Alongside its awesome array of local talent, Sydney attracts an abundance of international artists, making it home to a killer music scene. If you’re planning a trip to Sydney in the next few months, you better make some time for music. The following is a guide to the best upcoming headline acts to hit Sydney — and boy, is it a good line-up!
Australian World Orchestra (October)
The Australian World Orchestra tracks down the most talented Aussie classical musicians, who are currently scattered around the world, playing with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra — and brings them home for an incredible concert series. Under the guidance of the famous conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta and held in the acoustically stunning Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House, this one-night-only event is a must-see for classical music fans.
Currently the world’s top-selling digital artist, and the most popular person on Facebook, Rihanna is bringing her “Diamonds” world tour down under in October. With six Grammys to her name and an array of Billboard Music Awards, her new show promises to “dazzle” fans. However, tickets are selling fast — so grab your friends, your tickets and start looking for hotels in Sydney now!
Andre Rieu (October)
The musical marvel that is Andre Rieu is back in Australia for what looks to be his best show yet, “And The Waltz Goes On,” named after his new album which he collaborated with Sir Anthony Hopkins on. Considered one of the most talented violinists in the world, Andre is also renowned for his amazing showmanship. Even if you’re not an avid fan of classical music, you are bound to be overwhelmed by his musical genius!
Internationally recognised as one of the best live performers of her time, Beyoncé is back and better than ever with her new world tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show.” Her dynamic and energetic live shows never fail to impress critics, with her hard work and dedication consistently shining through. Over the course of her 15 year career, she has sold over 178 million albums as a solo artist and as part of the girl group, Destiny’s Child. This is a bucket-list artist who won’t disappoint!
Justin Bieber (November)
Bieber fans are buzzing with the return of his high-energy world tour, which promises to be a hit with tweens and teens. If you want to win points with your teenager, Bieber tickets are one way to do it. When you’re watching the show, keep in mind the kid is only 19 years old. The professionalism and quality of his performance is bound to leave you with “Bieber fever.”
Fleetwood Mac (November)
The legendary band Fleetwood Mac is hitting Sydney in November following their sell-out American tour. You can catch them at Rod Laver Arena, or, if you’re interested in something more intimate, they are also playing in NSW’s Hunter Valley. You can combine it with a fun-filled day of wine tasting!
Prepare for an `80s flashback as the iconic hip-hop duo, Salt-N-Pepa, reunite for a 2013 world tour. They will be performing a back catalogue of their biggest hits, including “Push It” and “Whatta Man.” This is a show not to be missed!
The talented UK trio Muse is landing on Aussie shores this December. After months of rumours and hype, Aussie fans breathed a sigh of relief when the tour was finally confirmed in July. Muse was voted the “Best Act in the World Today” at the 2012 Q Awards, and their latest tour promises to live up to that title. In the supporting role are local act, Birds of Tokyo, who have proved they can hold their own in the talent stakes.
The Wiggles (December)
One of the coolest — and currently the biggest — children’s entertainment acts ever, Australia’s own Wiggles are performing in Sydney in December. Grab your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and get ready to wiggle on down to Allphones Arena.
Taylor Swift (December)
This smooth young country crooner (and international superstar!) is set to rock the Sydney Football Stadium with her latest album “Red”. Get ready for an emotionally charged performance of hits including “I Knew You Were Trouble,” rumoured to be about a certain Harry Styles from One Direction, and the catchy “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.