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. Opera at The Tattersalls Club

    Wednesday 24 May 2017, City Centre

    Due to popular demand, Opera Bites returns to Tattersalls Club with Celebrated Highlights from the World’s Favourite Operas. A unique experience to cherish with arias and ensembles from the world’s most...

    24 May
  2. Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans

    Tuesday 23 May to Saturday 3 June 2017, Inner Sydney

    Australian Premiere Season. Commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint in 2005; writer Robin Soans, director Max Stafford – Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been affected...

    23 May -03Jun
  3. 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
  4. The Ham Funeral

    Wednesday 17 May to Saturday 10 June 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented by Siren Theatre Co and Griffin Independent.In a gothic inner-city boarding house, a naïve young poet is drawn into the fetid world of the basement-dwelling landlord and his wife, the hauntingly...

    17 May -10Jun
  5. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important...

    26 May -17Jun
  6. Fleet Foxes

    Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2017, City Centre

    Five years since their last, life-affirming shows, American band Fleet Foxes have chosen Vivid Live for their keenly anticipated return to the stage.These only Australian shows for 2017 will be among the...

    26 May -29May
  7. Lawrence Mooney... Like Literally

    Friday 19 May to Saturday 27 May 2017, Moore Park

    Sydney Comedy Festival Award Winner Lawrence Mooney is a must see at this year’s festival with a hilarious show weaving anecdotes and cautionary tales into a patchwork that is him, like literally."Funny,...

    19 May -27May
  8. 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
  9. Vivid LIVE

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Running from 26 May to 17 June 2017, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is the highlight...

    26 May -17Jun
  10. Barzirk Circus Show

    Friday 31 March to Friday 29 December 2017, City Centre

    Barzirk is a new and original circus production transforming Crystal Bar into a magical wonderland bursting with diverse talent and captivating performances every Friday night. Just like a Parisian cirque,...

    31 Mar -29Dec
  11. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 26 May to Friday 23 February 2018, 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...

    26 May -23Feb
  12. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirée

    Friday 3 March to Friday 29 December 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday - and on selected Saturdays - Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful...

    03 Mar -29Dec
  13. 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

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