LIVE REVIEW: Herbie Hancock @ Sydney Opera House

Herbie Hancock Sydney Opera House, June 10th 2019 Herbie Hancock has been playing jazz onstage for nearly sixty years and even though this was his second show of the day in the Opera House’s Concert Hall, the septuagenarian seemed to have boundless energy as he took the audience through a spellbinding two hours of jazz fusion. Hancock has always been one to evolve with the times … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Herbie Hancock @ Sydney Opera House

LIVE REVIEW: Ben Frost, Tim Hecker @ Sydney Opera House (11/01/15)

Experimental electronica, avant garde, instrumental composition, sound art… all these and more were at play when Canadian Tim Hecker and Australian native, now based in Iceland, Ben Frost brought their immersive and extreme synthetic music to the magnificent surrounds of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival. Tim Hecker performed his set in near darkness, the only visible objects were two red … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Ben Frost, Tim Hecker @ Sydney Opera House (11/01/15)

LIVE REVIEW: R.I.P Society 5th Birthday @ Sydney Opera House (24/05/14)

Vivid Live deserves a pat on the back for inviting Nic Warnock’s R.I.P Society label to celebrate their 5th birthday with a stylistically varied lineup of a dozen acts that have been released on the label or share its open-minded and independent approach to music. Things started off skronky and dissonant with Ghastly Spats before frontman Lincoln Brown ditched his guitar, picked up a new … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: R.I.P Society 5th Birthday @ Sydney Opera House (24/05/14)

LIVE REVIEW: Zola Jesus, Light Asylum, Forces @ Sydney Opera House Studio (31/05/12)

by C. Familton Forces were up first in this evening that showcased the darker side of contemporary electronic music. The Melbourne duo made great use of the Opera House’s exceptional sound quality and seemed to win over a large portion of the audience with their industrial post punk electro set. They combine a bunch of sounds from the past, particularly the early 80s, yet it … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Zola Jesus, Light Asylum, Forces @ Sydney Opera House Studio (31/05/12)

NEWS: 2012 Vivid LIVE Festival Program Announced…

This year the Sydney Opera House based festival Vivid LIVE has done away with a guest curator, in the past using Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and others. From 2012 onward the festival will be overseen by the Sydney Opera House’s programming team, led by Head of Contemporary Music, Fergus Linehan as Festival Director. The full line-up for this year has been announced today … Continue reading NEWS: 2012 Vivid LIVE Festival Program Announced…

LIVE REVIEW: Legends of New Orleans @ Sydney Opera House, 28/09/11

written by Chris Familton The Sydney Opera House is always a venue that delivers on quality sound and a comfortable environment for experiencing live music but sometimes the music that it hosts doesn’t quite connect with the surroundings. That was one of the concerns ahead of this triple headline show featuring New Orleans legends Jon Cleary, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the great Allen Toussaint. … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Legends of New Orleans @ Sydney Opera House, 28/09/11

LIVE REVIEW: Spiritualized @ Sydney Opera House (28/05/11)

written by Chris Familton If ever a band is going to successfully transition from playing clubs and theatres to the iconic surrounds of the Sydney Opera House, Spiritualized would be high on the list. The music of Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) is perfectly suited for a a seated audience who can sit back and soak up the epic wash and dark psych bruises that populate … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Spiritualized @ Sydney Opera House (28/05/11)

Setlist & video from The Cure’s 4 hour Opera House show…

Setlist: The Cure, ‘Reflections,’ Vivid Live Festival, Sydney Opera House, 5/31/11 1st Set: Three Imaginary Boys 1. “10:15 Saturday Night” 2. “Accuracy” 3. “Grinding Halt” 4. “Another Day” 5. “Object” 6. “Subway Song” 7. “Foxy Lady” 8. “Meathook” 9. “So What” 10. “Fire In Cairo” 11. “It’s Not You” 12. “Three Imaginary Boys” 2nd Set: Seventeen Seconds (w/ Roger O’Donnell) 13. “A Reflection” 14. “Play for Today” 15. … Continue reading Setlist & video from The Cure’s 4 hour Opera House show…

LIVE REVIEW: CocoRosie @ Sydney Opera House, 25/01/11

written by Chris Familton CocoRosie have attracted a larger audience each time they visit Australia and so this time were rewarded with a gig in the iconic surrounds of the Opera House. Always a duo that combines music, theatre and creative mischief, they were much deserved of a different style of venue from the usual rock haunts. A last minute addition to the bill was … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: CocoRosie @ Sydney Opera House, 25/01/11

REVIEW: NOISE NIGHT @ Opera House, Sydney 31/05/10

written by Chris Familton There was something exciting about attending a celebration of noise, drone and experimental music at the Opera House, a venue that normally hosts music and theatre of a more classical and structured form. Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson are to be congratulated for their Vivid Festival curatorial selections and the variety of music they have included across the event. On arrival … Continue reading REVIEW: NOISE NIGHT @ Opera House, Sydney 31/05/10