Music and nightlife

Your guide to live music and nightlife in Sydney

The best clubs in Sydney
Nightlife

The best clubs in Sydney

Any Sydneysider will tell you it hasn’t been a great couple of years to be a night owl in this town. But the party's still going. It's all a matter of knowing where to look.

The best music venues in Sydney
Music

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

Where to see free live music every night of the week
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.

The Sydney musicians you need to know
Music

The Sydney musicians you need to know

We scoured Sydney to showcase some of the best up-and-coming musicians

Upcoming gigs and parties

Client Liaison

Client Liaison

Everyone's favourite '80s enthusiasts are heading out on tour following the release of their album Diplomatic Immunity. Expect sequins, dancing, costumes changes and new bangers from the synth-pop duo. Put it on the company Diner's Club Card and get to the Metro for maximum pleasure. Get there early and hear the Stranger Things theme tune remixed by Adelaide’s Luke Million. 

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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest is the hardcore music fan's festival consitently producing quality blues, soul, funk, rock and even hip hop line-ups. This year is no different.  Headlined by the legendary Patti Smith, who will be playing her classic album Horses and backing it up with an acoustic show the next night, and  R'n'B star Mary J. Blige, you can also catch Billy Bragg, the Lumineers, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Jethro Tull and heaps more. 

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Your guide to Sydney's music scene

The best bars in Sydney for live music
Music

The best bars in Sydney for live music

Despite the loss of some great pub-based music venues (RIP the Annandale and the Hoey), you can still catch the live gigs at these locals

Sydney's best music tees
Music

Sydney's best music tees

Merch is a hot commodity for any music fan – so who's dealing the best tees?

The best music shops in Sydney
Shopping

The best music shops in Sydney

Here are the places you can still indulge in the old ways of comsuming music – your ears will thank you

Sydney's nightlife leaders
Blog

Sydney's nightlife leaders

Meet the folks fighting the good fight

Sydney DJs to watch
Music

Sydney DJs to watch

Meet the Sydneysiders ruling the ones and twos

Your guide to Sydney nightlife

The best free parties in Sydney
Clubs

The best free parties in Sydney

Low on dollars but high on good times

Late night venues without a lockout
Bars

Late night venues without a lockout

Outside the lockout zone there are plenty of late-night options in town to keep your evening rolling along

Where to party on weeknights in Sydney
Clubs

Where to party on weeknights in Sydney

Get the club going up on a Tuesday

The best gay party spots in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

The best gay party spots in Sydney

From old favourites to new hot spots

Sydney's party crews
Clubs

Sydney's party crews

Meet the people that make sure you have a dancefloor destination every weekend

The best pick up bars in Sydney
Bars

The best pick up bars in Sydney

In these days of app-based dating the idea of meeting someone in the real world can sound fanciful, but we swear, it happens

Shows to book now

Underworld

Underworld

Sing “Drive boy, dog boy, dirty, numb angel boy” and you’ll start a whole generation chanting the lyrics to one of Trainspotting’s cult classics. Underworld have continued to carve out their own rock and electronica sound over a 25-year career, which included a legendary performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.  This show is part of the contemporary music program presented by Sydney Opera House, which includes Kasabian, Warpaint, Explosions in the Sky, the Stone Roses and Mary J. Blige. 

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Client Liaison

Client Liaison

Everyone's favourite '80s enthusiasts are heading out on tour following the release of their album Diplomatic Immunity. Expect sequins, dancing, costumes changes and new bangers from the synth-pop duo. Put it on the company Diner's Club Card and get to the Metro for maximum pleasure. Get there early and hear the Stranger Things theme tune remixed by Adelaide’s Luke Million. 

Buy tickets
Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest is the hardcore music fan's festival consitently producing quality blues, soul, funk, rock and even hip hop line-ups. This year is no different.  Headlined by the legendary Patti Smith, who will be playing her classic album Horses and backing it up with an acoustic show the next night, and  R'n'B star Mary J. Blige, you can also catch Billy Bragg, the Lumineers, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Jethro Tull and heaps more. 

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Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige

The ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’ singer-songwriter has been touring almost every year since 1997, but has never before performed at the House. If you want to see the nine-time Grammy Award winner, tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday December 2.

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Thais

Thais

If you've seen Nicole Car sing, then you'll know she's got the vocal chops to pull of this role – but does she have the naughty streak? She'll need it to play Egyptian courtesan Thaïs, whose powers of seduction are enough to divert the evangelising monk Athanaël from virtue to vice – or at least, lust. Singing opposite her is Québecois baritone Étienne Dupuis.  This will be a one-night-only staged concert – no set design or props, just a costumed cast and orchestra.  Single tickets for Thaîs are available from October 12. Until then, you can purchase tickets as part of a subscription. See what else is in the Opera Australia 2017 season.

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