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Chvrches on stage at Sydney Opera House January 7, 2019.
Photograph: Daniel Boud

The best gigs in Sydney this week

Here are the live music shows you'll want to listen out for in the next seven days

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Time Out editors
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There are plenty of live gigs to get to every week in Sydney, whether you’re looking to get rowdy in underground music dens or sway away to sweet melodies in grand concert halls. You’ll find local producers hitting the decks at Sydney's best clubs, and indie bands from every corner of the city and beyond rocking out at Sydney's best live music venues. So get around it.

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The best live music in Sydney this week

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  • Sydney
Sydneysiders have seen the contours of the Opera House sails a thousand times. They're a truly iconic strand of the city's DNA, but as familiar as the building's exterior is, plenty of spaces within the architectural marvel remain hidden. Like winning a golden ticket, Nooks and Crannies unlocks these secret spaces. In a series of intimate gigs, musicians are placed in lesser-known spots within the Opera House and respond accordingly, with their music. Featuring indie music big hitters of the calibre of Courtney Barnett, Camp Cope and The National, you can binge all this gold on the Opera House's Stream platform. Think of it like a special edition of Rage with site-specific music videos filmed in hidden corners of a famous Sydney landmark.  The first volume features Swedish guitar whisperer JosĂ© GonzĂĄlez and Melbourne future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote. Round two features hypnotic soul-folk artist Moses Sumney in the orchestra pit of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, playing his enchanting hit ‘Don't Bother Calling’. Next singer-songwriter and producer Kelsey Lu plays a stripped back, minimal version of her pulsating, Jamie xx co-produced track ‘Foreign Car’ under the laser lights of the Studio in the belly of the Opera House. US cult rockers The National play 'Hard To Find' from their Grammy Award winning album, Sleep Well Beast, under the Opera House sails in the Utzon Room. Melbourne trio Camp Cope bring forth their scathing critique of indie rock’s virtue signalling issues with
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  • Newtown
If you're anything like us, you've been dreaming of being on a dancefloor, breaking some shapes to sick beats until the early hours of the morning, for the best part of four months. Which is why it's such ripper news that at long last, we have the reopening of Tokyo Sing Song, the iconic underground rave cave in Newtown, at the Marly Hotel. Parties are back every Friday and Saturday night through November and December, curated by Picnic. The first weekend back sees Lauren Hansom and Mike Who featuring on Friday, and DJ Posture and Unpin on Saturday night. Over the summer, we’ll see more electric acts, including Ayebatonye, Kali, Simon Caldwell and Ben Fester. Bring on the boogie, we say. Tickets are $30 and doors open at 9pm with the good times running until 4am the next day. To book a night in the rave cave, head over to the Marly website.
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  • Double Bay
Hump day just got a whole lot better. Shwednesdays are back at The Sheaf in Double Bay this November and December, with epic dance nights, live DJs, drink specials, and more. With a huge summer planned, get down there every Wednesday to make the most of the silly season. Some of the events being served up this summer include a massive schoolies party with Red Bull for the big dance vibes, a naughty Xmas party to keep the festive season game strong, and of course a New Year’s Eve pre-party so you can bid a not-so-fond farewell to the dumpster fire that was 2021 in style.  For the full line-up of events or to book, head to the Golden Sheaf website.
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  • Surry Hills
Summer’s coming in hot, dancing’s back on in Sydney in a big way, and after more than three months in lockdown, we reckon we've earned the right to start the weekend on a Thursday. Who's with us? If you're ready to add an extra 24-hours to your TGIF vibes, late-night hangout Goros are throwing cheeky Thursday night parties throughout November and December, with big-name DJ acts, tasty cocktails and a non-stop dance floor – and yes, karaoke too. Pretty much the perfect recipe for a weekend night out... but on a Thursday. And best of all, it's free entry all night, so really, what excuse do you have for not going? Head in for a big boogie, with the dance floor rocking until 1am, and bring back the three-day weekend – even if you have to work the next day. Book your Thursday night party at Goros here.
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  • Dance and electronic
  • Potts Point
Silly season is on our doorsteps, which means it’s time to dust off the dancing shoes and get ready for a well-deserved boogie. And that's exactly what you'll find in spades at the Kings Cross Hotel throughout November and December, including Christmas Day. The ever-popular boozer is giving the D-floor a workout with a 12-hour mammoth party across three rooms, starting at 3pm on the rooftop before taking the shenanigans to the red room and club until 3am. Blueprint is coming in hot with a huge summer featuring some of the best local, interstate, and international artists playing deep house, melodic, progressive, techno, and disco every week. If you prefer sessions that pack a punch (the punch being the beats) then Blueprint is your go-to.  Tickets are $27 each and you can grab one here.
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  • Newtown
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Live music is back with a bang on the Waywards stage upstairs at the Bank in Newtown. With restrictions now eased further, dance floors have also returned, where we'll be screaming out all the bangers we know the words to at the top of our lungs – just like old times. To finish off the year that was 2021, Waywards is hosting four huge lineups over four Fridays from December 10 to 31. The Line-up is yet to drop, but you can bet your ass that whatever talents hit the stage, it's going to be an epic show, including a festive Xmas Eve and epic New Year’s Eve gig to ring in 2022 like you mean it. To be the first to hear about the lineup announcements, you can sign up to the Bank Hotel’s mailing list here. 

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