Vivid is the largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere, running over 23 days and nights with an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events. Last year, visitors flocked to the cathedral of lights in the Botanic Gardens and took thousands of shots of the Sydney Opera House lit with ‘Songlines’. They heard talks from game-changers Spike Jonze, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang. Plus, they let people sleepover at the Opera House. The full Vivid Sydney program is announced on Tuesday March 14.
Miami Horror are marking their impending new release with two whopper block parties. The electronic dance floor fillers have invited a line-up of aurally kindred acts to make a mini music festival in one of our fave laid back venues, the Portugal Madeira Club. The Sydney iteration will feature sets from Late Nite Tuff Guy, Running Touch, Human Movement, Gameboy/Gamegirl, World Champion, Mezko, Mount Zamia, and of course, Miami Horror themselves. They've also hinted at immersive projections so keep your aesthetic-hungry eyes peeled for those too.
Byron Bay Bluesfest is the hardcore music fan's festival consitently producing quality blues, soul, funk, rock and even hip hop line-ups. This year is no different. Headlined by the legendary Patti Smith, who will be playing her classic album Horses and backing it up with an acoustic show the next night, and R'n'B star Mary J. Blige, you can also catch Billy Bragg, the Lumineers, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Jethro Tull and heaps more.