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Your guide to live music in Sydney

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This month's best gigs

Whether it's a sideshow, a festival or a headlining pop gig, these are the gigs you wanna get to in July. 

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The Sydney musicians you need to know

There’s a heck of a lot of talent in this fine city – from local stalwarts and familiar faces to up-and-comers just breaking through. We scoured Sydney to showcase some of that talent. Because live music is a little like Tinker Bell – the more you believe in it, the stronger it becomes.

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Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

Soak up the sounds of Flight Facilities backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, hear from house music legend Larry Heard or learn how to build your own soundsystem. Whatever your electronic music persuasion is, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender has four packed days of events to get you dancing.

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Live music events and concerts in Sydney

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Splendour in the Grass

Pop your annual leave in ASAP, because SITG 2016 will be rolling out on Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24.

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Listen Out

Fuzzy kicks off festival season with bang at Centennial Parklands. Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, A$AP Ferg, Baauer, Rüfüs and Stormzy headline.

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Ellie Goulding

UK popstar Ellie Goulding will bring her massive Delirium world tour to Australia in October.

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James Blake

Off the back of releasing The Colour in Anything (which sees Blake extend his introverted electronic productions outwards, by collaborating with the likes of Bon Iver and stretching the album out to a big 17 tracks) Blake plays a Splendour sideshow.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis will be bringing their pop-skewed hip hop numbers to the Sydney when they play to one of their biggest crowds yet at the Allphones Arena.

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Your guide to Sydney's music scene

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Goodbye Goodgod

Now in its final days we asked some of those closest to Goodgod to share their favourite memories of the Small Club that's had a big impact on Sydney's nightlife and culture Sydney's favourite basement danceteria has been dishing out late night good times for almost six years. A haven of dancefloor antics, fruity cocktails, vibrant personalities and no phone reception that was as inclusive as it was diverse and forward-thinking, while still maintaining an emphasis on unpretentious fun. As owners Jimmy and Hana move on from the Liverpool Street venue (but watch this space, there's plans for Goodgod in 2016, just not as a traditional club) we salute you, Goodgod Small Club. Andrew Levins       It’s possible that I’ve spent more time inside Goodgod Small Club than Jimmy and Hana themselves, so picking a favourite memory from the thousands of amazing ones is borderline impossible. I can say though that nothing beat those first few visits in 2010, as the club filled with new structures and artwork and made the transition from La Campana to Goodgod. With every new addition we realised what a special place this was going to be. Andrew Boon   My fave Goodgod memory would have to be one of the first nights I'd ever been down to the venue for one of the early Ro Sham Bo parties. We stayed until the end, and as was tradition 'Come On Eileen' played as the final song of the night. There was about 25-30 of us, all in a circle linking arms and doing a massive kick line dur

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Sydney's best music tees

The Lulu Raes The embroided logo and a choice between grey marle or black makes this #chic #minimal band tee a top notch option. Accessorise with on trend legionnaire cap.    The Completely Boys Ring 1800-Completely-Boys for this Drake-infused, high quality tee.   Rüfüs Ü know Ü want one of these   Sticky Fingers Celebrate the Sti-Fi with this illustrated tee   Seekae The Sound of Trees Falling On People bear, on a tee? Sure.

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The best music venues in Sydney

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The best music shops in Sydney

We know that Spotify and itunes gives us access to vast amounts of music at the click of a button, but there's something wonderful about going out and purchasing a physical album, taking it home and playing it to death. Here are the places you can still indulge in the old ways of comsuming music - your ears will thank you.

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Meet the crew: One Day

For anyone not already familiar with One Day, who are you?Adit: We're a group of friends that started as a crew of various rap groups. We make music and we throw parties. Joyride: We're pretty good at both.Why did it start?Adit: It started because like all humans we're highly social animals. We like to do things together and we are stronger for it. We like doing those things with like minded people. We're all boys from way back. For example, our album Mainline came about literally because we all wanted to tour together cos it'd be fun, and we thought having some more songs to perform would be a good idea. A lit convo or two may have also contributed. We all want to make our mark, and this is yet another vehicle for us to do so.Joyride: As anthropological as our exploits may seem, we are also driven by the idea of legacy. We have a shared vision of what our impact on wider society can be, and it manifests itself in our parties, music and respective personal brands. What's your end goal when you're organising an event/party?Adit: Maximise dancing subject to budget constraint.What most excites you about changing things up from the One Day parties to One Day Only?Adit: Controlling the music at a party is one of the best ways of ensuring a good time. One of us will try to do this at any event you may find us at, whether it's a house party, kick on, or even someone else's DJ gig. One Day Only is a realisation of this at the festival level. It's also an incredibly humbling fee

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A letter to Sydney

Hey Sydney, how’re you holding up? We know it’s been a rough year. In 2014 they came for your nightlife and you’ve been holding on for dear life since then, trying to stem the fun loss after dark. But you couldn’t save them all. The Flinders was the first to slink off into the night in the early days of 2015. Gone was the home of late night indie party jams and vodka Red Bulls, the home that had taken over when the Abercrombie went to the big pub in the sky. You also lost your grip on the underground party bunker Spice Cellar. You tried so hard to pull them back to safety, but even a change of venue to the Imperial Hotel couldn’t save the late night techno raves. The best weekly punk rock parties, queer nights, indie dance-offs and midnight Jenga were stolen from you in one massive hit when the Exchange Hotel shut down, taking Q Bar, Spectrum, Phoenix and Nevada Lounge. That was a low blow. But we were proud of the way you still got up off the mat. There were little rays of hope that meant you didn’t have to pack away your dancing shoes just yet. Bad Deep triumphantly launched all night parties at the Sly Fox in Enmore, One Day Sundays continued to throw the biggest hip hop Sunday sessions in the city and GoodGod was channeling the Little Engine that Could. But there wasn’t enough steam in the tank at the end of the day, and we’ve had to say goodbye to the greatest mini underground club in the city. All is not lost because Plan B will be taking over the site with fresh bl

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Customise your hospo uniform with Cargo Crew

Love your hospo job, but getting sick of wearing the same thing every day? Looking to inject some personality into the uniforms of your staff? Cargo Crew – the Melbourne-based leaders in high-quality uniforms – are listening.  Cargo Crew are known for their diverse uniform collections, which range from Scandi-cool aprons with leather straps to chino pants that look as good at work as on your days off. Now, they're going one step further by offering you the chance to completely customise your uniform. Your Way offers endless options. You can select embroidered patches or pin badges to your shirt, monogram your apron and mix and match your outfit. For the full range, visit the website, look around and get in touch with the Cargo Crew team who will take care of the rest.

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Mismatch Brewing Co Sydney Road Trip

If you need a minibreak but lack the budget, let the taste of South Australia come to you when Mismatch Brewing head to Sydney for a craft beer road trip. The Adelaide brew house crew will be showcasing their beers at four ace Sydney venues over four days. If you like a long run up on the weekend head to the Bank on Wednesday for a tasting event that includes beer and nibbles for $10. Thursday night they'll be heading to Frankie's Pizza by the Slice for cheap boilermakers and on Friday the Royal Albert Hotel wil be hosting a full tap takeover so you can taste the full stable of Mismatch beers from 5.30pm. This is also where you can get your hands on their Negroni IPA, triple chocolate Russian imperial stout and their red IPA.  On Saturday they're getting in early so you can order up $25 tasting paddles at the Empire Hotel in Annandale, with complimentary nibbles provided.  Brewer Ewan Brewerton (the most appropriately named brewer in the business) will be on hand at each event for all your pressing beer Q&As.  Save on plane fare and get to one of the Mismatch Brewing Sydney Road Trip events where the South Australian beers will come to you.

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Rye July at the Glenmore Hotel

While some people are doing Dry July, the Glenmore is offering a month of whisky appreciation designed to take the edge off the cold weather and help educate punters in the fine art of the distilled grain. A special whisky menu will be available throughout Rye July, culminating in a ticketed Night of Whiskies on Thursday July 14, where the Glenmore’s cosy middle level becomes whisky central with tastings, meet the makers, cocktail master classes and canapés matched with whiskies. (But before we go any further – yes, we’re aware that there’s two spellings for whisk(e)y – whisky if you’re talking Scotland and Canada, whiskey if it’s Ireland or the USA. For simplicity’s sake we’ll go with whisky here! Inconsistent spelling is just one of the interesting whisky facts you might pick up during July at the Glenmore.) Night of Whiskies will see the Club Room transformed into a Johnnie Walker haven. National Johnnie Walker and Classic Malt ambassador, Sean Baxter (a MasterChef alumnus, BTW), will take guests through premium tastings and share his whisky tips. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a whisky cocktail at home then Diageo’s Tim Oughton will host cocktail master classes in the Drawing Room. Each room will have an old fashioned rye pre-batch in barrels available throughout the month also. Tickets to the Night of Whiskies are $55 including a tasting glass, five tokens, cocktail master class and canapes on arrival.

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