. On repeat, lyrical bites and previously un-heard bass runs jump out like little dogs of...


Scott and Charlene's Wedding Australian Tour 2013

23rd March

This year, Melbourne wonderkid Craig Dermody returns from his new home in NYC to road test some material on the Australian public. With the successes of...


FrogFest 2013

15th March

The festival celebrates the amphibious lovechild of ‘prog’ and folk styles: frog! 2013 marks the festival’s third year, and the lineup features one of...


Chicks On Speed Screamastralia 2013

8th March

This extended visitation kicks off next week as artist-in-residence at MONA FOMA in Hobart where they will also be in collaboration with Kiley Gaffney...


Trouser Wearing Characters - Mardi Gras 2013

26th February

Acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis unbuttons her Trouser-Wearing Characters, in the first original, one-woman cabaret-style musical show ever...


Slam Day 2013

23rd February

On Saturday February 23rd 2013 musicians and music lovers will come together in the largest simultaneous celebration of Live Music and Small Gigs that’s...


Resisting the Colonial Gaze - Art, Bodies and Intersexions - Mardi Gras 2013

22nd February

The representation of Indigenous bodies in Australia is inherently loaded, inscribed with collective memory and viewed through the inescapable colonial...


55Upitty - Mardi Gras 2013

21st February

Celebrate the launch of 55Upitty, an online interview and photography project that celebrates the older LGBTI woman. 55Upitty challenges assumptions and...


Glitter Ball presented by Twenty10 - Youth Festival - Mardi Gras 2013

15th February

Twenty10 present GLITTER BALL a free dance party for young people under 26 years of age. It will be an amazing night of dancing, performances, dj’s, vj’s,...


Jon Watts @ Red Rattler Theatre

9th January


Cor Fuhler @ Red Rattler Theatre

9th January


Joel Stern @ Red Rattler Theatre

9th January


Clayton Thomas @ Red Rattler Theatre

9th January


Rod Quantock LIVE

8th December

Rod Quantock, the “Australian institution” of comedy, is set to headline a special one-off comedy show in Marrickville, Sydney, on 8 December in aid of...


The Floors 'Dead Beat' Australian Tour 2012

25th October

Dead Beat” was recorded by the three of them playing their songs together in a room, captured by a few German microphones and a friend with good ears,...


Masha's Legacy

20th October

Acclaimed ensemble Masha's Legacy make their debut appearance at the Red Rattler. A collaboration of top Middle-Eastern musicians, local jazz/session...


Dave Graney & The Mistly 'You've Been in My Mind' Australian Tour 2012

19th October

you’ve been in my mind is the new album from dave graney and the mistLY(aka the lurid yellow mist). An album of short, whip-smart pop rock songs with...


Stories By Starlight - Sydney Fringe 2012

20th September

Candy Royalle, Sloppy Joe, Betty Grumble and Ember Flame come together to offer up ‘Stories by Starlight’, an all-consuming fusion of music, poetry,...


Stories by Starlight

7th September

Candy Royalle heads to the Sydney Fringe Festival to wow audiences on the 7th, 13th and 20th September 2012, at the Red Rattler - 7.30pm. One of the...


Stories By Starlight - Sydney Fringe 2012

13th September

Candy Royalle, Sloppy Joe, Betty Grumble and Ember Flame come together to offer up ‘Stories by Starlight’, an all-consuming fusion of music, poetry,...


Stories By Starlight - Sydney Fringe 2012

7th September

Candy Royalle, Sloppy Joe, Betty Grumble and Ember Flame come together to offer up ‘Stories by Starlight’, an all-consuming fusion of music, poetry,...


Love Like Hate 'Rabbit Hole’ Australian Tour 2012

31st August

Brisbane dark pop outfit, Love Like Hate, release their debut EP ‘Rabbit Hole’; emotional, honest and instinctive rock, blended with free-form...


Bitch Prefect 'Big Time' Australian Tour 2012

25th August

Bitch Prefect is a pop group, three years old and it's learnt how to walk. The singers are complaining, the guitars are rhyming and the back beat is on...


Sarah Mary Chadwick 'Eating For Two' Australian Tour 2012

25th August

arah Mary Chadwick is packing up solo and making her way down the East Coast in support of her debut long player Eating For Two, out on Bedroom Suck...


New Music Network presents Alana Blackburn and Peter Farrar

23rd August

Alana Blackburn (recorders) presents In varietate Concordia unity through diversity, explores the tonal capabilities of the recorder, an instrument often...


Harry Howard & The Nde @ The Red Rattler

3rd August


The Rescue Ships ‘City Life' Australian Tour 2012

13th July

Having just returned from two tours promoting their last single ‘On The Air’, the second of which was a national run as main support for Josh Pyke on his...

Charge Group Australian Tour 2012

15th June

Charge Group is hitting the road this June in support of their latest release. Joining them will be the former frontman of acclaimed Perth group Snowman,...

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

6th June

Perth-based WAYJO is renowned for its big band sound and innovative approach to jazz music. WAYJO is one of Australia’s cultural gems, the only youth jazz...



12th May

An amphibious celebration of progressive folk music, FrogFest is touring NSW, ACT and VIC throughout May. Hop along and join in the festivities.


New Music Network presents Continuum Sax: Shapeshifting

11th May

Continuum Sax present experimental scores by Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman, Claude Vivier, Martin Kay and David Reaston. Alongside guest artists David...


Joseph Tawadros Trio

2nd May

At just 28 years of age, Joseph Tawadros has established himself as one the world's leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of amazing diversity...


The Verlaines Australian Tour 2012

12th April

The Verlaines are a rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Formed in 1981 by Graeme Downes, Craig Easton, Anita Pillai, Phillip Higham and Greg Kerr. The...


The Big Meltdown

25th March

The "Big Meltdown" is coming to the Red Rattler on Sun 25th. The evening will feature a wide range of eclectic performers from the shambolic to the...


The Barons Of Tang

24th March

The Barons of Tang are coming! The Barons of Tang are coming! Gracing stages all over the world, this rag tag bunch of misfits are slowly building an...

The Barons of Tang 'Tooth and Nail' Australian Tour 2012

24th March

The Barons of Tang are coming! Hurtling along from recent shows at WOMADelaide and enroute to play alongside The Pogues in April, The Barons of Tang slide...

Pirate Jenny's Strip Club

4th March

Sex Intents (co-founder and beloved host of the legendary Gurlesque) makes a much anticipated return to Sydney clubland with her new baby, Pirate Jenny’s...



3rd March



JD Samson & Men Australian Tour 2012

2nd March

MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective led by LE TIGRE’s JD Samson, cult icon and leader in the LGBT community and are currently in...

MEN (USA) + Stereogamous + Holy Balm + Special Gue

2nd March

MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective led by LE TIGRE'S JD Samson, cult icon and leader in the LGBTQ community. MEN focus on the...


Community Action Centre - Queer Screen 2012

22nd February

Community Action Center (A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner, 2010, TRT 69 mins.) is a sociosexual video which incorporates the erotics of a community where the...

Community Action Centre - Queer Screen 2012

22nd February

Community Action Center (A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner, 2010, TRT 69 mins.) is a sociosexual video which incorporates the erotics of a community where the...

Bembeya African Dance Club 2012

17th February

Live music from Sydney's African music specialists and music videos from the Bembeya Music library. High energy polyrhythms from Karifi (Ghanaian drums...


Ryan Francesconi, Grand Salvo

4th February


Mrs Tapes Fest

15th December

Mrs Tapes Fest =Axemen ( Flying Nun pop freaks play their first ever Sydney show!) Circle Pit...


Kurt Vile and The Violators - Meredith Festival Sideshows

7th December

Mistletone proudly presents for the first time in Australia, Kurt Vile & The Violators.Kurt Vile has been on a slow burn ascent since 2008, steadily...

Music is the Weapon: Fela Kuti, Liberators Afrobeat

27th October

'Music is the Weapon' a fresh monthly showcase of African Film, Culture & Music in Sydney. Each month we will focus on a different African film and then...


Epithets Australian Tour 2011

23rd September

Epithets are a band from Brisbane. Someone said that our music is "Sharply Taut" "Australian Noir." Those are nice words. We have released the first...

El Duende CD Launch

18th September

El Duende are proud to announce the release of their brand new album "Day to Day Dream", at the beautiful Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville.The CD is...


Sydney Fringe Festival 2011

17th September

River of Snakes 'Bad Blood' Tour

8th September

RIVER OF SNAKES is the Heavy-Noise-Rock band featuring Raul Sanchez from Magic Dirt and members from Midnight Woolf and The Loveless. They've been playing...

Rand and Holland

16th July

Rand and Holland play the Red Rattler, Marrickville - Saturday, July 16th with good friend's Beaverman, featuring visual artist extraordinaire Chas Glover...


the church - Universe Within - Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig

23rd June

Steven Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Tim Powles of the church, arguably last yearsmost notable ARIA Hall Of Fame recipients, announce UNIVERSE WITHIN, an...


YellowFever (USA) Australian Tour

28th April

YELLOWFEVER, the captivating minimalist art-pop duo are poised and ready to pounce as they prepare for their inaugural visit to Australia throughout...

Kim Boekbinder is The Impossible Girl

21st April

From The Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Kim has travelled around the world stealing hearts and winning over...



2nd April

Deep in the mirky regions of distant history, the musical styles of folk and prog were combined. No one could have predicted the resultant creation: Frog...


Ex-Trendy's 'Losing Business' EP Launch

11th March

Ex-Trendy are a performance art, experimental pop band. Robbie Ho (guitar and vocals) and Matte Rochford (vocals) have both trained at PACT Theatre in...


Pear and The Awkward Orchestra 'Oh Katrina' Tour

20th February

Sweet, juicy and unique, pear and the awkward orchestra are whimsical folkpop from a mini-orchestra of diverse instrumentation and sparse arrangements...


La Dispute (USA) Australian Tour 2011

16th January

Outside of a die-hard cult following, few within Australia had heard of La Dispute before their 2009 tour. Quietly and surely, though, the Michigan...

Thee Oh Sees (USA) 'Warm Slime' Australian Tour

14th January

You remember Thee Oh Sees from last summer’s run of ear-shaking double-headliners with local punk messiahs Eddy Current Supression Ring. The brought and...


The Bonettes at the Rattler!

28th November

It's that time of year again and The Bonettes are back with a two show extravaganza of 1960's, soul, Motown and do-wop fun. November 14 and 28 see the...


Joe Pug (USA) Australian Tour

17th November

Let us introduce you to JOE PUG. Haling from the USA, personally recommended by our pal Justin Townes Earle, this youthful singer songwriter is going to...


The Bonettes at the Rattler!

14th November

It's that time of year again and The Bonettes are back with a two show extravaganza of 1960's, soul, Motown and do-wop fun. November 14 and 28 see the...


Emma Davis (album launch)

29th October

For the last year, the London-Born, Sydney songwriter has worked with acclaimed troubadour Brian Campeau as co-producer, piecing together a record of her...



28th October

Celebrating the awesome sounds of Sydney and beyond, eyeTunes has performers from Pop, Rock, and RnB backgrounds playing together for a cause; World Sight...


Ottoman Love

23rd October

…OTTOMAN LOVE… Join us in an experience through the Turkish lands from the Persian borders to the new world… Enjoy the...


Mirah (USA) Australian Tour

21st October

Mistletone proudly presents Mirah on her first ever Australian tour. A dearly treasured artist of indie folk devotees, Mirah will tour Australia as a...