Experience Ausmusic Month 2018 in Sydney

A celebration of Australia’s most talented musicians engulfs Sydney.

Sydney is bursting with live music this November with countless live Australian music events taking place on Sydney’s world-class stages, from rock to indie pop to orchestra. Head south to Cronulla for the Australian Music Week Conference, a grassroots music industry event. Finish the month with ARIA Week and the ARIA Awards. ARIA Week is two-weeks of live music programming at different venues across Sydney. 


The month begins with Ausmusic T-Shirt day. On 3 November, Aussies around the country wear a t-shirt proudly proclaiming their favourite Aussie band, hashtagging it with #ausmusictshirtday. Instagram comes alive as thousands of people flood the site with their best Aussie band t-shirts. If you don’t have a t-shirt with an Aussie band on it, this gives you the perfect excuse to go out and get one. A useful and memorable souvenir.


The Australian Music Week Conference takes place in the sunny suburb of Cronulla at the Cronulla Cinemas on the 7–11 November, 2018. The conference is at the forefront of the grassroots music scene and offers patrons a showcase of over 150 artists, both local and international. It’s the perfect place to discover new and genuine music and with a vastly diverse range of genres on show you’ll be certain to find something for you. The Conference will also present 20 unique panels and masterclasses to help you understand the very latest in the music industry. 


Lovers of music rejoice! November is the perfect time to be in Sydney. Over the month, Sydney’s stages come alive with Australia’s best musicians, both established and up-and-coming. Reggae infused, home-grown, rock band Sticky Fingers take to the Hordern Pavilion on 1–2 November to bring their smooth, bouncy sounds to Sydney.

The Living End, pioneers of Aussie punk-rock in the 90s and early 00s are back in a one-off Sydney show on 2 November at the Enmore Theatre. Headbang and footstomp along to their internationally recognisable hits.

If orchestral bombast is more your speed, then you won’t want to miss the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra or the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is performing “Lixsania and the Labyrinth,” a performance which brings an explosive new energy to Vivaldi and Graun, featuring Lixsania Fernandez and Shaun Lee-Chen. See it at the City Recital Hall on 2, 3, 7 and 9 November. 

James Morrison
James Morrison (©Cameron Bloom)

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is serving up a variety of programs across November at Sydney’s Opera House. Catch James Morrison, jazz extraordinaire, as he teams up with the SSO to perform classic jazz tunes on 2 and 3 November. 

If you’re after some indie pop or alt-rock, then you can’t look past Lime Cordiale. They’re playing on 3, 9, 10 and 11 November at the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) UniBar, Narrabeen RSL and the Northern Beaches PCYC respectively. With small, local venues and tickets prices around $20 you can snag an intimate performance at a great price.

Hottest 100 winners, The Rubens, are performing at the Enmore Theatre on 16 November and UOW’s UniBar on 17 November. With their new album recently released you’ll get their classic, award-winning groovy tunes and be able to dive right into their new stuff. Fans of hip-hop can catch Aussie legend Urthboy at the Oxford Art Factory on 21 November. 


ARIA Week is back in Sydney this year with its biggest line up to date. With special events, showcases, one-off gigs and conferences taking place you’ll be given the opportunity to experience the talent of local bands and musicians. Leading the line-up is Gang of Youths who will be gracing the stage for a total of seven Sydney concerts!

Gang of Youths
Gang of Youths (©Maclay Heriot)