Vivid Music pulls back the curtain on Sydney’s never-ending talent and attracts luminaries from near and far. Expect an unexpected soundscape of electrifying live performances as our 2021 line up unfolds in secret spaces and famous places. You’ll discover the freshest artists blazing bright new trails and see your music legends shine.
Papua New Guinea born Ngaiire etches her art-pop presence and goose-bump inducing vocals on Parliament House in an intimate one night only performance.
Melbourne’s most prolific band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard take over Carriageworks for five nights from 22-26 August. Each night offers a new experience that shows all sides of the band’s musical personalities, from fluid jams to nonstop Microtonal cuts, Garage Rock sing-alongs, Heavy Metal thrash and a stripped back Acoustic set.
The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard and bass player Fiona Kitschin also crash Carriageworks with their post-punk outfit Tropical F*ck Storm (aka TFS) to unleash their latest squalling psych-rock iso-album. And ARIA Award-winning punk outfit Amyl & The Sniffers explode on stage with vocalist Amy Taylor hailed as ‘one of the hardest rocking people on the face of the planet’ (Happy Mag).
Like kids in a candy-shop, renowned music makers Jono Ma (aka Jagwar Ma) and Jonti (Stonesthrow Records) get their hands on The Powerhouse’s collection of vintage synthesisers and pay tribute to the age of analogue in Teenage Wasteland – an evening of cinematic soundscapes brought to life by artist Patrick Santamaria’s lush visuals.
Vivid Music reverberates across Sydney’s biggest stages and digs deep into the underground, unearthing deep house DJs, electronica acts and hysterical heretic Betty Grumble’s burlesque Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t in the industrial outpost Eveleigh Works.
Alt-rockers BAD//DREEMS and Brisbane’s psych outfit Nice Biscuit headline Oxford Art Factory’s 14th Birthday Party. In Princes Highway, Yours & Owls take over Leichhardt’s Crow Bar to showcase bands with connections between Sydney and Wollongong.
Jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens The Calyx hosts Happenings as a curatorial blur between cutting edge electronica and new classical crossover music alongside some of the city’s finest queer performance artists.
Then, for the queer carnival of the season, frock up and ride the Heaps Gay ‘green ferry’ to Luna Park for a HUGE dress up Qweens’ Ball full of debauchery and twisted surprises, featuring Mia Rodriguez.