Sydney's Top Five Music Gigs To Catch This February

Published January 31, 2024

With Valentine's Day often taking up the spotlight in February, let's redirect our attention to the beat of Sydney's live music scene with five standout gigs worth getting excited about.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival: A Melody of Alternative Beats

Forget small beginnings, the transformed St Jerome's Laneway Festival hits the Sydney Showground on February 4 with a lineup that resonates with the youth. Catch a genre-mixing blend with UK rap sensations Stormzy and AJ Tracey, American artists Cordae and Paris Texas, alongside alternative R&B and pop acts like Steve Lacy, D4vd, and Euphoria's Dominic Fike. Not to mention, Australia's very own Dope Lemon, Teenage Dads, Angie McMahon, and the infectious Confidence Man. As a bonus, groove to the beats of Domi and JD Beck, who bring their jazzy funk to the stage, spiced up with features from legends like Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock.

Sonic Journeys in the Desert: Calexico

Immerse in the 'desert noir' landscapes as Calexico graces the Factory Theatre on February 18. The Arizona-based ensemble has been perfecting their mix of Americana with a Latin twist for nearly three decades. Their gig promises to be an expansive musical experience that might just transport you to the heart of the American West.

The Taylor Swift Experience

Superstar Taylor Swift takes over Accor Stadium from February 24-26, in what could only be described as a pop culture phenomenon. Achieving monumental success and a deeply loyal fanbase, Swift embodies the modern era of music. Witnessing her perform live defines much more than a concert; it's a cultural milestone.

Avant-Garde Ambience: Lonnie Holley, Moor Mother, and Irreversible Entanglements

On February 26, at the iconic Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, prepare for an eclectic evening with the distinctive sounds of visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley, poet-musician Moor Mother, and the collective jazz improvisations of Irreversible Entanglements. Their collaborative performance is expected to push the edges of music and poetry.

Wednesday: Indie Rock Resurgence

Answering the age-old question of rock's vitality, Wednesday arrives at the Factory Theatre on February 29. The North Carolina indie rockers carry with them a renewed spirit of the genre, infused with alt-country and shoegaze. Their recent critically acclaimed album, Rat Saw God, promises a potent live show that stands out in this year's indie scene.

In February, Sydney's musical landscape offers something for everyone. Be it multiple shows from titans like Paul Weller and Queens of the Stone Age, or a variety of genres such as dance, rap, soul, and more. From intimate indie vibes to grand stadium tours, each of these events promises an unforgettable night of sound and celebration.

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