Concerts and Live Music

Sydney is full of great music venues, from underground jazz joints to the iconic Sydney Opera House, with concerts and live shows to suit a plethora of tastes. Discover everything from emerging artists on intimate stages to international acts at vast arenas in the NSW capital.

What’s on

  • 5 Seconds of Summer at Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Symphony Under the Stars at The Crescent, Parramatta Park
  • Birds of Tokyo with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Town Hall 
  • Archie Roach AM at the State Theatre
Sydney Opera House sails lit up for the evening in Sydney Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Concerts and Music Venues

The Enmore Theatre in Newtown is the oldest-running music venue in New South Wales, featuring established acts and events. For edgy performance art and live music, the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, is a warehouse-like venue with several performance spaces.

In the CBD, the Metro Theatre has been rocking the city centre with heavy-metal, indie and alternative bands for more than two decades. A short walk away is the beautiful State Theatre, where you can enjoy classic concerts as well as fantastic touring artists.

A Vivid Music 2018 event at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney

For jazz, head to the artist-run Venue 505 in Surrey Hills and Foundry 616 in Ultimo. World music fans will love the Camelot Lounge. In arty Marrickville, discover bands and other live performances at the Factory Theatre and the Red Rattler Theatre. Sydney’s Olympic Park is home to a number of large scale venues including Qudos Bank Area and Stadium Australia, hosting big name artists and concerts.

The ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park

Music Nights

Go to one of the city’s regular music nights to listen to local musicians and artists. Once a month Sounds on the Terrace at The Museum of Contemporary Art features a program of live music on the terrace overlooking Sydney Opera House.

For live music and great pizza, head to Frankie’s Pizza in the city centre, with bands and DJ’s playing on Thursdays and Sundays.  Sunday is social night at the Soda Factory in Surry Hills and Sunday is Live Music Under The Stairs at the Little Guy Bar in Glebe.