Ice Cube heats up Opera House for Vivid LIVE

May 30, 2018

The Sydney Opera House and gangsta rap seem like they would go together as well as The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. But if one man could pull it off, it’s O’Shea Jackson – aka Ice “Mother F$#!king” Cube, as was repeated throughout the nearly two-hour set. And pull it off, he did. Assisted by rapper and friend, WC, Ice Cube stomped through his catalogue to the roar of the crowd. This was the fourth show in a series of sold-out gigs, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell. Ice Cube and the crowd alike were vibing like it was the opening Friday night show.

Opening with ‘Wicked’, Ice Cube boomed his way through a satisfying 13-song set list, comprised of work from his N.W.A days, solo career and even some new tracks. “Do you wanna hear some new sh*t?” he asked – not that it was really a question. Cube dropped new music, inspired by his love and admiration for the unadulteratedly funky, George Clinton. But for the final act, Cube gave the crowd what they wanted, returning to his roots with ‘Check Yo Self’, ‘Bow Down’ and encore track, ‘It Was a Good Day’.


Throughout the set, Ice Cube was back-dropped by #TBT photos of himself, N.W.A. and even select footage from his extensive film career. Unsurprisingly, he and the team opted for shoot up scenes from Friday as opposed to car trip scenes from Are We There Yet.

The highlight of the gig? Ice Cube’s sheer passion. Even after being in the game for over 30 years, Ice Cube brought an energy to sails of the Opera House that they haven’t felt for a long time. All in all, a pretty stellar start to the Vivid LIVE program for 2018.

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Vivid LIVE 2018

1st – 4th June
Sydney Opera House
Tickets: Vivid LIVE

Dreams (Daniel Johns & Luke Steele)
29th – 30th May
Sydney Opera House
Tickets: Vivid LIVE

St. Vincent
17th June
Tickets: Vivid LIVE

16th June
Tickets: Vivid LIVE


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