The Best Live Music Venues in Sydney
May 14, 2012
Sydney loves its live music, so if you are here for a visit, be sure to catch at least a show or two. There are constantly international acts touring from all over the world, not to mention a solid local scene, so make sure your Sydney accommodation is close to at least one of the following Sydney venues so you can check out a show or two while you are in town.
The Enmore Theatre
One of the most popular venues in Sydney to see live music at is the iconic Enmore Theatre. Being a small place, you can get up close to the bands, creating an intimate vibe that never fails to rock the house. Located in the inner city suburb or Enmore, this venue has been one of Sydney’s top live music venues since the 1960s.
The Sandringham Hotel
One of the more famous of Sydney hotels, this trendy music venue, affectionately known as The Sando, has played a pivotal role in supporting Australian live music and is the home turf of many of Sydney’s most respected musical outfits, including Frenzal Rhomb and The Whitlams.
The Sydney Opera House
There is no better venue in the world to see live music than this fantastic place. The unusual design of the building was planned with superb sound quality in mind, making this one of the world’s premier live music venues.
The State Theatre
This heritage listed venue on Market Street in Sydney is one of the most intimate music venues in the city, and is a popular choice with big name acts who are in Australia on solo tours.
The Annandale Hotel
Arguably one of Australia’s last true rock and roll venues, the Annandale has been a pillar of the Sydney live music community for decades. Still the place many of Sydney’s most rocking acts launch albums from, the Annandale continues to rock just as hard as anyone in this city.
The premier jazz club in Sydney is always good for some talented live acts, for decades being the place to go for world-class jazz in this city. The intimate vibe of the basement venue and the often lively crowd make The Basement on of the best places in Sydney to see a live musical performance.
The Metro Theatre
Housing two separate performance spaces, ‘the Forum’ and ‘the Lair’, the Metro has been the scene of some of Sydney’s most legendary live performances over the years. The Metro is located on George Street in Sydney’s CBD.
The Hordern Pavillion
Located on what used to be the Royal Easter Show grounds, this place has been a mainstay of the live music scene for decades, regularly hosting big international acts like the Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins. The setup in the Hordern Pavilion is not unlike a large school gym, and the crowd here is always sure to get a little rowdy.
The Sydney Entertainment Centre
One of the tamer of Sydney’s live music venues, this is generally where you will see live acts that aren’t going to rock ‘too hard’. The majority of the capacity here is seating only, making the entertainment centre a good place to see a show, though probably not the place you’ll experience your craziest concert ever.