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The Best Live Gigs to See in Sydney This Month


Winter is well and truly upon us, and as per your doctor’s advice, here’s our prescription of the best gigs this month that you have to see.

A calculated mix of raving, moshing and just ingesting healthy doses of live music is necessary to warm your bones as the temperature drops. With the long weekend approaching too quickly to comprehend, you better get onto nabbing some tickets before they disappear.

Ministry of Sound Long Weekend event, The Rocks, June 13th

Keen to pursue the aforementioned raving? As we celebrate the Queen’s birthday, coincidentally the Ministry of Sound celebrates its 30th anniversary, and you can celebrate with them! ‘Testament’ is set to take place in a harbourside warehouse, with DJ sets from house legends PNAU and Crooked Colours, so you’ll want to get in fast. Night 1 and 2 have already sold out, but fear not, there are still tickets to night 3 waiting for you!

Get tickets here.

The Wall 3.0, Powerhouse Late at the Powerhouse Museum, June 17th

Focusing on showcasing digital artists, The Wall at the Powerhouse is set to be iconic, and in all honesty, it’s the only way you need to spend your Thursday night. Set in the Powerhouse Museum and run by friends of EMC (think S*A*S*H, Stereogamus, etc.), it’s going to be an electronic dream. Food by Butter, a screening of house music doco Where Love Lies, and performances from local hip-hop and electronic artists, all you’ve got to do is register to attend—yes, it’s free.

Register for tickets here. 

The Kids at The Vanguard, June 18th

Mosh dogs, gig goblins, party punters, dancefloor demons… I could go on, but this one’s for you. Headlined by The Kids, who are embarking on their Go Back to Canberra tour, this one’s set to be loud and memorable. Supported by Powerdrill, Suncreeps and Stupid Baby, it’s a pub gig I wouldn’t want to miss. After seeing The Kids live a couple weeks back, they’ve been at the forefront of my mind. Their gigs play out like a hate-filled opera, and as an added bonus, the band won’t fail to let you know how much they hate you. I’d highly recommend attending, and if you can’t catch them in Sydney, they’ll also be in Wollongong and Canberra in the next couple of weeks.

Get your tickets here. 

New Order and Depeche Mode Club Night at OAF, June 19th

Originally meant to take place this time last year in conjunction with the 30th birthday of Depeche Mode’s Violator and New Order’s tour, you-know-what came and ruined that idea, so here we are a year and a bit later, ready to return to the Golden Years. For one night only, get transported to a late 80s/early 90s dancefloor. Starting the night with the entirety of Violator, Oxford Art Factory presents a night of timeless tracks that’ll induce a wave of nostalgia for some, and for others, a reinforcement of the necessary education these artists impart.

Get your tickets here. 

Cosmic Flanders at the Lansdowne, June 25th

Frequenting Sydney’s gig scene and releasing casually since 2015, Sydney staple ‘loud’ band Cosmic Flanders are sending it off in style at the Lansdowne. Playing their last ever show, they’ll be supported by Fairweather; and it’s free, and upstairs! One Instagram commenter referred to Cosmic Flanders as, ‘the reason I got into live music, thanks for the start and the sweat’, so take notes.

Get your tickets and updates here.

I Know Leopard at OAF, June 26th

Returning to the stage for the first time in a year and a half, this is the first chance we’ve had to see I Know Leopard’s Covid releases live. The best way to end your month of live music is a guaranteed good one, with their dreamy alt-pop set you’re guaranteed to enjoy. As per their Insta, there’s only a couple of tickets left. I’d rush to get in before you miss out!

Get your tickets here. 

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