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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  • 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. The Play That Goes Wrong

    Wednesday 5 April to Sunday 23 April 2017, Walsh Bay

    Winner of Best New Comedy at London's 2015 Olivier Awards and acclaimed with five star reviews, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and opens on Broadway in March....

    05 Apr -23Apr
  2. Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

    Saturday 22 April to Sunday 23 April 2017, City Centre

    Calling all puppies, Paw Patrol Live! is coming to Australia!Kids: it’s time for an adventure with your favourite rescue puppies, Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup, Everest,...

    22 Apr -23Apr
  3. Sizzle: Ensemble Offspring

    Sunday 23 April 2017, Inner Sydney

    Sizzle is contemporary classical music at the local bowlo. Now in its seventh year, Sizzle has become a fixture in the Inner West arts calendar.With the usual mix of art-meets-popular culture-meets-family...

    23 Apr
  4. The Homosexuals

    Friday 17 March to Saturday 29 April 2017, Darlinghurst

    Gay newlyweds Warren and Kim have it all – a small dog, a joint gym membership and a 20 square metre apartment with stunning views. But in 2017 if you offend the wrong person your life will go straight down the...

    17 Mar -29Apr
  5. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

    Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 6 May 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick- witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad. As the tiger seeks the meaning of life through...

    12 Apr -06May
  6. Annual Sydney Comedy Festival

    Monday 24 April to Sunday 21 May 2017, City Centre

    The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney's biggest annual comedy event. Every April and May, hundreds of the world's funniest comedians take to stages across Sydney to entertain an audience of more than 111,000 people...

    24 Apr -21May
  7. Sydney Comedy Festival Gala

    Monday 24 April 2017, City Centre

    Sydney’s premiere comedy event, the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala, returns as part of the 13th annual Sydney Comedy Festival. Selling out the last 4 years in a row the Gala is a comedy extravaganza bringing together the...

    24 Apr
  8. Kinky Boots Australia

    Wednesday 12 April to Sunday 14 May 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Australian audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical which will open at Capitol Theatre this April.Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true...

    12 Apr -14May
  9. Webers Circus showing Manly

    Thursday 13 April to Sunday 30 April 2017, Manly

    Webers Circus Wild West Show is coming to Rofe Park, Hornsby. A packed two hour fun-filled show that will appeal to all ages. The show is full of incredible acts such as the Russian Swing; featuring talented acrobats....

    13 Apr -30Apr
  10. Cracker Night 2017 - Enmore Theatre

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, Newtown

    It's quite simply Sydney's biggest night of comedy! Featuring a dazzling line up of the biggest and best Australian legends, international stars, and next big things of comedy, Sydney Comedy Festival's Cracker Night...

    25 Apr
  11. 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

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