Sydney – Tuesday 14 March, 2017. The Sydney Opera House today announced the full line-up of artists joining folk-rock masters Fleet Foxes at the ninth annual Vivid LIVE, as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.
From 26 May – 17 June Vivid LIVE will feature more than 31 international and Australian performances across the Opera House and its famous sails.
Ben Marshall, Curator of Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House said: “For nine years Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House has been a haven and a home for the gold-standard and the cutting-edge in local & international contemporary music – presented by taking over a building that symbolises the liberating power of art. I’m proud to be part of this continuum, announcing my third program for this remarkable festival celebrating artists and their communities – especially those in Sydney – that comprise a critical part of our musical ecosystem and remain uncompromising in their hunger for excellence and ambition. Having witnessed Sydney creative Ash Bolland’s work for a long time, it’s also a great honour to have his mesmerising Audio Creatures on our sails with commissioned music by Vivid LIVE alumni and powerful iconoclastic electronic producer, Amon Tobin.”
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Sydney returns in 2017 with an impressive program of light, music and ideas, including a stellar line-up at Vivid LIVE. I encourage everyone to start planning their visit now to be part of this world-renowned festival.”
In a bold evolution of Vivid LIVE’s annual Lighting the Sails, as part of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk, local director and creative Ash Bolland lights the Sydney Opera House sails with a morphing, mesmeric artwork, Audio Creatures, set to music by Brazilian electronic producer Amon Tobin. Inspired by the beauty of insects, animals, plant life and the vast marine underworld, Audio Creatures is a response to the organic forms of the Opera House sails.
For the first time in nine years, French electronic duo AIR, return for what will be only their second shows in Australia. The two exclusive performances in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall will recreate all the hits from the duo’s two-decade career: from their 1998 breakthrough Moon Safari (Caroline Distribution) to last year’s retrospective album Twentyears (Parlophone).
Electronic R&B phenomenon Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker unveils a site-specific 360° in-the-round Vivid LIVE concert experience, following similar standout performances from Prince and Bon Iver’s Cercle in 2016. In an exclusive four-night residency, Missing Link marks the creative rebirth of Chet Faker as Nick Murphy, transforming the Concert Hall into an immersive canvas for his most ambitious incarnation yet.
Brit Award-winning singer songwriter Laura Marling returns to the Opera House after a five-year absence to celebrate the release of her sixth album, Semper Femina (More Alarming Records/Kobalt), which explores femininity in creativity, building on the success of her recent podcast series Reversal of the Muse.
In 2017 Vivid LIVE will feature The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block Party featuring DJ Shadow + Briggs + Sampa The Great on the Sydney Opera House’s Northern Broadwalk, for the first time since Future Classic’s 10th anniversary performance FCX (Vivid LIVE 2015). In an Australian-exclusive event, the electronic pioneers will perform their seminal album Since I Left You (Modular) in its entirety for the first time since 2001 alongside a world class line-up of international and Australian artists, including acclaimed American producer DJ Shadow and 2017 Australian Music Prize winner Briggs. The legendary album, which featured 3,500 plus vinyl samples and sold more than one million copies worldwide, peaked at #10 on the UK Albums Chart and was hailed as the biggest Australian album of the decade.
Electronic luminary Richie Hawtin, who rose to prominence alongside Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, unveils his new live performance CLOSE exclusively on the outdoor stage of the Northern Broadwalk. Known for blurring the lines of live performance as a DJ and producer, Richie Hawtin CLOSE features a series of intimately placed cameras that explore the physicality and technicality of Hawtin’s unique way of working.
One of the first artists to blend folk and electronica, Beth Orton makes her Sydney Opera House headline debut for Vivid LIVE in 2017. After the pared back beauty of her 2012 folk album Sugaring Season, the Brit Award winner has reinvigorated the electronic influence that first brought her to global attention in the mid-’90s for her latest album Kidsticks.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Repressed Records and their influential Australian community of music makers and music lovers, a rare headline performance by legendary Australian post-punk group Total Control will also be staged on the Northern Broadwalk. Responsible for spearheading the independent music culture that has been celebrated internationally; the Repressed Records 15th anniversary concert will be Total Control’s largest billed performance in Australia with Severed Heads also on the line-up and further acts to be announced.
For the first time, the 500-seat Drama Theatre will showcase the finest emerging artists and established voices. Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan will perform material from her new Aaron Dessner (The National) produced album At Swim, acclaimed UK producer Sampha will appear in his first headline performances in Australia, legendary American singer-songwriter Bill Callahan will perform a career-spanning showcase titled Smog to Dream River, and alt-rock Melbourne trio Camp Cope, Australian cult band The Necks and Hiatus Kaiyote front-woman Nai Palm will all perform up-close-and-personal in this intimate Opera House venue.
In celebration of minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday, The Opera Australia Orchestra and Chorus present John Adam’s own The Nixon Tapes, Scenes from Nixon in China alongside the work of modern successors Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) with Popcorn Superhet Receiver and Bryce Dessner (The National), for the Australian premiere performance of St. Carolyn By The Sea.
Opera House Resident Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will present an epic cinematic and musical collaboration with BAFTA-nominated director of Sherpa, Jennifer Peedom, in Mountain. ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti has worked with Peedom to assemble a stunning soundscape that mirrors the serenity, magnitude and terror of the landscapes filmed, with works by Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Corelli, Beethoven and new works by Richard himself.
In 2017, Vivid LIVE’s popular Studio nights will again feature the legendary Goodgod Super Club series, with a four-night bill of epic proportions. Featuring the legendary DJ Harvey, underground electronic producer and Panorama Bar resident Steffi with local powerhouse Magda Bytnerowicz, award-winning DJ and producer Karizma alongside Sydney’s own Ben Fester, and rounded out with Japanese pioneer Kenji Takimi with Noise In My Head & Nite Fleit.
Evolving from the Deep Purple Pool Hall, the Soft Future Piano Bar presented by Goodgod will be the ultimate chill-out space in the Concert Hall’s Northern Foyer. Featuring a luxurious pop-up bar, the space will see an irresistible makeover for Vivid LIVE 2017.