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Björk, Bon Iver, New Order, Deafheaven, Hiatus Kaiyote and more are playing Vivid Sydney 2016

This year’s Vivid Sydney festival will be the longest-running ever, beginning Friday May 27 and ending Saturday June 18. That’s over 20 days of Vivid Music, Vivid Ideas, Vivid Light, and Vivid LIVE.

Björk will be premiering her virtual reality project Björk Digital at Carriageworks, which will also be playing host to Curve Ball, a live music and art event run by Fuzzy Music. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will include concerts by Bon Iver, New Order, Hiatus Kaiyote, Deafheaven, and four performances of a multimedia show by Anohni and Oneohtrix Point Never called Hopelessness.

For the duration of the event the sails of the Opera House will be transformed into Songlines, an animated canvas for indigenous artwork curated by Head of Indigenous Programming Rhoda Roberts. There will be four Goodgod club nights, a Dress Up Attack! For Children And Grown Ups concert by Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby with Walter Martin of The Walkmen and band on May 29, a live recording of the Song Exploder podcast with one of the festival’s guests, and the return of the Deep Purple Pool Hall.

With that much stuff going on – plus the non-music Vivid events including a talk by director Spike Jonze and various light shows – it’s tough to keep track of. Here’s how the main Vivid LIVE events break down.

Vivid LIVE 2016

Bon Iver presenting his new show Cercle (Concert Hall Stage, May 27-30)
Brooklyn electronic experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never with guitarist Nate Boyce(Joan Sutherland Stage, May 29)
Hiatus Kaiyote supported by Sampa The Great (Concert Hall Stage, May 31)
New Order play two gigs as a five-piece (Concert Hall Stage, June 1 and June 5)
New Order play two gigs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Concert Hall Stage, June 2 and June 4)
Auckland band Tiny Ruins  (Joan Sutherland Theatre, June 1)
American black metal band Deafheaven will probably be the loudest thing at Vivid (Joan Sutherland Theatre stage, June 2)
Perth producer Ta-ku with Brisbane singer Wafia (Concert Hall Stage, June 3)
American synthpop band Poliça (Joan Sutherland Theatre, June 3)
Composer Max Richter performing his eight-hour album Sleep (Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer, June 3 through to June 4)
Jazz artist Esperenza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution (Joan Sutherland Theatre, June 4 )
Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his quartet close Vivid LIVE (Concert Hall Stage, June 13)

For more details see the Vivid Live website.