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.

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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. Only Heaven Knows

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 1 July 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney. Tim, a teenage playwright, leaves an unsupportive family in Melbourne and...

    26 May -01Jul
  2. Sunset Strip

    Wednesday 14 June to Saturday 1 July 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented by The Uncertainty Principle and Griffin Independent.“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” – Henry...

    14 Jun -01Jul
  3. Chamber Pot Opera

    Sunday 4 June to Saturday 22 July 2017, City Centre

    Chamber Pot Opera tells the story of three women who meet for the first time in a public bathroom. One is in an abusive relationship, another is terrified that she has come on too strong on a date, and the third has...

    04 Jun -22Jul
  4. The Bodyguard

    Saturday 22 April to Sunday 2 July 2017, Pyrmont

    Producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian today announced that one of Australia’s finest vocalists and performers, Paulini, will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of the...

    22 Apr -02Jul
  5. I Love You Now

    Friday 9 June to Sunday 9 July 2017, Darlinghurst

    I Love You Now is a sexy, romantic, tragi-comedy about love and desire… plus tango! Featuring live music played by Max Lambert and Roger Lock.Jeanette Cronin’s wonderful play and love puzzle takes a long...

    09 Jun -09Jul
  6. Kinky Boots Australia

    Wednesday 12 April to Sunday 13 August 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Sydney audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical which is now playing at Capitol Theatre.Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true story,...

    12 Apr -13Aug
  7. Front by Michael Abercromby

    Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 15 July 2017, Marrickville

    Start a band, get a space, get a gig, get a crowd. Get a deal, write an album, get signed, get famous. Get played, get heard, get seen, get noticed. Get rich, get paid, get screwed out of royalties. Get wasted, get...

    28 Jun -15Jul
  8. Southern Lights, Northern Lights

    Wednesday 28 June 2017, City Centre

    World-renowned children’s choir Gondwana Voices celebrates its 20th anniversary with only one Sydney performance of Southern Lights, Northern Lights before embarking on a major tour of Northern Europe and Iceland. Led...

    28 Jun
  9. 1984 By George Orwell

    Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 22 July 2017, Walsh Bay

    April, 1984. 1300 hours. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.Published in 1949, George Orwell’s book helped define the...

    28 Jun -22Jul
  10. Studio Recitals - Opera at The Opera Centre

    Saturday 3 June to Saturday 29 July 2017, Surry Hills

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a little music. Prepare for the most impressive afternoon night you’ve ever had. Join them in the Joan Sutherland...

    03 Jun -29Jul
  11. Talk and Tease- Californication Edition

    Friday 16 June to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Its Stand up comedy vs. Burlesque in Sydney's CBD with the Talk and Tease show. If you are looking for a different dinning experience, or to really taste Sydney's culture and entertainment... or you are...

    16 Jun -30Jun
  12. Bach, Britten, Bernstein

    Friday 30 June 2017, City Centre

    Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir is returning to City Recital Hall for an evening of seraphic singing accompanied by the Orchestra of the Antipodes. With a program featuring J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Benjamin Britten’s...

    30 Jun

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