Clubs, Bars and Venues

Enmore Theatre – The pre art-deco style Enmore showcases a myriad of live music gigs, theatrical shows and world-class comedy. From Rock to Classical, and everything in between, chances are your favourite band have played here.

Newtown Social Club – The place to head for the best independent live music. Featuring an impressive performance space upstairs featuring acts 7 nights a week.

Oxford Art Factory – One of Sydney’s favourite venues comprising 3 separate venues offering a diverse range of big name and local Electronic, Dance, Folk, Indie, Rock, Hip Hop acts as well as visual and performance art.

Chinese Laundry – DJ Mag has included Chinese Laundry in their Top 100 Clubs multiple times in the past few years. Cool vibe and great position next to Darling Harbour. Awesome guest DJ’s in every genre from Electro to Hip Hop, House and Drum’n’Bass.

Manning Bar – Not your average university bar, hosting national and international Electronic, Rock, Hip Hop acts on a regular basis.

Freda’s – Cocktail bar, live music venue and neighbourhood party bar. It’s a licensed lucky dip where you will hear House, Techno, Synthpop, 90’s themes night, RnB and Indie rock.

Ching-a-lings – Underground Oxford St favourite – always someone working the turntables with a rotation of Funk, Soul and Hip Hop. Otherwise, it’s all about chilling out on the deck with a cold drink.

Marquee Sydney – About as Vegas as Sydney gets, Marquee hosts all the biggest international Trance heroes as well as the usual local suspects.

Home – Based in Darling Harbour, Home is a super club with amazing views that features some of the best underground and commercial Dance music artists in the world.

Civic Underground – With one of the city’s best sound systems, this small, boutique club attracts highly respected underground international headliners and locals for super fun Techno, Deep House and Electro parties.

The Basement – An Australian icon, with a solid reputation and cult following and a unique energy, ambience and reputation. Serving music lovers with high calibre local and international Jazz and contemporary performers for over 40 years.

Silsila Club – Regular Indian club nights featuring Bollywood, Bhangra, RnB, Top 40 and House DJs.

Ivy – A sophisticated urban playground home to award-winning restaurants, Sydney’s only rooftop pool bar hosting the glamorous summer dance parties, as well as numerous clubs and leading fashion and lifestyle retailers.

ARQ – LQBTQI hotspot with a super-charged atmosphere and a world-class sound system, incredible acoustics and one of the best lighting rigs in Sydney.

Space Club – Space Club regularly hosts Chinese and Korean artists and DJs playing KPop, Reggae, RnB and Hip Hop.

The Cuban Place – Mojitos, delicious pan-Latin food and live Cuban and Latin America sounds on Friday and Saturday nights in a vibrant 2-floor venue.

Music Blogs/Fanpages/Online Communities

Eventfinda – Covering all cities, towns and regional areas and all styles of music, Eventfinda is your comprehensive guide on upcoming concerts, parties, festivals and gigs across Australia.

Resident Advisor – RA is the world’s largest independent electronic online music magazine. News, interviews, and reviews as well as the full rundown of what’s on in each city.

Trance Music Appreciation Society – This group started as a small community of people who all share the same passion for Trance and has now become one of the largest families in Sydney.

S.A.S.H – Bringing you proper house music adventures across Sydney every weekend.

Festivals

January

So Frenchy So Chic – A Summer French escape of music, food and friends. A party and a picnic in the park celebrating life and culture in the beautiful grounds of Werribee Mansion. Get lost in the Joie de vivre!

Field Day – Celebrate New Years at this popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing Hip Hop, House, Indie and Electronic artists from around the world.

Sydney Latin Festival – One of the biggest gatherings of Latin & Brazilian dancers in the world. 3 days and nights of non-stop fun at ‘The Friendliest Place on Earth’. Countless hours of Salsa, Zouk, Bachata, Samba and more.

Electric Gardens – Celebrated across the Australia Day Long Weekend, Electric Gardens is a boutique event showcasing the very best House and Electronic music.

February

Laneway Festival – National touring festival featuring a bold selection of the contemporary icons and emerging game-changers of independent music in Electronic, Pop and Rock.

Bailar Kizomba Festival – Workshops, parties, live music and performances of Kizomba, Afro Beats, Zouk and Latin dance music over 5 insane days and nights.

March

Return to Rio Summer Closing Party – Hear the best in underground House music in a 3-day long weekend filled with music, fun, too much dancing, pool parties, cocktails, laughter and sunshine by the beautiful Hawksbury River.

April

The Byron Bay Bluesfest – Australia’s largest festival of Blues and Roots music held over 5 days in beautiful Byron Bay. Boasts an awe-inspiring lineup of musical legends as well as an eclectic array of big names international and talented locals.

Groovin the Moo – Maitland hosts Groovin the Moo with two outdoor stages, a big top tent, bands and performers from across the world, and honest country hospitality.

July

Splendour in the Grass – Australia’s largest winter music festival based in Byron Bay. Splendour creates its own community for a weekend that is a heady mix of contemporary performing arts and quality and innovative lineups of the best in Indie, Alt-rock, Electronic and Dance.

September

Snowtunes – Enjoy live music and entertainment at night, and skiing or snowboarding during the day. Snowtunes offer show-goers a unique festival experience in the pristine setting of Lake Jindabyne.

November

Harbourlife – The amazing location, stellar lineups with the best of House and Electronic are amongst the many reasons why Sydney’s annual Harbourlife is one of Australia’s flagship music festivals. 

Return to Rio Summer Opening Party – Hear the best in underground House music in a 3-day long weekend filled with music, fun, too much dancing, pool parties, cocktails, laughter and sunshine by the beautiful Hawksbury River.

December

Subsonic – Techno, House, Roots and Soul music festival in the gorgeous surrounds of the Australian bush, just north of Newcastle. Need a rest from all that dancing? Grab an inflatable floaty and your crew and float down the heavenly river with a drink or 2.

Falls Festival Byron – Catch the explosive line-up of Indie, Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, Dance and Electronica from Australia and around the world for an epic New Year’s Eve celebration in the coastal town of Byron Bay.

Lost Paradise – A 3-day festival of Techno and House music, camping, food, art and yoga, lovingly wrapped in community. Top-notch line-up, amazing venue, and one of the best New Years Eve music festivals in Australia!