The lineup for the 11th annual Vivid Festival has landed and hoo-boy it’s a doozy. We already know that The Cure is visiting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, Disintergration, and now we know who else is coming to visit for the huge Sydney festival of light. Strap in, Vivid 2019 is gunna be lit as hell.
Reaching across both the Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks, City Recital Hall, Town Hall, and a bunch of little hole-in-the-wall venues across the city, the festival will play host to acts like FKA Twigs, Sharon Van Etten, The Middle East, Maggie Rogers, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Mallrat, Hayden James, and a whole bunch more.
Ok let’s get right into who’s playing where and on what dates because holy moly there’s a LOT going on. Many of these shows are one-offs so plan yourselves wisely and get ready to have the fastest clicky fingers the moment that tickets go on sale. Check out the venues’ lineups below and synchronise your personal calendars accordingly.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
May 24 -25 & 28 – 29
The Cure: 30th Anniversary of ‘Disintergration’
Laurel Halo & 박혜진 park hye jin
Mad Racket By the Harbour
feat. Larry Heard aka. Mr Fingers & Robert Owens
May 24 – 25
May 24 – 25
Spunk Records 20th Anniversary
feat. The Middle East plus special guests Machine Translations, Jack Ladder, Holly Throsby, The Ocean Party, Emma Russack
A Guy Called Gerald
Club Kooky By The Harbour
Dirty Three: 25th Anniversary of ‘Dirty Three’
The Spirit Of Churaki
May 28 – 29
Briggs’ Bad Apples House Party
feat. Briggs & Friends, Electric Fields, David Dallas, The Kid Laroi, Birdz, Jessar, Nooky, Kobie Dee, Philly, Rebecca Hatch, jayteehazard
Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies
feat. Opera Australia Orchestra & a Q&A session with Keaton Henson
May 31 – June 3
Sharon Van Etten
June 1 – 2
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Last And First Men
feat. the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Jónsi & Alex Somers: The Riceboy Sleeps
Curve Ball 2019
feat. Mallrat, Hayden James, Touch Sensitive, Set Mo, Young Franco, Cassian (Live), KLP, Clypso, Flexmami, Brux, and heaps more.
June 13 – 15
RÜFÜS DU SOL
CITY RECITAL HALL
Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage
Paul Kelly & James Ledger: Thirteen Ways To Look At Birds
As well as all of these huge shows, there’s plenty of good shit happening at various small venues across the city including Freda’s, The Soda Factory, The Marlborough Hotel, Harpoon Harry’s, The Lansdowne, which you can check out over HERE.