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Upcoming gigs, performances and concerts

30 May 2024 Contemporary Music

Cult Shφtta

Eccentric, energetic, and entirely original, Western Sydney hip-hop duo Cult Shφtta explode in their Vivid LIVE debut, dropping beats and spitting bars for one show only.

30 May - 1 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Underworld

Grammy-nominated UK electronic music legends Underworld return to Vivid LIVE for three pulse-pounding euphoric nights in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

30 May 2024 Contemporary Music

3NDLES5 presents Yung Lean

Returning to Australia for his long-awaited Vivid LIVE debut, Swedish rapper and post-genre pop experimentalist Yung Lean plays an unmissable one-off show at the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

30 May 2024 Contemporary Music

Studio Party: Mala (DMZ / Digital Mystikz), Alec Sander (DUNJ) & Jungist presented by Astral People

Returning to Australia for the first time in more than a decade, pioneering UK dubstep producer – and one half of Digital Mystikz – Mala heads up a thrilling Studio Party from the crew at Astral People, featuring Sydney DJs Alec Sander and Jungist.

31 May 2024 Contemporary Music

Bumpy

Making her Vivid LIVE headline debut, extraordinary funk, jazz and R&B singer Bumpy returns to the Sydney Opera House with a taste of her shimmering soul.

31 May 2024 Contemporary Music

BARKAA

Making her fiery solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, ARIA-nominated Malyangapa and Barkindji rapper BARKAA – the Blak matriarch of hip-hop – brings her infectious, politically potent sound to Vivid LIVE.

31 May 2024 Contemporary Music

3NDLES5 presents jonatan leandoer96 x Frederik Valentin, Ecco2K, oqbqbo & Scandinavian Star, Aya Gloomy

3NDLES5 presents a night of cutting-edge global sound with rapper Yung Lean’s side-project jonatan leandoer96 and avant-garde polymath Frederik Valentine, plus Ecco2K, Scandinavian Star & oqbqbo, and Aya Gloomy.

31 May 2024 Contemporary Music

Studio Party: Radioactive Man (UK), Mark N, au4r33y & Magda Bytnerowicz by Barney Kato presents Alien

Sydney selector Barney Kato takes over the Sydney Opera House Studio with his eclectic dancefloor party Alien, guest starring UK electro icon DJ Radioactive Man, breakbeat legend Mark N and local faves au4r33y and Magda Bytnerowicz.

1 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Tasman Keith, Flewnt & Inkabee

Celebrate the power and vitality of First Nations hip-hop as acclaimed rappers Tasman Keith, Flewnt and 11-year-old sensation Inkabee make their Vivid LIVE debuts. 

1 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Tinariwen

Grammy Award-winning Tuareg legends Tinariwen return to the Sydney Opera House 15 years after their last performance, bringing their pioneering desert blues to the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

1 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Studio Party: Fred P (USA) presented by Mad Racket

Vivid LIVE’s favourite selectors Mad Racket return to the Studio with a very special guest, the New York-born, Berlin-based deep house legend Fred P.

2 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Vv Pete

Making her headline Sydney Opera House debut, Australia’s baddest new rapper Vv Pete rocks the Vivid LIVE stage with her untouchable rhymes, irresistible hooks and hard-hitting club beats.

2 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Sky Ferreira

A decade after her last Australian performance – and with a long-awaited new album on the horizon – multi-talented American singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira returns for her Vivid LIVE debut.

2 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Jlin

Steel yourself for exhilirating beats and mind-melting rhythms as electronic dance music’s most innovative artist, Jlin, makes her thrilling Sydney Opera House debut for Vivid LIVE.

2 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Snoh Aalegra

Slinking into Sydney for the first time ever, Grammy-nominated Swedish-Iranian R&B singer Snoh Aalegra brings her smouldering soul to the Concert Hall for one night only.

5 - 6 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Fever Ray

Making their long-awaited Australian debut, visionary Swedish iconoclast – and co-founder of The Knife – Fever Ray brings their electrifying, radically romantic synth pop to Vivid LIVE.

10 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

The Sonu Nigam Show

Experience the magical melodies of India with Sonu Nigam, a highly acclaimed and versatile playback singer and composer. Live in Concert accompanied by his team of talented musicians.

17 - 19 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

The Terminator Live

Experience the groundbreaking cult classic film, The Terminator, on a HD screen while Brad Fiedel’s signature synthesizer-led, percussive score is performed live!

23 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

The Yale Whiffenpoofs: 2024 World Tour

Founded in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs are the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group. They have delighted audiences around the world ever since their founding.

28 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Yiruma

After a sell-out concert at the Sydney Opera House in 2023, the best-selling neo classical pianist Yiruma has announced an encore concert at the prestigious venue. 

29 Jun 2024 Contemporary Music

Lisa Ono

Lisa Ono, the Queen of Bossa Nova, is returning to the Sydney Opera House together with her band and special guest.

3 - 4 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

32nd Australian International Music Festival

World Projects presents the 32nd Australian International Music Festival featuring a mixture of choral, wind bands and orchestral groups.

5 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

Piano+Place with Jim Moginie

Every Friday in July iconic Australian musicians – Jim Moginie, Sophie Hutchings, David Bridie, Chris Abrahams - will perform contemporary acoustic piano music in historic Sydney locations.

12 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

Piano+Place with Chris Abrahams

Every Friday in July iconic Australian musicians – Jim Moginie, Sophie Hutchings, David Bridie, Chris Abrahams - will perform contemporary acoustic piano music in historic Sydney locations.

19 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

Piano+Place with Sophie Hutchings

Every Friday in July iconic Australian musicians – Jim Moginie, Sophie Hutchings, David Bridie, Chris Abrahams - will perform contemporary acoustic piano music in historic Sydney locations.

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22 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

Joep Beving

Dutch neo-classical master Joep Beving returns to the Sydney Opera House with his stunning new audio-visual experience Hermetism, a performance that will transform your idea of a piano concert.

26 Jul 2024 Contemporary Music

Piano+Place with David Bridie

Every Friday in July iconic Australian musicians – Jim Moginie, Sophie Hutchings, David Bridie, Chris Abrahams - will perform contemporary acoustic piano music in historic Sydney locations.

11 Aug 2024 Contemporary Music

ECLIPSE Pink Floyd Orchestrated

Rock legend Jack Jones joins the Southern Cross Symphony, a killer rock band, three powerhouse vocalists, a youth choir to faithfully re-ignite the sound of Pink Floyd

18 Aug 2024 Contemporary Music

Jimmy Barnes

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jimmy's Flesh and Wood album and see him in up-close-and-personal mode, telling short stories and tall tales as well as songs from his extensive catalogue.   

24 Aug 2024 Contemporary Music

Steve Balbi

Composer, Producer, Noiseworks and Electric Hippies' founding member, Steve Balbi, returns to the House for one night only. Don't miss the chance to witness the chameleon transcend his unique celestial sensibility live, featuring an all-star band and special guest Abby Dobson. 

11 Sep 2024 Contemporary Music

Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon

Eumeralla is a work two thousand generations in the making.

13 Sep 2024 Contemporary Music

Laufey

Grammy Award-winning Icelandic-Chinese artist Laufey brings her Bewitched: The Goddess Tour to Australia for a series of East Coast headline shows this September.

20 - 21 Oct 2024 Contemporary Music

Passenger

Folk rock troubadour Passenger returns to the Sydney Opera House for his Concert Hall debut, celebrating the re-release of his breakthrough album, All The Little Lights.

16 Nov 2024 Contemporary Music

The Songs of Elton & George

A celebration of iconic musical legends Elton John & George Michael, by Anthony Callea & Tim Campbell with John Foreman & the Australian Pops Orchestra.

21 - 22 Nov 2024 Contemporary Music

THE THE

Led by enigmatic singer-songwriter Matt Johnson, UK new wave icons THE THE return to the Sydney Opera House for two performances spanning their genre-hopping four-decade career.

4 - 7 Dec 2024 Contemporary Music

Crowded House

Multi-platinum selling rock band Crowded House return to Sydney Opera House for their Gravity Stairs Tour, in support of the new album.

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Love List: Australian Punk/Post-Punk by Low Life

Cristian and Mitch from Sydney’s own post-punk lords Low Life have written a Love List to the Australian bands who have shaped them, excited them and geed them up over the years.

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What’s sounding good at the Opera House this Feb - Mar 2024

Give your ears a treat this February and March by catching a concert on one of the world's most iconic stages. From post-punk to jazz to zamrock, there's an eclectic mix of genres and artists ready to rock the night away with you. Read on to find your next gig.

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Music for... Road Trips by Bonobo

Buckle up and escape into the wild with this playlist by electronic wizard Bonobo.

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