Originating with Brian Eno's Luminous festival in 2009, Vivid LIVE has been curated by the late Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Modular Recordings founder Stephen Pavlovic and Fergus Linehan. Now its fourth year under Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music Ben Marshall, previous highlights include residencies from The Cure, Yeah Yeah Yeahs front-woman Karen O and Kraftwerk, through to an An Evening with Morrissey, Sufjan Stevens and Squarepusher, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Bon Iver, St. Vincent and many more.
2017 saw a series of special projects that took the program to new heights, including French electronic duo AIR’s return to Australia after nine years, the rare glamourous outdoor Northern Broadwalk stage hosting Richie Hawtin, The Avalanches and Repressed Records’ 15th birthday, the intimate Drama Theatre series, Nick Murphy’s exclusive three-night Missing Link residency, Laura Marling celebrating the release of her sixth album in the Concert Hall and Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up live debut exclusively at Vivid LIVE.
In its tenth year, Vivid LIVE continues to take over the entire Sydney Opera House with a celebration of excellence and ambition in contemporary music. Opening up new spaces like the glittering floor to ceiling views of the intimate Utzon Room, returning after a year’s absence to the newly upgraded Joan Sutherland Theatre, commissioning the global premiere of the 20th anniversary performance of Cat Power’s Moon Pix, the Australian debut of Mazzy Star and presenting Solange Knowles at the molten-hot intersection of incredible, effortlessly cool music and credible, thoughtful activism.