What’s on this weekend: Happy’s picks for Sydney’s gigs

Still not sure how to spend your weekend? Happy’s got it covered with our favourite gigs this weekend.

It’s pretty simple – after combing through gig after gig, we have accumulated a list of some personal favourites that are playing this weekend in Sydney. From death metal to bedroom pop to post-punk to electro, there’s a price-savvy gig here for everyone.


Billy Puntton and the Mental Health Plan


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So who is Billy Puntton and the Mental Health Plan exactly? They describe themselves as ‘ADHD Powered folk-punk-rock with big angry sad songs that you will like’ which is as powerful an introduction as any. 

They’ll be celebrating their new single ‘Simpson’s Instead’, which is either written directly about my life, or my experiences aren’t original as I thought;

I think it’s more productive to ignore my serotonin shortage and watch a TV show from before I was born

Accompanying them are the equally fun pop-punk’s Link-18Z, ESS-EM, and Holding.

Band Night 9.5


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Band Night is exactly what it sounds like; a night of BANDS. 

For the low, low price of $10, you get 3 of Sydney’s best indie rock darlings such big water, Creeping Jenny and Bennett’s Grove.

Taj Ralph


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Close your eyes and disappear into the outright juicy, groovy and transcending line-up that is Taj Ralph, ioakim and jnr..

Despite showcasing musical magnificence that could be compared to MGMT, the most you have to do to experience these performers is RSVP to the free Lady Hampshire event.


Fox Company


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Fox Company turns 10 and are having a party to commemorate double digits with funk rockers The Fossicks,  the sludgy, dark and insatiable Plastic Bath, and new kids on the block Bury Me Standing.

There’s no other way to describe Fox Company’s sound other than good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, with them citing bands such as AC/DC and The Black Keys as influences (I personally hear a little Velvet Revolver in there too).

The only acceptable way to celebrate this band is in the middle of a mosh, wedged in between two equally sweaty and enthusiastic gig-goers.

Jasper and the Jokers


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Is there a better excuse to bust out your cowboy boots and tassel jackets than the Jasper and the Jokers EP launch?

Somewhere between country, blues and alt-rock lives Jasper and the Jokers, who somehow manage to encapsulate the very specific feeling you get when driving down a dusty red dirt road in the middle of nowhere. 

Accompanying the alt-country band is the delicious combination of grit, blues and psychedelic rock that is Bad Drip and Prayer Group.

Johnny Hunter


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The hypnotic Johnny Hunter gives you that 80s brit-punk sound along the likes of Joy Division or The Smiths without the hassle of having to leave the country and travel back 40 years.

Instead, they provide an easier and probably cheaper alternative at The Lady Hampshire for the low price of $0, accompanied by The Sweaty Betty’s, who sound like they could be in the soundtrack of a late-90s romcom cult classic, and Magic Machine, whose 60s/70s inspired psychedelic rock transport you to strawberry fields. 

A trip back in time!


Inner West Music Fest

Turn those Sunday scaries into Sunday smiles with the annual community-run music festival Inner West Music Fest.

With 10 bands, including Ant Gallery, Owls in the Moss, and The Moonlighters, it’s impossible not to get your groove on.

If that wasn’t enough, there are also Artisan stalls, festival food and FREE lawn bowls, as well as a jumping castle, face painting and arts & craft for the littles. Entry is a $5 donation that goes towards the charity Inner West Neighbour Aid.

See the full Gig Guide here.