VIVID Sydney set to shine even brighter this year with its biggest program ever

Vivid Sydney, now in its seventh year, is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour.

The 2015 program includes expansion into new city precincts Chatswood and Central Park , its biggest ever music program including Australian exclusives such as The Hoodoo Gurus at the Powerhouse Museum and Daniel Johns’ international solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, and heavy-hitting speakers at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014. It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.

Favourite locations Circular Quay , Walsh Bay , Martin Place , and Darling Harbour are back with over 60 light installations and projections with even more opportunity for visitors to get hands on, more water theatre shows – this time with lasers and fire – and new and expanded programming at Pyrmont and The Star and the University of Sydney . The sandstone canvases of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will also return with spectacular new 3D projections.

With all eyes on the Sydney Opera House , Lighting of the Sails will once again take its place as the centrepiece of the amazing light spectacular during Vivid Sydney, with Universal Everything promising awe-inspiring projections that will reimagine the architecture as a living mural, with a diverse series of vibrant, hand-drawn sequences.

Vivid Music will introduce its most expansive program yet, featuring more shows and venues and an impressive line-up of local and international talent, The Hoodoo Gurus will perform an exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum and a new line up of cutting edge, innovative performances will be held across the city at new venues Goodgod Small Club , Oxford Art Factory and Freda’s , with the Seymour Centre , The Basement , The Argyle and Barrio Cellar part of the line-up again in 2015.

Part of the Vivid Music program, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House features a 10-night run of exclusive Sydney-only performances and for the first time will also include two large scale outdoor events, internal light projections and an event for kids and families. Features include four exclusive performances from Morrissey, Daniel Johns in his international solo debut, Sufjan Stevens in his only Australian performances and FCX – 10 Years of Future Classics featuring Flume and Flight Facilities .

With a line-up of heavy-hitting speakers, Vivid Ideas introduces The Game Changers , a new talk series this year headlined by three global influencers: multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner , series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer on The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister , whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé , founder of the world-famous magazines Wallpaper and Monocle .

Vivid Sydney welcomes the return of Intel, a world-leader in computing technology, as event partner for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 Supporters include Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney, Sydney Opera house, The Star, Canon, Indeed, 32 Hundred Lighting, Oracle and TDC.

For more information on Vivid Sydney visit http://www.vividsydney.com.

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Nothin But Jam wins at Discovered at Marble Bar finale

DISCOVERED at Marble Bar finale showcase was held on Wednesday 25 March 2014 were the top five live music acts, as voted by the public. battled it out to win a two month residency at the Marble Bar in front of our team of expert judges.

The top five acts were: – Night Light Band – Nothin But Jam – Rory Cross – AJ Dyce “The Piano Man” – Death Do Us Part. The judges included celebrity singer/songwriter and winner of the X-Factor 2011 Reece Mastin, the highly coveted editor of Rolling Stone Australia – Rod Yates and The Music’s very own digital editor and contributor to Australia’s leading online music news source (The Daily SPA) – Sally Hurley. The Multi award-winning Australian television broadcaster and presenter, Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis was MC for the night.

In addition to the expert panel of judges, the top five bands performed in front of a selection of VIP industry, media and of course the public. The overall winner, Nothin But Jam, was selected by the public’s vote in conjunction with that of our team of expert judges. They won a two month residency playing every Wednesday night at Marble Bar from April 2014 valued at $10,000. The finale was streamed live through the Marble Bar Facebook page so everyone could get in on the action.

Congratulations Nothin But Jam on your stunning win.

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Nova’s Red Room Future Music Festival Edition rocked with two of the hottest Future Music Festival acts.

Nova’s Red Room Future Music Festival Edition presented by Smirnoff kicked off with two of the hottest Future Music festival acts at the Bondi Beach venue, The Bucket List, on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

These two performances were a small teaser for what will occur at the Future Music Festival in Sydney on Saturday 28 February 2015.

The first act was Australia’s own Timmy Trumpet, a Sydney musician, who started his music career by playing jazz music with his trumpet. The second act was international artist Example, whose real name Elliot Gleave.

Example returns to stage for first time since the birth of his two-month-old son Evander to his model wife, Erin McNaught. He will then perform in the Philippines on March 13 for his Live Life Living tour, just days after the Australian festival concludes. Then, he will travel to China to play several shows there, before heading to Europe in June. It appears that the current string of shows may be his last for some time as he focuses on his new family.

Timmy Trumpet warmed up the crowd by playing his beats and jumping on the decks (literally) playing his trusty brass trumpet. Example performed some of his more underground tunes as well as a host of his epic classics.

Smirnoff Vodka cocktails were flowing while canapés were circulated to guests who comprised mostly of Nova competition winners and Sydney’s reality stars such as Big Brother’s Ryan Ginns and Jake Richardson.

These two acts will join a line up of musical talent that will make their way around the country for the festival, which started in Sydney on Saturday 28 February 2015

Others in the Future Music line up include US rapper Drake in his first Australian tour, DJ’s Avicii and Afrojack and electronic dance group The Prodigy. The festival will make its way to Perth on Sunday 1 March 2015, before moving on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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MTV Summer of Music Party rocks Sydney’s Town Hall

MTV Australia rocked Sydney’s Town Hall on Thursday 19 February 2015 with over 1,500 partygoers who all jammed in for the annual MTV Summer of Music event.

While the fans queued up around the block for hours to gain entry, the celebrities joined the red carpet queue, waiting in line to be photographed by the press before admission. However, once inside they were all treated to an amazing night of music and mayhem, hosted by MTV VJs Krit and Kate Peck, who hyped up the crowd and pumped up the volume inside a transformed Town Hall, complete with beautiful summer clouds hanging from the ceiling.

The red carpet celebrities included model Imogen Anthony. MTV Style ambassador Mimi Elashiry, Justice Crew, 2Day FM’s Dan & Maz, Big Brother’s Skye Wheatley, Jake Richardson and Lisa Clark, singing duo Divine Knights, the Bachelor’s Sarah Amey, TV and radio presenter James Kerley, performer Nacho Pop, the Voice Australia singers Sasha Simone and Kya, Short Stack and Triple J’s Alex Dyson and Matt Okine. Even Channel [V] host Danny Clayton and girlfriend Zoe Cross couldn’t resist making an appearance at MTV’s epic summer bash.

The crowd partied to amazing music from home grown Aussie artists LOLO BX, JAWZ, Olympic Ayres, Tkay Maidza and headliners Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, who played some of their hottest jams.

With yet another amazing summer party in the books, MTV fans can now begin looking forward to the year ahead, with the promise of even more MTV madness to come.

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