Vivid Announces Colossal Music Line-up after two-year Covid-19 Hiatus

From Sampa The Great to BLESSED to Touch Sensitive to Paul Kelly, Vivid reveals its full and glorious line-up for 2022.

Paul Kelly, Sampa The Great and BLESSED 
Source: Amelia Phelps | CANVA 

After an unfortunate though justified two years off, Sydney’s Vivid Festival is set to return in 2022 and they’re bringing with them a colossal line-up. 

Announced today, the line-up boasts more than 100 music events and there’s something to cater to every taste – with a broad cache of brilliant local and international acts expected to adorn the popular lights festival through May and June.

Sampa the Great – alongside her sister Mwanjè and neo-soul artist KYE – will present An Afro Future for her first Australian show in years, Ghanaian-born Sydney-sider BLESSED will bring his melodic beats and poignant rap lyrics to the table with his long-awaited debut album ‘Aussie Blackstar’ featuring emerging Aussie hip-hop acts like Brisbane’s Baby Prince and Sydney’s Manu Crooks and Paul Kelly and his band will perform an exclusive four-concert series and will be joined by Gamilaraay artist Thelma Plum.

BLESSED present AUSSIE BLACKSTAR: Thursday, 2nd June, Studio

Other overseas acts include Boris (Japan) with their dreamy soundscapes, young drummer/producer Yussef Dayes (UK) with his fluid and innovative sound and rapper/songwriter Jay1 (UK). 

Following two consecutive cancellations due to extended Covid-19 lockdowns for Greater Sydney, Vivid is pulling out all the stops in the hopes of boosting the local entertainment and hospitality industry. 

Video: Vivid Music 2022
Source: Vivid Sydney YouTube

Not only can people expect some ridiculously good music across the 23-day festival, but also theatre, dance, art and of course, spectacular lights shows.

More than a dozen locations across the city will participate in the festival including Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Circular Quay, Barangaroo, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.

Vivid happens across Sydney from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June. Head to the website for more information.


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