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Legendary Post-Punk Band The Cure to Headline Vivid Live 2019

They'll perform a 30th anniversary show of their album 'Disintegration' at the Sydney Opera House in May.
By Samantha Teague
February 19, 2019
By Samantha Teague
February 19, 2019

In 2011, The Cure took to the Sydney Opera House stage to perform their 180-minute programme Reflections as part of Vivid Live. Now, the post-punk luminaries are returning to the iconic venue to headline the festival once again — this time, however, they'll be performing their 1989 album Disintegration.

The Sydney show will be a world premiere and an Australian exclusive, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark album. The gothic rock-style record contains hits such as 'Lovesong' and 'Pictures of You', and, while it won't be a three-hour music marathon, it's expected to be equally impressive.

Robert Smith — teased hair, lipstick, eyeliner and all — will take to the stage alongside the band's four other members across four nights in May. The Cure made some of the most critically acclaimed music of the 80s, including Disintegration, and has been credited with influencing many contemporary musicians such as Lorde and Interpol.

Robert Smith by Andy Vella.

Headline acts of the huge annual festival of music and light over the past seven years have included Solange, Morrisey and Kraftwerk with the ballots for all three selling out.

To get your hands on tickets for the 2019 show, you'll also need to enter a ticket ballot. To do so, head to the Sydney Opera House's website between now (Tuesday, February 19) and midnight on Sunday, February 24 and register. Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday, February 28.

No other live music acts have yet been announced for Vivid Live 2019 — with the rest of the lineup expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks — but if it continues anything like it has started, this year is going to be a banger.

The Cure will perform four shows at Vivid Live 2019 at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall between Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28. Registrations for the ticket ballot are now open.

Images: Andy Vella.

Published on February 19, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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