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Club culture has made its mark at the Sydney Opera House.

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Flying Lotus interview (2014) by Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House

Innovative DJs and artists pushing contemporary music into new forms - techno, house, electronic, dance, trance and more - have in recent years taken the same Opera House stages as symphony orchestras and stadium legends.

The Concert Hall has been transformed by artists including Kraftwerk, which distributed 3D glasses to everyone attending sellout shows hailed by The Guardian as “an immersive onslaught of light and sound that comes as close to synaesthesia as legally possible”.

Four Tet played “a bit of jungle, tribal electronic music, laced with elements of jazz and often an underlying but noticeable techno beat… [and] the Sydney Opera House was the perfect venue for his music to shine, and the spotlight, lasers and stage lights shining on him worked flawlessly,” according to The Music, who called the concert “dance music education”. Caribou too created a mesmerising festival of beats and light previously unseen and unheard in this performance space.

Elsewhere around the House, during the Vivid LIVE festival, studio parties reflect an ever evolving dance culture.

In this video, Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, describes preparing for his performance on the Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall stage in May 2014.

Future Classic by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

UK Dance duo Disclosure play the Concert Hall (2016) by Ken LeanforeSydney Opera House

Interview with electronic pop auteur Caribou aka Dan Snaith (2015) by Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House

Interview with electronic pop auteur Caribou aka Dan Snaith.

Experiencing Kraftwerk in 3D, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Germany's pioneering electronic experimentalists Kraftwerk, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Germany's pioneering electronic experimentalists Kraftwerk, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Kraftwerk perform Radio-Activity, 2013 by Daniel BoudSydney Opera House

Kraftwerk perform Radio-Activity, 2013 by Daniel BoudSydney Opera House

Germany's pioneering electronic experimentalists Kraftwerk, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Experiencing Kraftwerk in 3D, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Germany's pioneering electronic experimentalists Kraftwerk, 2013 (2013) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Sydney electronica group Seekae perform Yech (2012) by Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House

Chicago house legend Robert Owens, presented by Astral People, 2015 by Oliver MinnetSydney Opera House

Flying Lotus interview (2014) by Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House

Flying Lotus interview.

Modular Studio Party featuring Kindness, 2012, Daniel Boud, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Goodgod, 2015, Prudence Upton, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Goodgod Minceteria, 2015, Daniel Boud, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Future Classic Studio Party (2014) by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Phuture, 2014 (2014) by Daniel BoudSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

Electronic pop auteur Caribou by Prudence UptonSydney Opera House

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