Vivid LIVE

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:47am

The full program for the Sydney Opera House's Vivid LIVE festival is here.


Following the announcement that Fleet Foxes are reforming and will headline Vivid LIVE with a series of Opera House shows, the festival programmers have now revealed a bumper full lineup.


Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:04pm

Folk rock five-piece Fleet Foxes will play their first Australian show in five years at the Sydney Opera House for this year's Vivid LIVE festival.


Fleet Foxes are the first band to be announced for Vivid Sydney 2017 in late May, and will debut music from their upcoming third album.


The band has built a solid fan base over the past decade. The Sydney-only dates...

Posted 6 Jun 2016 @ 10:44am

Reviewed on Saturday June 4 (photo from Saturday May 28 event by Daniel Boud)


I had high expectations of the final night of the four Goodgod Super Club events at Vivid LIVE, held in the Sydney Opera House basement. The one night last year was so much fun, and this year’s lineup was promising.


Sometime in the last few months, Joey LaBeija was quietly replaced by...

Posted 6 Jun 2016 @ 10:35am

Reviewed on Saturday June 4 (photo by Ashley Mar)


It was obvious Esperanza Spalding’s huge dress was going to do something. It was so big and so square and so clearly not just a dress. Perhaps it hid dancers, or pyrotechnic equipment. Hell, you could get a whole piano under there.


After struggling round the stage with it for the opening song – a sensuous, jazzy...

Posted 6 Jun 2016 @ 10:14am

Reviewed on Friday June 3 (photo by Daniel Boud)


After a false start brought on by a technical failure, Perth producer Ta-ku (born Regan Matthews) returns to the stage not ten minutes later with banter fully in tow.


“When I first got asked to do Vivid, I was going to do an hour of interpretive dance for you,” he says in mock seriousness. “But I decided instead...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 6:17pm

This week, a series of important campaigns from ACON have launched with a focus on lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women’s health.


ACON, previously known as the AIDS Council of New South Wales, was founded in 1985 to fight the AIDS crisis of the time. Since then, while still fighting HIV (with a goal to end HIV transmissions in NSW by 2020), the organisation’s focus has...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 11:42am

Reviewed on Wednesday June 1 (photo by Prudence Upton)


Led by Hollie Fullbrook, Tiny Ruins are far from unknown, nor are they newcomers. They have two albums under their belt, plus an EP made by Fullbrook and The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour and a new single produced by David Lynch. Still, you wouldn’t call them a big deal, but were they deserving of a headline slot in the Sydney...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 12:39pm

“The shows I’ve been playing lately are like a blur,” says Esperanza Spalding.


The former child prodigy, Grammy Award-winner and American jazz-fusion extraordinaire is borderline delirious as she talks through transit, getting in and out of cars and moving towards the next part of her world tour for her new concept album, Emily’s D+Evolution. She’s being asked how audiences...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 10:22am

Reviewed on Tuesday May 31


As an avid follower of Sampa The Great since hearing her mixtape last year, it gives me slight disappointment that tonight she has selected a gig of such high regard to simply roll out a DJ set with her main musical sidekick Godriguez on the decks. Sampa’s live band is nothing short of spectacular, and aside from the logistical reasons surrounding...

Posted 30 May 2016 @ 11:33am

Reviewed on Friday May 27 (photo by Ashley Mar)


Author of two of the most sparkling records of the past decade, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been in deep hibernation of late, lending this Friday night show a real sense of occasion. Playing in the round, with the band members assembled in a rough circle and a spectacular art installation hanging above them, it begins with Vernon...


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