Concerts and Live Music

Highlights

From stadium concerts to intimate venues with fine musicians, Sydney is a great destination for live music. Musicians and singers travel from across the world to perform in this beautiful harbour city. You’ll be delighted with the events calendar, from the classical stars to chart-busting performers.

  • MTV Beats and Eats, Sydney
  • Sydney Concerts, Sydney Opera House

Memorable concerts in Sydney

From classical to jazz, rock and pop, Sydney hums with live music. The exciting events calendar is full of wonderful shows all year, including during Vivid Sydney and the Sydney FestivalThe Basement is an iconic Sydney club with live music since 1977, a favourite with fans who love its intimate shows.

The Metro, on George Street near Town Hall Station, has been rocking with heavy-metal, indie and alternative bands for more than 20 years. For edgy performance art and live music, go to the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, a warehouse-like venue with multiple performance spaces and stages.

For bands and pizza, head for Frankie’s Pizza on Hunter Street in the city centre. A stroll away is the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, which has everything from classical concerts with Australian and overseas orchestras to rock ‘n’ roll. You can even tour this architectural jewel.

Physique, at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

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.

Set among Darling Harbour’s restaurants is ICC Sydney, which has a compelling calendar of concerts in its theatre. Another concert venue is the nearby Sydney Lyric. For stadium-size concerts, check the events calendar for shows at ANZ Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

Sufjan Stevens at Vivid LIVE, Sydney

You’ll find smaller live music venues in pubs, bars and clubs across Sydney, such as jazz favourite Venue 505 in Surry Hills. In arty Marrickville visit the performance space The Red Rattler. The World Bar, on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, serves famous teapot cocktails and live music, theatre and cabaret.

  1. Kinky Boots Australia

    Wednesday 12 April to Sunday 13 August 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Sydney audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical which is now playing at Capitol Theatre.Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true story,...

    12 Apr -13Aug
  2. Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli

    Wednesday 26 July to Saturday 12 August 2017, Marrickville

    A bold, moving and magical celebration of life, love and missing parts. Billie, a young Iraq War soldier, loses her left hand and is sent home. Billie’s book smart teenage sister, Maxine, with the help of...

    26 Jul -12Aug
  3. Rice: Sydney

    Friday 21 July to Saturday 26 August 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre. Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary Australian writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and...

    21 Jul -26Aug
  4. This Much is True

    Wednesday 12 July to Saturday 12 August 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    A debt collector, a drag queen, a rogue chemist and a manic-depressive walk into a pub…Red Line Productions is thrilled to present the world premiere of This Much Is True, written by one of Australia’s...

    12 Jul -12Aug
  5. El' Circo

    Friday 28 April to Saturday 30 December 2017, Surry Hills

    Step inside, the magic awaits!Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the...

    28 Apr -30Dec
  6. Bard On The Beach: Avalon

    Friday 28 July to Sunday 28 January 2018, Northern Beaches

    In 2017, Bard On The Beach (BOTB) will be presenting William Shakespeare's beautiful play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the very funny and unexpected The Merry Wives of Windsor, at Dunbar Park, just off Avalon...

    28 Jul -28Jan
  7. Kindertransport

    Friday 28 July to Sunday 20 August 2017, Darlinghurst

    Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain took in over 10,000 mostly Jewish refugee children from Europe. The rescue effort was known as Kindertransport. Separated from their families and fostered out...

    28 Jul -20Aug
  8. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirée

    Friday 3 March to Friday 29 December 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday - and on selected Saturdays - Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful...

    03 Mar -29Dec
  9. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 29 July to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    29 Jul -07Oct
  10. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 29 July to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    29 Jul -07Oct

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