Time Out says
Winter’s biggest festival returns with the Cure and Rufus du Sol
The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas is now in its 11th year. Last year’s festival received 2.25 million visitors to the city for free illuminations from 6pm every night of the festival, plus headline music acts Solange, Ice Cube and St Vincent, and talks and workshops covering gaming, start-up businesses and homegrown fashion.
So how will this year’s event top the tenth-year celebrations? So far, we know ARIA-winning Australian three-piece Rüfüs du Sol will be playing exclusive shows at Carriageworks ($89, Jun 13-14) as part of the Vivid Music programming, and classic goth-pop band the Cure are the first act announced for Vivid Live’s line-up at Sydney Opera House (tickets already exhausted via ballot, May 24-25 & 27-28).
We also know that Vivid Light has a new curator for 2019 – Lucy Keeler, former co-director of Ample Projects, who will create the famous Light Walk that stretches along Sydney Harbour foreshore for 23 nights of the festival, and brings in valuable footfall for Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism agency and owner of the festival. Keeler designed and worked on some of Vivid Sydney’s largest light installations over the years, including the animal sculptures at Taronga Zoo, Urban Tree Project in Martin Place and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at Customs House in 2018.
The full program will be announced from mid-March.