Carriageworks announces ambitious program for Vivid Sydney 2023, spanning music, performance and food 14 Mar 2023


Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced its boundary-pushing program for Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023 from 8 – 16 June. The program features a lineup of international and local music acts, two precinct-wide takeovers by Soft Centre and Astral People, as well as the highly-anticipated return of the Carriageworks Night Market, as part of Vivid Sydney’s brand-new festival pillar, Vivid Food.

Presented by Sydney dance institution House of Mince, South African multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea will bring their acclaimed experimental sound and live performance to the precinct. Fresh off their US tour and joining the program’s international lineup is Belarusian post-punk band Molchat Doma. American producer and DJ Flying Lotus is set to headline a one-day venue-wide event Astral People Vivid Party with Live.e making her Sydney debut and Night Slugs celebrating 15 years of club culture with Bok Bok and Girl Unit. Ahead of their album release, Melbourne band Floodlights will headline an intimate show and prominent First Nations rapper Kobie Dee (Gomeroi) joins forces with break-out hip-hop star JK-47, with special guests   Flewnt and ten-year old son Inkabee celebrating a powerful connection between East and West coast voices.

The highly anticipated SOFT CENTRE festival will return on 11 June for a full precinct takeover. Traversing leftfield club, noise and ambient music, dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks, SOFT CENTRE is a multi-sensory festival experience unlike any other. Highlights include a collaborative A/V performance between Finnish duo Amnesia Scanner and digital provocateur Freeka Tet; Kenyan producer and DJ Slikback alongside visuals by anonymous video artist Weirdcore; the Sydney debut of BC by Harrison Hall, Sam Mcgilp, Naxs Future with PrairieWWWW, a ground-breaking work combining motion capture, immersive 3D technologies and live performance; a new collaborative work by Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi; Australian producer Nerdie from 1300; and Australian hyperpop singer daine, who is the protégé of British superstar Charli XCX.

Also returning for Vivid Sydney 2023 on 16 June 2023 – as part of the brand-new festival focus Vivid Food – is the hugely popular Carriageworks Night Market, this year curated by Australia’s leading sustainable chef Matt Stone. This one-night-only event will celebrate sustainable food practices, embrace authenticity and focus on using the best produce from across NSW, in line with Vivid Sydney 2023’s theme – Naturally. Showcasing over 50 of Sydney’s leading restaurants, bars and producers, Carriageworks will come alive with the best local hospitality, music, food demonstrations and live entertainment.

Acting Carriageworks CEO Jonty Claypole said: “It is with great excitement that Carriageworks announces its Vivid Sydney 2023 program, bursting with unique live music, food and cultural experiences aimed at connecting audiences from across Australia. Curated by Tom Supple, the dynamic music program brings together cutting-edge artists from across the globe, while this year’s Night Market draws attention to the future of food sustainability in a celebration of Sydney’s local hospitality industry.”

Vivid Sydney Festival Director Gill Minervini said: “Vivid Sydney celebrates creativity, technology and innovation and we’re thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Carriageworks to present the eighth Vivid Sydney program in 2023. It’s wonderful to see this popular venue present a diverse and unique program as part of Vivid Sydney, spanning music, culture – and as part of the brand-new Vivid Food – the anticipated return of the Carriageworks Night Market.”


Vivid Sydney 2023 returns 8 – 16 June at Carriageworks.

Presale: 15 March, 9am

On Sale: 15 March, 5pm  

Full program can be found here. 


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