Vivid Lounge @ MCA Harbourside Room
Mixing million dollar views with music. Every Saturday & Sunday evening, experience the oasis that is the Vivid Lounge in the sweet company of our finest, contemporary musicians and DJs. Including DJs
Saturday 27 May – Rick Robertson Trio
Sunday 28 May – Rob Woolf Trio
Saturday 3 June - Phil Toke & friends (Soul Of Sydney)
Sunday 4 June – DJs Sani + Mando
Saturday 10 June – Personal Best Sound System ft Josh Beagley + Harold S
Sunday 11 June – DJ Diola + Floating Pyramid
Saturday 17 June – The Posse
Rick Robertson Trio
Rob Woolf Trio
The Rob Woolf Trio have collectively played with a who’s who of Australian talent from Diesel to Karise Eden, The Mighty Reapers and The Dynamic Hepnotics, hip hop artist Phrase to Luke Steele, Silverchair and Ruby Boots, Guy Sebastian, The Tambourine Girls, The Strides, Tim Finn and more.
They have backed the Jamaican Rocksteady great, Stranger Cole, and the blues legend, Eugene Bridges, toured with Rodriguez and have been members of the best loved reggae outfit, King Tide.
All that aside, it is within a quieter bare bones approach as a trio that they can simply relax, reminding themselves of all the music that they cherish, music from Jamaica, New Orleans, blues and soul from Memphis and Chicago.
The trio consists of Rob Woolf on keyboards, Carlos Adura on drums and Rowan Lane on bass.
Phil Toke - Soul Of Sydney DJ
Phil Toke is a Sydney based DJ, producer, event organiser and co-founder of music networks, Soul of Sydney and Our House Sydney.
Soul of Sydney is a collectively run soul and funk music network including DJs, musicians, producers & break dancers working together to support and promote soul based music throughout Sydney. From humble beginnings, Soul Of Sydney has grown to become the premier party in Australia for soul based music.
Phil is also founder of Our House Sydney, a regular night dedicated to deep house and underground disco. The launch of Our House Sydney in 2005 has marked an exciting chapter in Sydney’s dance music experience, providing lovers of house and disco with a uniquely intimate setting to kick back and relax or get down with some of Sydney’s most talented DJs and musicians.
Phil’s diverse musical style encompasses everything from deep house to disco, soul, funk, Latin and afrobeat. His broad musical scope and technical skills don’t cloud his philosophy towards his work, that remains simple — to keep the quality music flowing, to play with passion and to always keep it coming from the heart.
Having been involved in Sydney’s music scene for over 15 years, Phil brings with him a wealth of experience that has seen him play alongside some of the world’s most influential musicians, DJs and producers including Roy Ayers, Francois K, David Morales, Grandmaster Flash, Mayer Hawthorne, Todd Terry, Ron Carroll, Dj Spen, Joey Negro, Derrick Carter, Osunlade, John Morales, Marshall Jefferson, DJ Rahaan, Copyright, Jay J, Chuck Love, Simon Dunmore and Alton Miller.
Phil has also played at some of Australia’s biggest festivals including Soulfest, Playground Weekender, Peats Ridge, Vivid Sydney and The Sydney Festival. His musical passion and talent has also seen him perform in New York, Amsterdam and the Middle East. With a dedication to bringing the music to the people and doing is...strictly for the love...the future looks bright for Phil and the Sydney faithful.
DJ Sani has made an indelible mark on the club, bar, private party and soul scene in Sydney, creating an irresistibly smooth impression wherever she performs. Ivy Pool’s resident Friday DJ for over five years...Sani specialises in soul music. This includes a life long love of disco and all things super groovy.
DJ Graham Mandroules ‘Mando’
Graham has played at virtually every club in Sydney and continues to do so as a resident DJ at Sydney's Middle Bar, The Loft, Zeta Bar, Soda Bar, The Ivy and the Opera Bar, The Freezer, Arthurs, Soho, Q, Rogues, Berlin, Base, Kinselas, Kardomah, The Manzil Room, The Hip Hop, Les Girls, Slipp Inn, The Chinese Laundry, The Establishment, Mr Goodbar, HOME, Bright'n Up Bar, The Basement, Bungalow 8, Crystal Bar, Blue, Melt, Tonic, The Argyle, Ruby Rabbit, Bligh Bar, Gotham Bar, Water Bar, Cargo Bar, Club 77 and The Burdekin.
He also regularly guests at many clubs, such as Good Vibrations, Tonic, Melt, Bedlam and Strangeways. He has also DJd and worked on numerous tours and festivals including the decade long Vibes on a Summer's Day series, The Playground Festivals, Good Vibrations, Big Day Out, Soco Festival tour, Down to Earth, Funk Inc, Days like This Festivals and The Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, amongst others.
He has also participated in RAT Parties, Sleaze Ball, numerous Hordern Pavilion events, many Sydney festival events at the Opera House, NYE and Bacardi Club. He has promoted numerous club nights, including All Souled Out with Stephen Ferris, which ran for seven years on a Wednesday at Rogues. Feelin' Up, Ascension, Rise, Bumpin', Soul Gumbo, Can, Cowtown Lounge, Fabulous, Gag, Glamour World, Spicy Fridays and Respect, are amongst other involvements.
Graham's love and understanding of music is comprehensive, as is evident in the repertoire of styles which include soul, funk, breaks n beats, electro, deep & funky house, soulful garage, lounge, electronica and exotica, trip/hip hop, disco, Latin, go-go, jazz, ragga/dub, moodarama and world soundscapes.
Currently, DJ Graham has residencies at The Newport and The Coogee Pavillion amongst others.
KRYSTEL DIOLA is a name that has been in the music industry over the last 10 years, emerging as a spoken word/hip hop artist, to joining a minimum six piece jazz-funk band called 5 Coffees as MC, singer and guitarist, departing the band to start her own PR, Events and content platform company called Behind The Front in 2013. At the time, DIOLA's primary focus was to curate specialised soul music events with local and international artists and to increase awareness for local soul musicians.
Known amongst her peers as DIOLA and the woman who can tackle pretty much anything in her local music community, one thing has remained, her reputation as ‘one-of-the-go-to’ for quality music, uncovering local artists, curating events, and DJing at events has put her forward as an artist in demand for her music service and expertise.
DIOLA began taking DJing as a serious profession in the last four years, with her DJ skills traversing hip hop, soul, funk, groove music and quality future soul beats and soon became the official tour DJ for HAU (Koolism/Triple J Hip Hop show) embarking on a national and New Zealand tour inclusive of Splendor In The Grass, has nationally toured with Omar Musa, Sarsha Simone, L-Fresh The Lion, and MIRRAH (L-Fresh The Lion).
DIOLA has featured on bills across Sydney including support DJ act for Maxwell (US), Tall Black Guy, Stro Elliot, REMI, Aaradhna, Funkdafied events, Lioness Presents, Grindin’, Soul Benefits, Noah Slee (GER), One Billion Rising, Milan Ring and a string of local and Auckland-based events. 2015 saw her take on shared hosting responsibilities with Mike Who every Wednesday on Sunsets for a solid eight months run, and continues to casually host FBi Radio shows where needed.
Currently, DIOLA runs a music label called Low Key Source with Sam Dutch (Grindin') pushing beats makers across the globe influenced by a heavy soul sound. She is about to launch her new content platform for Behind The Front that dissects issues on humanity interwoven through multiple artistic practices.
Floating Pyramids aka Chris Hamer-Smith is a renowned beat producer from Sydney, Australia. Twice Aria nominated for his work with reggae/hip hop outfit Astronomy Class, Chris has also received critical acclaim and a strong following for his solo work as Chasm, producing and remixing a plethora of artists from 360 to The Bamboos, Urthboy, Thundamentals, Elizabeth Rose and Ash Grunwald.
Celebrated for producing hip hop anthems for favourite local rap artists and catchy melodic beats for dance floors across the globe, Chris hit international attention for his worldwide hit 'King of the Stars' under his house music alias Dr Don Don, and most recently his single 'Mr Bump' with Ministry of Sound artist Death Ray Shake. Through his house music production, Dr. Don Don has garnered valuable support from critically acclaimed artists A-Trak and Grammy, MTV and Brit award-winning artist Fatboy Slim.
Now in 2017, Chris is ready to hit the music-loving masses again with a new project and a new sound, Floating Pyramids. Utilising his detailed programming skills whilst also incorporating live instrumentation, Floating Pyramids is a melting pot of sounds, moving effortlessly from soulful, off kilter soundscapes to heavy club oriented jams.
The Possé are a new face to many people. The five piece is comprised of veterans from all over Australia’s music scene. After a year of knuckling down in the studio and a string of sold out shows they’ve boiled down their favourite influences into an incredible, raw, funked out live show and production team.
The Possé’s debut EP “Our Thing” is out now.
“Sweet pocket groove that is aimed at and hits the hips. ..Sydney might be struggling but of course there are diamonds out there."
- Northside Records
Personal Best Sound System ft Josh Beagley + Harold S
Josh Beagley is an Australian artist, producer, DJ and and remixer.
He is best known for his involvement with the acts Confection, SWOOP who released four albums in the '90s including the top 10 hit ‘Apple Eyes’, Professor Groove & The Booty Affair and Fatback 4Way.
DJs/remixes under various monikers including J Connection and Double Dutch DJs. He heads the label ‘Personal Best’ that has releases by Physique, Moody Beach, Cryme Wave, Tear Council and The Goods, who are flying high with their recent single ‘Make your move’
Harry Sutherland is one of Australia’s most promising young jazz pianists, having studied with a number of great pianists in both Australia and abroad including Kevin Hunt, John Harkins, Matt McMahon and John Taylor.
He has played with some of the most well-respected figures in Australian jazz including Geoff Bull, Paul Furniss, Dale Barlow, James Greening, Steve Elphick, Warwick Alder, Ben Hauptmann and Elana Stone. He has won the James Morrison Scholarship at the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier and has recorded for ABC Jazz digital radio and Jazztrack.