‘Vivid Music’ Amps Up Extensive Line Up To Reveal Biggest Program Ever

More than 400 events have been revealed as part of Vivid Sydney’s biggest-ever Vivid Music program including the announcement of a 2nd show from global pop icon, Boy George.

After selling out his 1st show, Boy George will perform a 2nd intimate disc jockey (DJ) set on the rooftop of Café del Mar on Saturday the 17th of June against a fabulous backdrop of pyrotechnics & lights at Darling Harbour. Tickets will go on sale 12pm AEST tomorrow, the 20th of April, at www.ticketbooth.com.au.

Vivid Music Curator, Stephen Ferris, said “Vivid Music showcases international acts like Boy George & celebrates the diversity and creativity of the local Sydney music scene. Established & emerging artists will perform across a variety of Sydney music venues including The Factory Theatre, Leadbelly Newtown, 107 Presents, Oxford Art Factory & many more as part of the X|CELERATE program in partnership with the City Of Sydney, expanding the Vivid Sydney footprint from the Harbour around the central business district (CBD) into Sydney’s creative Inner West”

Dustin Tebutt will join homegrown singer-songwriter, Lisa Mitchell, at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville on Saturday the 10th of June. The pair will weave their songs together as part of their collaborative Distant Call tour, performing each other’s popular hits & new music.

Exclusive to Vivid Music 2017, Heaps High, a new club night by Heaps Gay will be held at Sydney Tower Eye on Saturday the 17th of June & will feature Australian indie pop star, Brendan McLean. The Sydney Tower Eye will also be home to an intimate show by electro-pop sensations, Elizabeth Rose & Touch Sensitive on the 2nd of June.

Music lovers will also get to experience culinary delights with Cake Wines’ Pie In The Sky rooftop music series on the 3rd of June 2017. Held on 3 different CBD rooftops, chefs from Three Blue Ducks, Thievery & Superior Burger will create bespoke menus to be served with matched Cake Wines & paired with a range of music performances from eclectic house to disco beats. The location of the 3 rooftops will be revealed closer to the date.

Music fans will be treated to a performance by American jazz-legends The Donny McCaslin Group at The Basement on the 31st of May. McCaslin collaborated with David Bowie on his last album, Blackstar.

Vivid Music will also feature a series of musical showcases including Women In Electronic Music Showcase II at Oxford Art Factory on Saturday the 17th of June, hosted by Triple J’s Linda Marigliano, and a showcase by independent record-label Personal Best on the 27th of May at Freda’s, where dream-pop ensemble, Moody Beach & Sydney space-funk duo, The Goods, will feature.

New Zealand’s answer to 90s femme-pop, Bic Runga, will also be making an appearance this year at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music for 1 night only on Sunday the 11th of June. Tickets are available here.

Some Other Events To Diary Note

Reggae, ska, dub & afro-beat originals and classics from The Skatalites to Fela Kuti! A musical experience powerfully explosive & authentic with 3 acclaimed albums already under their belt.

Think Blades of Glory figure skating whilst listening to an incredible live DJ set on your very own pair of headphones.

Every Thursday night during Vivid Sydney, Harpoon Harrys will present Thursday Night Live — a night of emerging & established live electronic acts with supporting DJs. On the 1st of June, The Ladies Network will add their femme touch to the program.

    • Cabaret performer, Jeff Duff | 3rd – 4th of June 2017 at Leadbelly Newtown

Wild & permissive London in the late 1970’s! Many who experienced that madness are no longer here to recall the excitement & the excesses – but Sydney’s Jeff Duff has survived to tell the tale & sing the songs!

The Crooked Fiddle Band‘s live shows blister with an intense energy that is driven by their distinctive sound. The Crooked Fiddle Band mix blasts of fiery folk with the intense atmosphere & detail of post and prog-rock, resulting in a multi-layered, complex & ecstatic hybrid they call ‘chainsaw folk’.

Sydney-based electronic duo Cosmos Midnight are at the forefront of their genre cultivating their own twist on electronica.

    • Rock ‘n’ roll stars, The Radiators |10th of June 2017 at Leadbelly Newtown

Deputing in Sydney in September 1978, The Radiators have survived the road to rock ‘n’ roll stardom. This Australian household name is set to rock & dance the night away.

    • Up & coming indie musician, Jack Colwell | 17th of June 2017 at the Golden Age Cinema & Bar

Jack Colwell’s distinctive croon & hefty songwriting chops have garnered him significant praise within Australia with a sound attributed to 90’s alt-rock influences, distinctive piano inflections & confessional lyrics.

Now in its 9th 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.

For more details & to book tickets, visit vividsydney.com.

Media Release: Vivid Sydney