Posted by Danni Le Toullec on May 27, 2011
As light projections sprawl over the normally grey buildings that surround Circular Quay tonight, do not be alarmed. This isn’t a guerilla colour-obsessed artist working by night, it is in fact part of the exciting third annual Vivid Sydney 2011 festival which will be splashing light, music and colour all over the streets of Sydney from 27 May – 13 June 2011.
There are countless activities, performances and interactive light sculptures to fill your nights as well as a range of public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers around the world. Acclaimed French design collective SUPERBIEN have designed beautiful light projections which will be illuminating the Sydney Opera House.
As part of Vivid Sydney, Vivid LIVE invites a different curator to organize a program of events in the iconic Sydney Opera House each year.
This year, Stephen Pavlovic, founder of Modular Records, has gotten his hands on the line-up and done sweet sweet things to it. We have him to thank for bringing the likes of The Cure, Chris Cunningham, OFWGTA, Tame Impala, Bat For Lashes, The Avalanches, WU LYF, and Spiritualized to our shores. Following in the footsteps of Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno, it is the first time ever than an Australian has curated the event.
There is also the The Sony Lounge, Vivid Sydney's own pop- up bar, which is set up along the Western foyers of Sydney Opera House. A rotating lineup of DJs will play each night until June 5. After sipping some mulled wine, you can wander around and check out more than 40 light installations or drop in to see the Fire Dance.
So, as the mercury goes down in Sydney, you have no excuse to be a couch potato! Get out there and nourish your cultural soul.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on October 15, 2010
When a band describes themselves as “the movement in Orion's nebula and the slime from a snail journeying across a footpath” and sounds like Jimmy Hendrix and Cream had a glorious love child, you don’t really expect four innocent looking boys from Perth to wander onto the stage barefoot. But looks, as the saying goes, can be deceiving.
With a sound that is as comfortable in 2010 as it would have been in the 60s or 70s, Tame Impala has been going from strength to strength this year. Following the release of InnerSpeaker (released on Modular in June this year), the band supported friends MGMT around the US, also playing their own sold-out shows in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Returning to Australia to play Splendour in the Grass, they were welcomed back with five ARIA award nominations, which include Album of the Year, Best Group and Breakthrough Artist.More...