WELCOME TO
GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BAR
ESTABLISHED MMXIII

PARAMOUNT HOUSE
80 COMMONWEALTH STREET
SURRY HILLS, SYDNEY

Live on the Golden Stage

VIVID MUSIC: GABRIELLA COHEN

Gabriella Cohen writes music that is emotionally raw, aching with nostalgia and painted with melodies that recall a languid lovesickness. The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter is known for her magnetic stage presence, captivating audiences with a combination of honest heartache and sinister sensuality. Released in 2016, her debut record Full Closure and No Details received international acclaim, drawing four-star reviews from MOJO, UNCUT and Q Magazine. After touring extensively in America and Europe and signing with Remote Control Records, Cohen will be releasing her highly anticipated second record, Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love on June 1st.

“✭✭✭✭ Full Closure and No Details is quietly impressive — a slow-burning fusion of defiance and heartache.” – The Guardian

FRIDAY 25 MAY

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

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VIVID MUSIC: LEAH SENIOR

Folk diviner. Dream reviver. Leah Senior silences audiences with her otherworldly presence and unique lyricism. The Melbourne-based folk artist creates fragile but effortlessly nimble melodies that demonstrate a clarity of thought and studied discipline beyond her years.

Her breakthrough 2017 album Pretty Faces pays homage to her folk music idols while hinting towards pop and psychedelic undertones. This is music for quiet, and perhaps patient, people. The blinds are drawn and the songs are covered in a fine layer of dust; yet there is still sunlight peeking through, a sense of humour behind the tragedy.

“Recalling Joni Mitchell playfulness through cozy, folk minimalism…” – Rolling Stone

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SATURDAY 26 MAY

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 9

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VIVID MUSIC: ROADHOUSES

The music of Sydney trio Roadhouses is a hazy fever dream. The band was formed in late 2014 when guitarist and songwriter Yvonne Moxham joined drummer Cec Condon (The Mess Hall) to play a one-off show. They met again in Brooklyn a few months later and put those songs to tape. Recorded in just three days in Nicolas Vernhes’ (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) Rare Book Room studio, the album was a melancholic audio snapshot of Yvonne’s time spent between LA and Sydney. On their return to Australia, James Bellesini joined on bass player to complete the line-up.

These are songs of exorcism and empathy, of creation and dissolution, of endurance. In this age of instant gratification, experiencing a Roadhouses performance will slow your heartbeat as you are immersed in their bruised romanticism.

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FRIDAY 1 JUNE

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

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VIVID MUSIC: PARTY DOZEN

A sonic partnering of saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet, Party Dozen is a project loosely based around improvisation and distortion. Both artists share pop-leaning backgrounds; John with his solo work and Kirsty with indie outfit Little Scout plus her current project Exhibitionist. And yet, as Party Dozen they move beyond strict genre confines with their rich and expansive aural experimentation.

The band released their debut full-length record The Living Man in 2018, an immensely satisfying exercise in distortion and spontaneity. Drawing comparisons to Death Grips and The Prodigy, the unruly duo take guitars, synthesisers, saxophones and drum kits to their most extreme limits. The result is an unapologetically unique intensely engaging sound experience.

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SATURDAY 2 JUNE

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 10

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VIVID MUSIC: MIDNIGHT MUTANTS

Midnight Mutants brings together the talents of a group of established solo artists in the name of psychedelic funk. The newly-formed Sydney outfit comprises the innovative Producer Jonti, whimsical multi-instrumentalist Bus Vipers and the singular work of Mohi. With psychic synths and alien beats, the band offers an experimental and endlessly danceable live experience.

Coming to the Golden Stage for Vivid Music, Midnight Mutants welcome you to join them in the glistening abyss of their supernatural dancefloor.

THURSDAY 7 JUNE

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

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VIVID MUSIC: PHANOSLAND

Phanosland is enigmatic Sydney-based musician Phanos Proestos alongside a perpetually changing line-up of talented instrumentalists. Their music is dark art-pop with a heavy focus on aesthetic and visual style, brought to life in live performances. Released in late 2017, his album For the Lovers received adoring acclaim, with its opening track ‘Aphrodite’s New Order’ offering a particularly enthralling combination of Cypriot Greek and lunging synth.

Proestos produces music that manages to be conceptually and aurally beguiling as well as deeply ominous. His band fuses rich vocals with layers of juxtaposed timbres that will make for an intoxicating atmosphere on the Golden Stage.

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FRIDAY 8 JUNE

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

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VIVID MUSIC: MICK TURNER

Mick Turner is the guitarist and founding member of internationally-acclaimed Australian rock band Dirty Three. His distinctive and electrifying instrumental skills have seen him record with and perform live alongside artists like Nick Cave, Cat Power, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett.

After releasing several solo albums through iconic Chicago record label Drag City (Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom, Ty Segall), Mick Turner will be performing that dynamic and celebrated solo work on the Golden Stage for Vivid Sydney. This performance promises to be an unforgettable rock experience for devoted fans and new listeners alike.

“Mick Turner is transfixing, mesmerising, enigmatic and brilliant.” – Beat

“One of Australia’s most distinctive guitarists.” – The Australian

SATURDAY 9 JUNE

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 10

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VIVID MUSIC: CLEWS

Introducing CLEWS; the breathtaking new project from sisters Lily and Grace Richardson. Hailing from southern New South Wales, the pair were raised on the anthemic ballads of the ‘90s and have spent most of their lives harmonising at home and on stage.

After their debut release received unexpected acclaim and attention from online devotees and Triple J, the sisters have set out to work on developing their unique and infectious musical style—an emotional rollercoaster of hooks and quiet moments. Having honed their skills on the live circuit and in the studio over the last year, CLEWS are now ready to take the Golden Stage for Vivid Sydney.

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SATURDAY 16 JUNE

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 10

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EASY STREET

Between their rich four-part harmonies, nostalgic synthesisers, guitar solos and jazz-based rhythm sections, Easy Street are a majorly talented indie rock outfit. Birthed from years of honing their songwriting craft in cramped Sydney bedrooms, five close friends have now brought their eclectic sound to an adoring audience.

In late 2017, the band teamed with ARIA Award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am) at Hercules Street Studio to release their debut EP and most polished work to date. With uniquely Australian lyricism, the release catalogues city frustrations, love quarrels and personal transcendence. Catch them live on the Golden Stage for a night of slow burning pop-rock.

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THURSDAY 21 JUNE

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+

INÊS

Born in Portugal and raised in Australia’s sunburnt surrounds, Sydney-based musician Inês produces music marked by fiery soul and highly distinct vocals. Between intimate lyricism and spontaneous bursts of full-bodied emotion, this artist explores her European heritage with passionate sensuality.

Inês offers a futuristic exploration of sounds rooted in the past, from jazz and soul to rhythm and blues. We’re thrilled to announce her arrival on the hallowed ground of our Golden Stage. Join us in the bar on Thu 28 June for an evening of pure aural pleasure.

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THURSDAY 28 JUNE

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+

ANDREW TUTTLE

ALBUM LAUNCH WITH SETEC

Andrew Tuttle is a best-kept secret of the Australian underground. A composer, improviser and collaborator who has shared stages with Matmos, Julia Holter and Forest Swords his third, self-titled album, is a reflection on musical life in his home city of Brisbane. In Tuttle’s world, folk and bluegrass rituals, ragas and drones cozy up to electronic technology like they’ve known each other their whole lives. This artist dwells in a between world of ambient and folk genre that feels like a community all of its own.

For this album launch, Tuttle is joined by solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Setec (Joshua Gibbs). Blending field recordings, acoustic instruments, dreamy vocals and a plethora of long-forgotten spoken samples, Setec forges its way into the dusty, nostalgic corners of your brain and makes sure to stay there.

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SATURDAY 30 JUNE

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 10

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+

BRENDON MOON

Prepare to enter a wondrous dream state. Originally hailing from the picturesque Whitsundays, singer-songwriter Brendon Moon relocated to Sydney in 2012 in order to pursue his burgeoning musical career. His determination towards aural uniqueness has led him to develop a sound that is both delicate and powerfully alluring. Moon’s one-of-a-kind stage presence and lush guitar tones are nothing short of exquisite.

The artist’s latest single ‘Patience’ is the fruit of his passionate labour. Between its floating, androgynous vocals, meandering melodies and varied instrumental arrangements, the track typifies Moon’s captivating musical style. We are delighted to present his angelic voice on the glittering Golden Stage.

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THURSDAY 5 JULY

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+

EMPAT LIMA

Empat Lima started playing covers of Indonesian garage pop songs and have since developed a style entirely their own. With riffing guitars and serene voices, their upbeat music recalls a wide range of musical influences. From ’60s garage sounds and psychedelic Thai rock to traditional Japanese epics and dreamy Indonesian pop, this hypnotic Melbourne trio combine all manner of international sounds.

The result is a hypnotic and unique output –  exciting, fresh and filled with the spirit of post-punk experimentalism. On Sat 7 July, Empat Lima will bring a balmy Jakarta night of dancing-a-go-go to the Golden Stage.

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SATURDAY 7 JULY

DOORS @ 2:30 / MUSIC @ 10

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+

ELIOTT

Melbourne-based newcomer Eliott has won fans across the globe with her lyrical songs of love and bittersweet nostalgia. Released to widespread acclaim, her latest single “Over & Over” is a slow-burning electronic ballad marked by breathtaking production and surprising subtlety. It’s an accomplished maturity that’s typical of the young artist’s work.

After receiving glowing reviews from the likes of Indie Shuffle, MTV and Purple Sneakers, this uniquely gifted singer-songwriter is more than primed to take the Golden Stage.

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THURSDAY 12 JULY

DOORS @ 4 / MUSIC @ 9

FREE ENTRY / ALL EVENTS 18+