Sydney's Vivid Festival lock in enormous music line up

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The full program features shows from Air, Laura Marling, The Avalanches, Bill Callahan, Total Control and more.

The line up for Vivid Sydney has today been revealed and, as we’ve come to expect, it features a pretty incredible array of acts from across the spectrum of modern music.

Here’s a list of the acts they’ve secured:

Fleet Foxes, Air, Nick Murphy, Laura Marling, Beth Orton, The Avalanches, Goldfrapp, Richie Hawtin, Bill Callahan, DJ Shadow, Sampha, Total Control, Dappled Cities, Lisa Hannigan, Paul Mac, Nai Palm, The Necks, Severed Heads, Taasha Coates, Mick Thomas, The Radiators, Camp Cope, Briggs, Sampa The Great and more.

And here’s a little more detail:


Air will play two shows, exclusive to Vivid, both of them focused on their greatest hits. Seeing them in the Sydney Opera House promises to be a particularly special musical moment.

Nick Murphy is locked in for three special performances in the round, featuring a specialised custom lighting display.

Laura Marling brings her impeccible brand of indie folk to the Sydney Opera House, which promises to be the perfect place to hear tracks from across her already hefty catalogue.

The Avalanches are putting on a massive block party, where they’ll play Since I Left You in full (yep) and have their old buddy, some guy called DJ Shadow, warming things up for them. Briggs and Sampa The Great round out this amazing bill.


Goldfrapp is heading up the Carriageworks component of the program this year. There are a few shows locked in for that venue including the dance festival Curve Ball, which will announce its full line up soon.

Richie Hawtin will turn the Northern Boardwalk into a heaving dance party when he brings his epic CLOSE Spontaneity and Synchronicity show to the new venue.  

Annoying, the brilliant Total Control never play live. But that makes their appearance at the Repressed Records 15th anniversary even more special. Legendary Aussie electro duo Severed Heads play the same show.

The genius Bill Callahan returns for four intimate shows at the Sydney Opera House that will explore his entire career as Smog.


And, of course, Fleet Foxes lead the musical component with their long-awaited return to Australia

There is plenty more on the line up that you might like to explore yourself. You can do so over at the Vivid website

Vivid runs throughout Sydney from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June.