Sydney Gig Guide Apr – Jun 2020

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of April – June 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Boom Crash Opera

Caringbah Hotel, 343 Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah 2225 NSW

Friday 5 June 2020, Melbourne boys ‘Boom Crash Opera’ will be performing live at the Caringbah Hotel! Take yourself back to your formative years during those long hot summer school holidays, baking in the sun while listening to pop-rock tracks like ‘Dancing in the storm’! Re-live those good ol’ days at the Caringbah Hotel!

For tickets and for more info, click HERE!

Musicals

Beyond the Barricade

State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney 2000 NSW  

Saturday 20 June 2020 – Do you love the ‘Musicals’ playlist on Spotify? If you do, then you’ll love ‘Beyond the Barricade’, a concert featuring a compilation of your favourite musical songs from Broadway and the West End! And it’s no motley crew of amateur performers, but the cast features past principal performers from Les Misérables! Don’t miss out, one show only!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

A little lunch music: The Morrisons

City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney 2000 NSW

12.30pm Thursday 4 June 2020, working in the city and need a midday pick-me-up? Schedule ahead a treat for yourself, i.e. pre-purchase a ticket ($17) and bring your lunch down to watch ‘The Morrisons’ perform live for a lunch-time crowd at the Sydney Recital Hall! In a 60 min performance, The Morrisons will perform traditional American bluegrass, folk, and old timey music! And when the concert is done, you’ll still be back in the office in time for your afternoon meetings! And your colleagues will be wondering, what you’ve been up to, to give you that late afternoon spring in your step!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Comedy

Mo Gilligan Live

The Comedy Store, the Entertainment Quarter, 211 Bent St, Moore Park, 2021 NSW

Friday 12 June 2020, see the new kid on the comedy block, live! Mo Gilligan, a global sensation after his Netflix successes! British West Indian Mo will bring his style of observational humour and grime comedy to Oz! Guess what? Afterwards you can tell your mates that you’ve seen the Mosiah in the flesh!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Community Theatre

We Will Rock You- Blackout Theatre Company

Pioneer Theatre, 14 Pennant St, Castle Hill 2154 NSW

Friday 22 May-Saturday 30 May 2020, the Blackout Theatre Company (Blacktown) will perform ‘We will rock you’! Imagine a future where individualism and music is prohibited and forgotten, and it’s up to a gang of bohemians to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion and music! Thanks to the music of Queen of course, of course!

For tickets and performance information, click HERE!     

Sydney Gig Guide Mar- May 2020

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of March – May 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

The Back Street Boys

Qudos Bank Arena, 19 Edwin Flack Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday 23 May 2020, AJ, Brian, Nick, Howie and Kevin will be performing their second ‘Back Street Boys’ Sydney arena show! Channel your old teenage self and sing along to all your favourite BSB tracks as the boys perform them live! Back Street’s Back alright!

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!

Musicals

Menopause the Musical

Capital Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket NSW

Wednesday 6 May – Sunday 17 May, check out the ‘change’ which all women loathe and can’t wait to see the back of……… Menopause the Musical is a musical comedy featuring music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the all-Australian cast will feature Rhonda Burchmore, Silvie Paladino, Lara Mulcahy and Gina Hogan! When the heat comes on, it’s no laughing matter, but Menopause the Musical puts a playful spin on the uncomfortable hot flush!   

For more info and tickets, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour

Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Friday 27 March – Sunday 26 April, the classical opera La Traviata will be performed on the world’s greatest stage! See the opera which inspired Moulin Rouge performed by Opera Australia! And it’s not just what’s going on stage, but it’s the pre-performance meal at one of 6 pop-up restaurants, it’s the views of Sydney Harbour, and it’s the fireworks show afterwards which makes Opera on Sydney Harbour SPECTACULAR!

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!

Comedy

Tommy Little- I’ll See Myself Out  

Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW  

Friday 15 May 2020, for one night only come see Tommy Little do his thang live- performing his ‘I’ll see myself out’ show at the Enmore! Tommy’s style of comedy is totally relatable, his everyday life observed through his beer goggle lenses. “Way to go Tommy! Keep up the Asian jokes and one day your routine will make you a household name!” While on the other hand….. Jokes about white people, will take you global – see what Ronny Chieng has achieved?

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!

Community Theatre

The King and I – The Bankstown Theatre Company

Bryan Brown Theatre, Rickard Road, Bankstown NSW   

Friday 15 May – Sunday 24 May, check out the Bankstown Theatre Company’s performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’! Experience Anna, a widowed English teacher tasked with tutoring the many children of the King of Siam, through music and storytelling, and watch the love blossom!

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Feb – Apr 2020

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of February – April 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice in what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

So Pop 2020

Qudos Bank Arena, 19 Edwin Flack Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday 25 April 2020, after the successes of ‘So Pop’ 2019, So Pop 2020 returns to Australia and New Zealand with a whole new line-up of 00s Popstars! Acts include the Pussycat Dolls, Steps, Jesse McCartney, Smash Mouth, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alice DJ, Whigfield, Reel 2 Reel, and Samantha Mumba! One stage! One day! One ticket! Don’t miss-out!

 Sydney-siders will have their turn to groove to these nostalgic beats, for more info and to purchase tickets click HERE!

Musicals

9 to 5 The Musical

Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont   

From April 2020, the West End Musical smash hit ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ will be reaching our Sydney shores! Adapted from the film by the same name, 9 to 5 is a musical about 3 work mates  who team up to turn the tables on their sexist and egotistical boss! With a musical score penned by no other than Dolly Parton herself, 9 to 5 promises to be a whole heap of laughs, accompanied by music you’ll love! Live vicariously through these ladies as they rise-up against their crappy boss!

For more information and for tickets, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Goldner String Quartet & Piers Lane

City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney

Saturday 4 April – Monday 20 April, Australia’s most recognised Pianist Piers Lane will partner with his old friends the Goldner String Quartet as the quartet celebrates 25 years of making music together! Piers and GSQ will be performing twice per day (2pm and 7pm), with performances differing from night and day (2pm Program 1, 7pm Program 2).

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Comedy

Ben Elton Live

City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney

Friday 24 April, Legendary British stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director Ben Elton will be making Sydney audiences laugh with his all new stand-up show! See this talented writer and performer live on stage, after 75 sold out shows in the UK in 2009, Sydney audiences will be guaranteed a great night with Ben Elton on stage!

For more details and for tickets, click HERE!

Community Theatre

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

Hornsby RSL Showroom, 4 High Street, Hornsby  

Thursday 30 April – Saturday 1 May, the Hornsby Musical Society will be performing ‘Beautiful: The Carol King Musical’, where it retells Carol’s life story through her vast library of hit songs. The music will take you back to her early days as a 16 year old song writer; partnership and marriage to the lyricist Gerry Goffin; the successes of their callaburation and prolific song writing; to infidelity and the ultimate break-up of their marriage- while Carol becomes a global success. An emotional journey through Carol King’s life, through her life of song.

For more information and for tickets, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Jan – Mar

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of January –March 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Jay Chou Carnival World Tour

Giants Stadium, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park  

Saturday 14 March 2020, Jay Chou, Asia’s undisputed Pop King will be returning to Sydney for his 8th World Tour! The Carnival Tour will be Jay’s first outdoor stadium tour in Australia, and he’ll be rocking 20 years’ worth of his hit music – plenty of tracks to choose from when you’ve got 14 studio albums to leverage from!

Tickets have already sold-out for Jay’s Sydney show, but to track announcements of any additional ticket releases or shows, click HERE!

Musicals

War Horse the Musical

Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW

Sunday 8 March 2020, book your tickets to see the internationally acclaimed production of War Horse! See a stage of war horses come to life by the way of puppetry, War Horse is a story of courage and friendship between a young boy and his horse Joey set in the back-drop of the First World War. With 20 puppet horses stamping their feet, heavy breathing, and tossing their heads, with stirring music and songs, be moved by this impactful story and production! For blind or vision impaired audience members, the Sunday 8 March show will include the feature of audio describe – when booking your tickets mention the need for audio describe to reserve your audio describe receiver.

For more details and to book your tickets, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Barber and Poulenc Cocktail Hour

Utzon room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Sydney NSW  

Friday 27 March – Saturday 28 March 2020, is the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s woodwind section’s chance to shine in ‘Barber and Poulenc Cocktail Hour’, featuring only woodwind instruments! The performance will include Australian master Paul Stanhope’s oboe trio; Francis Poulenc’s duo sonata for bassoon and clarinet; Samuel Barber’s Summer Music for wind quintet; and a folk sounding performance of György Ligeti’s Bagatelles. So if you appreciate the playfulness of the flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon, check this unique concert out!

For more details and tickets, click HERE!

Comedy

Twilight at Taronga- Comedy Gala

Taronga Zoo Sydney, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW

Saturday 7 March 2020, rounding out the Twilight at Taronga season, the Zoo’s stage will play host to a comedy gala night featuring Aussie’s Kitty Flanagan, Luke McGregor, The Stevenson Experience, and international comic Randy! One ticket buys you 2 hours of laughs at a unique venue, from 5 comedians at the top of their comedic powers!

For more details and to purchase tickets, click HERE!    

Community Theatre

Singin’ in the Rain- Rockdale Musical Society

Rockdale Town Hall, 448 Princess Highway, Rockdale NSW  

Friday 6 March – Saturday 14 March 2020, recently we haven’t had much to sing about in terms of rain in Sydney, but the show must go on! So check out the Rockdale Musical Society’s performance of the classical musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’! Watch and hear the transitional days when silent film actors were ushered into the technologically advanced days of 1927 when talking films came to Hollywood! Come out and support your local talent, here at Four Senses- Touch Smell Taste Sound, we love supporting Community Theatres!

For more details and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Dec – Feb

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of December – February 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice in what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Queen + Adam Lambert Tour

ANZ Stadium, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park  

Saturday 15 February, experience the folks behind the hit biographical film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, fronted by Adam Lambert! Yes, it’s the legendary band Queen! Touching down in Sydney for one night only! No cover band here, just the real deal from the original Queen, watch them perform all your favourites live!

For more information and for tickets, click HERE!       

Musicals

Waitress the Musical

Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Coming Soon in 2020, Waitress the Musical! Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, Waitress is a tale of hope for a new beginning, friendships, romance, and some good old American pie! The stage production features an all-female creative team, and original music by 6 time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles!

For more information and to get onto the wait list, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney

Monday 10 February, will be the last time for Sydney-siders to experience a Game of Thrones a fresh! For one night only, hear the award winning Game of Thrones score performed live by an international cast of solo performers, an orchestra, and singers. All the while having scenes from all 8 seasons beamed onto the big screen! Don’t miss the last traces of summer from Game of Thrones!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!

Comedy

Comedy on Edge!

The Chippo Hotel, 87 Abbacrombey St, Sydney

February 2020, weekly on Tuesdays (for 20 weeks, check listing) the Chippo Hotel plays host to the funniest night $10 can buy you! Each week is a different line-up of laughs, from stand up, improv, sketch, roast battles, live podcasts and more! Nothing going on, on a Tuesday night between 7.30-9pm? Head on down to the Chippo for some cheap laughs!

For more info and to get your $10 tickets, click HERE!

Community Theatre

Honk! – Sydney Youth Musical Theatre Company  

Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High St, Hornsby   

Thurs 21 November – Sun 24 November, The Sydney Youth Musical Theatre Company (cast made up of youths aged 10-18 years) will perform Honk! An adaptation on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Not fitting in, the little duckling leaves home and goes on a bunch of adventures, meets a bunch of unique characters, and learns a life-lesson along the way! A true show for the whole entire family!

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!   

Live Gig Review- Dami Im ‘Dreamer’ Tour

Speak up! The official anthem for all Asians around the Western world!

“Hey babe, I’ve bought us tickets to Dami Im’s ‘Dreamer’ concert,” were the nervous words which came out of my wife’s mouth, but hearing those words made me so happy! Why? Is it because I’m a massive Dami Im fan?  No, no, it was because my wife bought the tickets as she obviously wanted to see the show, but my joy was due to the fact that she justified the purchase of the tickets, so that I would have more material for our Blog Touch Smell Taste Sound!!!! As to date, my wife has been a very reluctant passenger on this blogging journey of ours. Haaha.

So last night, strolling the half block to the Metro Theatre, we watched our very first live concert together in a very long time. Woot Woot!

Dami Im ‘Dreamer’ tour- supporting acts Brittany Maggs and Jayesslee!

We’d never been to the Metro Theatre before; we’ve walked past it a billion times but never set foot inside. It’s a surprisingly large yet intimate venue, perhaps seats around 200 (no standing room), and you know that plenty of people have had some good times here in the past, by the state of the floor (can you say, uber sticky?). Seated almost dead centre, I had originally anticipated a majority Korean crowd, you know…. 66.6% of the acts tonight were Korean – I was even quizzing my wife when we were getting ready, “What should I wear if I want to look more Korean?” And when I made it up to the top landing of the venue, I shouted out a pretty hearty (for my standards) Annyeong Haseyo! But no need, surprisingly the Korean-Asian fan base was almost non-present. An ‘older’ Australian audience seemed to be Dami’s most supportive fan base in ol’ Sydney town.

And as the lights dimmed, the tones went up! Like The Chefs’ Line, the concert was structured in the same way, i.e. the opening act, Brittany Maggs, was the least experienced, young and relatively unknown (to us at least), but she was good! On stage alone with only her guitarist as live accompaniment, she belted out 6 tracks- 5 of which were originals from her EP. And being quite familiar with the standards of your run-of-the-mill street buskers, Brittany was clearly a step above those talents, but still a little unknown if she’ll go on to achieve commercial success. And in my opinion, if she was the only act I was going to see that night. Oh yeah! It was good enough, I would have gone home happy enough. Loud claps all around!

But after Brittany packed up, Sydney-Korean twins Janice & Sonia Lee came onto the stage, one behind the piano, the other with a guitar on her lap – and they belted out their fan favourite covers! From The Greatest Showman’s ‘This Is Me’, to Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning’, their harmonies were tight, their acoustic-covers selections were crowd pleasers, and in the end they left us wanting more! Encore! Encore ladies! Encore! And just when my wife thought she’d reached nirvana – seeing her favourite cover band in the flesh, and my hands smarting from clapping too enthusiastically…it was Dami Time!

You know when the big guns are coming, when the stage is cleared out, to make room for the full band- a complement of drums, electric guitar, keys, and the base player alternated between bass guitar, double bass, and synths. And holy sh*t! When they played their first chord, the ground and my chest cavity literally vibrated from the violence of the low tones! The electric guitar riffs, the bass clef of the synths, it brought the Metro to life! No thoughts of sleep anymore! And Dami? What can I say? Her voice was absolutely pitch perfect! Her ability to belt out the high notes, to leave it all on the stage! It was actually amazing to watch live! An artist giving it their all, she was literally breathless after each song when she attempted to interact with the audience.

Dami performed a collection of her most successful original hits from her now 6 year career, tracks from her jazzy second album, tracks from her 3rd and most recent album (latest single Crying Underwater), and of course she performed some of her most memorable performances from her 2013 X-Factor days! Roar, anyone?

The most memorable performance of the night for me was ‘Speak Up’, explained by Dami herself – she had spent most of her life a wallflower, fearful of being singled out, fearful of being asked for her opinion and to be unmasked as a fraud. Dami said the inspiration behind the song was her feelings of ‘enough is enough’, not wanting to spend the rest of her life being the “quiet Asian”, and it was time for her to ‘Speak Up’! And for me, it struck a chord, as being an introverted Asian male, I too suffer from this same affliction – hence this track ought to be every Asian’s pump-up song before going into a work meeting, or before presenting in front of a room full of colleagues. The ultimate Asian hype-up song! Speak up!!!!!

So as the decibels faded away, and everyone made their bee-line for the doors- yeah, it was a good night, a good night indeed! Each act built on the momentum put out by the previous act, and just when you thought the performances couldn’t get any better? A singer in the shape and form of Dami Im stepped out onto the stage! Wham! A gut punch of a performance!

Unfortunately last night was Dami’s one and only ‘Dreamer’ Sydney show, but if you ever get a chance to see her live? Take it! Take it! She’s amazing in person!!!