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Madlib Replaces Flying Lotus on Vivid Sydney and RISING Melbourne Lineups

Flying Lotus was scheduled to perform as part of Sydney’s Vivid and Melbourne’s RISING festivals in June, but the US artist has cancelled his Australian tour. A statement from Astral People, who were hosting FlyLo’s Vivid Live appearance, cited “scheduling issues beyond our control.”

FlyLo was set to perform at Astral People’s Vivid Party at Carriageworks on Saturday, 10th June, before playing the Forum in Melbourne on Saturday, 17th June. Replacing him on the program for both events will be Madlib. The American producer will perform a DJ set at the Astral People party in Sydney, and headline a closing night party for RISING at the Forum.

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Madlib’s Australian shows next month will mark his return to the country after more than a decade, having last performed here in 2012. Since then, he’s released collaborative albums with Freddie Gibbs (2019’s Bandana), Oh No (2020’s The Professionals), Talib Kweli (this year’s Liberation 2) and more. In 2021, he released the solo album Sound Ancestors, made with assistance from Four Tet.

This year’s edition of Vivid Sydney kicked off on Friday, 26th May and runs until Saturday, 17th June. RISING, which returns for its second year after debuting in 2022, begins Wednesday, 7th June and wraps up Sunday, 18th June.

Numerous acts will perform at both events, such as Weyes Blood, Ethel Cain, Thundercat and Iceage. The Vivid bill also includes the likes of Sleaford Mods, Molchat Doma, Hiatus Kaiyote, HTRK, Jen Cloher and Low Life, while the RISING program boasts appearances from RVG, Cornelius, Loraine James and Paul Kelly.

Madlib 2023 Australian Shows

  • Saturday, 10th June – Astral People Vivid Party @ Carriageworks, Sydney NSW (with Liv.e, Bok Bok and Girl Unit, Skeleten, Close Counters, Elle Shimada and more)
  • Saturday, 17th June – RISING Festival Closing Party @ Forum, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: Sydney, Melbourne

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