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A special Lost At E Minor Guide to Vivid Sydney: Music

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Vivid Sydney is back for its ninth year, and yet again, it’s set to transform the city into one big music venue. The city’s showpiece winter event is running until June 17, with a focus on themes of light, music, and ideas.

The various events – ranging from public installations to musical performances to creative talks – will take places in different sites around Sydney, such as Freda’s, Venue 505, and The Sydney Opera House, to name a few.

There’s a lot to take in, so here’s Lost At E Minor’s (ultimate) guide to Vivid Sydney: Music.

Notorious: A Tribute to Nile Rogers

Nile Rogers

What better way to close a festival that celebrates music than to go to the disco?

On the final night of Vivid Sydney, Freda’s will turn into a disco, with the house band cranking out tunes from the legendary Nile Rogers.

One of the greatest musicians of his generation, Rogers produced hits such as Love Shack (B52’s), We Are Family (Sister Sledge), Like A Virgin (Madonna), Original Sin (INXS), Let’s Dance (David Bowie) and Notorious (Duran Duran), among many others.

Tickets on sale soon. Don’t’ forget to bring your dancing shoes (but you can ditch the baggy pants).

Freda’s: June 17

Venue 505

Venue 505

Vivid Sydney wouldn’t be complete without one of the city’s most beloved music spaces: Venue 505.

Opened in 2004 in a discreet rooftop warehouse, the place started as an ‘underground’ platform in which independent musicians could showcase their works and deliver quality performances to audiences. Through the years, it has grown considerably, attracting a loyal following eager to hear what original (and under-appreciated) artists have to offer.

Now located in Cleveland Street, Venue 505 continues to cement its reputation as Sydney’s haven for creative experimentation and fringe culture.

At Vivid Sydney, the jazz bar will feature a wide variety of genres including funk, reggae, Latin dance and of course, jazz. Some of the acts that will be present are 20th Century Dog, Bandaluzia Flamenco, Vumbiamuffin, Feel Good Jazz Session, Greg Coffin Trio, Phil Slater Quarter, Project Collective Ska and The Strides.

So grab a comfy seat (or couch), order a glass of wine, and prepare to have your mind blown by the best musical acts you’ve (probably) never heard of.

Venue 505: May 26 – June 1

Beth Orton

Beth Orton

English singer-songwriter Beth Orton will finally make her long-overdue Sydney Opera House headline debut this June at Vivid Sydney.

Having mesmerised everyone with her brand of music called ‘folktronica’, a mix between folk and electronica, the BRIT Award winner is set to stun audiences once again. Expect a show filled with soothing acoustics and powerful vocals as Orton sings the latest songs from her 2016 album Kidsticks.

Orton previously performed at the Opera House back in 2005 for the Leonard Cohen tribute, Came So Far For Beauty. Now she’s set to take centre stage and we absolutely can’t wait!

Sydney Opera House: June 13
From $59

Light of Thoughts

Oh, and while you’re at Vivid, be sure to get along to the Light of Thoughts installation at Macquarie Place Park, a fascinating interactive collaboration between Pak Lighting, Huawei, and Xiaomi Yeelight.

Featuring a giant brain made from semi-transparent acrylic material that visitors are invited to stimulate using simple hand movements, this installation teaches you how the brain works in a fun and engaging way.

Macquarie Place Park: Until June 17

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