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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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. Sydney Festival: Jessy Lanza

    Friday 20 January 2017, City Centre

    Jessy Lanza’s high soulful vocals and house-inflected 90s R and B promise a woozy, late-night atmosphere. With the addition of a drummer for her first-ever Australian shows, Lanza will be out from behind the gear desk...

    20 Jan
  2. Sydney Festival: Home Country

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Blacktown

    Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) gives audiences unforgettable experiences in unusual locations. For their latest venture, they have partnered with the Blacktown Arts Centre, to invite you into three tales unfolding in a...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  3. Sydney Festival: Champions

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    Director: Martin Del AmoAssociate Artist: Miranda WheenIn an epic, adrenaline-fuelled choreographic match, a dream team of 11 female dancers make the moves of the football field their own. From the...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  4. El' Circo

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -26May
  5. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -26Mar
  6. Sydney Festival: Prize Fighter

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Surry Hills

    Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing.Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  7. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -07Oct
  8. Sydney Festival - Briefs: The Second Coming

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    Described as the love child of RuPaul’s Drag Race and an Aussie version of Cirque du Soleil, Briefs: The Second Coming, is a sharp-shooting cabaret of burlesque.Meet the beautiful and bearded ringmistress,...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  9. Sydney Festival

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world's performing and...

    21 Jan -29Jan
  10. SIRO-A

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Sydney North

    A groundbreaking visual spectacular for all ages.SIRO-A is a high energy dance, techno and visual spectacular direct from Japan.The award-winning dance troupe have taken the world by storm,...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  11. Mazda Opera in the Domain

    Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the...

    21 Jan
  12. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -07Oct
  13. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -24Mar
  14. iD

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Parramatta

    An international sensation since 2009, iD is a high-energy blend of circus arts and urban dance - a production for the young at heart featuring an inspiring soundtrack and innovative video projections. 15 acrobats,...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  15. Summer Jazz

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -25Feb
  16. So Frenchy So Chic In The Park

    Saturday 21 January 2017, Inner Sydney

    So Frenchy So Chic In ThePark is about friends, music, food and wine: the simple pleasures brought together on a summer’s day. A party and a picnic in the park celebrating life and culture, the Frenchy way. Join them...

    21 Jan
  17. Sydney Festival: Ladies in Black

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Pyrmont

    The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a beloved comic novel by Madeleine St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  18. Tipping Point

    Saturday 21 January 2017, Parramatta

    London-based Ockham’s Razor push themselves to the limit on five metre metal poles that transform into a myriad of walkways, pillars and pendulums in a blend of circus, acrobatics, playground games and trust exercises...

    21 Jan
  19. Which Way Home

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Surry Hills

    From writer-performer Katie Beckett, and Australia’s longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company, comes the story of a father and a daughter reconnecting with each other and their shared past...

    21 Jan -29Jan
  20. The Encounter

    Saturday 21 January to Saturday 28 January 2017, City Centre

    Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu.Directed by Simon McBurney.Transmitted direct to the audience through headphones, the show’s ground breaking sound design plugs into the power of...

    21 Jan -28Jan
  21. Sydney Festival: PJ Harvey

    Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    PJ Harvey returns with her full 10-piece band, following the release of the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which hit number one in the UK album charts. These will be PJ Harvey’s first live...

    22 Jan
  22. Great Opera Hits

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -26Mar
  23. Pip Utton: Eternity Playhouse

    Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Darlinghurst

    Award-winning solo performer Pip Utton tours three of his most acclaimed pieces of political theatre in his debut Australia tour with Imagination Workshop. All three of these performances, Playing Maggie, ...

    23 Jan -29Jan
  24. Cabaret The Musical

    Monday 23 January to Monday 13 February 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....

    23 Jan -13Feb
  25. Sydney Festival: Retro Futurismus

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Finally, here’s a future you can look forward to.Blast off with a cast of aliens and astronauts, robots and roaches (the only survivors of the nuclear fallout) for a night that puts the ‘odd’ in ‘space...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  26. The Tale of Ichabod Scrubb (Folktale Play)

    Tuesday 24 January to Saturday 4 February 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    ‘The Tale of Ichabod Scrubb’ takes the form of a unique folktale inspired by indie/folk music, all instruments entirely performed by a talented tight-knit ensemble cast.You enter a world where townsfolk...

    24 Jan -04Feb
  27. Invasia

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    Sydney's Leftovers Collective release their first Experiment for 2017 with Invasia. You are invited to take part in voting for a new leader for the country of Invasia. Five candidates from the planet have...

    26 Jan
  28. Goat Island Sounds

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Join some of Australia's fastest rising stars of electronica in Sydney Harbour National Park for an island festival utopia like no other. Back by popular demand, Goat Island Sounds returns with six incredible acts and...

    26 Jan

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