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.

People enjoying live performances by Physique at Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

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.

Sufjan Stevens performing at Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE, Sydney

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 venues in pubs, bars and clubs across Sydney, such as the Cali Club 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.