Concerts and Live Music

Highlights

From stadium concerts to intimate venues with fine musicians, Sydney is a great destination for live music. Musicians and singers travel from across the world to perform in this beautiful harbour city. You’ll be delighted with the events calendar, from the classical stars to chart-busting performers.

  • MTV Beats and Eats, Sydney
  • Sydney Concerts, Sydney Opera House

Memorable concerts in Sydney

From classical to jazz, rock and pop, Sydney hums with live music. The exciting events calendar is full of wonderful shows all year, including during Vivid Sydney and the Sydney FestivalThe Basement is an iconic Sydney club with live music since 1977, a favourite with fans who love its intimate shows.

The Metro, on George Street near Town Hall Station, has been rocking with heavy-metal, indie and alternative bands for more than 20 years. For edgy performance art and live music, go to the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, a warehouse-like venue with multiple performance spaces and stages.

For bands and pizza, head for Frankie’s Pizza on Hunter Street in the city centre. A stroll away is the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, which has everything from classical concerts with Australian and overseas orchestras to rock ‘n’ roll. You can even tour this architectural jewel.

Physique, at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Since opening its doors in 1908, the Enmore Theatre in Newtown is the oldest-running music venue in New South Wales and hosts a wide range of live music events. Another big music venue is the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park, home to the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Fox movie studios.

Set among Darling Harbour’s restaurants is ICC Sydney, which has a compelling calendar of concerts in its theatre. Another concert venue is the nearby Sydney Lyric. For stadium-size concerts, check the events calendar for shows at ANZ Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

Sufjan Stevens at Vivid LIVE, Sydney

You’ll find smaller live music venues in pubs, bars and clubs across Sydney, such as jazz favourite Venue 505 in Surry Hills. In arty Marrickville visit the performance space The Red Rattler. The World Bar, on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, serves famous teapot cocktails and live music, theatre and cabaret.

  1. Sydney Comedy Club

    Friday 24 February to Saturday 30 December 2017, Sydney North

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

    24 Feb -30Dec
  2. Birdie Productions- Fame

    Friday 18 August to Sunday 27 August 2017, Sydney West

    Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), Fame - The Musical is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students...

    18 Aug -27Aug
  3. 4:48 Psychosis

    Wednesday 16 August to Saturday 9 September 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    4:48 Psychosis is harrowing. Poetic, angry, full of love and frustration and darkly humorous, this extraordinary work explores parts of the mind very few ever experience, but from which some can never escape...

    16 Aug -09Sep
  4. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 19 August 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...

    19 Aug -07Oct
  5. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 19 August 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...

    19 Aug -07Oct
  6. El' Circo

    Friday 28 April to Saturday 30 December 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...

    28 Apr -30Dec
  7. Rice: Sydney

    Friday 21 July to Saturday 26 August 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre. Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary Australian writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and...

    21 Jul -26Aug
  8. Kindertransport

    Friday 28 July to Sunday 20 August 2017, Darlinghurst

    Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain took in over 10,000 mostly Jewish refugee children from Europe. The rescue effort was known as Kindertransport. Separated from their families and fostered out...

    28 Jul -20Aug
  9. Retro Saturday Nights at the Skyline Drive

    Saturday 5 August to Saturday 16 September 2017, Blacktown

    The Skyline Drive is excited to be bringing back some classic films in the form of Retro Saturday nights during August and September.Here is the line up:Saturday August 12: Back to the Future at 5...

    05 Aug -16Sep
  10. I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep

    Tuesday 22 August to Saturday 2 September 2017, Newtown

    "Rodrigo García's argument for the soothing power of high art is expressed with crackling energy." – The Guardian, UKA dissolute father has a master plan to educate his sons: at night, break into the Prado...

    22 Aug -02Sep
  11. Seven Last Words

    Tuesday 22 August 2017, City Centre

    Experience the magnificently potent blend of accordion and strings as Scottish classical accordion virtuoso, James Crabb, inspires the limitless imagination of Australia’s best young instrumentalists from Momentum...

    22 Aug
  12. Impossibilities: Dinner and Show

    Wednesday 23 August to Wednesday 8 August 2018, Darlinghurst

    Impossibilities magic dinner show comprises of a two-course candle lit dinner followed by a classic one-hour 19th Century style magic parlour show starring resident magician Jackson Aces.Jackson Aces is a...

    23 Aug -08Aug

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