Celebrating 50 Years of Live Entertainment

The University of Sydney Union (USU) is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Manning Bar. Since its establishment in 1974, Manning Bar has been at the heart of student life, providing a vibrant space for community, culture, and live entertainment. The milestone will be celebrated with a series of special events and promotions from July through to the end of the year

For half a century, Manning Bar has been a cultural landmark for students, staff, alumni, and the broader community. From hosting legendary live music acts and vibrant social gatherings to being a platform for student activism and creativity, Manning Bar has played a pivotal role in shaping the university experience.


Live Entertainment

Radio Birdman, Jebediah with Special Guests Magic Dirt, Health, Underground Lovers and many more throughout will take over Manning this August and beyond. Plus USU Presents the return of Someday Soon featuring two special shows with headliners to be announced on July 15th.

Student Performances

Experience the talent of our student community with Battle of the Bands, where students compete for the title of Manning Bar’s best. Also witness upcoming student DJ’s at major student parties: Welcome to Sydney, and Party @ Manning.


To mark 50 years together, USU invites everyone to share their favourite Manning Bar moments. Upload your images from a public Instagram account and tag @ManningBar #ManningBar50 or submit on our website for a chance to win some great prizes.


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Alumni Reunions

Special gatherings for alumni to reconnect and reminisce about their time at Manning Bar.

Commemorative Food & Drink

Limited-edition 50th anniversary beer with partners Byron Bay Brewery and USU’s very own Manning Cantina will showcase Mexican fare, celebrating the legacy of Manning Bar.

Key Dates

5-7 July: Radio Birdman
19 July: Jebediah with Magic Dirt
24 July: Welcome To Sydney
30 July: Party @ Manning
2 August: Underground Lovers
3 August: Health
6-14 August: Battle of the Bands
21 August: Someday Soon
31 August: The Stems
18 September: Someday Soon
11 & 12 October: Summer Series Launch