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.

Vivid Music 2015

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.

Vivid Sydney 2015

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. Eternal Voices

    Thursday 14 June 2018 , City Centre

    The pure and uplifting voices of the highly acclaimed Sydney Children’s Choir undertake a program of timeless music by composers including Hildegard of Bingen, Paul Stanhope and Elena Kats-Chernin. A highlight of Eternal Voices will be th…

    14 Jun
  2. Beyond the Barricade - Sydney

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 , City Centre

    Enjoy the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals in a glittering Concert. Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on tour, the blockbusting two-hour show features hit s…

    26 Jun