Tickets on sale now for hundreds of Great Southern Nights gigs

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.

17 October 2020

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 best 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, 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 Lime Cordiale, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Hoodoo Gurus and Ruel, keeping company among Australian music champions Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley, The Angels, Thirsty Merc and Kate Ceberano.

Great Southern Nights will comprise 1,000 individual COVID-safe gigs across NSW during Australian Music Month in November. Music lovers can book tickets to a show via the gig guide at Tickets are now on sale for over 900 gigs with more coming online daily.

Great Southern Nights is delivered by the NSW Government’s 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 crew.

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

See the gig guide and buy tickets at

Media materials are available at

Great Southern Nights - feature artists (in alphabetical order)

A.B. Original
Alex the Astronaut
Amy Shark
Ash Grunwald
Bad // Dreems
Bag Raiders
Benji & The Saltwater Sound System
Birds of Tokyo
Boo Seeka
Casey Barnes
Chalkie White Band
Donny Benet
Emily Wurramara & Tasman Keith
Emma Pask
Fanny Lumsden
George Alice
George Maple
Hands Like Houses
Hayley Mary
Hoodoo Gurus
Hot Dub Time Machine
Hurricane Fall
Ian Moss
In Hearts Wake
Jack River
Jaguar Jonze
Jessica Mauboy
Jimmy Barnes
Josh Pyke
Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley
Kate Ceberano
Kim Churchill
Kirin J Callinan
Kota Banks & Ninajirachi present True North
Lime Cordiale
Maddy Jane
Mahalia Barnes
Matt Corby
Merci, Mercy
Middle Kids
Missy Higgins
Montaigne (Mardi Gras showcase)
Ocean Alley
Pete Murray
Phil Jamieson and Pat Davern
Polish Club
Rai Thistlethwayte
Richard Clapton
Ruby Fields
Sarah Blasko
Set Mo
Shane Nicholson
Shannon Noll
Sons of the East
Sneaky Sound System
Sophie Hopes (Tired Lion)
Tash Sultana
Tex Perkins
Thandi Phoenix
The Angels
The Black Sorrows
The Jungle Giants
The Presets
The Sally-Anne Whitten Band
The Screaming Jets
The Superjesus
The Teskey Brothers
The Veronicas
Thelma Plum
Thirsty Merc
Tim Freedman
Tones and I
Tori Forsyth
Trophy Eyes
Vera Blue
Wendy Matthews
William Crighton
Winston Surfshirt

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