There’s less than one week left to check out Vivid Sydney! The city’s most illuminating event closes on 9th June and you have until then to check out the brightly coloured light installations, live music performances and idea networking conferences. Here’s Posse’s list of places to hit up – not only iconic spots like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge but some of the more hidden venues, as well as our pick of Vivid Ideas and music events.
For the first time, the entire façade of the casino’s Astral Tower, Darling Hotel and the Sky Terrace Rooftop will be lit up Vivid style. Head over to Vivid Lounge at newly reopened Sky Terrace and take in the ultimate views of the skyline and all its projections. Sip on a Vivid-inspired cocktail and enjoy special menus at a wide assortment of The Star’s in-house restaurants and bars.
Martin Place is transformed into a luminous food court, just a 5 minute walk away from the central hub, Circular Quay, there’s something for everyone. Industrial water tanks are illuminated with LED lights to host a maze of food trucks and stalls.Grab a taco from Cantina Mobil, or try an ‘Australianised’ gourmet hotdog-sausage sizzle hybrid from Woofy’s. Panama House will be mixing it up with delicious cocktails and Eat Art Truck will be dishing up 10 hour roasted pulled pork buns – yum! Fancy something sweet? Grab a pastry from Bite Sized Delights. Gelato Messina will be also present, hosting a menu of magical psychedelic creations. Satisfy your inner hippie with Messina’s psychedelic sundaes including the Trippy Trifle and Kaleidoscope Spider. Play amongst the lights at Colour3, designed by Finely Tuned, Sky Flower with its playful petals changing colour and e|MERGEnce – an interactive light sculpture that uses a webcam to map out visitors’ facial expressions and projects them onto the shape of a giant head.
The historic Customs House will come to life with an interactive musical sculpture that visitors can control. The 3D mapped projection will let festivalgoers become conductors for the night as they control the sculpture’s music, colour and form. Get here by taking the train, bus or ferry to Circular Quay. The Customs House is a convenient 5 minutes walk from the Opera House, so you can take in the entire Circular Quay’s light show in one night. This area is the most popular spot to visit at the festival, but if you get here after 9pm, the crowds have died down.
Vivid headliners British electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys with special guests The Presets will play this weekend at Carriageworks. Their catalogue of hits will be presented with a music performance full of film, lasers, crazy costumes and choreography in an intimate and immersive venue. The shows will be live, intimate and nights to remember. Only tickets left for Sunday 8 June, 8 pm, Carriageworks. Tickets available here.
The rap-obsessed Halfway Crooks crew, made up of DJs Levins, Captain Franco and Elston, treats their ardoring audience to a well-rounded mix of fresh Hip Hop beats and forgotten classics from the USA. Crooks is joining with their favourite local artists, to celebrate great talent, for their first Vivid Music show. Check out the line-up that Halfway Crooks has complied including Joyride, Nina Las Vegas, Bad Ezzy and the notorious Hoops Collective in a night hosted by MC, B Wise. Saturday 7 June, 9 pm, The Basement. Tickets available here.
The Spice Cellar, Sydney’s underground late-night activity hub, hosts Spice Spektrum, an exploration of food, mood and music. From Wednesday until Saturday nights in the Spice Cellar begin with a colour inspired dinner, accompanied by intimate DJ sets. Head over to catch La Femme Behome will be performing cabaret burlesque on Wednesday, studio 54 resident Nicky Siano will be interviewed on Thursday, DJ sets by Sleep D are to set the mood on Friday and acts from Prosumer from Berlin on Saturday. Wednesday-Sunday 4-8 June, 7pm, The Spice Cellar. Tickets available here.
Come and see what Porteño has in store on Saturday for an all-day lineup featuring live American rock’n’roll and rockabilly tunes. The performances promise to please, interpreting late 50s blues, R&B and early 60s soul themes, featuring the soulful voice of Gizzelle, the reverberating rock’n’roll of Luis & the Wildfires and the driving rhythms of Las Vegas’ The Delta Bombers. 9 June, 3pm, Carriageworks. Tickets available here.
Porteño will also put on a four day rockabilly pop-up bar and grill over the weekend. Come on down this Friday through Monday to wrap your mouth around delicious bites by award-winning chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz and gulp down the unique flavours of Sydney craft beer by the Young Henrys. Music by Rusty (You Am I) & Boonge (Friday 6 June), Yo Grito DJs (Saturday 7 June) and La Mancha Negra DJs (Sunday 8 June) will accompany. Best of all, entry is free! Friday June 6-Monday June 9, Carriageworks
New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker teams up with her brand’s creative director Mikhail Gherman for a creative discussion on just what goes into developing a unique brand with its own personality. Fashion, business and imagination all come together in this interactive and intimate conversation with these fashion icons. Friday 6 June, 9-10 pm, MCA
Watch the premiere screening of Tim Parson’s documentary “Screen 2030: Making my Content Pay” and after, participate in the panel discussion as we cover the big question: What is the future of the screen industry? And more importantly, will a creative screen career pay the bills? For anyone in film, TV, producing, broadcasting, storytelling or policy making, this is a buzzed about issue to consider. Friday 6 June, 5-7 pm, MCA
For all you budding musicians out there, don’t miss this afternoon networking opportunity for young people ages 12-25 trying to break into the music buisness. Big name guest speakers such as Soundwave Music Festival promoter AJ MAddah and Triple J Unearthed music director Dave Ruby Howe, offer their personal stories and advice on the long road to making it in today’s music industry. Monday 9 June, 1-5pm, MCA