Concerts and Live Music

We want to help you get lost for a moment, engage with the community and experience some of the things that make NSW so special. Now’s the time to enjoy a gig from home, listen to classical music online and enjoy Sydney's music offering virtually. 

From intimate underground bars to the iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney is full of great music venues and you still have the opportunity to indulge in live music online, via online streams of concerts, shows and gigs.

What’s on(line)

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. Many of the big concerts for 2020 at Qudos Bank Arena and ANZ Stadium have been postponed until 2021.  

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.

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

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.

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.

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.