9 gigs you can’t miss this December in Australia

2017 is in the homestretch as we count down the days until the new year. But don’t despair! We’ve picked plenty of gigs to keep you partying throughout the Christmas period.



The man who needs no introduction. He’s a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with 21 Grammys under his belt, and for the first time in 24 years Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his legendary performance to Aussie shores. Playing our largest stadiums and arenas, Sir Paul is bringing the best of The Beatles, Wings and his solo ventures for his “One on One” tour. If you haven’t got a ticket yet – why?

Catch Sir Paul McCartney on these dates:

December 2nd | nib Stadium, Perth
December 5th and 6th | AAMI Park, Melbourne
December 9th | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
December 11th and 12th | Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

More info about Paul McCartney’s tour can be found here.


Another Grammy winner, The Weeknd, is bringing his Starboy: Legends of the Fall tour to Australia, backing up his double platinum record Starboy. The Weeknd, or Abel Makkonen Tesfaye if you’re his mum, has had hit after hit since arriving on the hip-hop and RnB scene in 2013. His shows are known for being high energy, engaging experiences so get your tickets and get dancing!

Catch The Weeknd on these dates:

December 2nd and 3rd | Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
December 6th | Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
December 8th and 9th | Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
December 11th | Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
December 14th | Perth Arena, Perth

More info about The Weeknd’s tour can be found here.


Baltimore electronic three-piece Future Islands are back in Australia this month in support of new album The Far Field. Their song “Seasons (Waiting on You)” was named Pitchfork’s best song of 2014, and the trio are known for stunning live performances of their massive hits.

Catch Future Islands on these dates:

December 5th | Metro Theatre, Sydney
December 6th | The Triffid, Brisbane
December 11th and 12th | The Croxton, Melbourne

More info about Future Island’s tour can be found here.


British innovators alt-J are back in Australia to support their latest release Relaxer. The genre bending trio having headlined festival around the globe as well as sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena. Their live shows are as experimental as their sound, and crowds can expect a unique experience at an alt-J gig.

Catch alt-J on these dates:

December 2nd | Fidelity Festival, Perth
December 5th | AEC Theatre, Adelaide
December 7th | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
December 9th | ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
December 10th | Riverstage, Brisbane

More info on alt-J’s tour can be found here.


Aussie trio Mansionair are back on home soil for a run of shows across the East Coast. Fresh off the back of a string of shows in Europe, Mansionair are here in support of new single “Astronaut (Something About Your Love)”, an ode to loneliness featuring soaring vocals and ambient harmonics.

Catch Mansionair on these dates:

December 5th | The Landsdown, Sydney
6th December | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
8th December | The Toff, Melbourne

More info about Mansionair’s tour can be found here.


London Indie rockers Nothing But Thieves are in Australia to play a run of shows supporting new album Broken Machine. The album debuted at number 2 in the UK charts, and along with a largely sold out UK tour, Nothing But Thieves are proving themselves to be one of the best indie acts out of London’s south-end.

Catch Nothing But Thieves on these dates:

December 13th | The Brightside, Brisbane
December 14th | Corner Hotel, Melbourne
December 15th | Factory Theatre, Sydney



Chicago rapper Noname has reached incredible success after releasing her critically acclaimed mixtape Telefone last year. This month, Noname makes her Australian debut with a run of headline shows as well as appearances at Fairgrounds and Meredith festivals.

Catch Noname on these dates:

December 2nd | Fidelity Festival, Perth
December 6th | Metro Theatre, Sydney
December 8th and 9th | Fairgrounds Festival, Berry
December 8th, 9th and 10th | Meredith Music Festival, Meredith
December 10th and 11th | 170 Russel, Melbourne

More info on Noname’s tour can be found here.


Berry, NSW’s premier music festival is back this month with a killer lineup over two nights. Featuring recent ARIA winners Gang of Youths, as well as Jen Cloher, The Shins, Client Liasion and tons more great artists. You’ve never had a better reason to get down to Berry!

December 8th and 9th | Berry Showgrounds, Berry

For more info and a full lineup visit their website.


Indie Melbourne four piece Ceres are bringing their annual Christmas show back this month at Melbourne’s The Night Cat. Joining the band is electronic wizard Japanese Wallpaper, Melbourne rockers The Pretty Littles and Melbourne dream pop duo Kelso. Get in for a night full of action packed Melbourne goodness.

December 22nd | The Night Cat, Melbourne

More info can be found here.


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