Concerts and Live Music

From classical to jazz, rock and pop, Sydney hums with live music at iconic and intimate venues. The exciting events calendar is full of wonderful concerts all year. The majestic Sydney Opera House and the City Recital Hall in the Angel Place laneways, near Martin Place, host a great range of concerts.

The Metro Theatre, on George Street near Town Hall Station, has been rocking the city centre with heavy-metal, indie and alternative bands for more than two decades. For more bands, as well as pizza, head for Frankie’s Pizza on Hunter Street. The specialty of the house is rock ‘n’ roll.

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For edgy performance art and live music, go to the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, a warehouse-like venue with several performance spaces. The Soda Factory in nearby Surry Hills is another popular venue for live music. A jazz favourite is the artist-run Venue 505, on Cleveland Street.

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.

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Among Darling Harbour’s waterside restaurants is the ICC Sydney, which has a compelling calendar of concerts in its theatre. In neighbouring Pyrmont is the dazzling Sydney Lyric. For stadium-size concerts, check out the musical acts at ANZ Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

You’ll find smaller live music venues in pubs, bars and clubs across Sydney, such as the World Bar on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross. In arty Marrickville, discover bands and other live performances at the Factory Theatre and the Red Rattler Theatre. World music and jazz fans will love the Camelot Lounge.


  1. SaxBeatz Underground

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Manly

    They're bringing Underground to BRKLYN once again. Join them and experience fusion of house music with live instruments. Going deep, dark, down. Sax Beatz, a radical house combo whose fusion beats crafted by DJ Chabi and deliciously lather…

    20 Oct
  2. Turn Out – A Fete for Grown Ups

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018 , Redfern And Waterloo

    Bringing together a curated lineup plucked from Sydney’s world class creative community, Turn Out is taking over Australian Technology Park’s epic Locomotive Workshop for two days. Turn Out brings together fashion and accessories designer …

    26 Oct - 27 Oct
  3. Music Fridays

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Friday 23 November 2018 , The Rocks

    Come down for live music every Friday, featuring the very best local and upcoming Sydney musicians. Get in early to grab your seat and enjoy good time and good music!…

    26 Oct - 23 Nov
  4. Rock City Saints

    Saturday 27 October 2018 ,

    Stadium rock in a pub. A complete anthology of classic artists from Led Zeppelin to Jet. Rock City Saints are truly the new real deal. An explosive rock band that typifies the passion and expertise of the classic rock bands. This band will …

    27 Oct
  5. Discovery

    Saturday 27 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , North Sydney Chatswood

    Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Dr Nicholas Milton AM join two of Australia’s most accomplished musicians, irresistible violinist Dimity Hall and phenomenal cellist Julian Smiles for a dramatic performance of Brahms and Dvořák. Now Sydn…

    27 Oct - 28 Oct