Concerts and Live Music

Highlights

Sydney is the place to be for live music. Musicians travel from across the world to play in huge concert stadiums and smaller venues across the city. Check out Sydney's thrilling calendar of world class events and performances.

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  • Sydney Concerts, Sydney Opera House

Concerts in Sydney

The Basement is one of Sydney’s most iconic clubs and has been a massive part of the live music scene since 1977. The venue can be found in Circular Quay and its 120-people capacity makes it a favourite with music fans who love its intimate shows, which range from jazz to rock.

If you’re a rock fan try the Metro in the city centre which has been Sydney’s best independent rock venue for over 20 years. 

For performance art and live music events the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, is an edgy, warehouse-like venue with multiple, flexible performance areas.  Or head down to Frankie’s Pizza for a meal with live rock music and DJ’s til late every night.

Physique, at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Since opening its doors in 1908, the Enmore Theatre in the Inner West is the oldest running music venue in New South Wales and plays host to a wide range of live music events. SItuated on Enmore Road there’s plenty of clubs, bars and nightlife options in nearby Newtown for after the show.

Another big venue is the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park, The Hordern is now known for its dance and rock concerts. Sydney’s smaller live music venues and the city’s many pubs, bars and RSL clubs attract standout performers too, at a more affordable price. Check out jazz favourite 505 in Surry Hills and arty Marrickville performance space The Red Rattler.

Sufjan Stevens at Vivid LIVE, Sydney

The Sydney Opera House holds large concerts in its concert hall ranging from contemporary bands to operas and classical music in an unbeatable Sydney Harbour location.

Set among the restaurants and shops of Darling Harbour, you will find the ultramodern ICC entertainment theatre, which also hosts a thrilling calendar of world class events and performances.

Sydney has many major stadiums for fans to catch their favourite music acts at, such as the Quados Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park. Formerly the Allphones Arena, the stadium was built for the 2000 Olympics and boasts a 21,000 person capacity. 

  1. Summer Jazz

    Saturday 3 December to Saturday 25 February 2017, Chippendale

    SIMA presents Summer Jazz, a showcase of the outstanding and imaginative work presented by Australian jazz musicians. Any Saturday you choose, you can enjoy an exceptional evening of music, infused with the spirit of...

    03 Dec -25Feb
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  2. The Mystery of Love and Sex

    Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2017. Supported by Ian Barnett.Charlotte loves Jonny, but lately she’s been loving Claire. Jonny loves Charlotte, but lately he’s been...

    10 Feb -12Mar
  3. La Traviata - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 3 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    03 Feb -01Apr
  4. Bard On The Beach: Avalon

    Sunday 26 February to Sunday 28 January 2018, Northern Beaches

    In 2017, Bard On The Beach (BOTB) will be presenting William Shakespeare's beautiful play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the very funny and unexpected The Merry Wives of Windsor, at Dunbar Park, just off Avalon...

    26 Feb -28Jan
  5. El' Circo

    Sunday 26 February to Friday 26 May 2017, Surry Hills

    Step inside, the magic awaits!Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the...

    26 Feb -26May
  6. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Sunday 26 February to Friday 24 March 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    26 Feb -24Mar
  7. Richard 3

    Saturday 25 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, City Centre

    Bell Shakespeare's Richard 3 at Sydney Opera House.Richard is hideous. And Richard was born knowing that he would one day be a ruler.His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His...

    25 Feb -01Apr
  8. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Monday 16 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA...

    16 Jan -26Mar
  9. Great Opera Hits

    Sunday 1 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, City Centre

    Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney...

    01 Jan -26Mar
  10. Great Opera Hits

    Sunday 1 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, City Centre

    Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney...

    01 Jan -26Mar
  11. Twilight at Taronga Summer Concert Series

    Saturday 28 January to Sunday 12 March 2017, Mosman

    Experience the thrill of a summer twilight open air show on the lawn of Taronga Zoo's intimate, fully licensed natural amphitheatre. Pre-order gourmet hampers, picnic rugs and chairs, so all you need to do is find a...

    28 Jan -12Mar
  12. A Strategic Plan

    Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    A Strategic Plan is Geelong-based playwright Ross Mueller’s contemporary satire about office life, arts funding and the perils of following your heart. Hilarious, pointed and painfully observant, it’s sure to cut...

    27 Jan -11Mar
  13. Tosca - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 17 February to Friday 31 March 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    17 Feb -31Mar
  14. ACO Underground

    Wednesday 1 March 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    It’s chamber music but not as you know it. This is ACO Underground at its most intimate as Satu Vänskä and her 1728 Stradivarius violin are joined by cellist Julian Thompson, Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie and...

    01 Mar
  15. Sydney Comedy Club

    Friday 24 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, Sydney North

    Stand Up Comedy at Sydney Comedy Club located below The Deck Bar and Restaurant at Luna Park. Shows every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased for the show only, or as a show and dinner combination.

    24 Feb -01Apr
  16. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 3 March to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Guys, shine your shoes and Gals, gloss your lips! Come down to the Bamboozle Room, Potts Point on a Friday night and get some much deserved R and R...that's an order Private!The "U.S.Oh! Show - A night of...

    03 Mar -30Jun
  17. Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

    Saturday 4 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    There is no more perfect combination of passion and people than The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world bring the city to a standstill as...

    04 Mar
  18. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 4 March to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    04 Mar -07Oct
  19. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 4 March to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    04 Mar -07Oct
  20. Arc Electric: Ensemble Offspring

    Sunday 5 March 2017, City Centre

    In 2017, Ensemble Offspring is performing music composed exclusively by women and to celebrate International Women’s Day, the country’s leading exponents of adventurous new music present a dazzling showcase of curious...

    05 Mar
  21. Cabaret The Musical

    Sunday 5 March 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the Kit Kat Klub in a brand new Australian production of Cabaret The Musical, starring Paul Capsis as Emcee; Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles and Marcus Graham as Ernst Ludwig....

    05 Mar
  22. Manu Delago

    Wednesday 8 March 2017, Inner Sydney

    Manu Delago will be touring the new album in Australia with his band which features Isa Kurz (vocals, violin and keys) and Chris Norz (beats and timpani). The performance is delicate and sophisticated, moving with...

    08 Mar

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