Carriageworks unveils visionary international music program for Vivid Sydney ’22 16 Mar 2022

After two long years, international acts are set to return to the stages of Sydney, spearheaded by Carriageworks’ globe-traversing line-up for Vivid Sydney this June. From Nagoya to North Wales, Iowa to East Perth, the 2022 program highlights the next-generation of global tastemakers, who are individually – and collectively – shaping the sonic landscape across the globe.

From June 2 – 11, Carriageworks will explode with sound, as US indie icon Perfume Genius takes to the precinct. He’s joined on the line up by Japan’s most beloved new pop act CHAI; celebrated Estonian artist and rapper TOMM¥ €A$H; Welsh singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cate Le Bon; Melbourne / US doom metal two-piece, Divide & Dissolve; Perth dark-pop powerhouse Alter Boy; and Mystics a special Carriageworks exclusive performance from Jono Ma, Jonti and Babekühl.

Elsewhere in the program, Carriageworks resident company Performance Space will present Live Dreams – three evenings of performance and experimental art, from across the Asia-Pacific; while 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.

‘While the past two years have challenged the industry – both in Australia and overseas – live contemporary music remains a key feature and major drawcard for the Sydney cultural experience,’ said Carriageworks CEO Blair French. ‘Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney program curated by Tom Supple aims to welcome back audiences to share in the spirit of a reconnected world – highlighting diverse artists from home and abroad.’

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres echoed French’s words: ‘Vivid Sydney is a fantastic event that attracts global attention and thrives on the local community of creatives that brings the program together, such as this ongoing partnership with Carriageworks. It’s wonderful to see this popular venue present a dynamic music program as part of Vivid Sydney in 2022 which will appeal to a diverse audience.’

Every night over two weekends the Carriageworks precinct will transform into a festival with live bands, large-scale lighting installations, performance art, rotating DJs, as well as the resident Atomic Pop-Up Bar – serving up local beer, festive cocktails and hot food.

Vivid Sydney returns 2-11 June at Carriageworks. Curated by Tom Supple.

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General tickets on sale Thu 17 Mar at 2pm

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