Slightly Stoopid: Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature party friendly fusion of folk, rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop and blues whilst also creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture.

Thu, Apr 13, Manning Bar

Handel’s Messiah: Detailing the life of Christ from birth to death to resurrection, Handel's Messiah was first performed 275 years ago. The moving musical experience that Sydneysiders can experience on Good Friday has many similarities with that very first concert.

Fri, Apr 14, St Andrew’s Cathedral

Flowertruck: Drawing influences from the likes of Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure and The Go-Betweens, Flowertruck combine earnest lyricism with shimmery guitars and lamenting piano instrumentals to create a unique pop sound that is simultaneously catchy and moving.

Fri, Apr 14, BAD Friday Festival

Ash Grunwald: Taking cues from classic bluesmen including R.L Burnside and John Lee Hooker and old prison work songs, Grunwald drags the genre into the 21st century, adding a twist of classic rock, neo soul and a hat-tip to roots contemporaries including Butler, Rudd and Harper.

Sat, Apr 15, Newtown Social Club

Butterfingers: Australia’s favourite two time ARIA Award nominated musical misfits are back, breaking hearts and bones (mostly their own) after a ten-year long hiatus from the recording studio.

Sat, Apr 15, Hudson Ballroom

Music Mirth & Mayhem: With the fabulously funny Lawrence Mooney as MC, this year’s line-up of local and international comedians includes: Jimeoin, Luke McGregor, Fringe Wives Club, Zach & Viggo (USA), along with music from Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), The Broads and Gawurra. That’s one helluva show….and there’s more names to be announced!

Mon, Apr 17, Max Watt’s

Photo:Emma McEvoy

Photo:Emma McEvoy

Gretta Ray: One of the country's most exciting new songwriting prospects is one not to miss this week. Her new single Towers is a gleaming slice of guitar-driven alt-pop, with Gretta's effortless vocals delivering a deft turn of phrase.

Tue, Apr 18, Newtown Social Club

Mélisande: Multiple award-winning Québec-based group Mélisande will bring their unique blend of electronica and folk to Sydney this week. Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, performing with a feminist perspective and a distinctly modern sound - an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and programming.

Wed, Apr 19, Petersham Bowls Club

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