Vivid Sydney Adds Australian Rock Legend, Punk Gurus & Electro-Dance Headliners To Diverse Music Line-Up

ARIA-nominated, Bag Raiders join Vivid Music line-up & announce 2nd show
Australian music legend, Don Walker & his band announce return to the stage
The Hard-Ons regroup with original member Keish “Velvet Fog” De Silva

Vivid Music has announced exciting new acts for 2016 including home-grown heroes turned international music heavyweights, Bag Raiders, famed Australian singer-songwriter, Don Walker & 1980’s punk rock band, The Hard-Ons.

Vivid Music is part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, which will be held from the 27th of May to the 18th of June 2016.

Originally from Sydney, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)-nominated Bag Raiders will return home for the band’s 1st Australian tour since 2011, celebrating the launch of new single ‘Checkmate’. The Saturday the 4th of June show at Oxford Art Factory has already sold out & so due to popular demand, a 2nd show has been announced today & is on sale for Thursday the 2nd of June. The Bag Raiders rose to fame in 2010 when their hit single ‘Shooting Stars’ dominated the airwaves around the world & have enjoyed international success since.

Fans of 70’s and 80’s music will revel at the addition of popular Australian singer-songwriter Don Walker to the Vivid Music line-up. Known for writing many of Cold Chisel‘s hits, Don & his band will perform at Marrickville’s Camelot Lounge on Friday the 27th of May.

In what is sure to be music to the ears of retro rock lovers, Australian 80’s punk-rock band, The Hard-Ons, will rock Newtown Social Club on Saturday the 28th of May with the return of original vocalist/drummer Keish “Velvet Fog” De Silva.

Vivid Music Curator, Stephen Ferris, said “At the heart of Vivid Music is a desire to showcase & celebrate Sydney’s vibrant and diverse music scene. Vivid Music broadens the footprint of Vivid Sydney offering more events for local & international music fans of all generations across Sydney & the inner west.”

Additional drawcards include father of ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke , teaming up with Australia’s Black Jesus Experience & the comeback and collaboration of iconic 80’s rockers, The ModelsMachinations & Dave Mason.

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Some Key Events To Diary Note

  • Don Walker & The Suavae F***S | 27th of May at Camelot Lounge
    Known for writing many of the key hits for Cold Chisel, Don Walker & his band have announced a return to the stage in time for Vivid Music. Don has shaped the Australian music scene for over 30 years, from Kings Cross to regional towns & the spaces in between, illuminating those at the heart of Australian society.
  • The Hard-Ons | 28th of May at Newtown Social Club
    Still absolutely buoyant from their 30th anniversary tour & the world-wide release of their best album to date ‘Peel Me Like A Egg’, Sydney’s colourful rocking identities, The Hard-Ons, will regroup as a foursome for Vivid Music with the return of original vocalist/drummer Keish “Velvet Fog” De Silva. The expanded, new & revitalised Hard-Ons will flex their considerable & charismatic musical muscle to wow audiences once again.
  • Models, Machinations & Dave Mason | 29th of May at The Enmore
    Australian music legends & chart toppers, the Models, Machinations & Dave Mason, have re-emerged to perform an exclusive Vivid Sydney show at The Enmore Theatre. Born out of glam-punk & fused with emerging electronica this unique one-off performance will link the past with the present.
  • #Portals KUČKA & Rachel Archibald | 2nd of June at The Basement
    #Portals is an exciting new collaborative work between electronic musician KUČKA & visual artist Rachael Archibald in which the audience will be immersed in textural soundscapes delivered in surround sound & impressive digital video manipulations. Focusing on the themes of shared consciousness, virtual reality, & escapism, #Portals explores how technology is increasingly used as a vessel for human interaction with new environments, personas & pleasure.
  • Bag Raiders | 2nd & 4th June at Oxford Art Factory
    Originally from Sydney, the Los Angeles based electronic band, Bag Raiders, are returning home for their 1st Australian tour since 2011 to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Checkmate’. The band’s only Sydney show will be part of Vivid Music & fans, new & old, are sure to revel in welcoming home the ARIA-nominated band fresh off their North American tour.
  • Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia) & The Black Jesus Experience | 5th of June at The Basement
    Ethiopian musician, Mulatu Astatke is touted as the father of ‘ethio-jazz’ and is one of Africa’s most influential musical figures. His blend of jazz & funk grooves with Ethiopia’s distinctive pentatonic scales has gained him international repute. Astatke will travel to Australia as part of Vivid Music, reconnecting with Australian band, The Black Jesus Experience, extending their long term musical relationship.
  • 1 Day Sunday | 5th of June at The Factory
    Spearheaded by 1 Day disc jockeys (DJs) Joyride, Adit, Raph & Nick Lupi, 1 Day Sundays features a rotating cast of Australia’s premier DJs playing hip hop, rhythm and blues & soul as well as some of the country’s top artists painting a live graffiti mural at The Factory Theatre.

Now in its 8th year, Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries & is owned, managed and produced by Destination New South Wales (NSW), the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency.

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