Now entering its ninth year, from 26 May to 17 June, Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists for Vivid LIVE – a celebration of music on the nation's most famous stages – as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is also the centrepiece of the Opera House’s burgeoning, year-round music program.
Vivid LIVE celebrates iconic artists in contemporary music with newly commissioned works, world premiere performances, and Sydney only appearances from musical greats within Australia and around the world. Vivid LIVE invites the world’s leading artists, creative collectives, promoters and digital animators to raise the roof of Sydney Opera House's theatres, rehearsal spaces, recording studios and most famously, its iconic sails, which are transformed into a unique canvas each year.
Originating with Brian Eno's Luminous festival in 2009, Vivid LIVE has been curated by the late Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Modular Recordings founder Stephen Pavlovic and Fergus Linehan. Now its third year under Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music Ben Marshall, previous highlights include residencies from The Cure, Yeah Yeah Yeahs front-woman Karen O and Kraftwerk, through to an An Evening with Morrissey, Sufjan Stevens and Squarepusher, Ms. Lauryn Hill, St. Vincent, Amon Tobin and many more. 2016 saw a series of special projects that took the program to new heights, these included Max Richter presentation of his record-breaking eight-hour, 31-track Sleep, Anohni’s immersive and sense-shifting performance Hopelessness, and Bon Iver’s Cercle.
This year, Vivid LIVE continues to celebrates and explore intimate, independent moments in new spaces (Drama Theatre), reimagines traditional spaces with Goodgod Super Club (Studio), celebrates the diversity of non-conventional areas (Northern Foyers for pop-up bars), and landmark Australian moments in areas rarely used (Northern Broadwalk).
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- Tickets for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House are on sale at 9am Monday 20 March AEDT
Circular Quay is a five- to seven-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.
Parking: Drivers can enjoy one of 1200 parking spaces at Wilsons Carpark. We recommend booking your park ahead of time.
Limited bike parking spaces are available to the public underneath the Sydney Opera House Monumental Steps. Remember to bring a lock.
Refunds for performance tickets are payable in accordance with the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice - Consumer Code. Exchanges for performance tickets or the replacement of lost, stolen or missing tickets may be permitted under certain conditions and fees may apply.
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Young people are welcome at Vivid LIVE. Any patrons under 15 should attend with a guardian. Patrons aged 15 and older are welcome to all shows except the 18+ Goodgod Super Club Studio Parties. Photo ID is required for all Sydney Opera House bars and restaurants.
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Tickets for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House are on sale at 9am Monday 20 March AEDT
Conditions of Entry
No BYO alcohol/beverages/food/glass
No umbrellas/strollers/chairs/laser pointers/sparklers/professional cameras or recording devices/selfie sticks
No Backpacks or large bags
Bags will be checked on entry, your cooperation is appreciated
Strictly no pass-outs
These are general admission outdoor events with standing room only. Except in circumstances beyond our control, performances will proceed rain or shine.
Patrons are advised that the outdoor concerts are 100% smoke-free. Staff will direct you to the designated smoking area.