5 killer free gigs happening in Sydney this month

Free gigs are the best. There’s nothing sweeter than waltzing into a venue like the king or queen you are, seeing a band you love, and walking out without wrecking your wallet. Well, maybe you drank 12 beers, but that’s on you.

Read on as we pick out five free gigs happening in Sydney this November. Get your live music fix, mates.

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The Lazy Eyes. Photo: Dani Hansen

In the market for a few free gigs this month? If you’re in Sydney, join us at these 5 shows we’ll be heading to this November.

5 x 5 x 5: Happy Mag’s 5th  Birthday – Friday 22nd, Kings Cross Hotel

Yes, we’re promoting our own show in our own article. That’s because it’s possibly the biggest free show going down in Sydney this month, a five-level takeover of Kings Cross Hotel with over 20 performing artists. It would be criminal not to include it.

We’ve got Brisbane legends The Goon Sax playing their first Sydney show since February and we’ve got Dro Carey (who’s dropping new music next week, by the way) playing his first show since April. We’ve got Private Function, we’ve got Sunscreen, we’ve got Brightness… the list goes on.

It’s all going down on Friday November 22nd, so get your butts in order and RSVP here.

Young Henrys Stay All Day Summer Party – Saturday 30th, Waywards

Special ‘biggest free gig of the month’ mention also goes to Young Henrys, who are putting on their Stay All Day Summer Party on November 3oth. Kicking off 4pm and winding all the way into the wee hours, this is one day session you’ll need to clear the calendar for.

Bands on the lineup include VOIID, Georgia June, The Oogars, Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents, and heaps more. For sunny times and great local hits, look no further than this bad boy.

Check out the full lineup, plus all the other info, here.

Newtown Festival – Sunday 10th, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

A highlight of the Sydney Inner West calendar, Newtown Festival never fails to bring out the best in all of us. This year they’ve enlisted a stellar local lineup including The Delta Riggs, Australia, SCABZ, and more – but their program hardly starts and ends with the music.

Newtown Festival is a celebration of all things local, so expect food stalls, tasty drinks, stalls from local makers, and heaps more. Plus, there will be a dog show. Woof woof.

One caveat, Newtown Festival entry is an expected $5 contribution. It’s not quite free, but all proceeds go towards the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s ongoing efforts to care for those in need. For what you’re getting out of the festival and what you’re giving back to the community, it’s worth it.

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Photo: Brooke Tunbridge

Hayley Mary – Saturday 9th, Botany View Hotel

Last month Hayley Mary, lead singer of The Jezabels, announced her signing to Aussie label I OH YOU and revealed her first solo single The Piss, The Perfume. Saturday November 9th will see her making her Sydney debut, performing at the Botany View Hotel for free.

Grab all the info you need right here.

Turtle Skull, The Lazy Eyes, The Brights –  Wednesday 6th, The Marlborough Hotel

For a taste of some of Sydney’s finest young rock bands, look no further than this premium Wednesday night lineup at the Marly. Turtle Skull, The Lazy Eyes, and The Brights all absolutely slay it live, so jump on down if you have the night free and you’re in the mood.

This one goes down Wednesday November 6th at the Marly Bar in Newtown. RSVP here.