The start of Vivid Sydney is only weeks away, so we thought we’d dive right into the next instalment of our ‘top picks’ rundown through each category for the month-long popular festival of lights, music, ideas and speakers.
Here, we focus on the jaw-dropping, sensational musical events that are on the bill from 25 May to 16 June throughout our world-class Harbour City. Audiophiles and music lovers might not know where to begin when it comes to the incredible line-up for this year; from jazz quartets to rock n roll troupes, there is something for everyone.
Also on the bill are some big international headline acts, such as Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Solange and Ice Cube, so get in quick as these are sure to be sell-out shows. See below our top picks from this year’s Vivid Sydney Music offering.
Young Hearts, Run Free – Romeo and Juliet
An ode to Baz Luhrmann’s star-studded and striking film adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, this event takes you back 20 years to nostalgic '90s through a masquerade-ball-rock-show and the soundtrack of a generation.
Musicians, performers, artists and special guests bring to life the musical genius of Radiohead, Everclear, Garbage, The Cardigans, Butthole Surfers, Des’ree, Rozall and Kym Mazelle, so the audience can live their own real-life version of their favourite film from behind their masquerade finery at the beautiful Enmore Theatre.
When: 7 June
Where: Enmore Theatre
Price: from $59.90
One of this year’s international acts, Mazzy Star will also take you back to ‘90s nostalgia with their dreamy Californian melodies that have paved the way for some of today’s most popular indie artists, such as Lana Del Rey.
Their distinctive mix of psych-tinged folk, blues, and California Canyon slide, Mazzy Star celebrate 25 years since the release of their classic album So Tonight That I Might See, and to celebrate, they’re coinciding the release of their new four-song EP Still to coincide with their concerts at the Sydney Opera House at Vivid Live.
When: 11-13 June
Where: Sydney Opera House
Price: from $79.00
Harrisons, a Tribute to George
George Harrison, the darling of the world’s most iconic pop band The Beatles, will be celebrated in this special tribute at the Leadbelly in Newtown. This is one not to miss for Beatles fans.
Performed by Sydney’s classic rock specialists The Classic Kings and featuring lead vocals of one of Australia’s finest singers, Kevin Bennett (The Flood, Moving Pictures), the band features an all-star line-up of some of some pedigree musicians, including Rex Goh, John Spence and Chris Alford.
When: 25 May
Where: Leadbelly Newtown
Price: from $26.00
Vivid Jazz, Branford Marsalis Quartet
Sure to excite all jazz lovers, renowned Grammy award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time and he is hitting our shores.
Marsalis blends flawless artistry with thrilling ensemble interplay, and by doing so easily creates a jazz-club intimacy on a larger stage. He is a frequent soloist with classical ensembles and leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, one of the most innovative and forward-thinking jazz ensembles performing today.
When: 2 June
Where: City Recital Hall
Price: from $73.00
Dreams (Daniel Johns and Luke Steele)
Two Australian music industry veterans, Silverchair’s Daniel Johns and Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun and The Sleepy Jackson, are collaborating for this long-awaited premiere between two icons.
For these only Australian shows, punters will witness glamour from the underground with their latest offering Dreams. Rumoured to be 15 years in the making, their debut record No One Defeats Us is built on melodic waves, odd-electronica and hyper coloured exotica.
When: 29-30 May
Where: Sydney Opera House
Price: from $59.00
Get the full Vivid Music line-up here: