Can you solve the Vivid LIVE lineup clues?

As reported by FasterLouder late last year, Modular Recordings big boss man Steve Pavlovic is picking up from previous curators Brian Eno and Lou Reed to program the 2011 Vivid LIVE festival in Sydney, promising to bring the Modular touch to Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

Now the fun has started with Pav dropping some clues as to which artists will be drawn out to Australia for the festival. The little teasers come in an interview with Pav posted on the Modular People website, with the big cheese laying out some particularly cagey descriptions of some of the artists lined up to play – see below.

Vivid LIVE runs from Friday 27th May to Sunday 5th June and neatly fits in with the Melbourne Jazz Festival schedule, which runs from Saturday 4th – Monday 13th June; so we feel safe in predicting that the festivals are likely to share a few headliners. The jazz festival has already announced Gorillaz collaborators Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, krautrock legends Faust, and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

One act making an Australian debut at the jazz festival – Sun Ra Arkesta – seems to be a perfect fit for the clue: “If this is what space sounds like please take me there. Floating through a cloud of angelic squawk on a bed of heartbreak, no one does beautiful noise like this.”

For three very good reasons Architecture In Helsinki is another very likely starter for the lineup – they’re signed to Modular, they’ve just released a new album and their May tour dates curiously skip Sydney.

Other rumours floating about include Hercules & Love Affair, Robyn, Animal Collective, Daft Punk, Death From Above 1979, Bat for Lashes, and of course Modular acts including Cut Copy, Tame Impala and The Avalanches.

Can you solve the Vivid LIVE clues?


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“As classic as they come in our books, it’s going to be a true one-off.” Daft Punk?



“Has created some of the most mind melting visuals ever and his work is virtually a signpost of this generation. Truly ground-breaking and always surprising.” Aphex Twin?


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“Always moving forwards, sideways, upside down, any which way but backwards, always an entertaining live outfit. They are amassing a fantastic catalogue and know how to bring it to the stage.” Odd Future?


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“An institution of sorts, a weekly night of the gay persuasion that’s been earning devotees for its extra jovial atmosphere and deep excavations into the history of dance music. These guys mix up an extraordinary blend of retro and modern disco, pop anthems and camp classics with more fun than you can poke your dick at.” ??



“If this is what space sounds like please take me there. Floating through a cloud of angelic squawk on a bed of heartbreak, no one does beautiful noise like this.” Sun Ra Arkesta?


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“Electrifying and invigorating as hell, when it was discovered that they create enough energy between them in one show to power the Opera House for a decade we knew we had to get them down to capture that power. This is destined to be something very special.” ??


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“A modern day diva. She spins the kind of enchanting webs that are a joy to get stuck in. Expect a wondrous, sweeping performance.” Bat for Lashes?



“It’s so punk rock. I love it!” Death From Above 1979?



“This mystic forest pop outfit have crafted their own world of kaleidoscopic pop since coming to our attention. Gorgeous harmonies, rugged guitar explorations and pristine wandering instrumentals make up their arsenal and it’s an explosive brew.” Animal Collective?


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“Sounding like a combination of New York ‘79, Chicago in ‘86 and the world in the future, this sizzling update of classic house and electro pop is unbeatable in the discotheque and in your dreams, one of the most exciting new directions in dance music is here.” Hercules & Love Affair?