The Hordern Pavilion celebrates its centenary


This year marks 100 years since The Hordern Pavilion first opened its doors in 1924 when it was built to meet the needs of the increasingly popular Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Considered a historic Sydney landmark and one of the most iconic live music venues in Australia, The Hordern has hosted some of the biggest names in music including Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Nirvana, Queen, Lorde, the Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa and Elton John.

Part of the Playbill Group, Playbill Venues has managed the Hordern Pavilion since 1999. Playbill Group managing director Michael Nebenzahl said The Hordern has brought many people together through music, art and events over many years.


“The Hordern has been a beloved part of the social and cultural fabric of the Sydney community for 100 years and continues to connect the community and the arts,” he said.

In the 1970s, the Hordern underwent major renovations to convert it from an exhibition hall to a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting an even wider range of music and sporting events.

Over the years, The Hordern has undergone multiple renovations and modernisations, including new state-of-the-art seating installed as part of a multi-million-dollar upgrade in 2022.

“Everyone has a story about their first concert at The Hordern, which only adds to the importance and significance of the venue,” said Nebenzahl.