Annual Sydney Music Festivals and Events

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It certainly seems like Australia’s most populated city has lots to offer, from beaches and bush walks, to concerts and live shows. Sydney is also home to music festivals which happen once or even several times a year. So if that’s your scene, keep reading to learn all about Sydney’s festivals, including where and when they’re usually held.

1. Field Day

Running since 2002, Field Day is an outdoor music festival that’s usually held every year on New Years Day at The Domain. This one-day music festival features various music genres, featuring hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from all over the world. It’s quite popular. Attracting over 20,000 people each year.

2. Sounds of the Suburbs

Usually held in September just in time for spring, Sounds of the Suburbs is one of Sydney’s premier boutique festivals, featuring circle pits and multiple stages. It attracts some of the best local talent, as well as international acts, art installations, and food and drink. It’s held in the Sutherland Shire, just south of Sydney and near Cronulla beach.


Fear of missing out? We hear you. That’s why FOMO is the perfect festival for you. There’s only one stage, which means there’s no timetable clashes and you’ll be able to spend the whole time with all your favourite acts during the festival.

4. So French So Chic

Say ‘oui’ to the wildly popular So Frenchy So Chic, a French-style picnic in the park festival featuring stalls selling mussels, oysters, foie gras, raclette, crêpes and macarons. So French is also a family-friendly festival where kids under 12 can attend free of charge and activities are organised to keep the kids entertained. It’s usually held in January.

5. Listen Out

Listen Out is a dance music event that prides itself in showcasing quality dance music such as hip-hop. It’s usually held in September.

6. Sydney Sacred Music Festival

Sydney Sacred Music Festival is a celebration of diverse music, ceremony and art all in the one place. It’s usually held in September, and its aim is to uncover the hidden treasures of the city’s diverse communities and create a unique event.

7. Global Rhythms

Global Rhythms is a music festival well-known for delivering exciting music, tantalising food from all around the world, environmental workshops, and kids’ activities. Global Rhythms has been running for five years, and it’s usually held in a waterfront location in Glebe every September.

8. Laneway

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, or better known as Laneway, is a predominantly indie music event. Normally held every February, the festival is quite popular both in Australia and internationally.

9. Return to Rio

Return to Rio is the place where you can dance it out to some of the world’s best techno artists while sipping on a cocktail by the pool. The festival is normally held in November at Del Rio Riverside Resort, Webb’s Creek, Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW — a hidden country area located just 1.5 hours north of Sydney on the Hawkesbury River.

10. Vivid (Curveball)

Vivid Sydney, occurring through May – June, isn’t just the world’s largest festival of light — it also features Curve Ball. This event unites quality dance music with stunning visuals in a jaw-dropping industrial setting, creating an unparalleled musical and visual experience.

11. Australian International Music Festival

The Australian International Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals in the country, and it attracts Choral, Wind Ensemble, Orchestral & Jazz Ensembles from both Australia and internationally. The festival is held in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House every June/July.

12. Lost Picnic

If gourmet food paired with quality live music is your idea of fun, then Lost Picnic sounds like your gig. The one-day festival, which features art, theatre and incredible musicians, is usually held at The Domain in October.

13. Sydney Chamber Music Festival

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival, held every year in the surrounds of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, offers fine classical and contemporary music from some of the best Australian and international musicians.

14. The Plot

Ever wish you could’ve seen your favourite artists before they made it big time? Then The Plot is the perfect festival for you. It’s made a name for itself by showcasing some of Australia’s best emerging artists, and is generally held in Parramatta Park every November.

15. Harbourlife

Head to Harbourlife, one of Sydney’s annual waterside festivals, to enjoy the best electronic music going around. Harbourlife is traditionally held at Mrs Macquaries Point, right next to The Royal botanical Gardens, every November.

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Which one first?

If you’re visiting Sydney, attending one (or a few) of the city’s coolest music festivals is a must. You’ll get to enjoy the outdoors and the music, and dance it out at some of the largest parties in the city. Need somewhere to stay? Maze Backpackers is a centrally-located Sydney hostel that has all the facilities you need for your stay. Book now.