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Sydney Opera House

2009


Battles | Ladytron | Jon Hopkins | Reggie Watts | Jon Hassell | Lee “Scratch” Perry | Rachid Taha | Damien Dempsey & the cosmic Laraaji | The Necks & Back to Back Theatre

2010


Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio | Laurie Anderson's Transitory Life | Rickie Lee Jones | Young Jean Lee | Bardo Pond Boris | King Khan & BBQ Show | My Brightest Diamond | Chirgilchin

2011


Spiritualized | Chris Cunningham | Yo Gabba Gabba | Sonny Rollins | Bat for Lashes | Hypnotic Brass Ensemble | Tame Impala | Cut Copy | Tom Kuntz | Architecture in Helsinki | OFWGKTA | WU LYF | Azari & III | Crystal Ark | DOM | Superbein | Van She | Flight Facilities | Bag Raiders | Canyons | Andee Frost | Horse Meat Disco | Daniele Baldelli | The Swiss | Beni | Softwar | Bamboo Musik | Changes

2012


Karen O in ‘STOP THE VIRGENS’ | Florence + the Machine | The Temper Trap | Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens ‘Planetarium’ | Janelle Monae & the Archandroid Orchestra | Amon Tobin Live Beyond 3D ‘ISAM’ | Efterklang & Sydney Symphony | PVT | Shut up and Play the Hits | My Brightest Diamond | Seekae | Danny Brown | Med | Ellesquire | Halfway Crooks DJs | Zola Jesus | Light Asylum | Forces | Modular | Future Classic | Goodgod Danceteria | Urbanscreen

2013


Empire Of The Sun | Kraftwerk |  Megafaun & Fight The Big Bullpresent ‘Sounds Of The South’ (featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) | Bobby Womack | Vangelis – music from Blade Runner | Bish Bosch Ambisymphonic | The Gurrumul Project | Karl Hyde (Underworld) | Sunnyboys | Cloud Control | Live_Transmission – Joy Division Reworked | C.W. Stoneking | The Sunnyboy (film) | Matthew E. White | Future Classic Party | Goodgod Danceteria! | Club Kooky | Lighting the Sails: Spinifex

2014


Lighting of the Sails by 59 Productions | Ms. Lauryn Hill | Giorgio Moroder | Pixies | St. Vincent | The Music of Moroder - Heritage Orchestra | Timeline: Australian Chamber Orchestra Featuring The Presets | Since I Left You - A Celebration of The Avalanches with Jontiand The Astral Kids | James Vincent McMorrow | Anna Calvi | Kate Miller-Heidke | Nils Frahm | Penny Penny | Astral People | Siberia Records | R.I.P Society | Future Classic| Midlake

2015

Lighting of the Sails by Universal Everything | An Evening with Morrissey | Sufjan Stevens | Daniel Johns | FCX (10 Years of Future Classic feat. Flume, Flight Facilities, Seekae, Touch Sensitive, Wave Racer, George Maple, Hayden James and Charles Murdoch) | TV on the Radio | Bill Callahan | Squarepusher | The Drones | The Preatures | Repressed Records presents Royal Headache & more | Melbourne Ska Orchestra with special guests Project Collective Ska | Dress Up Attack! For Children & Grown Ups | RBMA Studio Party | Mad Racket | Goodgod’s House Of Minceteria! | Astral People

2016


Lighting of the Sails 'Songlines' | New Order + ACO | Anohni | Bon Iver | Deafheaven | Dress Up Attack | Esperanza Spalding | Hiatus Kaiyote | Max Richter's Sleep | Oneohtrix Point Never | Polica | Ta-ku feat. Wafia | Tiny Ruins | Wayne Shorter Quartet | Goodgod Super Club - Ben Fester, Kyle Hall, Magda | Goodgod Super Club feat. Bradley Zero, Oneman, Asmara

2017

Lighting the Sails by Ash Bolland with music by Amon Tobin | Fleet Foxes | Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker presents Missing Link | Laura Marling | AIR | The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block Party with special guests DJ Shadow + Briggs + Sampa The Great + more | Richie Hawtin CLOSE | Beth Orton | Repressed Records 15th Anniversary feat. Total Control, Severed Heads + more | Lisa Hannigan | Sampha | Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River The Necks | Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) | Camp Cope | Nixon in China by John Adams | ACO’s Mountain | Goodgod Super Club Presents DJ Harvey, Steffi, Karizma + Kenji Takimi | Soft Future Piano Bar presented by Goodgod

2018

Lighting the Sails: Jonathan Zawada | Solange | Mazzy Star | Ice Cube | Cat Power 'Moon Pix' 20th Anniversary | Dreams | H.E.R. | Iron & Wine | Neil Finn 'Out of Silence' with Orchestra | Total Control & Friends | Middle Kids | No Mono | Joep Beving | Fugazi's Guy Picciotto 'Instrument' Screening + Q&A | Xylouris White | HTRK | An Evening With Repressed Records | 'Ambient 1: Music For Airports' by Brian Eno performed by Alaska Orchestra | Studio Parties: Club Kooky, Kuren + Electric Fields, Burial 12"s played all night long with DJ Eli, Danny Krivit | Mad Racket ft. Lord of the Isles live

2019


Lighting of the Sails: Andrew Thomas Huang | The Cure 'Disintegration' 30th Anniversary | Maggie Rogers | Underworld | Herbie Hancock | Sharon Van Etten | Briggs' Bad Apples House Party | Dirty Three 25th Anniversary of 'Dirty Three' | Teyana Taylor | Kelsey Lu | Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps | Club Kooky by the Harbour | Mad Racket by the Harbour ft. Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers and Robert Owens | Stella Donnelly | Jóhann Jóhannsson's 'Last and First Men' with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Grouper | Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East | Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra | Lonnie Holley | The Spirit of Churaki


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