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Here’s Every Gig You Need To Check Out In Sydney This Month

By Sammy Preston - 01 Apr 2019

Sydney Gig Guide | Urban List Sydney

April is music month at Urban List and we’ve got all of your music needs covered with this ultimate Sydney gig guide.

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. Billie Eilish, Mallrat and Groovin the Moo in Maitland may have all sold out—but we're happy to report that you can head out (almost) every night of the week to hear something live, loud and fresh. 

Here are all the gigs you need to check out this month. 

Sounds On The Terrace

Kick off your month of live music with the Museum of Contemporary Art's monthly rooftop gig. Sounds on the Terrace in April features electro-pop songstress Bec Sandridge and an indie six-piece called JD and The Hunger Men. The gallery will be open late, so you can check out some of the immersive installations on show as part of The National exhibition. And the legends at Young Henry's have created a beer slash margarita mash-up (a "lagerita") that's available exclusively at the event. More info is here

When: Wednesday 3 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Where: MCA Rooftop Terrace
Cost: Free
Listen: Bec Sandridge, I'll Never Want A BF 

The Jezabels

Listen to the magic of Hayley Mary's haunting, powerful voice when The Jezabels hit up this pub for a free gig as part of the Carona Sunsets series. The now iconic indie-rock band has played stages at Coachella, Glastonbury and Splendour—so this intimate mid-week show will undoubtedly be pretty special. Head here for more info. 

When: Wednesday 3 April, 8pm - 1am
Where: Potts Point Hotel
Cost: Free
Listen: Endless Summer

Broke House

If you’re after some soothing indie sounds for your Wednesday evening, head to Redfern’s cosy, cruisy, always buzzing and never pretentious dive bar, The Dock. Broke House is a collab between songwriters Luke Costelloe and Ron Francois, and the vibe is maybe a little Tom Petty meets The National. Expect smoky vocals alongside your whisky sour. The track Extra Indigo is a blissful winner, and would pair brilliantly with a midweek glass of red.

When: Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm
Where: The Dock, Redfern
Cost: Free
Favourite Track: Extra Indigo

Kaiit

Visiting from Melbourne for the weekend to headline Better Daze, Kaiit is an absolute must-listen. She’s inspired by jazz and neo-soul legends like Lauryn Hill, Noname Gypsy, SZA—even the late great Amy Winehouse. Her voice is incredible, and with a bit of a background in fashion, she’s got great style too. She’s joined on the Better Daze line-up by Francoistunes, Joyride, Sauti Systems DJs and more. Throw in an epic Portuguese charcoal BBQ, woodfired pizzas, sangria jugs and $10 cocktails—and you are living your best life. Grab your tickets here

When: Saturday 6 April, 11.30am - 8pm
Where: Portugal Community Club, Marrickville
Cost: From $22 + booking fee
Listen: Natural Woman

Seadeck Sunset Cruise With Alex Preston

Wrap up your weekend with a sunset harbour cruise and a powerhouse roster of One Hit Agency's best DJs. Headlining this floating Sunday session is Alex Preston, the Sydney-based producer whose house tracks are on heavy rotation with the likes of Sonny Fodera, Sam Divine and Low Steppa. Expect a wild live show too, where Preston hammers guitar solos on a bright white Fender Strat while spinning his original tracks at the same time. Head here for more info and tickets

When: Sunday 7 April, 2.15pm - 6.30pm
Where: Seadeck, Sydney Harbour
Cost: From $30 + booking fee
Listen: Be With You

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cub Sport

Celebrating the release of their third studio album, the dreamy alt-pop outfit that is Cub Sport is touring the country and trust us, you don't want to miss their Sydney appearance. Cub Sport's songs are sweet, bubbly, euphoric and beautifully honest, charting the enduring romance between band members Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield. Head here for tickets fast. 

When: Friday 12 April, 7.45pm
Where: Enmore Theatre
Cost: $47.10
Listen: Sometimes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kurt Vile

Basically one of the biggest indie artists of the last decade, Kurt Vile is set to hit up Sydney for his Bottle It In tour. The album dropped in October last year, and it's got a slightly more psychedelic vibe than Vile's usual sound, but Pitchfork reckons it's some of his best stuff yet. Tickets are here. 

When: Monday 15 April, 7.30pm
Where: Enmore Theatre
Cost: $72.50
Listen: Loading Zones

Dom Youdan

"It's going to be a dreamy, intimate and let's not lie, awesome gig to celebrate the release of my new single Is Your Lover Still Cool," says singer-songwriter Dom Youdan. He's hosting a listening party at Hibernian House—the iconic graffiti-splattered Surry Hills warehouse and artist's community—and it'll be a fun night out for sure. 

When: Wednesday 17 April, 7.30pm
Where: Hibernian House, Surry Hills
Cost: Free
Listen: Set You Free

Digitalism

Digitalism is set to headline The Island’s last party for the summer season. Not familiar? This German electronic duo got real famous with some heady, infectious electro tracks in 2007—namely Pogo and Zdarlight, and a sick re-edit of The Cure song Fire In Cairo. They’ve remixed a Daft Punk tune, as well as tracks for The Presets, Cut Copy, Depeche Mode and The White Stripes. Basically, you’ll be stepping back in time to the mid-2000s aboard a floating bar in Sydney harbour. If that’s not a pretty decent way to bid adieu to warmer weather and kick off the Easter long weekend, we’re not really sure what is.

When: Thursday 18 April, 5pm - 11pm
Where: The 
Island, Sydney Harbour
Cost: From $75 + booking fee
Listen: Digitalism In Cairo

Jungle

Seven-piece English funk outfit Jungle peddle sounds that are smooth, laid back and fun—and layered with sweet group vocals. If you're vibing a date night or just a cruisy night out in Newtown, grab tickets to Jungle's show right here and hit up The Duke or one of the other awesome restaurants in Newtown. Sorted. 

When: Wednesday 24 April, 8pm
Where: Enmore Theatre
Cost: $73.90
Listen: Casio

Touch Sensitive

Everyone's favourite pizza guy slash disco-house producer Touch Sensitive is doing an epic April long weekend tour. Catch his groove-drenched set at The Metro in Sydney on Wednesday 24 April and make it a big one—tomorrow's a public holiday. Get tickets here

When: Wednesday 24 April, 8pm
Where: The Metro
Cost: $39.90
Listen: Lay Down

Rejjie Snow

Rejjie Snow toured Australia just last year, but he's back with a new show and some new music too. The genre-bending Irish rapper's sound is soulful, smooth, jazzy and gritty—and he's collab'd with a whole bunch of in-demand producers and artists. Tickets are here

When: Tuesday 30 April, 8pm
Where: The Metro
Cost: $49.90
Listen: 23

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Image credit: Alex Preston shot by Tom Wholohan. 

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