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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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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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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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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 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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Winter at North Bondi Fish

Things are changing at North Bondi Fish, Matt Moran’s sprawling seafood restaurant with its famous ocean views. The venue has had a spruce up and new head chef Zac Sykes (Coogee Pavilion, the Fish Shop) has revamped the menu with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. “My favourite dish at the moment is butter poached cuttlefish, fennel and lemon balm risotto with nori powder,” says Sykes. “I love using cuttlefish as it has great flavour and just like Aussie calamari, it’s sustainable, so you know it’s not overfished in any part of Australia.” Head into North Bondi Fish on a Thursday or Friday night and you can try one of Sykes’ #notjustfish creations, where he favours the likes of pork belly with braised cabbage and polenta or slow-cooked beef shin over seafood. Enjoy the special with a carafe of wine for two people at $30 per head. Winter warmer cocktails are also available throughout the cooler months and include tasty adult treats such as an Irish Coffee or a Kentucky Toddy served in a teacup. Or pop on down for Aperitivo hours, Wednesday to Friday from 4-6pm. NBF are also hosting an after party for City2Surf. Tickets include a three-hour beverage package, food by Sykes and DJ Alice Q playing on the balcony from 9am. Now that’s what we’d call a fun run. Winter trading hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon till late.

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Rock Lily Trivia Tuesdays

Rock Lily, the music-comedy-entertainment venue on Level 1 at The Star, Pyrmont, has a trivia night every Tuesday, from 7.30pm. There’s no cover charge, pizzas are just $10, there are $15 beer jugs and parking is free if you spend $15 in one go. Now here’s the kicker. Many pub trivias will give you $100 in bar credit as first prize. Hell, some will give you less. But at Rock Lily the prize is a cool $500 cash – every single Tuesday. Plus, there are prizes worth $100 and $50 for second and third place respectively, and spot prizes throughout the night. That’s right. Win the comp and half a K is yours for the taking, no strings attached. Mind you, with such a generous jackpot at stake, The Star are serious about the cardinal rule of trivia: namely, no phones, tablets, notes, newspapers or other forms of external assistance – on pain of disqualification. They monitor this closely, so hands off the phones, people. Teams can be as small as two and as large as ten. The smaller the team that triumphs the bigger the individual cut, but then the bigger the team the wider your knowledge base. There are two rounds of 20 questions. Good luck.

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Blackbird and Laugh Mob present Harbour Comedy Club

Blackbird laughing in the dead of night... Contemporary eatery Blackbird Café in Cockle Bay Wharf has joined forces with Laugh Mob to launch Harbour Comedy Club on Thursday nights. The new comedy club will present both Australian and international talent and kicks off at 8pm on Thursday July 28 with headliner Gary Eck, a veteran of the local scene whose credits include co-writing Happy Feet 2 with George Miller. Regulars at Harbour Comedy Club will include Edinburgh Fringe Festival award winner Brendan Burns, heavy metal comedian Steve Hughes, Al Del Bene and Tony Woods from the US, plus local heroes Neel Kolkhatar and Frenchy. You can reserve a table by emailing comedy@blackbirdcafe.com.au. Entry includes a beverage on arrival and drinks specials will be available all night.

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