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Contemporary Music

Upcoming gigs, performances and concerts

13 Oct 2023 Contemporary Music

Camp Cope

After eight years crafting fearless, empowering anthems that shook up Australian music, beloved Melbourne trio Camp Cope are signing off with a final farewell show at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

20 Oct 2023 Contemporary Music

Bark of Millions

Featuring 54 new original songs inspired by queer idols throughout world history. A world-premiere hybrid work from renowned artist Taylor Mac, and performed by a global ensemble of queer artists. Join the celebration of queer history on the Concert Hall stage for this epic performance.

31 Oct 2023 Contemporary Music


Returning to Australia for the first time in more than 20 years, legendary pop pioneers Sparks bring their 50-year career to the Concert Hall.

22 Nov 2023 Contemporary Music

Russell Morris - The Real Thing

This November 65 musicians and singers honour the remarkable career of this Australian music icon with a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

27 Nov 2023 Contemporary Music

Lee Fields with special guests Surprise Chef

Sizzling soul-man and R&B legend Lee Fields returns to Australia with the Expressions for his Sydney Opera House debut, supported by Melbourne funk fiends Surprise Chef.

3 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

Yiruma Live in Oceania

I hope that my music doesn’t separate from your lives. Instead, I want it to be with you always, as if it’s the background music to your lives.

4 - 5 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

The War on Drugs

Get ready! The War On Drugs are returning to Sydney.

4 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

Caroline Polachek

Due to overwhelming demand, one of the most exciting artists in the new generation of pop disruptors, Caroline Polachek announces a final Sydney performance.

6 - 8 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

Dermot Kennedy

After a sold out run of dates last year, Secret Sounds is excited to announce Irish singer and songwriter Dermot Kennedy returns to Australia this year.

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10 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian returns to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Sunday 10th December 2023 for his only live show of the year celebrating with his loyal fans 20 years since he was crowned Australia’s very first Australian Idol.

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12 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music


Aussie rockers Icehouse are joined by dance luminaries Sneaky Sound System and soul and blues songstress, Karen Lee Andrews for a night to remember.  

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13 Dec 2023 Contemporary Music

Human Nature

Australian icons Human Nature have become synonymous with an Aussie Christmas, and this year they're back with a revamped rock-around the Christmas Tree! 

1 - 2 Jan 2024 Contemporary Music

All You Need Is Love

This is a show that treats the Beatles songs with the love and respect they deserve - four brilliant singers accompanied by The Day Tripper Band and Strawberry Fields rock orchestra.

8 Feb 2024 Contemporary Music

Simple Minds

Simple Minds returns to Sydney for two amazing shows.

9 - 12 Feb 2024 Contemporary Music

Paul Weller

Iconic British legend Paul Weller returns to the Sydney Opera House for the first time in six years, playing decades of hits plus new solo work across three Australian exclusive shows.

5 Mar 2024 Contemporary Music

Yussef Dayes

A shapeshifting beat master of virtuoso power, British jazz percussionist and composer Yussef Dayes makes his triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House, making his dazzling drumming debut at the Concert Hall.

8 Mar 2024 Contemporary Music

An Evening with Daniel O’Donnell

A life affirming show of music, song and laughter. Known for the close relationship with fans, Daniel presents a wonderful show of Irish standards and popular classics.

19 Mar 2024 Contemporary Music

Graham Nash

Sixty years of songs and stories.

21 Mar 2024 Contemporary Music


Making their long-awaited return to Australia after 11 years, Chicago’s multiple-Grammy-award-winning alt-rock legends Wilco will celebrate 30 years of music with an exclusive Concert Hall performance.

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31 Mar - 2 Apr 2024 Contemporary Music

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter and rock ’n’ roll hall of famer Elvis Costello returns to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – with his legendary band The Imposters – for the first time in 17 years.

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Love List: Australian Punk/Post-Punk by Low Life

Cristian and Mitch from Sydney's own post-punk lords Low Life have written a Love List to the Australian bands who have shaped them, excited them and geed them up over the years.

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From New Order to Four Tet, Vivid LIVE's Ben Marshall on expanding his horizons in London's electronic music scene.

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Music for... Road Trips by Bonobo

Buckle up and escape into the wild with this playlist by electronic wizard Bonobo.

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