The Opera House’s architect, Jørn Utzon, envisioned the Opera House Forecourt, framed by the Harbour Bridge and dramatic cityscape, as a gathering place and outdoor auditorium.
Since the 1970s, the Forecourt has been home to some of Australia’s most magical moments, from Thin Lizzie in 1978, Stevie Wright in 1979, Björk in 2008, Massive Attack in 2010, to The National’s legendary sold-out shows in 2014 and return in 2018, and Lorde’s unforgettable sold-out shows in 2017.
In 2019, 12,000 people packed the Forecourt in February to see two Australian favourites, the John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins with support by breakout indie starlet Stella Donnelly.
Recently, the Forecourt has hosted free concert series from Jack River, Barrabuwari Sunset Gathering feat. Ziggy Ramo, Barkaa, JK-47, Kobie Dee, Milan Ring, Spvrrow and a Trackwork Label Showcase.
This November, we’re celebrating the start of the Opera House’s 50th year, with a series of spring Forecourt concerts from Ngaiire with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tim Minchin, Wanha! Journey to Arnhem, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Vance Joy.