Morrissey To Headline Sydney's Vivid Live Festival

Morrissey will play four nights at the Sydney Opera House this May for the annual Vivid Live festival.

The ex-Smiths frontman is the first headliner announced for the 18-day fest, which last year featured 80 live shows across a string of Sydney sites. 

The British singer and songwriter will perform works from across his career, under the banner "An Evening With Morrissey," organizers announced Wednesday

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It's safe to say meat won't be on the menu at the Opera House while Morrissey is in town. Organizers have the benefit of observing the lesson learned by a venue in Reykjavik, which not only had its show canceled for not promising a ban on serving meat, but took a vitriolic online spray from Moz. 

The Sydney festival starts May 18 and is billed as a "unique annual event of light, music and ideas", and has featured performances from some of the world's most iconic artists including the Cure, Giorgio Moroder, the Pixies and the late Lou Reed. Brian Eno curated the first Vivid Live in 2009.

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The May 26, 27, 30, and 31 Vivid Live shows will be Morrissey's only Australian dates, tickets for which will be distributed through a national ballot process which opens at midday March 2 and closes at midnight on March 6. 

Moz hasn't visited these shores since the release last year of his tenth solo album World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Frontier Touring presented his most recent tour of the country, in December 2012, which included a show at the Opera House.