The best retro dancefloors in Sydney
For the times you just want to sing ‘YMCA’ at the top of your lungs or drop down and get your eagle on, head to these dancefloors that specialise in guilty pleasure old-school hits. If you're more in the mood for some body-numbing techno check our guide to the best night clubs in Sydney. Or, gift your ears with some live shredding with the best bars and pubs in Sydney for live music.
Where to see free live music every night of the week
Liven up your Tuesday with some old school funk or or get yourself through hump day at a mid-week gig. Whatever night you choose, there's plenty of free live concerts every night of the week to get you groovin', right across the city and its surrounds.
Upcoming gigs and parties
The soulful UK singer-songwriter announced on Twitter that he’d be returning to his “home away from home” this summer for an one-off performance at the Sydney Opera House. The venue is a fitting one, given Smith’s “magical, tragical” voice has been described as “its own kind of classicism” by critics. In the last three years he’s filled his awards cabinet with trophies from ARIA, the Golden Globes, the Brits and the Grammys, selling over 12 million album sales to become one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists. Fans will be some of the first in the world to hear live tracks from his second album The Thrill of It All, including hit single ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’. Smith is donating all profits from the concert to charity. A third went straight to the marriage equality campaign before tickets even went on sale, while mental health and LGBTQIA support organisations ReachOut and Twenty10 are also beneficiaries. For lucky ticket-holders, make sure to bring ID – organisers are cracking down on reselling and scalping by checking names printed on tickets.
Your guide to Sydney's music scene
How to not be a dickhead at music festivals
Summer festival season is all about enjoying yourself outdoors and letting loose with your mates. Here’s how to do it without being a knob. 1. Be a person of substance Drugs and alcohol are the sustenance of choice at music festivals, let’s be honest. But, use your noggin when attempting to guzzle either in a public forum. Research your legal rights up the wazoo before you enter festival season, police and sniffer dogs are always present and never not-watching, and there are a lot of ways you can avoid being harangued without breaking the law. And, of course, drug-related deaths at festivals are real and you should exercise utmost care for yourself and those around you. Don’t be afraid to go to a medical tent if you have to and be honest, they’re there to help you – not to dob on you. Being responsible is easy if you binge on Brown Cardigan videos before you get festival festy: the cautionary AV library of our time is perfect for demonstrating what you actually look like when, say, you’re vertically flapping around in the mud or drunkenly mashing an ice cream into your face. Remember, everyone’s phone has a camera on it. "Yeeeeah we're da mud boiz, mud boys 5evaaa" 2. Stress about your dress For many, music festivals are the perfect opportunity to wear something wacky and ostentatious. Fine. What isn’t fine, in this year of our lord 2017, is wearing traditional costuming from a culture that isn’t yours. First Nations people have been politely pl
The best bars and pubs in Sydney for live music
Contrary to contemporary yarns, there are still pubs who play live music in Sydney. Many of them have even lashed back at the encroaching frontline of pokie machines and casinos – the money gobblers that seem to be eating our culture like bloated hungry hippos. Many venues have already had their last rites read to them, yet gigs and live music still thrive in the smaller drinking hole worlds of the Inner West and beyond. More into dancing to a DJ? Check our guide to the best clubs in Sydney. Or, get acquainted with where to see the larger shows with the best music venues in Sydney list. Want it all the time, never resting, always watching bands, forever and ever? Here is where to see free live music every night of the week.