This year’s Vivid Mu­sic line-up is all-en­com­pass­ing, push­ing bound­aries across ev­ery genre imag­in­able.

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This year’s Vivid Mu­sic line-up is al­len­com­pass­ing, push­ing bound­aries across ev­ery genre imag­in­able.

Vivid LIVE once again takes over the Syd­ney Opera House with ex­clu­sive Aus­tralian per­for­mances and Opera House de­buts. The vi­sion­ary Solange plays four nights in the Con­cert Hall (sold out), while hip hop god­fa­ther Ice Cube per­forms three nights (25–28 May). In an Aus­tralian ex­clu­sive Cat Power per­forms a 20th an­niver­sary show for her break­through al­bum, “Moon Pix”. She’ll show­case the al­bum in full with her orig­i­nal col­lab­o­ra­tors, Jim White and Mick Turner in the Con­cert Hall (31 May).

Neil Finn per­forms his new al­bum “Out of Si­lence” along­side a full band and orchestra (30-31 May) while Syd­ney’s own break­through band Mid­dle Kids play the Joan Suther­land The­atre (27 May). The hazy pop of Mazzy Star will be on full dis­play in their long-awaited Aus­tralian de­but (11-13 June). The 90s icons will be per­form­ing with a full band and we will fi­nally get to hear the dreamy vo­cals of Hope San­doval and the echo-drenched re­verb of gui­tarist David Roback.

Aus­tralia’s own Daniel Johns (Sil­ver­chair) and Luke Steele (The Sleepy Jack­son) team up to­gether as Dreams (29–30 May). This elec­tro-pop col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two of the coun­try’s quirki­est mu­si­cal minds should make for a very in­ter­est­ing show to say the least.

St Vin­cent per­forms a one-night only show at Car­riage­works (17 June). The Grammy Award-win­ning rock god­dess will be playing tracks from her lat­est record, the in­cred­i­ble “MASSEDUCTION”. Curve Ball re­turns to Car­riage­works for a huge live mu­sic and art event (16 June). The event fea­tures Ali­son Won­der­land, Vera Blue, Poloshirt, Crooked Colours, Haiku Hands and many more.

The City Recital Hall presents the In­no­va­tors in Jazz se­ries show­cas­ing some fine jazz tal­ents from around the world. You may know her as “Or­ange is the New Black”’s Big Boo, but ac­tor Lea De­laria is also an ac­com­plished jazz mu­si­cian. This one night only live show com­bines standup com­edy and sul­try vo­cals (9 June). The Grammy Award-win­ning Kurt Elling is one of the fore­most jazz singers alive to­day (8 June), while songstress Madeleine Pey­roux is also per­form­ing (13 June).

The in­au­gu­ral Heaps Gay Qween’s Ball comes to the Syd­ney Town Hall (9 June). There’s a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion and with mu­sic by Elec­tric Fields Mu­sic, HAND­SOME, imbi the girl, Lorna Clark­son, SEZZO SNOT, Cun­ning­pants, Nick Spur­way, YO! MAFIA and more, it is sure to be one hell of a party.

One of the stand­out sound­tracks of mod­ern times, Baz Luhrmann’s "Romeo + Juliet”, gets its own live show “Young Hearts Run Free” at the En­more The­atre (7 June). The show will fea­ture an all-star cast of mu­si­cians and artists, in­clud­ing Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Hay­ley Mary (Jez­abels), Jake Stone (Blue­juice) and Jor­dan Raskopou­los, who will bring the iconic sound­track mu­sic of Ra­dio­head, Ever­clear, Garbage, The Cardi­gans, But­t­hole Surfers, Des’ree, Rozall and Kym Mazelle to life.


Vivid Ideas brings some of the world’s most cre­ative minds to Syd­ney for a se­ries of talks, work­shops, con­fer­ences and pan­els. The Vivid Ideas 2018 pro­gram show­cases those who are lead­ing the way in tech­nol­ogy, cre­ativ­ity and sci­ence.

The Game Chang­ers se­ries fea­tures the iconic leg­end that is film­maker, marine ex­plorer and con­ser­va­tion­ist James Cameron. He will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Aus­tralia’s own Adam Spencer. Dive deep into the cre­ative ge­nius of James Cameron

when he talks about bridg­ing sci­ence and art, doc­u­ment­ing marine life forms and all that a life­time of ex­plo­ration has re­vealed (27 May). He will also open the new “James Cameron – Chal­leng­ing the Deep” ex­hi­bi­tion at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Aus­tralian Game Changer Dare Jen­nings is a global suc­cess story. He is the founder of Mambo Cloth­ing, Phan­tom Records and Deus ex Machina and will be in con­ver­sa­tion with ra­dio per­son­al­ity James Valen­tine to dis­cuss cre­at­ing cult brands that cut across age and life­styles as well the joys of throw­ing out the rule book (27 May).

Game Changer Dan Goods is an artist, cre­ative di­rec­tor and visual strate­gist who runs The Stu­dio at NASA’S Jet Propul­sion Laboratory. This in­spir­ing cre­ative is not to be missed (3 June).

Vivid Art Af­ter Hours will be held at the Art Gallery of NSW Over three suc­ces­sive Wed­nes­day nights (30 May, 6 June, 14 June). Vivid Art Af­ter Hours is a mix of mu­sic, talks and ex­pe­ri­ences. Hear some in­ter­est­ing talks, grab a drink and, of course, wan­der around the im­pres­sive Archibald Prize ex­hi­bi­tion. There will also be cu­rated live mu­sic from Gold­heist (30 May), Air Land Sea (6 June) and Haiku Hands (13 June).

The Vivid Ideas Ex­change at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art re­turns, boast­ing a di­verse line-up of talks pre­sented by cre­ative ex­perts cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing the fu­ture of work, the ethics of hu­man­is­ing tech­nol­ogy and how to be­come agents for change.

Spe­cial events in­clude Semi Per­ma­nent 2018 at Car­riage­works (24–26 May). This three-day de­sign con­fer­ence fo­cuses on those mo­ments of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive fric­tion that come be­fore a break­through. Speak­ers in­clude Scott Dadich and Pa­trick God­frey, co-founders and co-ceos God­frey Dadich Part­ners; Tinker Hat­field, leg­endary Nike sneaker de­signer; Paula Scher, New York graphic de­signer and prin­ci­pal at Pen­ta­gram; Alex Sch­leifer, vice pres­i­dent of de­sign at Airbnb; and Ajaz Ahmed, founder and CEO of in­no­va­tion be­he­moth AKQA.

(From top) Neil Finn; St Vin­cent; Dreams, fea­tur­ing Luke Steele and Daniel Johns.

James Cameron opens the new ex­hi­bi­tion "James Cameron – Chal­leng­ing the Deep" at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum.

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