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Jan '23

Sun

29

Country & Inner Western

W/ Sweet Talk, Lady Lyon, Manson Family Values, David M Western

2:00pm The House of Music & Booze

JH

The bootscooters won't give up until they've taken over every last corner of the Inner West! Another quality line-up of the good local stuff.

Toria Richings

W/ Jack Nolan Band

2:00pm Yulli's Brewery

EVIL LOVE MULE

W/ THE DEAD SET, AARKK, PARAPHERNALIA, SUNKENFACE

2:30pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

Selfish Sundays

W/ ARSE, Enclave, Muscle Mary, Georgia Mulligan (solo), August Auzins (solo), Horror MyFriend (DJs)

4:00pm Crowbar

JH

You bloody ripper. Crowbar teaming up with Yours and Owls for a killer arvo/evening line-up - totally free!

MORTAL BLOW BIG BAND

4:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

The Night Packers

W/ Fret

5:00pm Gasoline Pony

Dumbly & Di Fonzo: Dead Poets' Sobriety

W/ Tug Dumbly, Benito Di Fonzo

6:00pm The Dock, Redfern

JH

"A cavalcade of poetry and song" - apparently this duo did this as a regular event at The Friend in Hand in Glebe for about a decade under the name "Bardflys".

Lucy Burke

W/ Reckless Empire

6:00pm The Vanguard

Mayumi Mullins

W/ The Stellas, Aleks Matic

7:00pm LazyBones

Indra Violet

W/ Future Heaven, Airline

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

Moktar مُخْتار

W/ Sophie McAlister (DJ), DJ Earl Grey

7:00pm CTA Business Club (Weary Traveller / SydFest '23)

Szikrabáb

W/ SPECTRAL GATES

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Tue

31

Loretta Palmeiro and Mark Isaacs

W/ Mia Barham and Babs Brady

7:30pm Jetsets (Tempe Jets)

NB:

Two improvisational duos - donation suggested for entry

Feb '23

Wed

1

Ariel

W/ Airline, Bennett’s Groove

7:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

Debut show!

Fontaines D.C. (IRE)

8:00pm UNSW Roundhouse

BR

This is almost worth cancelling my honeymoon over. Irishmen Fontaines D.C are hot as hell right now, and I'll be wishing I was at this show while sipping pina coladas on Seminyak beach with my wife.

City & Color (USA)

W/ Dooms Children

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Finneas (USA)

W/ Lexi Jayde (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

CJ Stranger & Sunset Stranger

8:00pm The Midnight Special

Thu

2

Hashshashin

W/ Godswounds, Fabulous Contraption

7:00pm LazyBones

JH

A line-up featuring "balkan infused prog, 8 bit flavoured weirdo rock and middle eastern inspired psych". A warning that the line-up represented here doesn't reflect playing times: "Who’s headlining? We don’t know. Who’s opening? We don’t know that either. Why? Thanks to recent breakthroughs in CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY, lineup order will be determined on the night mere seconds before performance via DIGITAL ALEATORIC GENERATION to keep you on your toes."

Breaking Sound

W/ Denison, Gwyn, Hemans Erilia, Teo Leander

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Rehab Doll

W/ Muzzle, The Sweaty Betty's

7:30pm MoshPit Bar

FREAKS 4 HIRE #2

W/ ZSA ZSA, SANDWICH MAGIC, DURRY MUMS, REMEMORIES2049, POPS

7:30pm Hiway Bar

The Hollywood Waltz

W/ Charli Lucas

8:00pm The Royal

The Prize

W/ Grand Final, Daughter Bat and the Lipstings

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Fri

3

Local Produce

W/ Bixie Major, Goodmonster, Mikk, Q, Ultra

6:00pm The Great Club

Free Time (NYC/AUS)

W/ Martin Frawley & Dan Kelly (Duo), Okin Osan, Pash

7:00pm Petersham Bowlo

JH

Outrageous line-up! Do you remember Twerps? They were one of the poster acts for Melbourne's heady "dolewave" scene back in the early 2010s but, like most of their colleagues (ok, Dick Diver), disappeared without a trace without explanation. Will there be a dolewave conspiracy documentary in a decade's time? Will it feature Darren Levin (editor of one of this website's spiritual forefathers Mess+Noise) as a talking head? But I digress. One of Twerps' key members Martin Frawley has re-appeared in Free Time, who are based in New York and who appear to be touring Australia for a crop of dates. But look! Martin is ALSO doing a set with no other than living legend Dan Kelly (yes, he's related to Paul Kelly - nephew/uncle). Did you know that Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males (Dan's band) originally had Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Tom Carlyon (of criminally underrated Aussie band Devastations) in their line-up when they formed? Wild times. Okin Osan is the project of local Rose Chan - skuzzy, sunny power pop. And Pash is some gorgeous jangle glossiness. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.

Acacia Bloom

W/ Hair Kari, Garage Noise

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

NB:

'Cactus' single launch

The Drive By’s

W/ Freakers, Bunny Bear

7:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

Arafura

W/ Canine

8:00pm Secret Marrickville Location

JH

Arafura (“anticolonial erratic hardcore”) playing their first show in about 3 years. Canine (who Dean from Arafura - also a member of Potential - describes to us as “the best band in the world”) feature members of Glory Hole, Pure Evil Trio, Thorax, Shark Bait & Shit Weather. It’s a cash-only donation at the door, with all proceeds going to Waria Crisis Centre, a shelter for trans people in crisis in Yogyakarta. For the address, DM one of the bands and they’ll be happy to clue you up.

Lojetz

W/ No Cake, The Strike Outs

8:00pm The Duke of Enmore

100 GECS (USA)

W/ daine

8:00pm Metro Theatre

The Vamps (UK)

W/ Sam Nelson (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

SOMNIUM

W/ STITCHER, CONE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

8:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Mimi Gilbert

W/ Juice Webster, Armlock

8:00pm Low 302

Wicked Things

W/ Dangerous Curves, Mayeflower

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

NB:

"Hangover" single launch

Ash Lane

W/ Single Youth, Pinky Ring

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

DIP

W/ Second Idol

9:00pm Yulli's Brewery

Satin Cali

W/ The Good Kids

9:00pm Vic on the Park

Sat

4

Doll Parts

W/ As You Are, 1978

3:00pm MoshPit Bar

Carla Geneve

W/ Lee Sullivan

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

Backsliders

6:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

Blues band showcasing their FIFTEENTH album. Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) is hitting the tubs.

Lucky Day

W/ Creep Features, Splendid Fiasco, West Street Drive

6:30pm The Alley @ The Agincourt

White Knuckle Fever

W/ Garry David, Gravel Samwidge, Crankees

7:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Catstronaut

W/ Monstress, Lahi & The Diks

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

NB:

EP launch

TEX AND TIM

8:00pm Factory Theatre

NB:

Tex and fucking Tim. Back at it. That price tag though, Jesus.

Beautiful Stink

W/ Infinite Skies, Paint the air

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Extortion

W/ Straightjacket Nation, Primitive Blast, Rapid Dye, Demolition

8:00pm Crowbar

Sun

5

Naked Strangers

2:00pm Yulli's Brewery

Broham

W/ Harvey Russell & The Widowmakers

4:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

NB:

"Don't Cry No Tears" single launch

Green Mohair Suits

W/ Bower

5:00pm Union Hotel

Hephalump

W/ Great Job!, Imposters in Chrome

7:00pm Petersham Bowlo

NB:

Launch show for single "Bull Frog"

Before the King

W/ Cosy Bosom

7:00pm Brass Monkey

Cassy Judy

W/ Swamp Daisies, Rita B

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

Tiny Moving Parts

W/ Eat Your Heart Out

7:00pm Mary's Underground

Cowboy Junkies (CAN)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Mon

6

Girl In Red (NOR)

W/ Betty Taylor

7:30pm Metro Theatre

Phoebe Bridgers (USA)

8:00pm Hordern Pavilion

Tue

7

UNDERWARDS

W/ Jacques Emery

7:30pm Jetsets (Tempe Jets)

NB:

'Delve' Single Launch

THE BACKSEAT LOVERS (USA)

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Wed

8

Ed Kuepper & Jim White

W/ Darren Cross

8:00pm The Great Club

Ross From Friends (UK)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Thu

9

Ed Kuepper + Jim White

W/ Darren Cross

6:30pm Brass Monkey

Manning

7:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

"Hearts On Fire" Single Launch

Golden Fang

W/ Mick Daley, Adreas Jensen (DNK), Gold Gull

7:30pm MoshPit Bar

Yung Gravy (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

NB:

Second show added!

Fri

10

Redd Volkaert (USA)

7:00pm Brass Monkey

Snake Bite Whisky

7:00pm The Vanguard

Nonii

W/ Langside, Amber Rose

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

NB:

'The Afterthought' EP launch

Metal On The Northside #8

W/ SVLEM, EFFIGY OF MADNESS, ACROLYSIS, SCUM FU

7:30pm The Chatswood Club

JH

Very excited to be tipped off about this fantastic series of metal shows in Chatswood (thank you Darsh) - these folks are doing the lord's work. We're keen to ensure this guide reflects everything that's happening in all corners of Sydney: hit us up if you have any pointers!

Banks Arcade

W/ Bellehaven, Live Conform Die

8:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

Sightless

W/ St Heartless, The Oh Yeahs

8:00pm Town & Country

BAYANG (tha Bushranger)

W/ Nerdie, D0ntplay

8:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Nothing, Nowhere (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Yung Gravy (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

NB:

Lock up ya mums (or take them to a VIP meet and greet, mums have got needs too).

Buddadhatta (JPN)

W/ Rubber Necker

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

Cinta

9:00pm Union Hotel

Sat

11

Jamey Foxton

W/ Jesse Redwing, Chloe Kay & The Crusade

6:30am OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

NB:

Postponed from Nov 16.

Huck Hastings

W/ Glenn Hopper

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

Redd Volkaert (USA)

6:00pm The Great Club

Dream Alley Dream #5

W/ JWPaton, JWLSN

7:00pm Bursill Lane Studios

JH

Absolutely stellar DIY gig series up in the Blue Mountains. In their own words: "Dream Alley Dream is a two person, nonprofit, DIY monthly event based at Bursill Lane Studios, Katoomba. We are passionate about audio-visual curation and celebrating the work of local, emerging and visiting artists with the focus on the experimental." Keep an eye on this project - it's a good'n.

Xile

W/ Life's Ill, Trenchknife, Backlash

7:00pm The Burdekin

Death of Guitar Pop (UK)

W/ Sunny Coast Rude Boys

7:00pm Paddo RSL

Everclear (USA)

7:00pm Crowbar

Sons of the East

W/ Amistat

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Kingdom Calm

W/ Edgecliff, Speed Dial

8:00pm Waywards @ The Bank Hotel

Kosher Groove

8:00pm Union Hotel

The Great Awake

W/ Operation Ibis, Ess-Em

8:30pm MoshPit Bar

Sun

12

Under The Bridge

W/ Endless Bore, Scræpe, Crêam Söda, Boiling Hot Politician, Numbskull, Grand Final, Birthday Raven, Dial Up Modem, Arsenico, Techno Prisoners, Succour

1:00pm Secret Location

NB:

No idea where this is being held - under a bridge, apparently - but it's a huge lineup! DM a band, you'll probably get told where it is!

THE KIDS

W/ SODA SIMULATOR, TERESA GREEN, DYSFUNCTION, GEORGIE WINCHESTER

2:30pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

Gabe Levin

W/ Daniel Tomalaris (St.Joan), Jacob Thomas (The Million)

6:30pm MoshPit Bar

Wasabi Bytes

8:00pm Hustle & Flow

NB:

"Tales of the City" debut album launch event for a new hip hop / electronica act. First live set we've been aware of at this famously rambunctious location.

Tue

14

Wed

15

Thu

16

Maia Toakley

W/ Hatchling, Mannequin Radio

7:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

JH

Local pop-rock artist launching new single ‘Eye To Eye’, playing to her largest headline audience yet!

1000mods (GR)

W/ Jack Harlon and the Dead Crows, Iron Blanket

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Hidden Intent

W/ Head Jar, Live Wire

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

Great Gable

W/ Darcie Haven

8:00pm The Great Club

Turnstile (USA)

W/ Speed

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

JH

Tickets for this highly anticipated gig from the hardcore punk five-piece evaporated in seconds after going on sale for the original booking at The Metro. It's clear this kind of insane demand was always expected by the bookers: Laneway clearly wanted the pent-up demand to send people in the direction of the festival, but anyone wailing to the heavens had their prayers answered: Turnstile are up for a Grammy, which means they've dropped out of Laneway to jet back to the States, and now have two mega Sydney gigs to cater to demand (the other is at the Big Top at Luna Park). The people win!

THE DRIVE BYS

W/ INVIEW, SOMETHING ABOUT MIDNIGHT

9:00pm Crowbar

Fri

17

Dear Scarlett

W/ Toothpicks, Bakura

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Turnstile (USA)

W/ Speed

7:30pm Big Top, Luna Park

NB:

New show after Turnstile got their Grammy nom! It's also a 13+ show!

Jess Day

W/ Platonic Sex

7:30pm The Lansdowne

The Exploited

W/ Rust

8:00pm Avalon RSL

Nitty Scott (USA)

W/ Kween G, 3ternal 3ngine

8:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

JH

Local pop-rock artist launching new single ‘Eye To Eye’, playing to her largest headline audience yet!

The Lachy Doley Group

8:00pm Brass Monkey

Being As An Ocean

W/ Stepson, Bloom

9:00pm Oxford Art Factory

Mother Mother (CAN)

9:00pm Factory Theatre

Sat

18

Hellcat Speedracer

W/ Naughty Boys

6:30am OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Last Chance Roxy

W/ Phantoms, Brits and Pieces, Pick & Roll

2:00pm MoshPit Bar

Ashli

W/ Ainsley Farrell

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

Blade Of Horus

W/ Exhuminator, Complexant, Cultists, Habitual Depravity

6:00pm The Burdekin

Kontrasto

W/ A.G. 47, The Dave Webb Project

7:00pm Bootleggers @ Kelly's On King

Dog Trumpet

7:00pm Django Bar @ Camelot Lounge

JH

Well shit: all this time I've been entering gigs for Dog Trumpet completely oblivious to who they were... "Dog Trumpet is spearheaded by brothers Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa who were founding members of iconic Australian band Mental As Anything"

Queer As Fvck @ The Duke

W/ Gaia Rising, Kye Keen, Antonio Mantonio (Drag), Choking Hazard (Drag), George Dykeal (Drag)

7:00pm The Duke of Enmore

Creamy G's Freaky Deaky Dance Party #4

W/ Toydeath, Sandwich Magic, Tom Adamson, Doctor Robot

7:30pm The Lord Gladstone

Surfing Soundwaves

W/ Cameron Deyell/Laurence Pike

7:30pm The Great Club

The Band Next Door presents

W/ Finnogun’s Wake, Lady Lyon, Bridge Dog

8:00pm Botany View Hotel

Cosmic Psychos

8:00pm Crowbar

At Arm's Length

8:30pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

JH

Local pop-rock artist launching new single ‘Eye To Eye’, playing to her largest headline audience yet!

Bad Religion

W/ Social Distortion

9:00pm Hordern Pavilion

The Exploited (USA)

9:00pm Factory Theatre

Sun

19

Sunday Songwriters in the Round

W/ Enda Kenny, Jasmine Beth, Chris Neto

2:00pm El Rocco

Young Captain (CHN)

W/ HOOLEEGER黄利格 (CHN)

7:00pm Metro Theatre

Crashdiet

W/ Sisters Doll

7:30pm Crowbar

Mon

20

Alexisonfire (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Tue

21

Wed

22

Catebite (USA)

W/ THE RESIGNATORS, OPERATION IBIS, THE SKARNTZ

6:30pm Mary's Underground

Cameron Alexander

W/ Sarah Yagki, Finch

7:00pm The Vanguard

Thu

23

Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley

W/ Finnian Johnson

6:30pm Brass Monkey

Bricklayers

W/ Cake Walk, Brown Snake

7:30pm MoshPit Bar

Breaking Sound

W/ North of Quasi, Sonnet and the Breadboys, Bixie Major

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Fri

24

Kav Temperley

7:00pm The Vanguard

CW

Eskimo Joe frontman playing trakcs from his new solo album and the EJ back catalogue. Dress code: Black fingernails, monkey-shit brown sweater. (Not officially.)

The Green Spiders

W/ Moot, The Jane Does

7:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Dunhill Blues

W/ Walk On By, Shark Arm

8:00pm MoshPit Bar

THE MODERATE THEMES

W/ Hark Marquee, The Shrugs

8:00pm Petersham Bowlo

NB:

Launch for debut EP "A Movie I Used To Love"

Mahalia Barnes and the Soulmates

8:00pm The Great Club

Sat

25

HARDCORN

W/ FANGZ, SCABZ, MOUNTAIN WIZARD DEATH CULT, FATHER DEER HANDS, CRUCIAL TIMES & BILLY PUNTTON, THE MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

6:00pm The House of Music & Booze

Battlesnake

W/ Glitoris, The Miffs, Starcrazy

7:30pm The Duke of Enmore

Henry Wagons & The Only Children

8:00pm The Great Club

Unwritten Law (USA)

8:00pm Dee Why RSL Club

Julia Jacklin

W/ RVG

9:00pm Enmore Theatre

Sun

26

Chris Cody

W/ Julien Wilson

7:00pm The Great Club

Unwritten Law (USA)

7:00pm Crowbar

Mon

27

Siamese (DNK)

W/ Patient Sixty-Seven, Traces

8:00pm Factory Floor @ The Factory

Tue

28

Del Amitri (UK)

0:00am Enmore Theatre

JH

No idea who this is but it's their "first Australian shows in more than thirty years": they have a smattering of charting singles including "Nothing Ever Happens", “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”, “Always The Last To Know” and “Roll To Me”. I'm still none the wiser, but I'm sure there's someone reading this that's frothing over having just discovered the show. So whoever you are, enjoy!

MAISIE PETERS (UK)

7:30pm Metro Theatre

NB:

Ed Sheeran support act's own headline show while in town. Moved from OAF to the Metro!

Mar '23

Wed

1

Charley Crockett & His Band

W/ CAITLIN HARNETT & THE PONY BOYS

7:00pm Factory Theatre

Okinawa Americana (JPN)

7:00pm The Vanguard

Indie-Queers Sydney World Pride Edition

W/ SL8ERBOY, Awa Mbaye, Safety First

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

Thu

2

Heilung (GER)

7:00pm Big Top, Luna Park

NB:

Heilung is an experimental folk music band made up of members from Denmark, Norway, and Germany. Their music is based on texts and runic inscriptions from Germanic peoples of the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Viking Age. Heilung describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe"

Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley

7:00pm Camelot Lounge

Vinyl 45

W/ Sun Affair, Splendid Fiasco, Roze Burke

7:00pm The Vanguard

THE SCHIZOPHONICS (USA)

W/ THE UNKNOWNS

8:00pm Crowbar

Fri

3

SMOOCH

W/ GEE TEE, SABÏRE, ITCHY & THE NITS

7:30pm The Lansdowne

NB:

Naarm band celebrating their debut album "A Force to be Rockin'" With through Legless Records (Split System, Stiff Richards, C.O.F.F.I.N.)

BONEZ Queer Party

W/ Downgirl, Excuse for an Exit, drag & burlesque

8:00pm Crowbar

Sat

4

Saint Barae

W/ Rachel Maria Cox

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

Midnight Tea Party

W/ Queen Porter Stomp, Tropicante Sound Sistema

7:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Billy Puntton and the Mental Health Plan

W/ The Toothpicks, Modus Fire

7:00pm MoshPit Bar

Backstreet Boys (USA)

7:30pm Qudos Arena

The Proclaimers (UK)

8:00pm State Theatre

Peaches (CAN)

8:00pm City Recital Hall

JH

Performing "The Teaches of Peaches" in full, celebrating the electroclash classic's 20th anniversary! I do appreciate that the ticket price is $69.

Sun

5

Backstreet Boys (USA)

7:30pm Qudos Arena

Mon

6

MUNA (USA)

7:30pm Metro Theatre

NB:

Upgraded after a stampede for tickets had them disappear instantaneously when they went on-sale. Big plus for the new venue: the show is now all ages!

Tue

7

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

7:30pm City Recital Hall

Carly Rae Jepsen (CAN)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

JH

CRJ's last tour in 2019 was one of the most anticipated pop events of recent Australian history. She'd completely skipped the continent with her instant classic E•MO•TION, and by the time she rolled around to tour Dedicated the fans were at fever pitch. And then the show was just... fine? Much the same as Dedicated is a forgettable quagmire, the show ran as a perfectly serviceable run through some well loved classics. Carly seemed oblivious to the excitement and depth of connection to her work, barely acknowledged the audience or band, and did a perfunctory run through the songs. To be honest, especially as (for the crowd) a long-anticipated Event To Be Remembered, the whole thing was completely forgettable. CRJ has returned with a new record that's definitely a step above Dedicated - let's see if she can actually deliver a connection with her fans this time.

Eilen Jewell (USA)

W/ Lo Carmen

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Black Lips (USA)

8:00pm Crowbar

Wed

8

Armand Hammer (USA)

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

LC

The 2 legendary rap poets - ELUCID and Billy Woods - are gracing Sydney with their hypnagogic, ominous and enrapturing sounds! Coming off of their 2021 Alchemist-produced album 'Haram', the duo are at the centrepoint of a burgeoning experimental hiphop movement you don't want to miss.

Sacred Reich (USA) / Vio-lence (USA)

8:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Carly Rae Jepsen (CAN)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

JH

More!!!

KOKOROKO (UK)

8:00pm Factory Theatre

NB:

Our mates over at Astral People and Handsome Tours (hello friends) doing the lord's work bringing an awesome neo jazz/afrobeat collective out from the UK. Given the individuals concerned with putting the show on, and the fact that they don't tour a dud, I'm going to stick my neck out there and suggest you take a look into this one. – JH

Thu

9

Night Mares: A Women's Week Fundraiser

W/ Lara (Lady King), Crotch (Bodytype / Sweetie), Caitlin Harnett (Pony Boys, Andy Golledge band), Imi (Joseph Liddy, Riverdreams, EJ Worland), Hayley (Lady Lyon), Kiri, MUNG MUNG, Bonnie Stewart + Freya Schack-Arnott (Bonniesongs / Runa Cara), Son Zad (HOTEL, Terza Madre), Ali Mollica (The Morning Star), The UteroVision Choir featuring Georgia Mulligan, Ashley Bundang (Bored Shorts, Classic), Jane Doutney (ADKOB), Sarah Corry (LEFT), Freyja Fox (Megafauna), and many more!

6:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

"PALAVA are an all female-identifying arts collective who run community arts events in Sydney. Our NIGHT MARES event will be fundraising to ensure our 2023 group exhibition can go ahead and continue to support more female-identifying and non-binary artists. A portion of profit made will also be donated to SHARE THE DIGNITY, which bring dignity to women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and period poverty through the distribution of period products."

Jordie Lane

6:30pm Brass Monkey

NB:

EP Launch

RICCHI E POVERI (ITA)

7:30pm Enmore Theatre

Alice Phoebe Lou (SA/GER)

7:30pm Oxford Art Factory

Crumb (USA)

8:00pm Factory Theatre

NB:

First ever Aussie tour for this neo-psych band from Brooklyn

Fri

10

Sat

11

Lucy Parle

W/ AODHAN

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

BOSTON MANOR

W/ MOVEMENTS

7:00pm Factory Theatre

Moonwood

7:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

"Lady In Red" Single Launch

Sarah Yagki

W/ Jnr., Good Bargain

7:30pm OAF Gallery @ Oxford Art Factory

A WILHELM SCREAM (USA)

8:00pm Crowbar

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges (USA)

8:00pm Brass Monkey

Sun

12

VICTA

W/ King St Horns

4:30pm Union Hotel

Moderat (GER)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

NB:

Moderat! Finally!! The pairing of German 00s electronic crossover pioneers Apparat and Moderat released their fourth record in 2021 and will be finally making it over here.

Mon

13

Lorde (NZ)

W/ MUNA (USA)

7:00pm Aware Super Arena (ICC)

Florence and the Machine (UK)

W/ King Princess (USA)

7:30pm Qudos Arena

Tue

14

Lorde (NZ)

W/ MUNA (USA)

7:00pm Aware Super Arena (ICC)

"Weird Al" Yankovic (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Mdou Moctar (NGA)

9:00pm Sydney Opera House

NB:

Tuareg psych rock band make a return to Sydney playing two night in the Utzon room

Wed

15

Pat Tierney

W/ Ash Perrow

7:00pm The Vanguard

Tim Easton (US)

W/ Bud Rokesky

8:00pm The Midnight Special

King Princess (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

"Weird Al" Yankovic (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Mdou Moctar (NGA)

9:00pm Sydney Opera House

NB:

Tuareg psych rock band make a return to Sydney playing two night in the Utzon room

Thu

16

PRECIOUS ENERGY + GODTET

7:30pm The Lansdowne

Kip Moore (USA)

W/ Randy Houser (USA)

8:00pm Hordern Pavilion

Fri

17

Temtris

W/ Envenomed, Thraxas, Valiant

7:00pm The Bridge Hotel

Jackson Carroll

W/ Flying Lights Club, Clay Western

7:00pm Brass Monkey

Stella Donnelly

W/ Mia June

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Sat

18

June Jones

W/ Punko

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

Spy v Spy

W/ Urban Guerillas

7:00pm Brass Monkey

MAT MCHUGH & THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

7:30pm Factory Theatre

Teenage Dads

W/ Noah Dillon, Hallie

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Fantabulosa ft. Boy George (UK)

8:00pm Aware Super Arena (ICC)

Sun

19

Chasin the Train

4:00pm The Bridge Hotel

NB:

Formed in 1986. Members of Moving Pictures and the Glenn Shorrock Band.

My Chemical Romance (USA)

7:30pm Qudos Arena

Mon

20

My Chemical Romance (USA)

7:30pm Qudos Arena

Tue

21

Wed

22

Thu

23

Tim Easton (USA)

W/ Sam Shinazzi

6:30pm Brass Monkey

Fri

24

Murray Cook's Soul Movers

7:00pm Brass Monkey

ROBERT HENKE (MONOLAKE) AND ELECTRIC INDIGO

8:00pm City Recital Hall

Joel Leggett

W/ Lachlan Edwards, Lawson Hull

8:00pm Low 302

Sat

25

Mylee Grace

W/ Big Wheels

5:00pm Cockatoo Island

WILLIAM CRIGHTON & LIZ STRINGER

7:00pm Factory Theatre

Baby Cool

7:30pm The Lansdowne

NB:

Grace from Nice Biscuit!

Halfway

W/ The Apartments

8:00pm The Great Club

Hope D

W/ Asha Jefferies, The Dandys

8:00pm Crowbar

Sun

26

The Badloves

W/ KING CANYON

1:00pm Brass Monkey

Tue

28

Three Way Mirror

W/ Mess

7:00pm The Vanguard

Black Midi (UK)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

NB:

Upgraded from the Factory to the Metro!

Thu

30

Peter Manjarres (COL)

6:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

7:00pm Big Top, Luna Park

Paradise Kitty (USA)

8:00pm Crowbar

Fri

31

Father Deer Hands

W/ Some Heard Trouble, Ghost Complex, Greenwood

8:00pm The Chippo Hotel

The Whitlams Black Stump Band

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Kurt Vile & The Violators (USA)

8:30pm Sydney Opera House

Apr '23

Sat

1

ROCKS

W/ The Strike Outs, The Jane Does

3:00pm MoshPit Bar

NB:

ROCKS - no "the" in this band name - are a punk band that was formed in Sydney in 1977. They made a bit of a stir with their early track "You're So Boring". Apparently they haven't played in a while.

Dave Graney & Clare Moore

8:00pm The Great Club

Hot Chelle Rae (USA)

8:00pm Metro Theatre

Mon

3

Lucinda Williams (USA)

W/ Steve Earle & The Dukes

5:30pm Enmore Theatre

Tue

4

Kaleo (ISL)

7:00pm Enmore Theatre

NB:

Upgraded from Metro show after it sold out

Wed

5

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (USA)

7:00pm Metro Theatre

The Doobie Brothers (USA)

8:00pm State Theatre

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Thu

6

The Soul Rebels with Robert Glasper (ft. GZA and Talib Kewli)

W/ Big Freedia

7:00pm Enmore Theatre

Fri

7

Michael Franti & Spearhead

W/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

5:00pm Enmore Theatre

Sat

8

Sundogs

W/ The Appointments, Wayne Tritton

6:30pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Sun

9

Tue

11

Counting Crows (USA)

7:00pm Enmore Theatre

Wed

12

Minor Gold

W/ Chris Carrapetta

7:00pm The Midnight Special

Thu

13

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (USA)

W/ St. Paul & The Broken Bones (USA)

5:30pm Enmore Theatre

Fri

14

These New South Whales

6:30pm The Lansdowne

Neil Murray

W/ Melanie Horsnell

8:00pm The Great Club

Sat

15

Jackson Browne (USA)

W/ Liz Stringer

7:00pm Aware Super Arena (ICC)

Raising Ravens

W/ DOWNGIRL, Gaia Rising

8:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Urthboy plus special guest Dallas Wood

8:00pm The Great Club

Urthboy

W/ Dallas Wood

8:00pm The Great Club

Fri

21

Escape The Fate

W/ The Beautiful Monument, D.R.U.G.S (USA)

6:00pm Metro Theatre

Jungle Rot (USA)

6:30pm The Lansdowne

NB:

Wisconsin band formed in 1994. "A punitive blend of old-school thrash metal, death metal, crossover and crust punk"

SPOEGWOLF (ZAF)

W/ Herman Kleinhans

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Sat

22

The Stranglers (UK)

6:00pm Metro Theatre

British India

8:00pm Crowbar

WAR

W/ DARKHORSE, CARNAL VISCERA, NUMBSKULL

8:00pm Marrickville Bowling Club

Sun

23

Tue

25

ALT-J (UK)

W/ Royal Otis, Harper Finn (NZ)

7:00pm Metro Theatre

Wed

26

Alt-J (UK)

W/ Royal Otis, Harper Finn (NZ)

5:45pm Hordern Pavilion

Fri

28

Sat

29

May '23

Sun

7

Maggie Lindemann (USA)

8:00pm Crowbar

Sun

14

The Turner Brown Band (US/AUS)

5:00pm The Vanguard

Fri

19

Skid Row (USA)

W/ Reckless Love, Wicked Smile

6:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Sat

20

Tue

23

Vader

W/ Hate, Thy Disease

8:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Fri

26

Unto Others (USA)

6:00pm The Vanguard

NB:

Australian tour debut for this US goth metal band.

Sat

27

Darren & Olivia Coggan

7:00pm Brass Monkey

Tue

30

Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers (USA)

8:00pm Manning Bar, USYD

Jun '23

Fri

2

Shannon Wright (USA)

W/ A Broken Sail

6:00pm The Vanguard

Jul '23

Fri

14

Oct '23

Sun

8

Volumes (USA)

W/ Defying Decay (THAI), UNI/VS

8:00pm Crowbar

Thu

19

Bury Tomorrow (UK)

8:00pm Crowbar

Sat

21

Mark Seymour & The Undertow

8:00pm Factory Theatre

Nov '23

Fri

3

Sat

4

Fri

24

Belinda Carlisle (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

Sat

25

Belinda Carlisle (USA)

8:00pm Enmore Theatre

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