The best gigs in November
November is a pumping month for music in Sydney. For a gold-coin donation you can catch acts like The Griswolds and Stereogamus at the Newtown Festival. For those wanting to go hard on Aussie music, acts like A B Original, Tired Lion and Paces will be playing at new Parramatta festival The Plot. Ravers will have plenty to look forward to at Return to Rio, and thanks to Astral People, they can catch UK garage hero DJ EZ too. Or, if hardcore nostalgia is more your thing the Vengabus is rolling into town, as are TLC (RIP Left Eye), Mya and Nelly.
The best music venues in Sydney
Want to catch some live music? Whether it's a big name international or a local indie band, Sydney's got a bunch bangin' live music venues, ready to please your ears and entertain you
The best clubs in Sydney
Sydney's nightlife scene has been through tumutulous times since the introduction of the lockout laws, with clubs and late night venues hit the hardest. Hats off to the venues still giving Sydneysiders a place to boogie – and the producers and DJs still dishing out stellar soundtracks. There's live music, juice bars, drag shows, cabaret and even bowling alleys, which will lure even the most sceptical clubber to one of Sydney's favourite nightspots.
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.
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Fairgrounds have done it it again with a bigger lineup and an expanded two day format in 2016. Leading the Friday is the sugar man himself Rodriguez who will be returning playing hits like 'I Wonder' and 'Sugar Man.' Joining him fresh from their sold out headline tour are King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who are skyrocketing at the moment off the back of their latest album Nonagon Infinity. And given their prolific catalogue they might have even put out another album by the time they get to Fairgrounds. Sydney legends Jagwar Ma will also be bringing their eagerly awaited second album to Berry for the festival. Also added are Japandroids, the Drones, Sarah Blasko, Angel Olsen and many more. Tickets go on sale Friday 19th August 9am and are $150.
Return to Rio
Return to Rio is back and blowing out to a three-day extravaganza, hitting the Del Rio Riverside Resort for another weekend of authentic, madcap good times. Carl Cox headlines, playing a huge 10-hour-set, joined by his buddy Eric Powell and their Mobile Disco. They'll be joined by DJ EZ, De La Soul, Super Flu, Mr C, LTJ Bukem, Atish and YokoO. More acts are set to be announced over the next few months, and we can tell you this is going to be one of the best ways to kick off your summer. The festival puts some serious thought into delivering a left-of-centre weekend away, decking out the resort to the nines, whole heartedly encouraging dress ups and selecting an eclectic line-up of established and upcoming musicians, bands and producers to soundtrack your adventure.
It's the eternal dilemma any festival-goer is all too familiar with – the inevitable festival clash. Touring agency BBE is turning the old festival adage on its head by hosting a new festival that's taking things back to basics by having just one stage, meaning no clashes. This doesn't mean that they've skipped on the line-up, dishing out a packed out day of electronic, pop and festival favourites. FOMO Festival 2017 line-up:FlosstradamusEmpire of the SunPeking DukJmeGoldlinkMetro BoominHannah WantsSlumberjackGeorge MapleFekiMaribelleLastlings
Liveworks festival is the main event in Performance Space's annual program, showcasing local, interstate and international artists pushing the frontiers of art and performance. In 2016, artists include dancer/choreographer Kristina Chan, who offers a meditation on impermance in the era of climate change, 'A Faint Existence'. Mish Grigor (of the collective post) will give 'The Talk' – in which she re-enacts awkward conversations about sexuality she had with her family members. Visual artist Ross Manning will transform CarriageWorks' public spaces into a psychedelic landscape with his installation 'Melody Lines'. Meanwhile Indigenous acoustic outfit the Stiff Gins will give a music-based performance about Indigenous artefacts held in museums.Experimental musician and composer Jon Rose will showcase his extraordinary collection of hand-built instruments for 'The Museum Goes Live'. Taiwanese performance artist River Lin will ask visitors to nominate 'unclean' parts of their bodies in a work titled 'Cleansing Service'. And there's more besides: check the website for the complete line-up. For a limited time CarriageWorks is offering an Earlybird discount of 20 per cent off all tickets for Liveworks.
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While his ultra catchy remixes of of Janet Jackson and Teedra Moses put him on the map Kaytranda has more recently carved out a name for his own productions, showcased in the release of his debut 99.9%. Now the Haiti born hip hop and electronic producer will be bring his beats Sydney side for a gig at the Enmore.
Sydney's wildest home grown act Sticky Fingers are heading out on tour to celebrate the upcoming release of their third album Westway. The boys will be playing the Enmore on the 28th October and if their reputation is anything to go by it promises to be a sweaty, boozy and noisy affair. Expect massive sing-a-longs to hedonistic anthems like 'Australia Street' and 'Golden Snafu' along with some new material.
You'd have to have been living under a rock to have not heard of Flume in the past few years. The Manly raised electronic producer has steadily built a name for himself as a poster boy for the 'Australian sound' and the 23-year-old is just on the verge of releasing his second album Skin (which is already showing promising signs with singles like 'Never Be Like You' and 'Smoke and Retribution' proving he may just avoid the ol' sophomore slump). To continue his world domination Harley Streten will be heading out on a massive world wide tour, capping the 70-date stretch off back home, with a huge arena show at the Qudos Bank Arena (formerly known as Allphones). ).
Any aspirant highschool guitarist worth her salt will remember the shiver they got the first time they picked out 'B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-down-up-strums'. Now, after more than half a decade between tours, The Pixies are returning to blast us with the simple magic of 'Where Is My Mind', along with tracks from their September 2016 album Head Carrier. This will be only the second time The Pixies have hit our shores without founding bassist Kim Deal (she's off releasing solo material). As with their Vivid shows in 2014, Deal has been replaced in the lineup by Paz Lenchatin, formerly of A Perfect Circle. She's been touring with the band since shortly after Deal left, and became an official member of The Pixies in July of 2016. Tickets go on sale September 2.