Sydney - Tuesday 21 February, 2017. Electronic music powerhouse Underworld will bring decades of dancefloor to the Concert Hall when they make their Sydney Opera House debut on Tuesday 11 April 2017.
In the mid-90s, founders Karl Hyde and Rick Smith helped shatter the distinction between rock and electronica, with ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ – the B-side that became the anthem of a generation via Danny Boyle’s cult classic Trainspotting – and the legendary dubnobasswithmyheadman.
A generation later, they scored the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, following up with remastered and expanded editions of their classics and their first studio album in six years, Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, which was nominated for a Grammy last year alongside the likes of Flume and the new wave of electronic music producers. In the ultimate nod to their legacy, 2017’s Trainspotting sequel revived their peak-time anthem, this time as ‘Slow Slippy’.
Through 25 years of shape-shifting line-ups and sounds – from Krautrock to trance and drum ‘n’ bass – the band has continued to find and define the edge. In 2002, Underworld returned as a duo with A Hundred Days Off, fit for the Ibizan summer, after which Hyde and Smith took a brief break from the club: sitting in for John Peel at the BBC, producing a four-hour performance for Sven Väth’s legendary Cocoon nightclub, and The RiverRun Project, a three-suite record available only as a download on their website.
Through it all, Underworld has continued to reign in the world of digital music they helped create, galvanizing the dancefloor down the generations. Now, thirty years after the band first formed, they will bring techno’s past and future to the majestic Sydney Opera House.