Concerts and Live Music
Artists and audiences alike love The Basement, the beating heart of Sydney’s live music scene. This iconic venue in Circular Quay can seat audiences of up to 120 and, although it began as a jazz venue in 1977, it now hosts popular modern music makers from every genre.
Sydney’s best concert venues
Sydney is the place to be for live music, with concert venues ranging from large stadiums to more intimate performance spaces.
The Qantas Credit Union Arena, formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre, has hosted many of the world’s international music superstars, from Elton John to Kylie Minogue and Pink to Bon Jovi. Located in Haymarket next to the popular entertainment precinct of Darling Harbour, it can hold up to 13,000 people.
The Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park is another great venue for big gigs, and Allphones Arena at Sydney Olympic Park attracts a similar calibre of performers, with the Rolling Stones, Michael Buble, and John Mayer just some of the stars to play here. This state-of-the-art venue was built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; taking public transport directly to concerts is the way to go.
The Sydney Opera House is home to acoustically brilliant performance spaces for concertgoers, and it can accommodate large crowds as well as smaller audiences. Its location on Sydney Harbour is hard to beat, and it’s just steps from the city’s bar and restaurant hotspots.
Sydney’s smaller live music venues and the city’s many pubs, bars and RSL clubs attract standout performers too, and concert prices tend to be more affordable than those at the larger venues. Head to the Annandale Hotel, The Enmore, The Metro, and 505.
Lovers of classical music will enjoy a performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The City Recital Hall Angel Place hosts not only the exciting Australian Chamber Orchestra concerts, but also those of notable ensembles and string quartets, including the Sydney Chamber Choir, and rising stars from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.