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Sydney Gig Guide | May 2015

It’s a Monday, you’re at uni or work, and maybe it’s time to change things up a bit? A bit of live music might be the go. Here’s a comprehensive gig guide of artists playing at a whole range of Sydney venues in May that’ll set you in a trance of endless grooves.

A$AP Ferg

$65.00 + BF | The Hi-Fi Sydney | 1st May | 18+
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Notoriously known from the A$AP Mob, Ferg and the rest of the mob can produce hip hop bangers like no other. Being one of the most hyped names on the Groovin The Moo 2015 lineup, A$AP is bringing his crew to Australia – playing GTM (obviously) and a sideshow at The Hi-Fi. A sweatfest is guaranteed with most artists at the Hi-Fi, and Ferg is no exception. With songs like “Shabba” you can expect the mosh to get a little crazy. Haven’t heard it? Listen below!

Courtney Barnett

(supported by Teeth & Tongue)
$28.70 + BF | Metro Theatre | 7th & 8th May | 18+
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Having just released her album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett meets up to the expectations set by her 2013 hit, “Avant Gardener”. Accompanied by the constant iconic Australian references in her lyricism, the rambling style of her singing gives off great vibes that make you want to get a little jiggy. She’s managed to sellout a show at the Metro (impressive for a fan-base of her size) and has announced a second show, so get on it!


(supported by Asgeir and Mansionair)
$87.80 + BF | Qantas Credit Union Arena| 9th May
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The stylistic differences between alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave and their newest album This is All Yours brings a new element that may not be for all fans of the early alt-J. However, one thing that you can be assured of when seeing alt-J live, is that they’ll hypnotise you into loving every single chilling second of songs like “Nara” and “Bloodflood Pt.II”. There are a couple songs that maintain that upbeat tempo heard on their first album such as Left Hand Free, so don’t be worried.

Gang of Youths

$15.00 + BF | Oxford Art Factory | 22nd May | 18+
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Having seen them support Vampire Weekend in early 2014, I can say Gang of Youths are a band you don’t want to miss live. Their Debut LP The Positions has managed to snag the title of Album of the Week on FBi Radio the week before it’s release. Still a relatively small band, it won’t be long till these guys blow up. At the low price of $15, it’s affordable and a rad way to kick off your Wednesday night antics (or a way of relieving that mid-week stress.)

The Jungle Giants

(supported by Moses Gunn Collective and Foreign/National)
$29.95 + BF | Oxford Art Factory | 23rd May | 18+
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Despite initially being a band mostly popular with middle schoolers who have too much energy, The Jungle Giants are playing an over 18 show at the OAF on May 23rd. The fact that they’ve chosen to play at an 18+ venue indicates they want to get a little intimate. Having nearly sold out only a week after tickets went on sale, it show’s how far they’ve come since the She’s A Riot LP! Their new single “Every Kind Of Way” is not as go-happy as their previous songs, instead it gives off elements of a little more sex appeal as you start to feel out the song (you should even check out their official music video for it here). This is far from a bad thing though, they’re definitely experimenting in the right direction.

The Preatures

$39.40 + BF | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House | 27th May
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It’s hard not to have a crush on not only Isabella Manfredi’s style, but also her voice and character. Her fun spirit accompanied by the electric nature of the rest of the band creates a special atmosphere at gigs that are filled with pure love. It’s hard to forget their hit “Is This How You Feel?” which came a strong #9 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013. With groovy guitar riffs which get the body moving, there’s no doubt you’ll be standing on your feet at the Sydney Opera House as you dance the night away.

Ben Howard

$70.86 + BF | Hordern Pavilion | 30th May
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If you’re a fan of Peking Duk, you’ve probably heard their remix of “Old Pine” by Ben Howard (if not, listen now!!)  Disappointingly having to reschedule his Australian tour, he is ready to return to Sydney, playing at the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park. Every indie folk fan will be pleased to know he’ll be bringing along his relatively new album I Forgot Where We Were. If you’ve heard of him before but didn’t know he was playing, get on it ASAP as there is only a limited amount of tickets left!

San Cisco

(supported by Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel)
$39.95 + BF | Enmore Theatre | 30th May
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Much like The Jungle Giants, San Cisco seem to appeal to the younger generation of teenagers. Despite this, they shouldn’t be stripped of any credit in the way they’ve developed their musical style. While also being able to keep the fun nature of songs like “Awkward”, the instrumentation has changed in such a way that there is a more rock-n-roll feeling to their songs, as seen in their latest full length LP Gracetown. Playing at the Enmore Theatre, there couldn’t be a better venue which lets the highly energetic dancers mesh with the more laid-back concert goers.



I will be at Courtney Barnett & The Jungle Giants show, so if you manage to catch me at one of them, don’t be afraid to say hi and you might get featured in our next music article! ;)

[featured image via Black Wax Catalogue]


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