Vivid Music has announced a handful of new artists that will feature on the 2016 line-up. Joining previously announced acts like Bon Iver, New Order and Hiatus Kaiyote will be Sydney locals Bag Raiders, singer-songwriter Don Walker and punk rockers The Hard-Ons.
This will mark Bag Raiders’ first Australian tour in 5 years, presenting them with a massive platform to celebrate the launch of their new single “Checkmate” in their hometown across two shows at Oxford Art Factory. Meanwhile, Don Walker, who is best known for writing many of Cold Chisel’s hits, will be performing in Marrickville for one night only on Friday 27th May. See below for the full line up.
- Don Walker & The Suavae F***S | 27 May at Camelot Lounge
Known for writing many of the key hits for Cold Chisel, Don Walker and his band have announced a return to the stage in time for Vivid Music. Don has shaped the Australian music scene for over 30 years, from Kings Cross to regional towns and the spaces in between, illuminating those at the heart of Australian society.
- The Hard-ons | 28 May at Newtown Social Club
Still absolutely buoyant from their 30th anniversary tour and the world-wide release of their best album to date “Peel Me Like A Egg”, Sydney’s colourful rocking identities The Hard-ons will regroup as a foursome for Vivid Music with the return of original vocalist/drummer Keish “Velvet Fog” de Silva. The expanded, new, and revitalised Hard-ons will flex their considerable and charismatic musical muscle to wow audiences once again.
- Models, Machinations & Dave Mason | 29 May at The Enmore
Australian music legends and chart toppers the Models, Machinations and Dave Mason have re-emerged to perform an exclusive Vivid Sydney show at The Enmore Theatre. Born out of glam-punk and fused with emerging electronica this unique one-off performance will link the past with the present.
- #Portals – KUÈKA & Rachel Archibald | 2 June at The Basement
#Portals is an exciting new collaborative work between electronic musician KUÈKA and visual artist Rachael Archibald in which the audience will be immersed in textural soundscapes – delivered in surround sound – and impressive digital video manipulations. Focusing on the themes of shared consciousness, virtual reality, and escapism, #Portals explores how technology is increasingly used as a vessel for human interaction with new environments, personas and pleasure.
- Bag Raiders | 2 June and 4 June at Oxford Art Factory
Originally from Sydney, the Los Angeles based electronic band, Bag Raiders are returning home for their first Australian tour since 2011 to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Checkmate’. The band’s only Sydney show will be part of Vivid Music and fans, new and old, are sure to revel in welcoming home the ARIA-nominated band fresh off their North American tour.
- Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia) & the Black Jesus Experience | 5 June at The Basement
Ethiopian musician, Mulatu Astatke is touted as the father of ‘ethio-jazz’ and is one of Africa’s most influential musical figures. His blend of jazz and funk grooves with Ethiopia’s distinctive pentatonic scales has gained him international repute. Astatke will travel to Australia as part of Vivid Music, reconnecting with Australian band the Black Jesus Experience, extending their long term musical relationship.
- One Day Sunday | 5 June at the Factory
Spearheaded by One Day DJs Joyride, Adit, Raph and Nick Lupi, One Day Sundays features a rotating cast of Australia’s premier DJs playing hip hop, R&B and soul as well as some of the country’s top artists painting a live graffiti mural at the Factory Theatre.
Vivid Music is an installment part of Vivid Sydney, which is a light, art and music event that will be held from May 27 to June 18. On the event, Vivid Music curator Stephen Ferris said “At the heart of Vivid Music is a desire to showcase and celebrate Sydney’s vibrant and diverse music scene. Vivid Music broadens the footprint of Vivid Sydney offering more events for local and international music fans of all generations across Sydney and the inner west.”
For further information and tickets to all Vivid Sydney events, head here.