Vivid Announces Colossal 2021 Music Lineup

UPDATE 14/07/2021: Vivid Sydney 2021 Start Date Postponed Due To Unfolding Health Crisis In The State.

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After an unfortunate but justified year off, Sydney’s Vivid festival is set to make its return in 2021 and they’re bringing with them an absolutely colossal lineup.

We already knew Sampa The Great would be debuting her ‘An Afro Future’ at the Sydney Opera House’s Vivid LIVE event, but now we know the full extent of acts that will be playing the event.

Artist management and touring company Astral People will be celebrating their 10th birthday across Thursday, 19th and Friday, 20th August, with an all-star lineup. Hiatus Kaiyote, Genesis Owusu, Cosmo’s Midnight, Cashmere Cat and more will all be playing as part of the event.

Golden Features and Hermitude will be linking up for a special performance, while Angie McMahon will be returning to Sydney to offer what’s sure to be a stunning solo piano performance and your fave drummer G Flip will also be performing as part of the LIVE festival.

There’ll also be performances from Georgia Maq, Miiesha, Budjerah, Gordi, Methyl Ethel and more.

Additionally, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will be taking over Carriageworks for a huge five-night residency. Also performing at the venue during Vivid will be Jesswar, Tropical F#ck Storm, BARKAA and ARIA Award-winners Amyl and the Sniffers.

Tickets for Carriageworks events go on sale Thursday 27th May at 10am, while tickets for the Sydney Opera House’s Vivid Live 2021 events go on sale this Friday at 9am AEST. In a year where we’ve been starved of live music, this event has enough to keep us energised for months to come.

Check out all important details, and highlights from the lineup, below.

Vivid Music and Vivid LIVE 2021 Music Lineup Highlights


Amyl & The Sniffers

An Evening with Angie McMahon (solo piano)

Astral People 10th Birthday ft. Hiatus Kaiyote, Cosmo’s Midnight, Genesis Owusu & The Black Dog Band, Young Franco plus more


BLESSED presents Diaspora with appearances by B Wise, Maina Doe and Manu Crooks plus more

Briggs & Friends


Club Kooky by the Harbour

Connan Mockasin: Connan Unplugged. Bost’n Dobs’n Plugged

Flight Facilities

G Flip

Gareth Liddiard, Jim White & Chris Abrahams are Springtime

Georgia Maq

Golden Features and Hermitude



In The Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong  starring Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale

Into The Space Between The Notes  ft. Liz Martin & Eliza Hull


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


Lighting of the Sails: Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, 2021 by the Martu Artists and Curiious with soundtrack by Electric Fields

Low Life

Methyl Ethel




Sampa The Great presents An Afro Future

Skeleten presents Utopian Sound

Studio Party: Future Classic

Studio Party: Mad Racket

Studio Party: Picnic

Tangents & GODTET


The Necks

Tiny Ruins

Tropical Fuck Storm

Vivid 2021 

Friday, 6th August – Saturday, 28th August

Various Venues, Sydney

Tickets: Official Website

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