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The Cure Disintegration 
30th Anniversary

Global Premiere, Only Australian Shows

24 - 25 & 27 - 28 May 2019

Ticket allocation for all four Vivid LIVE performances of The Cure is currently exhausted. Congratulations to fans who were successful!

In the event that additional tickets for The Cure performances become available, we will make the announcement via this official event page and the Sydney Opera House Facebook page and the Event page.

Full lineup to be announced in March. 

In the Concert Hall,  our largest venue | View Seat Map

"It’s a single, grand, dense, continual, epic trip"


The grandeur of The Cure at their shimmering peak

Exclusive to Vivid LIVE, alternative rock legends The Cure will bring their magisterial, slow-burn masterpiece Disintegration to the Opera House Concert Hall for four shows to mark the 30th anniversary of their career-defining epic. This is the world premiere of these 30th anniversary performances, and their only Australian engagement. 

From the plaintive romance of 'Pictures of You' to the swooning 'Lovesong', from the sinister plucks of 'Lullaby' to the delirious 'Fascination Street', from the glacial sweep of 'Plainsong' to the desolate 'Untitled', The Cure’s eighth album – a culmination of their moody, mysterious sensibilities in all their grandeur – is often considered their greatest, a widely influential high water mark for one of rock’s most beloved and enduring bands.  

Following unforgettable, one-off performances for Vivid LIVE in 2011 – in which the band played Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, and Faith in their entirety – The Cure are set to deliver another once-in-a-lifetime show, accompanied by an evocative visual backdrop in the fittingly atmospheric surrounds of the Concert Hall. Smith and his band will also play a selection of rarely performed B-sides plus specially curated deep catalogue cuts after each performance of Disintegration.

Presented by Sydney Opera House.

Robert Smith in the Concert Hall, Vivid LIVE 2011. Image: Prudence Upton

Unreleased photos of The Cure
2011 at Vivid LIVE

“The idea for the shows came about after Vivid LIVE curator Ben Marshall contacted Smith directly asking for footage from the 2011 tour. While chatting, Marshall said he asked if Smith would consider performing Disintegration in its 30th year. Smith said he would love to.

Marshall described Disintegration as an 'immaculately glacial, majestic album marrying raw, intense emotion with some of the biggest hits of their career'. He added that the Cure’s choice of venue for their tour’s debut was 'both a perfect fit and an immense honour'.”

The Guardian

Important ballot information

The ballot has been set up to allow us to fairly distribute tickets to fans across time zones, states and countries, and minimise website congestion. Each year, Vivid LIVE performances are received with tremendous enthusiasm from fans, and we expect demand to exceed supply. 

The ballot is now closed and successful ballot applicants will be issued an email with a purchase link between 10am - 4pm (AEDT) Thursday 28 February. As tickets are not guaranteed or assigned, we encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please check your junk mail settings to ensure any emails from the Sydney Opera House will not be blocked by mistake.

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