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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

The Fleet Foxes fea­ture else­where in Re­view this week also con­tains a se­lec­tion of the acts that will be join­ing them on the bill of this year’s Vivid Live mu­sic pro­gram from May 26. By way of cel­e­brat­ing the breadth and depth of mu­sic on of­fer — 400 shows all across Syd­ney — or­gan­is­ers of the Vivid Mu­sic pro­gram hosted a cu­ri­ous af­fair called Vivid Mu­sic Be­hind the Scenes on Tues­day evening, to which your correspondent trun­dled along in the hope of learn­ing some­thing about what goes on in the brains of those who put to­gether such an event. What tran­spired, how­ever, in front of 25 or so jour­nal­ists, many of them flown in from interstate to wit­ness the, er, spec­ta­cle, went way be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions. It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain, but it in­volved vis­it­ing five venues con­nected to the fes­ti­val, on foot or by coach, the lat­ter com­plete with mo­ti­va­tional com­men­ta­tor, who took it upon her­self to con­duct an af­fir­ma­tion cer­e­mony, to help us all con­nect, some­where be­tween Dar­linghurst and Red­fern. “I will sup­port all oth­ers around me,” she called down the mi­cro­phone. “I will sup­port all oth­ers around me,” re­sponded not so many of the press pack. By then, how­ever, sea­soned hacks such as one­self were be­gin­ning to won­der if they had been taken for a ride more in a metaphor­i­cal sense. Per­haps it was the open­ing scene in the up­per reaches of the Kings Cross Ho­tel, where Vivid Syd­ney cre­ative di­rec­tor Ig­na­tious Jones pon­tif­i­cated at length, not least on the joys of mu­si­cal theatre, against the back­drop of red vel­vet cur­tains that gave the ex­pe­ri­ence a David Lynchian ve­neer and un­ease. A tour of an ex-brothel full of ac­tors, act­ing as if it were still a func­tion­ing knock­ing shop, quickly fol­lowed, caus­ing the press pack, per­haps for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, fur­ther anx­i­ety. An army of mu­sic journos of both sexes sud­denly cast as the un­wit­ting em­ploy­ees of a strict and flam­boy­ant madame (from the cast of a Vivid cabaret show called The Glit­ter­ing Mile) stud­ied the floor with great en­thu­si­asm. More venues, bus rides and artistes from the pro­gram, thrust be­fore the small­est and most be­mused au­di­ence of their ca­reers, came and went. Only when the me­dia mob ar­rived at the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, a be­spoke wine es­tab­lish­ment and mu­sic venue, did a flicker of com­fort be­gin to ap­pear across their col­lec­tive chops.

You Am I is tour­ing Aus­tralia from July

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