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VIVID FESTIVAL | the AU review
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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.

the AU interview: Ollie Bown talks VIVID Sydney's Musify+Gamify series at the Seymour Centre!

With VIVID Sydney now well on its way, there are plenty of interesting artistic and creative experiences to get involved in if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary. The Seymour Centre particularly is presenting an unique concert series entitled Musify + Gamify, which takes contemporary ideas and perspectives on 'play' in fusing musical and game play together. Two concerts, curated by Ollie Bown and Lian Loke, will be performed by some of the country's leading artists and definitely will push your own perceptions of what the idea of 'play' means.

Vivid Live Review: Squarepusher - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (22.05.15)

Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, embodies the three pillars of Vivid Sydney, so it's surprising that it has taken this long for the now world renowned festival of light, music, and ideas to lure him to Australia. In giving Jenkinson the John Sutherland Theatre, an intimate theatre in the Sydney Opera House, to showcase two hours of electronic mastery, Vivid Live delivered us quite the exciting journey into high-end technology, immersive visuals, and productions focusing on Squarepusher's latest album Damogen Furies.

Vivid Live Review: Sufjan Stevens - Sydney Opera House (22.05.15)


Photo: Daniel Boud

It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on is that it had to be this venue – such a large sound compared to the record and the seating meant that most of the crowd didn’t hold up their smartphones for the entire show.

Arts Feature: A preview of the light installations at Vivid Sydney 2015


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

Tonight from 6:00pm (Friday 22nd May), Sydney will become a beacon of innovative lights, music, and ideas as Vivid Sydney once again spreads throughout the city. This year will see additional precincts, more installations, more music, more ideas, more people (*sigh* more prams), and probably more public transport issues. But one thing is for sure; once you step into Circular Quay, the beating heart of Vivid, anything it took to get to that point will all seem worth it when you set your eyes upon the many inspired installations.

10 Must See Shows of the VIVID Sydney Festival!

VIVID Sydney kicks off for another year this Friday and the line up is freakin' amazing, if we're honest. Such a melting pot of musicians, visual artists, performers and other creative brains in one of the most buzzing cities in Australia - it's going to be a great two weeks of shows for people to be checking out. Some of the artists we're excited to see do their thing are involved in all different aspects of the music industry; from the intrigue of goddess Grace Jones, to the heartbreaking lyrics of Sufjan Stevens - we're spoiled for choice!