10 Vivid Sydney Music Events You Can't Miss

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With so many incredible light projections and installations at Vivid Sydney 2017, it’s easy to get distracted and miss the long list of music events taking place throughout the festival. From American folk rockers Fleet Foxes to Melbourne favourites The Avalanches, there’s a huge variety of music to enjoy at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival. Check out 10 of the best music events set to hit Sydney this May and June!


French electro duo AIR are set to play two nights at the Sydney Opera House from 30 – 31 May. Famous for classics like ‘Playground Love’, ‘Sexy Boy’, and their work with director Sofia Coppola, these appearances will see AIR return to Australian shores for the first time in nine years. Helping shape the downtempo and electronica music scenes since 1995, this rare performance comes less than 12 months after the release of their recent retrospective album, Twentyears.

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30 May - 31 May, 8pm - 10pm

The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block Party with special guests DJ Shadow + Briggs + Sampa the Great + DJ JNETT

Melbourne electronic outfit The Avalanches are hosting an outdoor block party to remember at Bennelong Point. On 27 and 28 May, the band will be joined by various artists and DJs—including legendary hip-hop producer, DJ Shadow—as they showcase the best beats in experimental hip hop, dream pop, and more. The Avalanches are best known for their 2001 best-selling album, Since I Left You, and more recently, the critically acclaimed Wildflower.

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27 - 28 May, 5pm - 10:30pm


South London singer/songwriter Sampha is set to pull out all the stops at his first ever Sydney headline performance. Sampha will headline two nights at the Sydney Opera House from 27 – 28 May following the recent release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Process. Having already worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Drake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean, Sampha is ready to showcase his own soulful tones and unique voice at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival.

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27 - 28 May, 9:30pm - 11:30pm

Fleet Foxes

Don’t miss American indie folk icons Fleet Foxes as they take to the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney. In their only Australian shows for 2017, the band will be performing favourites from their two hugely successful albums, Fleet Foxes and Helplessness Blues, as well as new tracks from their forthcoming album, Crack Up. Fleet Foxes will play three shows from 26 – 29 May, so book your tickets now.

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26 - 29 May, 8pm - 10pm

Laura Marling

English indie songstress Laura Marling has amassed a huge following since her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim. Now releasing her sixth studio album, Semper Femina, Laura Marling will play at the Sydney Opera House for one show only on 12 June. Marling has won a string of awards and is considered one of the best English folk singer-songwriters today, so this show is not to be missed.

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12 June, 9pm - 10:30pm


English indie-electro duo Goldfrapp are back with an exclusive Vivid Sydney performance. On 2 June the band will headline at Carriageworks, playing old favourites along with new material from their March release, Silver Eye. The award-winning band are best known for their hit albums Black Cherry and Supernature, and have a stack of classic singles within their seven-album discography.

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2 June, 8pm - Late

Lisa Hannigan

Ethereal and moving, Lisa Hannigan’s haunting melodies and sultry voice will grace the Sydney Opera House this year at Vivid Sydney. The Irish singer/songwriter rose to fame and critical acclaim as a member of Damien Rice’s band and has since wowed critics with her solo albums Sea Sew, Passenger and At Swim. Lisa Hannigan will play an intimate show at the Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre on 30 May.

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30 May, 7:30pm - 9pm and 9:30pm - 11pm

Curve Ball

Curve Ball returns to Vivid Sydney with a cutting-edge combination of dance music and amazing visuals. Curated by Fuzzy Events, Curve Ball brings together creatives, musicians and artists to create an unforgettable night of music and art. Headlined by SAFIA, the lineup includes Client Liaison, Tkay Maidza, Motez, and more. Curve Ball will take place on 11 June at Carriageworks in Eveleigh.

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11 June, 3pm - 10pm

Heaps Gay Presents Heaps High at Eye Live Project

Heaps Gay are hosting a very special dance party at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye as part of the inaugural Eye Live Project. Heaps Gay will take over the tower on 17 June, recreating a ‘Tron playground’ of neon lights, pumping music and stunning visuals. Heaps High has capacity for just 225 people, but don’t worry if you’ve missed out on tickets—the Eye Live Project will be holding parties over four weekends throughout Vivid Sydney.

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17 June, 8:30pm - 12:30am

Sequences in Luminous Sound

Every Friday and Saturday during Vivid Sydney, the Burdekin Hotel will be hosting Sequences in Luminous Sound, a heady mix of new talent and international artists in electronic music. Friday nights will showcase underground house and techno, while Saturday nights will be reserved for international house and techno acts. Head over to the Burdekin Hotel between 26 May and 17 June for live acts, DJ sets and visual projections.

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26 - 27 May, 2- 3 June, 9 - 10 June, 16 - 17 June: 9pm - 3am