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Great Southern Nights

A whopping 1000 gigs are taking over NSW pubs, clubs, bars and theatres — with Barnsey, Winston Surfshirt, Tash Sultana and Matt Corby all on the bill.
By Concrete Playground
October 29, 2020
By Concrete Playground
October 29, 2020

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Miss tapping your toes to some live tunes? Us too. Australia's music scene is pretty great — and it's no secret that it's been dealt a dud hand this year. To help reemploy some of the musicians, managers, roadies, venue operators and production workers who lost work due to COVID-19, the NSW Government is hosting a whopping 1000 gigs across the state in November. Dubbed Great Southern Nights, the initiative hopes to kick start the industry's recovery — and give live gigs back to all of us who've missed them.

More than 2500 artists will take the stage across Sydney and in regional areas such as Wollongong, Newcastle, Albury and Bowral. Expect Aussie music legends like former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes, the sublime Sarah Blasko, electro duo The Presets and rock band the Hoodoo Gurus to take the stage at various Sydney venues. Meanwhile, Missy Higgins, Matt Corby, Kasey Chambers and The Jezabels' Hayley Mary will perform in regional NSW venues that stretch from Brunswick Picture House to the Albury Entertainment Centre. The Great Southern Nights website even provides a road trip feature that allows you to see which parts of regional NSW have been blessed with gigs.

Hot Dub Time Machine, Pat Stevenson

Other highlights happening across the state include alt-rock band Birds of Tokyo, singer Thelma Plum, Tones and I of 'Dance Monkey' fame, former Australian Idol star Shannon Noll, multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana, DJ Hot Dub Time Machine, 80s lover Donny Benet, and the very cool Winston Surfshirt, plus a bunch more. You can check out all the gigs that'll be happening via Great Southern Nights gig guide, then start planning an epic month of music stat.

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). Of course, all gigs will abide by the state's COVID-19 restrictions, with tickets sold through individual gig venues.


Great Southern Nights will see 1000 live gigs across NSW venues throughout November. Tickets are on sale now and you can check out what's on — and buy tickets — through the Great Southern Nights gig guide.

Top image: Thirsty Merc at Oxford Art Factory, Destination NSW

For the latest info on NSW border restrictions, head here. If travelling from Queensland or Victoria, check out Queensland Health and DHHS websites, respectively.


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