Important information: In line with the recent Vivid Sydney re-schedule announcement to the new dates 17 Sep – 9 Oct 2021, Carriageworks is in the process of confirming our program. Please bear with us while we work with our artists and stakeholders to confirm dates. We will be in touch with ticketholders as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Live music returns to Carriageworks in 2021 for Vivid Sydney with a curated festival program. Spanning two distinct themes of Australian hip hop and R&B artists, and rock / punk bands the line-up features legends in their industry as well as new emerging voices.

Plus, the Carriageworks precinct will come alive each night with a festival pop-up by Cantina OK! Over ten nights, Cantina OK! will serve signature cocktails, delicious food and a rotating list of DJs.

Image by Sam Hodge

20 Aug, 6pm & 9pm

Amyl & the Sniffers
20 Aug, 8pm

21 Aug, 7pm

Tropical Fuck Storm
21 Aug, 8pm

22 Aug, 7pm

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
22 – 26 Aug, 7.30pm

Open Frame
26 – 27 Aug, 7pm

Cantina OK! Festival Pop-Up Bar
19 – 28 Aug, 5pm – 11.30pm

For ticketing enquiries, please contact our Box Office on (02) 8571 9099 or via email at

This is an 18+ event. Proof of age will be required for entry. All events are seated.

Tickets will only be available through the Carriageworks website and Ticketbooth. Please DO NOT buy from any unauthorised re-sellers such as ViaGoGo, Ticketmaster resale, gumtree, eBay or otherwise. They are not authorised sellers and you may be refused entry. In NSW it is illegal to resell a ticket for more than 110% of the face value of the ticket, as regulated by NSW Fair Trading.

Once you purchase your tickets you will be emailed a ticket confirmation ONLY. Your E-ticket will be sent to your email address 48 hours ahead of the event.

Important information

Cantina OK! are joining Carriageworks for a festival pop-up bar from 19-28 Aug. Make sure to visit for signature cocktails and a curated menu featuring food by Luke Powell from LP’s and Bella Brutta, + more.

Open from 5pm – 11.30pm

Paramount House Hotel, our local hotel partner, is offering a 15% discount on room rates during Vivid Sydney. Book your room online using the code ‘vividsydney’.

Ride with our preferred travel partner 13cabs.

Carriageworks is a registered COVID-Safe business. To ensure the wellbeing of our visitors, we are following strict guidelines set by NSW State Government and Live Performance Australia. Help us keep everyone safe by reading our COVID-Safe Plan before your next visit.

Presented by Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney, with Official Carriageworks Partner Altos Tequila.

Hospitality Partner: Cantina OK!

Media Partners: Broadsheet and FBi Radio.

Jesswar, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, live music, solo artist, hip-hop, rap
Jesswar  Hip Hop artist Jesswar’s ruthless refusal of prescribed definitions is the foundation on which she builds her music. Deeply inspired by her community and her experiences, she uses music as the vessel to tell her story. Jesswar performs a brand-new show at Carriageworks featuring special guest performers.

20 Aug, 6pm & 9pm

Amyl & the Sniffers, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, live music, band, punk rock, garage rock, pub rock
Amyl & the Sniffers  Aria award-winning, glam punk band, Amyl & the Sniffers scream back into Sydney for a triumphant post lockdown return with new tracks.

20 Aug, 8pm


Barkaa, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, live music, solo artist, hip-hop, rap
Barkaa  A rising star dubbed ‘one of the most exciting and powerful new rappers in Australian music’ (Triple J), Barkaa plays a special hometown headline show for Vivid Sydney at Carriageworks. Music to Barkaa has been part of her journey to express herself as well as the truth and issues impacting First Nations people.

21 Aug, 7pm

Tropical Fuck Storm  Experimental sci-fi mud-pop band Tropical Fuck Storm crashes Carriageworks for an anarchic performance during Vivid Sydney 2021. Launching a new album crafted during the depths of Melbourne’s Covid lockdown, the band unleash new music in a night of exhilarating squalling rock and experimental sound. 21 Aug, 8pm
Akosia, Vivid Sydney, 2021, Carriageworks, live music, solo artist, singer, contemporary soul-pop, RnB
Akosia  Rising neo soul voice of Ghanian descent, Akosia’s debut self-titled EP received critical acclaim. Experience one of ‘Australia’s new voices in contemporary soul-pop’, delivered with her powerful visual style and polished aesthetic in this Sydney exclusive.

22 Aug, 7pm

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, live music, band, psychedelic rock, garage rock, heavy metal
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard  Melbourne’s most prolific band move in and make themselves at home at Carriageworks for a career spanning residency during Vivid Sydney. Showing all sides of their musical personality, from nonstop Microtonal, to fluid Jams, Garage Rock sing-a-longs, Heavy Metal sludge and a stripped back Acoustic set.

22 - 26 Aug, 7.30pm


Alexandra Spence, Open Frame, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, live music, sound artist, experimental music
Open Frame  Returning to Carriageworks in its sixth edition, Open Frame is an immersive experimental program of transgressive sound and light. Curated by Lawrence English, founder of cult label Room40, and one of Australia’s pre-eminent sound artists, the program explores the boundaries between sound, noise and experimental music over the final two nights of the program.

26-27 Aug, 7pm

Cantina OK!, Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, 2021, pop-up, cocktail bar, food, drinks
Cantina OK!  Voted one of the world's best bars, Cantina OK! join Carriageworks for a festival pop-up as part of Vivid Sydney. Cantina OK! will deliver signature cocktails, delicious food and a rotating list of DJs. 19-28 Aug, from 5pm