Vivid Sydney 17 - Lighting Sails Microsite Tiles (Vivid Live 2017 Photo)
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Vivid SYDNEY 2017 Returns

Last year our writer Dennis visited Sydney to capture the sights, sounds and beauty of installations throughout the city of Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2016. It was also the year that Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.31 million attendees.

Dennis at Sydney Harbour Bridge dining during Vivid Sydney 2016
Dennis at Sydney Harbour Bridge dining during Vivid Sydney 2016

It was truly spectacular and we strongly recommend you to visit Sydney at least once in your lifetime to experience the annual Vivid Sydney. You can read about Dennis’s experience and check out his photos and other videos on

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. This year it will be held from 26 May to 17 July 2017 for 23 days. Over 31 international and Australian performances will be held at the Sydney Opera House and its famous sails. Tickets go on sale to the public from 20 March 2017. The events are held at various venues and the Sydney Opera House.

Vivid LIVE 2017

Vivid Sydney 17 - Lighting Sails Microsite Tiles (Vivid Live 2017 Photo)
Vivid Sydney 17 Lighting Sails Microsite Tiles Vivid Live 2017 Photo

Every year the sails of the Sydney Opera House gets lighted up for Vivid Sydney. This year’s annual Lighting the Sails will feature local director and creative Ash Bolland’s Audio Creatures which will be set to the Brazillian electronic producer, Amon Tobin’s music. Audio Creatures is inspired by the beauty of insects, animals, plant life and the vast marine underworld.

You can expect names such as French electronic duo AIR, electronic R&B phenomenon Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, Birt award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Marling,

The Avalanches – Since I Left You Block Party featuring DJ Shadow _ Briggs _ Sampa The Great will be held on the Sydney Opera House’s Northern Broadwalk. The electronic pioneers will perform their seminal album Since I Left You (Modular) in its entirety along with other international and Australian artists including DJ Shadow and 2017 Australian Music Prize winner Briggs.

Electronic Luminary Richie Hawtin unveils his new live performance CLOSE exclusively at the outdoor stage of the Northern Broadwalk. Beth Orton makes her Sydney Opera House headline debut for Vivid LIVE in 2017.

Australian post-punk group Total Control will perform at the Northern Broadwalk to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Repressed Records.

At the 500-seat Drama Theatre, Lisa Hannigan will perform material from her new Aaron Dessner (The National) produced album At Swim. UK producer Sampha will appear in his first headline performance in Australia while American singer-songwriter Bill Callahan will perform a career-spanning showcase titled Smog to Dream River. The Drama Theatre will also feature other artists including All-rock Melbourne trio Camp Cope, Australian cult band The Necks and Hiatus Kaiyote front woman Nai Palm.

The Opera Australia Orchestra and Chorus will perform John Adam‘s 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.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra will present an epic cinematic and musical collaboration with Jennifer Peedom in Mountain.

Studio nights will feature 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.

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