ok. So, above are some of the pics taken on both Friday and Sunday nights up at VIVID Live in Syds town. We had a pretty darn good time up in Sydney town and man, partying around the Opera House was something pretty spesh.
First up on Friday night we caught Softwar, The Swiss, Beni, Azari & III and Bag Raiders. To get there and it be already be pumping despite the lack of peeps of ze floor was something. Softwar put in a pretty decent set. Then it was The Swiss…and man, I can see what people have been talking about. For me, I don’t usually get out to the clubs…it’s usually the live indie stuff that I check out live. But man, The Swiss were amazing.
The Swiss –
The Swiss – Soap Opera
We took some time out then, caught the tail end of Beni’s set and then it was time for the main reason I was there. Canadian’s Azari & III. Yikes. They did this live set that blew me away a fair bit. They two guys that head them up are darn good performers – real stage presence. Indigo easily got the most feet moving.
Azari & III – Indigo
Then it was Bag Raiders turn…and to be honest, they were good, but yeah, I think we were kinda knackered by then.
Sunday night was Architecture in Helsinki night. And, i’m just gonna put it out there now, but their gig was perhaps one of the greatest gigs I’ve ever seen. There. I said it. I definitely wasn’t expecting it either. As is the perils of writing a review nearly a week after the gig, I can’t tell you exactly what tracks they played, but I can tell you that man, Cameron and Kellie can sing. And they’re all super talented musos.
So, the definite highlight for me was Heart It Races. An oldie, but man they pulled it out at the exact right time. Just before they left the stage before their encore, the guys played Heart It Races. It was the most psyched I’ve been at a gig in ages. Absolutely ages. It built and built and built until everyone was on their feet losing their absolute shit. And then for the encore they finished off with Contact High, which was bloody great.
Architecture In Helsinki – Heart It Races
Anyway, that’s been a pretty crap review I know. Really should’ve gotten this up earlier…
ok. So tonight, VIVID LIVE begins. I am a little excited. I also live in Melbourne. And this is a two week festival. So, i’m heading up tonight and heading back Monday (Can’t afford to stay the full two weeks ya know.)
For me, it’s going to be part get away/part excitement times. We’re checking out the Leave Them All Behind party tonight which features Bag Raiders, Azari & III, Beni, Softwar, The Swiss and Softblow DJs. LINEUP ANYONE??!!
Then on Sunday night we’re checking out Architecture In Helsinki. That should be really really really great and am psyched.
So, sure, I miss out on The Avalanches, and it was a toss up between Cut Copy and Architecture in Helsinki on Sunday (I’ve seen Cutters a heap of times and I’ve never seen AiH live before). And then there’s Van She who are playing at Sneaky Sundays on Sunday afternoon. Kinda wish we booked tix to that, but then again, there’s no point in going if it’s gonna clash with AiH.
But, yes. Am still friggin happy to be heading up. The Opera House is an amazing venue, so this should be a goodun!!
To celebrate, we got a few tracks and clips just below for you.
The Miracles Club – Light of Love (Cut Copy Re-vision) (Right click, save as)
Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High (Javelin Remix) (Right click, save as)
Bag Raiders – Sunlight (Right click, save as)
Azari & III – The Worker (Right click, save as)
Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn (Softwar Remix) (Right click, save as)
ok, so super thanks to the excellent dudes at The Vine for this. They’ve managed to find out some of the VIVID Live linup via some sneaky detective work. Whilst this is everything but set in stone, it’s still fucking a+.
You can check out the article here, but here’s the basic rundown. Big act would definitely have to be Odd Future. And of course there’s some pretty stellar Modular acts too.
27 May – Spiritualized
27 May – Club Night #1 – Modular
28 May – Spiritualized
28 May – The Crystal Ark
28 May – Club Night #2 – Mad Racket
29 May – Architecture in Helsinki
29 May – Cut Copy
29 May – Club Night #3 Sneaky Sundays
30 May – Wu Lyf
31 May – Wu Lyf
1 June – Tame Impala
1 June – OFWGKTA
2 June – OFWGKTA
2 June – Sonny Rollins
3 June – Club Night #4 – Avalanches
3 June – Bat For Lashes
4 June – Bat For Lashes
4 June – Yo Gabba Gabba
4 June – Club Night #5 – 2manyDJs
4 June – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
5 June – Yo Gabba Gabba
5 June – Azari & III
5 June – Chris Cunningham
5 June – Club Night #6 – Club Kooky
For me it’s the fact that The Avalanches are playing. I think i’m definitely going to have to fly up to Syds town for this one. Excitement is a bit of an understatement.
It seems every site under the sun are saying that they got there first. I got my info off The Vine, but it seems as though awesome bros Pedestrian as well as Mess + Noise and a few others have got the ‘exclusive’ too. I think the real winner here is the inner detective in all of us.
ok, so news in today is that the big head man (as in the guys that runs the joint, not the guy with the massif head.) of Modular is going to curate the Vivid Live fest up in Sydney next year.
So, Vivid Live is part of the Vivid Sydney Festival and runs between Friday 27 May – Sunday 5 June next year. Last year Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed curated and the year before they got Brian Eno. So yeah, this is kind of a big fucking deal!
I wouldn’t usually post something like this, but given the awesome list of artists Modular seem to attract, I’m thinking this’ll be a bit of an awesome festival. You can check out more info over here.