Sydney’s 2017 Vivid Festival is over two months away, but the event has already suffered a stuff-up of biblical proportions.
On Sunday morning, 19th March, the official Vivid Sydney Facebook page began streaming a Christian church service from Eastcoast Church in Sydney’s south.
The post was quickly flooded with ‘angry’ emojis and confused responses from an audience of around 100 people, who inadvertently found themselves watching Senior Pastor Mark Bridgewater preach about Jesus, faith and freedom.
Some viewers even suggested that the Vivid Sydney Facebook page had been hacked…
…but, after 15 minutes, the stream came to an abrupt end.
Since then, Destination New South Wales has explained the mishap in a statement to Music Feeds, saying:
“On Sunday, a church service was inadvertently live streamed for a few minutes on the Vivid Sydney page. This was the result of a technical issue.
“The live streaming company and Facebook were contacted immediately to rectify this glitch, and to ensure that only Vivid Sydney information appears on the page in the future.”
While this was clearly a mistake on someone’s part, we reckon Eastcoast Church might not have a problem with all the free publicity. Music Feeds has contacted the church for comment.
The 2017 edition of Vivid Sydney is set to take place between 26th May and 17th June. Last week, the huge Vivid LIVE music lineup was announced, featuring the likes of Laura Marling, Nick Murphy, The Avalanches and Air.