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The Metro Theatre (commonly the Metro) is a music venue located on George Street, in the city centre of Sydney, Australia. The venue was redeveloped, from two former cinemas, by property developer Leon Fink.[1]

Metro Theatre
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The Metro Theatre, September 2018
Locationcity centre of Sydney, Australia
Coordinates33°52′33″S 151°12′24″E / 33.875759°S 151.206776°E / -33.875759; 151.206776Coordinates: 33°52′33″S 151°12′24″E / 33.875759°S 151.206776°E / -33.875759; 151.206776

The foyer of the Metro, designed by leading Australian stage designer Brian Thomson, features a lightweight plastic replica of the Art Deco crystal chandelier which once hung in Regent Theatre which formerly stood opposite the Metro in George Street.

Acts who generally perform at the Metro usually are Heavy Metal music, indie-rock and alternative bands, often of international fame. It was the venue for the now-legendary Sydney concerts in 1995 by Jeff Buckley and a record seven sold out shows in a row over six days in 1996 by You Am I,[2] among many others.

It has two separate performance spaces inside the building, the Forum (often simply called the Metro) and the Transit Lounge (which, in January 2007, was re-launched and re-branded as the Lair). Up until 2007 it was not uncommon for both spaces to be used on the same night for different acts, with the larger of the two, the Forum, generally hosting the more famous act. Since the launch of the Lair the space has seldom been used for a public performance, as its primary function was to house MTV Australia's the Lair live music programme.

For a brief period in the second half of 2006 the venue was known as the Century Theatre after it went into receivership and was acquired by Century Venues. It was changed back to the Metro Theatre by October 2006.

On 16 September 2009 the Metro was rebranded as the Virgin Mobile Metro, after a sponsorship deal had been made. Dappled Cities Fly and the Seabellies both played at the launch night on 29 September 2009.

Performing acts at the Metro, SydneyEdit

A list of some of the more famous musical acts that have performed at the Metro:

Band Name Genre Country Year Played
Machine Head Groove Metal / Thrash Metal   United States 2015
Sevendust Alternative Metal   United States 2016
Seether Post-grunge / Hard Rock   South Africa 2008, 2012, 2015
From The Jam New Wave   United Kingdom 2016
Flosstradamus Trap   United States 2015
Anthrax Thrash Metal / Rock   United States 2004
John Mayer Rock / Acoustic Rock   United States 2009
Lorde Pop / Electropop   New Zealand 2013
Nightwish Symphonic Metal   Finland 2005 / 2013
Blink 182! Punk Rock / Punk Pop   United States 2009
Foo Fighters Alternative Rock   United States 2005
Coldplay Alternative Rock   United Kingdom 2001
Muse Alternative Rock   United Kingdom 2004
Doves Indie Rock   United Kingdom 2000
Kaiser Chiefs Indie Rock   United Kingdom 2012
The Dandy Warhols Indie Rock   United States 1998
Flyleaf Hard Rock   United States 2013
Neil Finn Rock / Pop   New Zealand 2001
The Eels Indie Rock   United States 2006
Thrice Post Hardcore   United States 2008
The Vines Alternative Rock   Australia 2007, 2008, 2011
Ladytron Synthpop   United Kingdom 2008
Anathema Doom Metal / Progressive Rock   United Kingdom 2014
DragonForce Power Metal   United Kingdom 2008
Covenant EBM   Sweden 2008
KMFDM Industrial   Germany 2004
Behemoth Blackened Death Metal   Poland 2010
The Hives Garage Rock   Sweden 2008
Propagandhi Punk Rock   Canada 2009
Billy Talent Punk Rock   Canada 2009
Salt-N-Pepa Hip-Hop   United States 2010
Calexico Indie Rock   United States 2010
Sven Väth Techno   Germany 2010
HIM Gothic Rock   Finland 2014
ZZ Top Blues Rock   United States 2014
Cannibal Corpse Death Metal   United States 2014
Dinosaur Jr Alternative Rock   United States 1995
The Prodigy Techno   United Kingdom 1996
Aphex Twin IDM / Electronic   United Kingdom 2004
Queensrÿche Heavy Metal   United States 2006
Aneurysm Industrial Metal   Italy 2011
Booker T. Jones R&B   United States 2017
McBusted Pop-Punk   United Kingdom 2015

Australian acts that have played there include:


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