Soak Up Some Live Music This Summer With These 9 Unmissable Gigs, Festivals And Shows

By Kyle Hughes
16th Dec 2019

Sydney Gig Guide

As we head into the season of summer, it’s always good to let go of stress, meet up with friends, grab a drink or two and head into a music gig together.

With the months of December and January bringing along a heap of great performances, once in a lifetime appearances and high passion experiences (not to mention, festival season), now is the time to see that band or artist you’ve been wanting to see live.

Below are all the best gigs to look forward to this summer.

No Balance

Vic On The Park Hotel

If you consider yourself a Royal Headache fan, you'll want to check out Inner West duo No Balance (if only because Tim "Shogun" Wall of Royal Headache fame makes up one half of this pretty exciting duo). They're playing a free gig in the front bar of the Vic, and it'll absolutely be a great start to your weekend, your holidays and your summer. More details are here

When: Friday 20 December, 9.30pm - late
Where: Vic on the Park
Cost: Free

Roland Tings

The Lansdowne

If you're keen to hit the dancefloor, let Melbourne producer Roland Tings, AKA Rohan Newman, lead the way. He's just dropped second studio album Salt Water, which is a sweet follow up to his much-loved 2017, EP Each Moment A Diamond. His live show features a tonne of fun layered drum sounds, live synths and a guitarist—so it's pretty much guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Tickets are here

Where: The Lansdowne
When: Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm
Cost: $25

Otto's House Party X Third Eye Stimuli "XXXmas Xtravaganza"

The Lord Gladstone

If your work Christmas party was a bit ho-hum, Otto's House Party (a weekly party centred on epic live music and general house party-style mayhem) can definitely sort you out. XXXmas Xtravaganza at The Gladstone will feature live sets from The Buoys (who, side note, are actually girls), The Jim Mitchells, Tropical Strength, Luke Spook and more. Entry is totally free, and you can also get around cheesy Christmas karaoke, ping pong, foosball, musical chairs and cheap drinks. More details are here

Where: The Lord Gladstone
When: Saturday 21 December, 6pm til 3am
Cost: Free

Falls Festival

Byron Bay 

Bringing along some of the biggest international musicians currently, like Halsey and Yungblud, Falls Festival never disappoints and is always a great way to finish the year with high energy, and open the new year alongside friends, drinks and good music. Head here for more.

Where: Byron Bay, NSW
When: Tuesday 31 December – Thursday 2 January
Cost: $171.57 - $327.06 (excluding additional costs ie. camping pass)

Of Monsters And Men


Best known for their fusion of indie-pop and stadium folk music, Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men will be touring Australia in January. The quintet, having toured the east coast of Australia last in 2016, sold out all shows—with venues having to organise second appearances due to sheer volumes of fans wanting to see them live.

Where: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
When: Wednesday 8 January
Cost: $89.00

Here Comes Mac Demarco—With friends Pond And CHAI

Hordern Pavilion

Coming down to Sydney in January for his HERE COMES MAC DEMARCO tour, Mac is bringing along his friends to join in the fun during the summer tour: Western Australian psych-rockers Pond and ‘Neo-Kawaii’ bubblegum punk group, CHAI—a four-member all-female group from Japan. This tour will be one of intense energy, high passion and lots of fun, so make sure you’re there.

Where: Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park 
When: Friday 10 January
Cost: $85.00

FOMO 2020

Parramatta Park

With a fusion of Australian talent mixed with international powerhouses, FOMO2020 is expected to draw in large crowds. With one stage only (so no set time disasters), appearances from internationally loved talent, Rico Nasty—a rapper, songwriter, and record producer—to Australian emcees like Chillinit, who took Australia’s music underground by storm this year, FOMO2020 is shaping up to be a festival that deserves to be on your "must-go" and "can't miss this" list. More details are here

Where: Parramatta Park, Parramatta
When: Saturday 11 January
Cost: $119.90 – $199.90

Out Of Bounds | A Fest For The South West

Campbelltown Athletics Centre

Coming to Campbelltown in January, Out Of Bounds is a festival for Sydney’s south-west consisting of talent like Illy, The Rubens, Mallrat, GRAACE and more. The festival is being presented by I OH YOU, and is focused on giving Sydney’s south-west a chance to shine. As creative and cultural opportunities are usually focused within Sydney’s inner-city region, bringing a large-scale festival like Out Of Bounds to Sydney’s south-west is an epic idea (if you ask us). Head here for more.
Where: Campbelltown Athletics Centre, Campbelltown
When: Saturday 18 January
Cost: $89.90

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