We were walking to a restaurant in the city one night, when we chanced upon this bright, neon poster advertising for an event at the Sydney Opera House. From far away, all we made out was the word, Luminous, upon closer inspection, we learn that it is the name of a festival of sorts. Curated by Brian Eno no less. The moment I got home, I was on the puter, booking tickets.

Luminous is still being held right now, having started on the 26th of May, it runs til the 14th of June. To commemorate the events, the Opera House will also be lit up at night with these constantly changing projections of images. Acts involved include Ladytron, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Brian Eno himself and Battles. We opted to check in for the latter, based mostly on me hyping it up.


Here’s a sample of the psychedelia that got put up on Jorn Utzon’s masterpiece, probably the only building worth visiting in Sydney.


The opening act was Palace Of Fire, playing their 4th show, as the singer put it, I think. Decent, if unspectacular. But we were here for the main act, pictured above. There was a short break, during which I left for the men’s room, returning to find the stage already set, with the drumset dead centre.

Dave Konopka didn’t take long to appear on stage and off he went, playing a couple chords on the bass, before twiddling with some effects and then adjusting the amp. A while later, the other 3 band members came on, Tyondai Braxton, Ian Williams and John Stanier, altogether at last as Race Out got into full flow.

Of course, I caught them the last time at the Gaelic, when I’d only just heard of them. I’m glad to say this time, I was able to bring a coupla friends along for the ride. Which was immense if anything. Also, they seem a whole lot more polished than they were almost 2 years ago. The Gaelic show was awesome, tight and intense and the cosy space made it feel more alive. Now, in a world class amphitheatre, they seem completely at home, adding a whole lot more embellishment and flair to the show. If you hear Battles on the record and think it’s no big deal, maybe you should see them live.

The experience in itself is so amazing. At the core of it all is the music. They way they do it, you really need to watch them play/fiddle, to really understand the majesty and complexity. It’s a show where you really don’t want to miss anything at all, which means keeping both eyes peeled at 4 perfomers all the time.

My friends were duly impressed by what some people bandy as the future of music. But don’t take my word for it, take Brian Eno’s.