Sydney’s Vivid Festival line-up is packed with unmissable goodies

Hopefully, COVID will be under control so we can keep warm and boogie to this year’s awesome line-up Sydney’s Vivid Festival.

Unfortunately, 2020’s Vivid Festival was cancelled by the evil that must not be named.

But this year, it is back on. Given how Sydney is currently handling the pandemic, it looks like Vivid Festival 2021 will definitely be a go.

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Because we all missed the festival last year, the line-up for this year is extra fun to make up for lost time and lost employment.

Not only will this be wonderful for our entertainment and social capacities, but it will also provide many people with employment. Sounds pretty amazing to me.

This year there is a mixed lolly bag of genres with a five-night residency of Melbourne rock icons, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Golden Features & Hermitude.

Audiences can also expect the world premiere of Sampa The Great’s An Afro Future, along with the debut of a new ‘supergroup’ Springtime (that features Gareth Liddiard, Jim White and Chris Abrahams).

And of course, Vivid LIVE will remain at the Sydney Opera House, where a large amount of this year’s lineup will be hosted, in addition to Electric Fields’ soundtrack accompanying the annual lighting of the Opera House sails.

The city’s sails will be graced with digital art of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, created by the Martu Artists and Sydney-based, Curiious. Additionally, the tenth birthday of management and touring company, Astral People will also be a big celebration.

Special guests this year include Hiatus Kaiyote, Cosmo’s Midnight, Genesis Owusu, Young Franco, Mildlife, Milan Ring, CLYPSO, Becca Hatch, and international guests, DJ Seinfeld and Cashmere Cat, among many more.

Future Classic, Mad Racket (my personal favourite) and Picnic are throwing Vivid’s official parties this year with phat beats from some of Australia’s best DJs.

The notorious Club Kooky will also throw a huge (but chilly) open-air party by the harbour, so dress cute, but rugged up.

Other live music this year includes performances by G Flip, Briggs and Friends, Gordi, Methyl Ethel, Miiesha, The Necks, Georgia Maq, Flight Facilities, Budjerah, Liars, RVG, Tiny Ruins, HTRK, Skeleten.

King Gizz, Melbourne rugrats, Amyl and the Sniffers, and Tropical Fuck Storm will also be performing over at Carriageworks as part of the festival.

Along with this, a mix up of two stunning rappers Jesswar and Malyangapa, Barkindji rapper, Barkaa will be dropping some phat beats.

Carriageworks will host the Open Frame event, which features a line-up of innovative artists who explore the boundaries between sound, noise and experimental music. Um, amazing.

And if you haven’t heard of some newcomers like Babitha and Kee’ahn, keep an eye out for them at City Recital Hall.

There’s so much to do and see this year for the Vivid Festival, between August 6 to August 28.