C.O.F.F.I.N. Photo by Dougal Gorman

Best Live Gigs Coming to Sydney in May

Words by Riki Wells

In a pre-covid world, you could go to a gig every single night, no sweat.

Now it seems hopeless. You’ve fallen out of touch with the live music scene, and you don’t know what to see or where to see it. Lucky for you, this May is packed with 100% more gigs than last May. Whether you want a jam-packed weekend full of music, or a casual Thursday night out, here are the gigs you must see this May. Nab a ticket before they sell out.


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Hear No Evil, Friday, May 7th

After a long week, a Friday night gig never hurts. Start your weekend off right with a visit to Sydney institution, Three Wise Monkeys. See Myth Of Her, The Doe and the Scapegoat and Lariska jam out, providing a sonic landscape diverse enough for ample dancing opportunity (that includes a guaranteed mosh for all you mosh dogs).

Get tickets here.

CC:Disco! Saturday, May 8th

Still recovering from Friday night’s gig? Don’t sweat it—get your groove on with the ‘Antipodean queen of disco’, CC:DISCO! at UNSW’s Roundhouse. Joined by local legends Adi Toohey and Mike Who, CC is set to transport you to the ultimate disco realm, elevating you to dancing queen (or king) status as you follow the pursuit of the groove line with plenty of other punters all on the same gyration-journey.

Get tickets here. 

RRC. Photo by Dougal Gorman.

SPLASHFEST, Saturday, May 15th

Kicking off at 1 pm with the best line-up I’ve seen in a long time, Splashfest necessitates a go-hard attitude. Get yourself over to Orchard Road, Brookvale, and be there on time because there’s limited space and tickets are on the door. Rock out to the likes of C.O.F.F.I.N, Gee Tee, R.M.F.C, Research Reactor Corp, The Darrans and The Blamers—it’s not one to miss.

Rude Nu-Disco, Saturday, May 15th

If Splashfest doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, or even if you wanna try two gigs in one night, Oxford Art Factory is the place to be. Kicking off at 11:30 pm, it’s gonna be a late one, but grooving with CUNNINGPANTS, Mustid, Brett Simpson and Big in Japan into the early hours of the morning will be well worth it. Featuring all things funky, I’d recommend you grab a ticket before they sell out.

Get tickets here. 

Sketches, Saturday 22nd May

Fiending for a bit of a different live music experience? Sketches opening night at Lord Gladstone has got you. Post-punk, passionate rock and indie tones provided to you by The Red, Cammy Cautious and the Wrestlers, and Locked in Lummo will grace your ears as the works of nine diverse artists grace your eyes.

Get tickets here. 

Towns, Saturday, May 29th

Hailing from Adelaide, Towns stops off at the Lansdowne for the Sydney leg of their Swimming album tour. Colourful and fun, the gig will be a great way to round off your music-filled May. Before you go, check out the video for Swimming.

Get tickets here. 

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