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2009 Event Media Release - Luminous Australian acts

Issued May 12, 2009

Brian Eno hand-picks 7 Australian acts for Luminous

Brian Eno has chosen seven Australian acts to be special guests for the inaugural Luminous music festival at Sydney Opera House. They join fellow Australians, cult band The Necks, who will perform in Back to Back Theatre’s production Food Court and alongside Eno in the festival finale Pure Scenius.

Palace of Fire, the much-anticipated sonic beast that unites the worlds of ex-Wolfmother founding members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett with Matt Blackman of experimental rockers Charge Group, will be the first music act of the festival when they open for New York supergroup Battles on May 30 and 31.

One of the most exciting new acts to emerge on the Sydney scene, Palace of Fire is both a dynamic shot in the arm and a cinematic exploration around the perimeter of the human condition. Expect a primal blend of dark invocations and ceremonious, melodic, heavy rock.

Currently touring the world for UK label Warp Record’s birthday bash, Pivot will be special guests for Ladytron on June 3. A rare combination of the emotive and cerebral, Pivot harnesses the raw garage energy of three explosive musicians alongside intensive studio production. Part prog-warrior, part slacker-geek, their music and approach provide something much needed in a world of nowhere music, being listened to in nowhere bars.

Sine formed in the winter of 2007 after some late night jamming in Melbourne’s CBD. Discovered by Eno on YouTube, the band has evolved into a regular council of dub devotees, bent on creating space in the mix for the metaphysical to present itself, over one-drop, steppas or dancehall groove.

Whilst paying tribute to the Jamaican innovators, the band continues to grow with a futuristic attitude to culture, pushing forward the expression of roots music. In their Sydney debut Sine will share the bill with Grammy Award winning reggae and dub artist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry on June 11.

Lolo Lovina, meaning Red Beer in Romanes, the language of the gypsies, play an intoxicating brew of Gypsy mayhem and will support  music revolutionary Rachid Taha on June 1. With four members from Romania, Hungary and Brazil, this high energy Sydney band claim influences from Eastern European Gypsy music, French Chanson and tango.

When not working with Lolo Lovina, whirlwind violinist Jess Randall fronts her own outfit, The Crooked Fiddle Band, who will be special guests at Irish singer-songwiter Damien Dempsey’s Opera Theatre gig on June 5. The Australian chainsaw-folk vigilantes deliver a no-holds-barred mash-up of gypsy passion, bluegrass swampstompers and near metal mayhem.

Alister Spence Trio was formed in Sydney more than 10 years ago and brings together three of the most exciting, innovative and experienced musicians in original, contemporary Australian jazz music. Noted for its engaging, strong compositions and for the synergy, interplay and energy that they have together, the band will open for Jon Hassell’s Maarifa St on June 6.

Watussi is Cuban slang for the most handsome man at the party. It sums up the confidence and go-for-it attitude that have marked this celebrated chicano band as something special from the beginning. Sharing the bill with Seun Kuti and  Egypt 80 on June 12, this will be one high-octane gig that will shake the core of Sydney Opera House.

Luminous is a cornerstone of Vivid Sydney, a unique public festival that will transform the city into a spectacular living canvas of music and light in and around Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Parramatta and city centre.

One of five anchor events in the first-ever NSW Master Events Calendar created by Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government, Vivid Sydney will showcase the city as a major creative hub in the Asia Pacific region and celebrate the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy on 02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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