Live music is back at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney ’22 with a curated program bringing together diverse artists from all four corners of the globe. With an emphasis on theatrical live performance and honest self-expression we invite audiences to immerse themselves in the lurid and often dystopian worlds created and played out by fantastical alter egos.

Every night over two weekends the Carriageworks precinct will come to life with live bands, large-scale lighting installations, performance art, pop-up bars and rotating DJs.

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Alter Boy
Thu 2 Jun, 7.30pm

Tommy Cash
Fri 3 Jun, 7.30pm

Divide & Dissolve
Fri 3 Jun, 6.30pm

Soft Centre
Sat 4 Jun, 3pm

Mystics: Jono Ma, Jonti & Babekühl
Sun 5 Jun, 6pm

Cate Le Bon
Thu 9 Jun, 7.30pm

Fri 10 Jun, 7.30pm

Perfume Genius
Sat 11 Jun, 7.30pm

Live Dreams: Distance
Thu 9 Jun, 7pm

Live Dreams: Jester
Fri 10 Jun, 7pm

Live Dreams: Threshold
Sat 11 Jun, 7pm

For ticketing enquiries, please contact our Box Office on (02) 8571 9099 or via email at

This is an 18+ event. Proof of age will be required for entry.

Tickets will only be available through the Carriageworks website and Ticketbooth. Please DO NOT buy from any unauthorised re-sellers such as ViaGoGo, Ticketmaster resale, gumtree, eBay or otherwise. They are not authorised sellers and you may be refused entry. In NSW it is illegal to resell a ticket for more than 110% of the face value of the ticket, as regulated by NSW Fair Trading.

Once you purchase your tickets you will be emailed a ticket confirmation ONLY. Your E-ticket will be sent to your email address 48 hours ahead of the event.

Important information

The Atomic pop-up bar will be creating good times with cold local beer, festive cocktails, hot food and a rotating list of DJs.

The Pullman Sydney Hyde Park and Novotel Sydney Central, our local hotel partners, are pleased to offer a 15 % discount on room rates during Vivid Sydney.

Book your room at the below links, selecting “special rates” and entering the following codes: Business Client with contract: SCP701551 | Access Code: CA496AU915

Book now: Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Book now: Novotel Sydney Central

Read our COVID-Safe Plan before your next visit.

Presented by Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney, with Official Carriageworks Partners Altos Tequila and Atomic.

Media Partners: Broadsheet and FBi Radio.
Hospitality Partner: Ace Hotel

ALTER BOY  Alter Boy is a dark pop band, fronted by trans and hard-of-hearing artist, Molly Priest. The band transforms traditional perceptions of pop with their avant garde style, state of the art lighting, gender bending vocals and Auslan performances.

2 Jun, 7.30pm

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TOMM¥ €A$H  Off the back of a massive world tour, Estonian rapper and visual artist Tommy Cash performs his raucous and provocative live show at Carriageworks. Bringing his wild, unhinged vision to performance which is influenced by post-Soviet aesthetics and popular American rap, Tommy Cash's energy will move audiences to another dimension.

3 Jun, 7.30pm

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DIVIDE & DISSOLVE  Rising US/AUS band Divide & Dissolve play at Carriageworks for their first Sydney show since the pandemic. Creating powerful and transformative experiences, Takiaya Reed & Sylvie Nehill seek to decolonise, decentralise, and destroy white supremacy through their bone-crushing amps and doom metal which create colossal walls of sound.

3 Jun, 6.30pm

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SOFT CENTRE  Soft Centre brings their singular blend of experimental sound, live A/V performance and large-scale light installation to Carriageworks for a one-day festival of boundary-pushing art and music that will take over the entire precinct. With a focus on theatrical live performance and authentic self-expression, audiences are invited to immerse themselves in the lurid, often dystopian creations, dreamt up, and played out, by the fantastical alter egos that will take to the stage.

4 Jun, 3pm

Mystics on stage
MYSTICS: JONO MA, JONTI & BABEKÜHL  After a year of Covid delays, renowned music makers Jono Ma and Jonti perform at Carriageworks for a chilled-out evening of experimental, audio-visual sound and light. Blending the synth-driven sounds of the 1980’s and the VHS tapes that often housed them in cult cinema, Jono and Jonti play tribute to the age of the analogue in this Sydney exclusive with collaborator Patrick Santamaria’s visual menagerie of moving-image and light.

5 Jun, 6pm

Cate Le Bon
CATE LE BON  Enigmatic Welsh singer Cate Le Bon and her band play an entrancing set at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney. Launching her hugely acclaimed new album written in Cardiff during the depths of the pandemic, Cate’s kaleidoscopic and mysteriously moving lyrics wades into tributes of loss, memory and mortality.

9 Jun, 7.30pm

CHAI  Japanese, all-female, rock band Chai burst into Sydney with their exuberant and joyful live set. Redefining the definition of cuteness, Mana, Kana, Yuna and Yuuki will delight with their clever song writing, impressive musicianship, colourful costumes and wild energy which create genre-defying performances.

10 Jun, 7.30pm

Perfume Genius
PERFUME GENIUS  A queer icon of American indie music, Perfume Genius brings his national tour and spectacular live band to Carriageworks. Dubbed "one of alternative music’s biggest stars" (The Guardian) singer/song writer Mike Hadreas fuses tender piano ballads and swaggering glam rock power tunes to explore personal stories of sexuality, violence and love with brutal and poetic honesty.

11 Jun, 7.30pm

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LIVE DREAMS  Bringing artists and audiences together in new, dynamic and responsive ways, Live Dreams presents the future of experimental art, from across the Asia Pacific, in three curated evenings of performance; DISTANCE, JESTER, THRESHOLD.

9-11 Jun, 7pm

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SAM WHITESIDE, contact  Sam Whiteside will take-over the Carriageworks Public Space with his immersive monolithic lightwork which draws visitors through a dense haze and an intense column of shifting light.

2-11 Jun

Three cans of Atomic beer lined up on a wooden table at Carriageworks
Atomic Bar + Free DJ Sets  Local award-winning brewpub, Atomic, will be serving hopped-up beers and tequila-based cocktails in a pop-up bar throughout the duration of the festival alongside a rotating list of DJs.

2-11 Jun