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