Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities present ||||| (pronounced Five), their most epic album and performance to date. Combining their trademark layered soundscape with an immersive lighting spectacle, ||||| sees the band reimagining music from their highly acclaimed career and showcasing material from their stunning new album.

In collaboration with Sydney-based Studio Days and featuring works from Californian artist Paul Juno, the one-off concert event will feature imagery taken from the band’s rich visual history, accompanying the characteristic ethereal melodies and textures that have made Dappled Cities one of the most beloved indie bands to emerge from Sydney over the past two decades.

Over their career, Dappled Cities have forged a path that has distinctly been their own, releasing four critically hailed albums and playing festivals in Australia and internationally, including standout shows at Laneway, Splendour In The Grass and SXSW. Dappled Cities worked with members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for the Sydney Festival, combining Baroque instrumentation with synthesisers and guitars for a rare extravaganza at Sydney Town Hall.

The new album IIIII sees the band return after the longest wait between records in their 18-year career. Tapping into the timeless qualities of 70s mavericks like David Bowie and the laid-back charm of modern giants like Grizzly Bear, they have created songs that sound mature but undeniably sexy. Recorded in the serene surrounds of Byron Bay, IIIII is a return to the textural, expansive sounds of Dappled Cities’ early records, dialing back on the propulsive stomp of previous albums and settling into an easy, transfixing groove that is no less danceable, but allows the band’s knack for melody to shine through. The band now make their most ambitious play yet in this singular event at City Recital Hall for Vivid LIVE. 

Support 7.30pm – 8pm
Dappled Cities 8.30pm – 10pm

Information on Access and Inclusion

City Recital Hall strives to assist all patrons including patrons with specific needs. The venue offers lift access, accessible seating and accessible bathrooms. Patrons using hearing aids can access the T-loop system in the auditorium. We support the National Relay Service and Companion Cards are accepted for all events at City Recital Hall. Please let our Box Office staff know when booking your tickets if you have a hearing aid, require accessible seating, are a Companion Card holder or have any other support requirements. Contact the City Recital Hall Box Office staff on 02 8256 2222 or by emailing tickets@cityrecitalhall.com

Ticket Conditions

* Booking fee per transaction: online $6, phone $8. There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.


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Access and Inclusion

  • Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney