Top Live Performances to Catch this May

Published April 29, 2024

Ngaiire and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Prepare for an auditory feast as R&B and future-soul talent Ngaiire rejoins forces with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on May 4th. Following a historic live album from a prior sold-out show, Ngaiire is set to bring even more dynamism with the SSO to her rich song collection. Attendees will also be treated to a stirring opener, a collaboration between Australian musician Godriguez and the SSO, in the form of +Strings.

Nag Nag Nag IX: An Indie Music Spectacle

Defying the gentrification wave, Nag Nag Nag IX brings the raw energy of Sydney's underground indie scene to the Portugal Madeira Club in Marrickville on May 10-11. This festival, dubbed for those averse to mainstream festivals, will showcase a diverse lineup with bands and artists like R.M.F.C., Photogenic, and Optic Nerve alongside interstate talents such as Alex Macfarlane and Possible Humans.

Jungle's Electric Performances

The UK's enigmatic dance collective Jungle is set to groove at the Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park on May 21-22. Known for their blend of soul, funk, and disco, Jungle's live shows are legendary for their energy and infectious rhythms, ensuring a memorable dance-filled night fueled by tracks from their latest release, Volcano.

Kaiit on Stage

On May 24, neo-soul artist Kaiit will deliver her captivating musical artistry at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. Having already garnered high praise and awards, including the 2019 ARIA for Best Soul/R&B Release, Kaiit's performance is not just a showcase of her soulful tunes but also a theatrical experience introducing her new persona, 'Lil Mama'.

Air's Iconic Album Live

The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall is the place to be on May 25-26 for a nostalgic trip with Air as they play their seminal album Moon Safari in its entirety. This French electronic duo's album has set the mood for countless evenings since its release, and hearing it live promises a transportive experience into their unique soundscapes.

The month is also jam-packed with performances from local standouts such as Mallrat, Thelma Plum, and Angie McMahon. They, among others, will feature in the Vivid Live lineup. International acts like Sleater-Kinney and Melanie C are also set to grace Australian stages, making May a truly vibrant month for live music enthusiasts.

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