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Vivid 2024: All aboard! The Tekno Train by Paul Mac

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New for Vivid in 2024… the Tekno Train by Paul Mac. This Australian first will be a one-of-a-kind event, transforming a Sydney Trains service into a moving, sensory sound and light experience for 23 nights only.


Train travel will never be the same again! In an Australian first, Tekno Train by Paul Mac is set to radically reinvent the experience of train travel as a thrilling musical adventure.

What can passengers expect from Tekno Train by Paul Mac?

Passengers will be treated to an original techno soundtrack composed by Paul Mac especially for Tekno Train, accompanied by immersive custom lighting that illuminates inside all carriages. As the train moves, the lights and music will rhythmically adjust to match the train’s speed and changing landscape outside, crafting a melodic and unforgettable ride through both Sydney’s city circle and disused train lines.

Ticketholders will take their seat on what appears to be a standard K set train, however as the train leaves Central Station, the adventure begins. Hidden lights and speakers will create a communal experience with synchronised lights, driven by techno music.

“Trains have always fascinated me. Their mix of rhythmic clicks and clacks, the screech of metal on metal, and the sound and smell of brakes are all interesting sensory experiences that everyone can relate to. Tekno Train will take things one step further. It will drive the music and lights, turning a commuter journey into a sensory rollercoaster.” – Paul Mac, Creator & Composer

What’s the hidden purpose of Tekno Train?

Embodying Vivid Sydney’s 2024 theme of ‘Humanity’, Tekno Train by Paul Mac celebrates the uniting power of music and community, leaning on a routine experience to create a joyous moment that brings people together. As public transport and mass transit become more vital in a sustainable future, the project will encourage audiences to find moments of joy, togetherness and wonder in the everyday.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney is focused on broadening perspectives, challenging preconceptions and celebrating humanity. Tekno Train by Paul Mac is a perfect example of how multiple artforms from the world’s brightest artists can transform everyday activities into something truly memorable. We’re thrilled to be able to work with Transport for NSW and Paul to bring this magical experience to our wonderful city and create unforgettable experiences that will captivate audiences from around the world.” – Gill Minervini, Vivid Sydney Festival Director

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What are the Tekno Train routes?

Tekno Train will offer two different 60-minute routes, both departing from Central Station:

  • The Scenic Route: This is the more family-friendly route, and better suited to families with kids aged 5 and over. Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of North Sydney as your journey is lit up over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and down a secret spur line to Lavender Bay.
  • Tech Express: Take it up a notch and go deep beneath the city with a pulsing techno thrill ride through City Circle and South Sydney. This is the more lively, full-bodied journey for those seeking a more fast-paced immersive experience.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac promises to be a highlight of Vivid Sydney, running every night of the festival from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June.

When will Tekno Train be running?

Every night of the festival, from Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June.

Daily Timetable (departing Central station)

  • 6:35pm – The Scenic Route (better for families!)
  • 8:00pm – Tech Express
  • 9:10pm – Tech Express

Arrive at Central Station’s Eddy Avenue entrance at least 20 minutes prior to your departure. The Vivid Sydney team will scan your ticket and guide you to the platform where you will embark on your journey. Latecomers won’t be able to board – once the train is rolling, it’s full steam ahead.

How much is Tekno Train?

  • Children (5-12 years): $13.90
  • Adults: $19.90
  • Family: $59.90

Buy tickets for Tekno Train by Paul Mac here

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