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Sydney’s beloved VIVID festival is returning for their epic 11th year, and the annual celebration of lights, music and art has unveiled an incredible lineup that features some of the biggest names around the world.

Avoiding The Cure’s multiple sold-out nights at the Sydney Opera House (if you nabbed tickets, we honestly congratulate you), here are the five unmissable shows of VIVID Sydney 2019.

Photo: Vivid 2018

VIVID Sydney 2019 is a balance of musical icons and fresh local artists. To make things a bit easier, we’ve collected a list of acts to put on the top of your must-see list.

The Middle East

Indie record label Spunk Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with the help of folk-rock favourites The Middle East, who will be headlining the Joan Sutherland Theatre for a two-night special on May 24 and 25.

The Townsville-born band will be performing old and new favourites, with rumours of unreleased tracks to be heard.

Curve Ball

Curve Ball festival is an enchanting warehouse party in celebration of VIVID, held at Carriageworks on June 8.

This year’s edition sees the likes of Hayden James, Young Franco and Set Mo, uniting some of Australia’s best dance music with incredible visuals to create an immersive experience for all that attend.

FKA Twigs

For one night only, internationally recognised singer, songwriter, dancer and director FKA Twigs will be making her Vivid appearance on June 9 at Carriageworks in Redfern.

Drawing from an array of genres that includes electronic music, punk and RnB, you won’t want to miss her Sydney exclusive show.

Herbie Hancock

The iconic Herbie Hancock will be descending upon the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall on June 10 to immerse fans in a powerful career that covers a range of jazz, hip-hop, electro and funk.

From his early days in the Miles Davis quintet to a pioneering role in ’70s jazz funk, Hancock has been hitting straight 10s since the ’60s. You don’t want to miss this modern master in action.

Jónsi & Alex Somers

To mark the 10th anniversary of their supersonic collaboration Riceboy Sleeps, Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and Alex Somers will be undertaking the world premiere of their live show at VIVID 2019.

Together with a 21 piece orchestra and a 12 member choir, the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall will become a place of ambitious and mesmerising music.

 

While you’re in town for VIVID, be sure to drop by the Happy Mag Issue 11 Launch on Friday May 24th at Newtown’s late night music venue The Marlborough Hotel. Grab more details on our party here.

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May 7, 2019