FIB’s Top Live Music Picks For Vivid 2017

Vivid is the spectacle event of the year on every Sydney-siders calendar. In spite of the winter cold people of all ages flock to the wonderland created in city centre throughout the 23 day long event to immerse themselves in the expansive exhibition.

Image Credit: Go Tour Blog
Image Credit: Go Tour Blog

Vivid is a multimedia show with a plethora of event choices that fall under three main categories: lights, music and ideas. The main attraction of Vivid is the light show which has free access for everyone. The large scale, psychedelic art installation lights up some of the most famous locations in Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House, Museum Of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to name a few. While walking between the spaces there are also interactive installations for everyone to enjoy, all of which are specially designed for the festival.


While the lights might be mesmerising and very instagrammable there is also a stacked line up of really impressive local and international live music acts that come with Vivid. There is a lot of live shows though, 115 to be exact, and some of those are mini music festivals with even more acts in themselves, so we are going to give you some of the highlights of the Vivid music festival line up.

Tickets are selling out quickly, with international artists Sampha, Laura Marling and AIR (performing in Australia for the first time in 9 years) having already sold out their shows.

Busby Marou

When: 26th & 27th May

Where: Leadbelly Newtown

Tickets: $35 + booking fee

The Rockhampton local band Busby Marou are a heartwarming duo made up of friends Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou. Their stripped back acoustic guitars, combined with poetic and honest lyrics make for a charming sound. Busby Marou recently released their enchanting new album Postcards From The Shell House in February.

The Avalanches – Since I Left You Block Party with special guests DJ Shadow + Briggs + Sampa the Great* + Jonti**

When: 27th (*Sampa the Great) & 28th May (**Jonti)

Where: Sydney Opera House

Tickets: $129 + booking fee

In 2016 The Avalanches released their first album since their much loved third album Since I Left You, which was released 14 years before. The highly anticipated new album Wildflower was received with high acclaim from fans. The band will bring their high energy, pop sounds to Vivid this year, performing the Since I Left You in full for the first time since 2001.

Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote)

When: 29th May

Where: Sydney Opera House

Tickets: $59 + booking fee

Nai Palm is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, with her Vivid performance marking her solo debut performance. Nai Palm’s eclectic style and pioneering music abilities has won her a large and dedicated fan base. Her show will feature new music from Nai Palm as well as arrangements from Hiatus Kaiyote, this inimitable show will leave any music lover in awe.

NickMurphy (fka Chet Faker) Presents Missing Link

When: 1st – 3rd June

Where: Sydney Opera House

Tickets: from $99 + booking fee

Nick Murphy has established himself as one of the biggest names in the Australian music scene since his breakout album Thinking In Textures was released in 2012 under the alias Chet Faker. From there he has become an international name, captivating audiences with his soulful, electronic sound. This show promises songs from his extensive catalogue of music as well as some new tracks.


When: 2nd June

Where: Carriageworks

Tickets: $100 + booking fee

Goldfrapp is the award winning master duo of dark electronic pop music made up of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. Goldfrapp have recently released their new song “Moon In your Mouth” in anticipation of the release of their 7th album Silver Eye,  which is set to be released on March 31. No doubt that their live performance will be a mesmerising and soul stirring show.

Get your tickets now before they sell out!