Travel back to the rave pioneers' debut in the Concert Hall
Sydney Opera House
19 Mar 2018
In 2017, Underworld, the legendary duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, turned the Concert Hall into an explosion of euphoria and strobe lights. They shook the hall with ‘Mmm Skyscraper I Love You’, sent blue lights circling the room with ‘Cowgirl’, shredded the speakers with ‘Pearl’s Girl’, and sent the room into a multi-coloured overdrive with ‘Born Slippy’—anyone who feared the hall’s classical appearance and seated structures wouldn’t do the music just were quickly met with a fully-functioning dancefloor.
It wasn’t frontman Hyde’s first time; he has been a part of the building since Vivid LIVE’s inception as Luminous, performing vocals in Brian Eno's 'Pure Scenius’ performance in 2009. He returned in 2013, outside of the festival and solo, to present his album Edgeland, a graceful, meditative song cycle that stripped back the edge of Underworld to conjure something meditative and poetic in the Studio.
Bootlegsquicklyappeared on YouTube, capturing the room alight with the kind of energy only found in the club. Photographer Daniel Boud captures some of the moments from their last shows—see them below.
Underworld will perform again at Vivid LIVE 2019, with a four-show residency in the Concert Hall.
“Underworld’s specialty is unleashing a beat so constant and unending you lose all sense of time and place.”