Published on Jun 22, 2020

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Local musicians and live music venues are being encouraged to get involved in a new state-wide music event that will bring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs to regional NSW and Sydney this November.

Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative delivered in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to support the recovery of the live music, entertainment and hospitality industries.

Established, emerging and local Australian artists will present 1,000 gigs across a multitude of venues around NSW.

This fantastic opportunity has been created for Australian musicians to help bring back the live music scene and will support the revitalisation of creative and hospitality industries right across NSW.

Industry research by Music NSW indicates that live music generates approximately $3.6 billion and 23,000 jobs for the NSW economy.

Live music events are a big draw card to the Hunter Valley, they lure visitors, culture and excitement to our community and have shaped the Hunter Valley into a favourite destination for many of the world’s best known performers.

Regional NSW and Sydney will come to life with some of Australia’s top acts including Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Tones and I, alongside emerging artists in unexpected places.

This initiative is anticipated to provide an invaluable boost for the artists, crew, venues and music community and will provide a positive distraction from drought, bushfires and COVID-19 in recent months. It is the perfect opportunity for our local artists and venues to showcase what makes the Hunter Valley so special.

All festival events will be programmed in line with current Government health advice regarding physical distancing and venue capacity of public gatherings.

Hunter venues and artists are invited to submit an expression of interest to be involved in the exciting new event; Great Southern Nights – registrations are now open at