If ever there was something to convince you to step out of your Snuggie and into the brisk Sydney air it’s the Vivid Festival. From May 25th – June 11th, the harbour side is laced with vibrant light installations, projections and international and local artists. If you still need convincing, it’s the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the Guardian (UK) ranked it in the Top Ten global ideas festivals. So yeah, throw of your slippers, have a shot of whiskey if you have to and hit it up!
Playing in the Opera Theatre on opening night, PVT embraced the idea of a luminosity teaming their electro-rock sounds with intense, staccato lights. At one stage, I swear the room actually became hotter from the flashing red beacons and piercing white strobes.
Formerly known as Pivot (the name change a product of a looming US law suit), PVT returned to the stage and a room full of enthusiastic fans. Admittedly it was the first time that I had listened to them (yes, you know it’s coming) but it won’t be my last. This three piece electronic-rock band is a homegrown outfit with a darker edge to their synth-pop sounds. PVT played a range of old and new tracks which unfortunately I can’t name for you as I am unfamiliar with their discography but I can tell you that whatever they played it was rad!
Singer, Richard Pike, truly does embrace what every singing coach in high school tells their students and treats his voice like an instrument. Belting out powerful waves of sound and hypnotic falsettos, it’s easy to be captivated by his vocals. PVT’s performance was invigorating and yet calming, something that can’t often be said for rock infused, electro music. They have a new album coming out and if their live show is anything to go by you can expect an impressive record.