Great Southern Nights, a NSW government initiative that aims to give the state’s live-music scene a boost, will see more than 2500 artists play in 300 venues of all sizes across the state. One thousand Covid-safe gigs will be hosted in music venues, bars, bowling clubs, wineries and theatres in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter Valley, outback NSW and the Snowy Mountains.

In Sydney, catch Amy Shark at Crowbar in Leichhardt (November 12); Tash Sultana at Hordern Pavilion (November 28); Hot Dub Time Machine at the State Theatre (November 21); and The Presets at the Factory Theatre (November 21).

Each headliner will be paired with a topnotch support act: Amy Shark with Yours Truly and Lisa Caruso; Tash Sultana with Clews; Hot Dub Time Machine with Elana Stone; and the Presets with Brux. Plus, a bunch of smaller gigs across a range of genres will be held at venues such as 107 Projects, Blacktown Workers Club, Butchers Brew, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, The Golden Barley, Petersham Bowling Club and Mary’s Underground.

The gigs also offer a great opportunity to plan a road trip to the NSW regions. Ngaiire and Diesel will both be performing at the Baroque Room in Katoomba; the Bag Raiders will play at the Sunken Monkey in Erina on the Central Coast; Shannon Noll will headline the Deniliquin Golf Club; Phil Jamieson will play at The Mighty Hunter Valley (formerly Potters Hotel & Foghorn Brewery); and Matt Corby and Thelma Plum will both perform at Brunswick Picture House in Brunswick Heads.

“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,” said Stuart Ayres, the state’s Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, in a statement.

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia, the local live-music industry has lost out on millions of dollars. A recent survey found that 47 top live-music venues in Sydney had accumulated losses of $70 million since restrictions were enforced.

Tickets to 900 of the gigs – which will all be seated, in accordance with Covid-19 regulations – are now on sale, with more coming online daily.