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VIVID FESTIVAL

TV on the Radio help bring the lights down on Vivid Sydney 2015


Shot by Nathan Atkins for the AU review. "Monet" the Vivid street performer

After 18 days of light, music and ideas, the 7th Vivid Sydney has come to a close for yet another year, with Brooklyn's TV on the Radio closing out the festival at the Sydney Opera House, supported by Sydney's own Kirin J Callinan.

Vivid Live Review: FCX, 10 Years of Future Classic - Sydney Opera House (29.05.15)


Photo by Prudence Upton for Sydney Opera House

The two words I most closely associate with Aussie label Future Classic would be 'consistency' and 'reinvention'. Over the past decade FC have remained one of the most consistent go-to bodies for quality electronica based off of their passion and discerning ear for refreshing, progressive productions and talent. What's more is that they constantly reinvent not only themselves, but the scene around them, and are responsible for the big mark Australian electronica has made and continues to make around the globe. We always knew that it was going to be a big deal when they hit the landmark 10 year anniversary.

Vivid Live Review: Grace Jones - Carriageworks, Sydney (31.05.15)

One thing you can always expect of a live performance from the imitable Grace Jones is an abundance of costume changes. And these aren't your average costumes either; big, bold, attention-grabbing pieces that reflect the animation and energy she brings to the stage. At 67 years old, Grace Jones still puts on a fantastic, entertaining performance, and she's more tongue-in-cheek then ever about her career and her status as an icon across pretty much everything.

Vivid Live Photo Gallery: Grace Jones - Carriageworks, Sydney (31.05.15)

Avante-garde, new wave, funk, soul, rock, reggae, icon Grace Jones captivated the crowd at Carriageworks last night for Vivid Festivals, Vivid Live. See at least two of her many costume changes here! Photos by Belinda Dipalo.

Vivid Live Review: Daniel Johns - Sydney Opera House (28.05.15)


Image Credit: Prudence Upton

Few artists turning out at the Opera House for Vivid carried with them as much mystique as Daniel Johns. Having spent the last four years completely out of the spotlight in a self-imposed exile, Johns had managed to disappear from the public knowledge to an extent. First single "Aerial Love" made a clear statement of his new direction, the minimalist R&B inspired production from Lorde and Broods collaborator Joel Little, sharp and soulful placing Johns' increasing confidence in his vocal range at the forefront.

Vivid Live Review: Bill Callahan - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (29.05.15)


Photo Credit: Daniel Boud, Sydney Opera House (Used with Permission)

Formerly known as Smog, and the brief touring and life companion of the incomparable Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan is sitting on an impressive catalogue of music that spans some 25 years and 14 albums. This week, he's touring Australia for the first time in some six years, off the belated back of his last record Dream River (not counting the "dub" version released a year later) and is in Sydney to play two shows as part of the popular Vivid Festival.

Vivid Live Review: Morrissey - Sydney Opera House (26.05.15)

It is a true 'pinch yourself' moment when you see the great Steven Patrick Morrissey live for the first time and have the love-affirming realisation that his voice has aged like a fine red wine. Vivid LIVE's 'An Evening with Morrissey', which continues over the next few days in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House, delivered the iconic former front man of The Smiths and a five-piece band to a diverse crowd of fans which showcased that the love for this man spans generations and will likely never fade. Not even when he chooses to stick pretty much exclusively to his solo work.

Vivid Live Review: The Preatures - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (28.05.15)


Image Credit: Daniel Boud

It's been reminded to me quite a few times - by the band and others - that I was the first person to ever publish written work about a group formerly known as The Preachers. It's not something I bring up now because I feel I'm entitled to take some glory from this fact, I didn't even know it was they case until they told me it last year, but rather set the scene for this piece, which - some five years later - sees the band conquering the world and selling out a show in Australia's most prestigious venue, the Sydney Opera House.

We get a taste of the VIVID 'Musify+Gamify' exhibition (On now at the Seymour Centre until June 6th)


Photo: Organisers Lian Loke and Ollie Bown

Recommended for music and gamer fans, as part of VIVID Festival, Musify + Gamify will contain interactive platforms in which audience members will be able to further explore the sonification of interactive music games as well as see showcases of different experimental musicians/bands. All of these will be held at The University of Sydney's Seymour Centre.

Kirin J. Callinan confirmed to support TV on the Radio at the Sydney Opera House!

It's a pretty safe bet that the two shows TV on the Radio have set up for the Sydney Opera House as part of VIVID Sydney are set to be some of the highlights of the festival for live music lovers. Today, the organisers have gone and added another layer of greatness, with the addition of Kirin J. Callinan to the shows. The level creative madness and intrigue Callinan has brought to his live shows over the last few years has made him one of Australia's renowned and sought after performers and recently, he's popped up on tunes with the likes of Mark Ronson all the while dominating on stages as both solo artist and of course, as part of Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders.