Live music

Live music is a vital part of the cultural fabric and identity of Sydney's inner west. It is a part of our creative expression, encourages social and economic benefits and generates opportunities for the local community to connect and celebrate. Council supports existing and new live music venues to nurture future growth of creative industries in the area.

Where can I catch live music?

From the iconic Enmore Theatre to pubs like the Lewisham and small venues like Midnight Special, the inner west area houses a wide range of music venues for emerging and established artists and diverse audiences.

There is a hub of live music venues in the Marrickville area, including Gasoline Pony, Lazybones, Marrickville Bowling Club, Camelot Lounge, Django Bar, Red Rattler and Factory Theatre.

Head to our What's On page to check out some of the fantastic live music gigs on offer.

Find live music venues on our Around the Inner West map

How are we supporting live music?

Following the release of the City of Sydney's Live Music and Performance Action Plan (2014), Council undertook a range of actions to support local live music and night-time economies. Related cultural planning/ regulatory investigations have been incorporated. Key local initiatives include:

  • Participating in the Live Music Taskforce, including collaborating with the City of Sydney, Newcastle Council, Wollongong Council and City of Parramatta
  • Initiating the Off Broadway plan to activate Parramatta Road by encouraging live music and arts activity
  • Collaboration with the City of Sydney on a pilot program with Music NSW and the Live Music Office, Amplify, to give local venues targeted support with music programming
  • The Live Music Marrickville Action Plan (2015) included: a $50,000 grants program (for audience development, all ages gigs and noise abatement); identifying an arts planning representative; and, the Sydenham Creative Hub initiative to activate live music and creative industries in Sydenham/ East Marrickville

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Page last updated: 27 Mar 2019