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by Cam MacDonald
posted 05/11/2020

Great Southern Nights

1,000 COVID-Safe live gigs rockin’ across NSW this November

More than 2,500 artists and 300-plus live music venues across NSW are primed for the Australian-first music event, Great Southern Nights, with tickets for over 900 gigs now on sale.

A NSW Government initiative, Great Southern Nights has been created to kick-start the recovery of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries in a COVID-safe environment.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Great Southern Nights would provide music lovers from across the country many reasons to get out in NSW this November.

“NSW will come alive with great Australian music in November with gigs taking place in many of the state’s greatest music venues, pubs, bars, bowling clubs and wineries,” Minister Ayres said.

“With 2,500 artists performing in 300-plus venues across Sydney and more than 130 NSW towns, there is a gig spanning every genre and destination – check out the gig guide for details, book your tickets and start planning your Great Southern Nights adventure now.

“Shows range from Jimmy Barnes playing The Sydney Coliseum in Western Sydney, Tones And I performing at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle and Ian Moss at Lizotte’s Restaurant, Matt Corby embracing the North Coast vibe at Brunswick Heads and Shannon Noll rocking out in Deniliquin.

“The NSW Government is proud to be getting artists, roadies, venues, hospitality staff and tourism businesses back to work through this ambitious initiative and now it’s over to the public to show their support by booking tickets to a gig or two, or more.”

Joining the feature artist line-up are some Eastside Radio favourites that include Eastside’s very own Athésia (Jammin’ Friday) and George Washingmachine (Something’s Cookin), as well as some regular airplayers such as Mr Percival, Monsieur Camembert, Liz Martin, The World, Mahalia Barnes, Pat Powell, Christa Hughes, Ellen Kirkwood, Ash Grunwald, Dan Barnett and many more,

Great Southern Nights will comprise 1,000 individual COVID-safe gigs across NSW during Australian Music Month – November. All across Sydney live music will be gracing stages of venues that include Camelot Lounge, Butcher’s Brew Bar, Clovelly Bowling Club, The Old 505 and Paddo RSL. Music lovers can book tickets to a show via the gig guide HERE! Tickets are now on sale for over 900 gigs with more coming online daily.

Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative delivered by its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said the Great Southern Nights program was coming at a critical time for the industry.

“This is an extremely important moment for the Australian music industry,” Mr Rosen said.

“Great Southern Nights is an innovative and effective way of getting artists back on stages safely and ensuring money starts flowing back through the live-music ecosystem – to artists, venues, agents, tour managers and sound and lighting-crews.

“We can’t wait to see the shows getting underway from 5 November.”

What: Great Southern Nights

When: From 5th November until 29th November

Where: A live venue near you

Check out the Gig Guide HERE