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Music’s ‘satellite account’ to benefit all

BY LUCAS BAIRD Sydney’s struggling live music industry contributes to Sydney’s overall nighttime economy according to one expert. Coordinator of music technology at the University of Tasmania, David Carter contributed to a specialist panel on the state of live music in Sydney and Australia on April 4. He explained that a live music scene in […]

Basement 33

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Goulburn Street’s Haymarket end, is nestled a brand new hidden bar gem, worthy of any nightlife veteran’s attention.

LIVE WIRE – Sydney’s Live Music Guide June 11

The Sticks:  What began as weekly event in a small Redfern bar has quickly grown into an exciting new project for this Sydney electronic trio, as they perform a unique brand of live improvised electronic music that pushes the boundaries of post-produced beats and free improvisation. Thu, Jun 11, Red Rattler Mike Waters: It came […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney’s Live Music Guide May 21

Sally King & Sametribe: A veteran of the Sydney blues scene renowned for her soulful vocals and powerful performances, Sally King is set to bring up-tempo blues to Petersham with her band Sametribe, consisting of Paul Berton on guitar, David Green on bass and Matt Brooke on drums. Thu, May 21, Petersham Bowling Club Onra: […]

City music program skips a beat

By Georgia Fullerton Musicians and students say finding somewhere to live and practise uninterrupted in Sydney has become more difficult. The City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Action Plan made community halls in nine venues across the city into free rehearsal spaces. The program was a welcome change for many young creatives, who say […]

Bar Fly: The Standard Bowl

A birthday party, a bar and booze and bands and bowling: perhaps not the kind of celebrations you might expect for someone turning two, until you learn the party was for the music website Spotify.

Top secret stages light up the night

‘Secret’ performances by big names in international music would be enabled under a City of Sydney plan to encourage touring artists to collaborate with local musicians. The Live Music and Performance Action Plan calls on the council to work with the immigration department, promoters and venues to create greater flexibility. The report says it is […]

The Standard to become a bowling alley

Celebrated Taylor Square live music venue The Standard will be converted to a bowling alley, it has been announced. The rebranding follows weeks of speculation about the venue’s future after at least one promoter was dumped from the schedule. “We are changing, in essence, from a typical live music bar to a bar with music […]

Push to import Victorian music laws

By Edmund Kirkwood Live music advocates have called upon the O’Farrell government to follow Victoria’s lead in reducing regulation of live performance venues. The Napthine state government in Victoria used the last sitting day of parliament in 2013 to declare a series of red tape reforms aimed at making it easier for small pubs and […]


The sudden closure of the Blue Beat club in Double Bay on the weekend has widened the gap in the ever increasing void that is the Sydney live music scene, particularly when it comes to venues that can accommodate between two and three hundred people. It is these medium-sized live music venues that cities like […]