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More Than Lights | The Other Side Of Vivid

By Sophia Fukunishi - 23 May 2016

Sydney Opera House Vivid LIVE
Sydney Opera House Vivid LIVE

So you think you can Vivid? Think again. Sure, the lights are all sparkly and ooooh-inducing, but there is so much more to Vivid than all of the lights. 

Vivid LIVE is an 18 day celebration of live music and culture, and showcases some of the coolest acts around. From cutting edge artists to nostalgic club nights, here is what we have deemed unmissable (and a little bit secret) at Vivid this year.


If you haven’t heard of Anohni, you need to listen up. Formerly known as Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, Anohni is a transgender artist who combines an exquisite voice and electro beats by producer Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawk. Coupled with a completely unique immersive and sense-shifting experience, you’re sure to walk away spellbound. With four shows exclusively at Vivid LIVE, tickets are expected to be in high demand so get in quick.

What: ANOHNI (Antony and the Johnsons + Oneohtrix Point Never)
When: Friday May 27th - Tuesday 31st May at 7.30pm
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $89+bf, available here

Wayne Shorter

Hold on to your jazz flutes (or saxophones in this case), people. The ten-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist and composer is set to hit our shores as part of Vivid LIVE for one glorious, jazz-filled evening. 82-year-old Wayne Shorter, AKA the father of jazz invention, will be gracing the stage for a rare performance. If you love jazz, or just love great music, you won’t want to miss this.

What: Wayne Shorter Quartet
When: Monday 13th June at 5pm
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $79+bf, available here

Hiatus Kaiyote

With a name that’s difficult to spell but kind of fun to say, Hiatus Kaiyote are fresh from their European tour and ready to satisfy those eardrums of yours at Vivid LIVE this year. The two-time Grammy nominees will be supported by poet-rapper Sampa the Great in what promises to be an awesome show complete with creative visuals by Timeboy.

What: Hiatus Kaiyote with Sampa The Great (visuals by Timeboy)
When: Tuesday 31st May at 8pm
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $49+bf, available here

GoodGod Super Club

If you spent a solid part of your adulthood sweating it out at this danceteria before it closed, you’ll be pretty darn pleased about GoodGod Super Club rolling back into town for Vivid LIVE. Cut a rug like the good old days with extended sets from some of the scene’s most influential dance music legends including Simon Caldwell (Mad Racket) and Bradley Zero (Rhythm Section / NTS Radio). Gather up your friends, these are going to be some epic nights.

What: GoodGod Super Club
Friday 27th May – Bradley Zero + Simon Caldwell 
Saturday 28th May – Oneman + Mike Who 
Friday 3rd June – Kyle Hall + Magda Bytnerowicz
Saturday 4th June -  Joey LaBeija & Junglepussy + Chanel
Where: Studio, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $39+bf, available here

Tiny Ruins

Get your alt-folk on with Tiny Ruins on Wednesday June 1. Hollie Fullbrook and her band promise to bring a bit of the ethereal to the Sydney Opera House in their one night only show. With fans including the likes of David Lynch and Lorde and having toured with Neil Finn and Fleet Foxes, you know these guys are something special and well worth checking out at Vivid LIVE. 

What: Tiny Ruins
When: Wednesday 1st June at 7.30pm
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $30+bf, available here

Ta-ku feat. Wafia

Hailing from Perth, studio-born producer ta-ku has made a name for himself, both here and overseas. Making his live solo Australian debut at Vivid LIVE, he is teaming up with Wafia, a string quartet, and a whole bunch of crazy visuals, for what will be a memorable and somewhat rare show (he rarely takes the stage). A second show has been announced, so get your tickets stat!

What: ta-ku feat. Wafia
When: Friday 3rd June at 7pm and 9.30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $39+bf, available here

Deep Purple Pool Hall

Part pool club and part Twin Peaks saloon, Deep Purple Pool Hall is the perfect spot to whet your whistle pre-show. With late night snacks on deck, an epic harbour view and a throwback to the deepest, purplest pool hall Sydney has ever seen. 

What: Deep Purple Pool Hall
When: 27th May - 5th June. 
Where: Sydney Opera House

Image credit: Daniel Boud

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