Watch Bon Iver serenade the Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE
A breathtaking taste of what was arguably Vivid LIVE's best act.
I remember coming across Bon Iver through Coachella’s live-stream in 2012. I wasn’t deep in the alternative world at that point so as a result, I was yet to come across their studio work, but the way that Justin Vernon and co managed to enchant the Polo Grounds so effortlessly seemed so enchanting and magical in indescribable ways. Since then, I’ve been a big fan - revisiting their previous work such as For Emma, Forever Ago and of course, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, hoping that we would re-hear from the group soon – only to be teased with collaborations featuring frontman Justin Vernon (that being said, his Kanye collaborations Monster and Lost In The World were both pretty on-point).
For Sydneysiders, Vivid LIVE offered an exclusive performance by the now well-renowned group in the picturesque Sydney Opera House. As you’ve no doubt seen through countless Instagram videos and photos, it was well-agreed that his set was the best of the festival, and now, thanks to the Opera House’s visual department, we get a tease of what exactly went on. Including a powerful acapella edition of Heavenly Father and the fan-favourite Creature Fear, a deep cut from their debut release, the way Bon Iver perform at Vivid LIVE instantly takes me back to that Coachella performance. Their co-operation and teamship is outstanding; unmatchable even, with Vernon’s soft falsetto howling over the group’s jointed instrumental accompaniment, layering strings, bass, guitar, brass and every other instrument you can think of in complex productions that feel effortless and simple. Watch the three-part series below.