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10 Gigs You Need To Check Out In Sydney This Month

By Jessica Best
5th Jul 2019

From festivals and big-time touring artists to free dive bar gigs, club nights and floating harbour parties, there is a whole lot of live music to get around in Sydney this month.

Even in spite of our city's sometimes ho-hum reputation when it comes to music culture and live shows, we've done the hard work for you and managed to unearth some pretty sick gigs. 

Here are ten gigs you need to check out this month. 

FIDLAR

Hailing in hard from LA is skate-punk hero FIDLAR. In Sydney, for the first time in a long time, these rabble-rousers are celebrating the release of their third album, Almost Free. FIDLAR’s shows are as unpredictable as they are unmissable, so round up your crew for a night at the Metro Theatre and some hardcore screaming to their smash hit "By Myself". Head here for tickets.

Where: Metro Theatre
When: Sunday 21 July
Cost: $64.90

Sam Fender

Hitting the stage gig-circuit hard this month is UK-talent Sam Fender, i.e. one of the fastest-rising artists in the world right now. Next to Fender taking out the BRIT Award for the Critics’ Choice Of The Year, this up and coming star is set to perform at Byron’s Splendour In The Grass and with that, a sling of sideshows. One of them is taking place at Oxford Art Factory so expect colossal live takes of his big tunes this year "Hypersonic Missiles", "That Sound" and "Play God".

Where: Oxford Art Factory
When: Wednesday 24 July
Cost: $49.90

Dave

Returning to Sydney soil this July is UK rapper Dave. The 20-year-old may have had Drake remix his early single "Wanna Know" and been busy tearing the stage up in Glastonbury, but come Thursday 18 July, he’ll be locked on Enmore’s stage and ripping up the lyrics to "Pyscho" and the politically charged "Question Time". Make sure you grab your tickets here.

Where: Enmore Theatre
When: Thursday 18 July
Cost: $54.90

James Blake

The insane voice of James Blake is back, with an extra show added due to high demand. His Splendour sideshow is marked down to take place at the Enmore Theatre off the back of his latest (and arguably strongest) record of his career Assume Form. The trailblazing UK artist will also have an epic pre-show with DJ Suzanne Kraft booked on the decks. Tickets available here

Where: Enmore Theatre
When: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 July
Cost: $84.90 and $109.90

Russ

This Atlanta hip-hop sensation is hitting Down Under hard with a line-up of Splendour sideshows against his Australia and New Zealand tours. Named in Forbes annual “30 Under 30” this year, Russ notably emerged onto the music scene just after 2011 when he dropped a bomb collection of mixtapes. He’s also renowned for slaying two and a half hour sets (just casually) and collab'ing with Snoop Dog on his sophomore record ZOO. Don't miss out on tickets

Where: Hordern Pavilion
When: Tuesday 16 July
Cost: $91.65

SZA

SZA confirmed three massive headline shows during her upcoming visit for this year’s  Splendour In The Grass and as one of the most seminal voices in modern R&B right now, you’re going to want to get tickets to this one. Influenced by avant-garde jazz and hardcore rap, SZA is a genre-blurring force with five Grammy nominations under her belt (where she also held the most nominations at the 2018 Grammy awards). Last time she was here, SZA’s shows sold out so you’re going to want to make sure you nab tickets fast.

Where: Hordern Pavilion
When: Friday 19 July
Cost: $132.45 – $224.20

DJ Youngsta + N-Type 

What Agency is presenting a solid night out at Marrickville’s two-level creative warehouse Red Rattler with two of the UK’s most iconic and legendary dubstep duo. These guys have been touring Australia and New Zealand hard for the last month and their shows have been packed to the rafters so head here for tickets.

Where: Red Rattler
When: Friday 5 July
Cost: $25 – $35

The Dead Love

With an album in the works, 2019 is already shaping up to be a huge year for The Dead Love. So far this year the band has signed to US label Adventure Cat Label, they've landed a string of killer supports including The Story So Far, Basement, DZ Deathrays and Stand Atlantic, and their latest underdog anthem Anyway has garnered all the Spotify and Triple J support. Known for plating up raucous shows, hit the ticket sales now so you don’t miss out.

Where: The Vanguard
When: Thursday 18 July
Cost: $19.89

Klub Koori

Klub Koori is returning in 2019 featuring Bad Apples Music with a seriously awesome line-up of emerging and established artists from the iconic Aussie record label. Artists include the likes of 21-year-old Gamilaroi hip hop storyteller Kobi Dee and R&B artist from Sydney’s West Rebecka Hatch, who will celebrate NAIDOC Week with their music and embrace this year’s theme of voice, treaty and truth. Head here to grab your tickets.

Where: Carriageworks
When: Saturday 13 July
Cost: $15

Little Simz

UK Rapper Little Simz is making big waves in the music world with her third studio record Grey Area, which was released late last year. The 24-year-old will be making a cameo at Splendour but if you didn’t catch tickets to the Byron Parklands, you’ll find the rapper working up a storm at Factory Theatre to her epic hit "Selfish". Head here for tickets.

Where: Factory Theatre
When: Thursday 18 July
Cost: $49.90

And here's everything to know about the Sydney FOMO 2019 line-up.

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