Sydney is in the grip of Vivid fever. The city has been captivated by the awesome displays of light, music, and ideas that have seemingly taken over every corner.
All up, there will be 400 music events, 260 idea talks and conferences, and 90 light installations. Unreal. So to cut through the noise, we invited the ever-talented former Bluejuice frontman (now solo act) Jake Stone, to give us the inside word on the one Vivid event he’s most keen to see this year.
“Melbourne’s immigrant community is changing the face of Australian hip hop for the better, and Sampa The Great and REMI are two brilliant examples of the new school of talent hitting the radio in 2017.
“Remi Kolawole (vocals) and Sensible J (production) have been tearing up national stages and airwaves since the release of their debut Triple J single ‘Sangria’ back in 2013.
“Somewhere between the slick, modern synthesised grooves of Vic Mensa and the f-you attitude of Odd Future, Remi manages to squeeze in a little of the gangster appeal of Joey Bada$$ as well.
“Since performing with Danny Brown and Gorillaz, REMI has collaborated on singles for his new record with Sampa The Great, and the two will perform together onstage at Oxford Art Factory.
“Sampa The Great is a storming live performer who has enjoyed an almost unprecedented career upswing over the last two years. The young African singer mixes an eclectic bunch of styles from hip hop to afrobeat and punk together to create serious energy.
“Her first single ‘Blue Boss’ achieved number one on the Hype Machine charts, and was picked up for rotation by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, generating over a million Spotify plays in two months.
“Meanwhile, her ferocious live act was booked for Golden Plains, Laneway, Sugar Mountain and more, and Sampa has honed her craft supporting superstars like Kendrick Lamar and Thundacat during their Australia tours.
“Remi and Sampa – two charismatic, ambitious young performers – make this an unmissable pop, hip hop and dance gig.”
The Light of Thoughts installation at Macquarie Place Park is full of good ideas. This compelling interactive collaboration between Pak Lighting, Huawei, and Xiaomi Yeelight, features a giant semi-transparent acrylic brain which can be manipulated and stimulate using basic hand movements. Learn how great ideas are formed as the lights in the brain give a fascinating window into human thought processes.
Macquarie Place Park: Until June 17