December's Must-See Live Music Events

Published November 30, 2023

Brace yourself for an unforgettable array of live music events this December, as we fulfill the needs of every music enthusiast with our selection of upcoming shows. Indie rock fanatics can delight in the War on Drugs who, joined by Spoon, will rock the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on December 4th and 5th. The band has evolved from indie obscurity to a Grammy-recognized name since their formation in 2005, promising an epic night featuring anthemic soundscapes.

Another act taking the stage is the multi-talented Caroline Polachek, an American singer, songwriter, and producer scheduled to perform at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on December 4th and at the Enmore Theatre on the 6th. Polachek, renowned for her artistic versatility, is performing on the back of her critically acclaimed album, Desire, I Want to Turn into You, attracting a large audience keen to experience her genre-blending portfolio.

On December 5th, Canada keeps its tradition of stellar music acts with Alvvays, a Toronto quintet, gracing the UNSW Roundhouse. Despite hardships, the group has gained attention for their third-best 2022 album Blue Rev, according to Pitchfork. Attendees can anticipate a vigorous live performance that stays true to the band's dreamy shoegaze roots.

Sydney's not-for-profit radio station, FBi Radio, is marking two decades of promoting local culture with a fundraiser and block party on December 9th. Spread across three venues, the event celebrates FBi's significant contribution to the music scene by showcasing a wide array of Australian talent, including Milan Ring, Dust, Juice Webster, Maina Doe, and Becca Hatch, among others.

Finally, the Hordern Pavilion will witness Genesis Owusu's spellbinding act on December 15th. The Ghanaian-Australian singer has swiftly climbed the ranks to become one of Australia's leading musical sensations. A blend of genres that promises a lively performance awaits, enhanced by the presence of Earthgang, whose Atlanta hip-hop vibes will share the stage.

December isn't just about these highlighted artists; it’s a month bursting with live music catering to all tastes. Whether it’s esteemed acts like Kraftwerk and Morrissey, bands keeping the rock spirit alive like Foo Fighters, or a mix of genres from indie to classic hip-hop featuring Alex G to 50 Cent - there's something for everyone. Australian pop and alternatives, from Guy Sebastian to Hard-Ons, are ready to impress, confirming that December’s musical lineup is diverse and rich with talent.

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