From underground jazz joints to stadiums hosting tens of thousands of people, Sydney venues are not shy of making some noise when it comes to music. Whatever genre tickles your fancy, and whether you like venues big, iconic or small, the Harbour City has an act to entertain you.
Yes, we all know that the Sydney Opera House is front-and-centre when it comes to live music. Plus, it’s just so pretty to look at, and offers glimmering views over the water to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Where do you look?
But the city has a plethora of other legendary venues, including theEnmore Theatre in Newtown, which is the oldest-running music outlet in New South Wales, hosting both established and up-and-coming acts and events for decades. If these walls could talk. Added bonus: it’s intimate, and feels like you’re part of the show.
Enmore Theatre during Vivid 2018, Sydney
For edgy performance art and live music, the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst is a warehouse-like venue with multiple performance spaces. It’s inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1960's Factory, so prepare to get a bit groovy. Not far away, located in the old railway workshops in Redfern, Carriageworks hosts performances from local and international artists throughout the year. There are also fashion shows, art installations and markets to look forward to here.
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 musicals, comedy and touring shows.
Patrons enjoying drinks and live music at The Vanguard, Newtown
When you start thinking global big names – like Adele and Radiohead – think Sydney’s Olympic Park, home to a number of large-scale venues including Qudos Bank Arena and the newly relauched Accor Stadium.
Band performing at Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
You don’t need an excuse or tickets to enjoy live music. Head to one of the city’s regular music nights to listen to local musicians and artists, like the Sounds on the Terrace at The Museum of Contemporary Art, which features a program of live music on a rooftop offering jaw-dropping views over the harbour.
For live music and soul-healing pies, head to Frankie’s Pizza in the city centre, with bands and DJs playing every night from Thursday to Sunday. You can expect a similar vibe at Soda Factory in Surry Hills on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Things kick on late into the night here.
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