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Image: True Vibenation at Home West by Liza Moscatelli 

Summer Music at Foodie Fridays

5 pm to 9 pm
Friday 24 February 2023
Blacktown Civic Plaza and Village Green, Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148
All ages

Blacktown Arts in collaboration with Blacktown City Council proudly presents Summer Music at Foodie Fridays.

To kick off the first market of the year, Blacktown Arts are bringing summer vibes to Foodie Fridays, with a one-off collaboration showcasing the best homegrown musical talent that western Sydney has to offer.

Curated by Vyvienne Abla of Vyva Entertainment, and supported by Dyss Events, Summer Music soundtracks your Friday night food truck adventure. What better way to start your weekend than with a boogie and your favourite snack?

So bring your friends and family, grab some locally-made food and drinks, and enjoy a great night of free live music in the heart of Blacktown City.

Foodie Friday’s is a vibrant food market taking place in the Village Green and Civic Plaza on the last Friday of each month.

Host to some of the best food trucks and stalls Sydney has to offer, it is a night out that the whole family will enjoy.


We are excited to present an unmissable line up, featuring True Vibenation alongside MRVZ, Clarissa Mei, Gemma Navarrete and Blacktown’s very own DJ ESKY, hosted by MC Trey.


Vyvienne Abla has been working in the music and creative industries for 18 years locally and across the globe. In 2007 she founded Vyva Entertainment, using HipHop and music culture to empower others, with a focus on integrating industry, education and community to create unique pathways for youth, artists and professionals.

2015, she launched 4ESydney, the only festival and conference here of its kind, specialising in HipHop culture and multi-artform, interdisciplinary practice. For the community, by the community, 4ESydney, continues to gradually build a global infrastructure and platform for HipHop in so-called Australia.

Over the years Vyv’s work has gained international attention, being invited to speak in NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Middle East as a result of her initiatives and work in Western Sydney and across the nation more broadly.

Image: Vyvienne Abla by Snappatronik

Dyss Events is a bespoke Arts & Entertainment company specialising in the management and curation of events, community activations and art installations. Based in western Sydney, Dyss Events is your solution to all things creative.

Image: Dyss Events, courtesy Dyss Events

True Vibenation combines an irresistible blend of soul, afrobeat and hip hop backed by big bass, big beats and horns.

They have built a reputation as international party starters and ambassadors for Afro-Australian music, constantly touring across Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia including stages at Glastonbury, Brixton Academy, Subsonic and Womadelaide festivals.  In their infectious live show all three members switch between singing, producing beats and blasting horns live on stage.

Their song ‘The World Is Ours’ hit #1 on Spotify’s UK Viral chart, and #4 globally, and ‘Squat’ with Haiku Hands soundtracked US TV show ‘Good Girls’.

Image: True Vibe Nation by Tanja Bruckner

Photograph of a man standing in front of a shop Born into the raw ruggedness of South Auckland, New Zealand, with a Rapper/Producer Father from early New Zealand underground Hip-Hop group ‘Savage Poetz’ – From Boy to Man, MRVZ rooted himself in both local and overall Hip-Hop and has found his ground in his music today lifting up, celebrating and displaying the area of Western Sydney, Australia.

Image: MRVZ supplied by the artist

A woman facing the camera in a red jacket and her hands stretched outClarissa Mei is a producer / artist on Darug Country, Western Sydney, she has a signature production style nostalgic of 90s neo-soul with a hint of future R’n’B. Her euphony is honest, empowering and invoking reflections relevant to the realities of twenty-somethings in the new millenia.

Image: Clarissa Mei by LUBA

A man resting his chin on his fistEsky’s passions lie in crossing creative boundaries to unite communities and inspire youth. Through his music and stand-up comedy, he shares stories about the marginalisation, resilience, and joy of growing up with migrant parents in Mt. Druitt, NSW. Esky has also collaborated with notable artists from throughout Greater Sydney including the Capital Zee, ONEFOUR, MC Trey, 6POUND, Clarissa Mei, Spvrrow, Astro High, Korky Buchek, and many more. Esky curates youth programs at the Street University and works alongside other organizations and community groups on an ongoing basis.

Image: DJ Esky supplied by the artist

Gemma Navarrete is a Chilean x Italian singer-songstress hailing from Western Sydney. She is known for her concise, poetic lyricism and RnB/pop-infused tunes that reflect the clunky transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Drawing inspiration from Kali Uchis , Ariana Grande , and Omar Apollo, the songstress intends to create a refreshingly new sound that evokes a sense of nostalgia and youth.

Image: Gemma Navarette supplied by the artist

MC Trey (Thelma Thomas) has over 20 years’ experience as a hip-hop/ soul artist, with nominations for the ARIA, Urban Music, 3D and Jack Music Awards.

She has performed locally and internationally, offering a unique style of melodic and insightful rhymes and delivery about life, love and her experiences.

Lyric-writing began in Fiji at primary school, while listening to reggae, island music and whatever was on the radio. She was introduced to hip-hop through movies like ‘Krush Groove’ and music videos by ‘Rock Steady Crew,’ but wasn’t propelled to rap her own words over beats until the early 90’s.

MC Trey is currently working on a new Island inspired, Western Sydney grounded album Featuring Pasifika and Australian artists to be released in 2023.

Image: Mc Trey by T Smith

Summer Music is presented by Blacktown Arts and proudly funded by the NSW Government and Blacktown City Council.

Foodie Fridays is an initiative of Blacktown City Council.