Concerts and Live Music

From intimate underground bars to the iconic Sydney Opera House, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in live music in Sydney. An exciting events calendar of festivals, concerts, gigs and club nights throughout the city offers everything from arena shows to beachside acoustic sessions.  

Sydney Festivals

Enjoy house music on Sydney harbour at Harbour Life in November, with a line-up of international and local artists. Electric Gardens will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in Centennial Park in February, and Field Day offers house, hip-hop, indie and electronica on New Year’s Day in the Domain.

Sydney Opera House sails lit up for the evening in Sydney Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Concerts and Music Venues

Whether you’re into bluegrass or Latin funk, you’ll find gigs to suit all tastes at a range of venues. Sydney’s Olympic Park is home to a number of large scale venues hosting big name artists and concerts. 2020 will see Elton John performing at Qudos Bank Arena and Queen at ANZ Stadium.

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, go to the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, a warehouse-like venue with several performance spaces.

A Vivid Music 2018 event at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney

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 classical concerts as well as fantastic touring artists from Randy Newman to Wet Wet Wet.

For jazz, head to the artist-run Venue 505 in Surry 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.

The Soda Factory in Surry Hills, Inner Sydney

Music Nights

Go to one of the city’s regular music nights to listen to local musicians and artists. Wednesday is Lights on Later at The Museum of Contemporary Art with 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 every night of the week (and karaoke on Tuesdays). Wednesday is soul night at the Soda Factory in Surry Hills and Sunday is Live Music Under The Stairs at the Little Guy Bar in Glebe.