The hotly anticipated initial line up for the Great Southern Nights 2024 festival has been revealed today, bringing the best of Australian artists, including Hoodoo Gurus, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, and many more together to supercharge NSW’s rich live music culture and vibrant night-time economy.
Tickets are on sale today for Great Southern Nights which returns from 8 to 24 March 2024 with more than 300 live music gigs across 17 nights throughout seven key music communities across NSW, including Sydney inner city, Western Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Northern Rivers, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
The eclectic line up of artists scheduled for the series coupled with the best live music venues across the state create the perfect occasion for visitors to turn a gig into an unforgettable weekend in Greater Sydney and NSW, exploring the state’s glittering coastline, thriving regional towns and stunning natural landscapes.
Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, and Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said: “Bringing back Great Southern Nights is part of our dedication to backing live music and a shift in focus from destination travel to experience tourism with an emphasis on creating a cultural identity for the state.
“This is more than a series of live gigs – it's a display of how the collective passion for live music can deliver rich cultural moments that resonate with locals and visitors alike to create unforgettable experiences.
“We are creating memorable experiences for visitors to Sydney and across NSW, with diverse entertainment options when people step out at night. We want them to enjoy our outstanding locally-sourced food and drink, see a live performance, immerse themselves in the heartbeat of our entertainment precincts, explore our bars, galleries and creative spaces.”
CEO of ARIA Annabelle Herd said: “ARIA is proud to be presenting Great Southern Nights again in 2024 with a super exciting and diverse line-up of amazing Aussie artists across so many genres. Great Southern Nights empowers local artists to create future nostalgia moments in regions and music communities across New South Wales by reaching new audiences and bringing people together through a shared love of brilliant live music moments."
The 2024 Great Southern Nights artist line up so far includes:
360 | A.Girl | Alex Lahey | Anna Lunoe | Ball Park Music | BARKAA
Becca Hatch | Big Skeez | Bliss N Eso | Budjerah | Cub Sport | Dan Sultan
David Campbell | Drapht | Dune Rats | Elixir | Fanny Lumsden | Godlands
Gold Fang | Gordi | Gretta Ray | Havana Brown | Hermitude | Hoodoo Gurus
ILLY | James Blundell | James Reyne | Jawbreakers | Jessica Mauboy | Jesswar | Jimmy Barnes | JK-47 | Jon Stevens | Kasey Chambers
Kate Ceberano | Kate Miller-Heidke | King Stingray | KYE | L-Fresh The Lion
Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler | Northlane | Pacific Avenue | Pania
Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos | Pop Crimes - The Songs Of Rowland S Howard
Raechel Whitchurch | Redhook | Ruby Fields | Sarah Blasko
Sneaky Sound System | Sophiya | Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
The Buoys | The Church | The Cruel Sea | The Presets | The Primitives | The Vanns
The Whitlams Black Stump Band | Tigerlily | Vallis Alps | Vika and Linda
Xavier Rudd | YNG MARTYR | Yothu Yindi | You Am I
Plus, more artists are to be announced.
Sneaky Sound System said, “Wagga Wagga, get ready as we’re packing up the car in March and bringing the tunes to start the party for Great Southern Nights!”
Ball Park Music said, “We’re extremely excited to be involved again with the Great Southern Nights program. This time we’ll be heading to Northern NSW to play our first ever show in Brunswick Heads. A few of us grew up in this area so it feels really special to come back and play. We’ll have our good friends Bean Magazine in tow too. It’s gonna be a ripper of a gig.”
Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative delivered via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
To find out more about Great Southern Nights and buy tickets, visit: http://www.greatsouthernnights.com.au
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About Destination NSW
Destination NSW is the champion and voice for the visitor economy within the NSW Government. Spearheading a whole-of-government approach to visitor economy growth, Destination NSW is responsible for leading the delivery of the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 in partnership with government and industry. Destination NSW influences and shapes the visitor economy through strategic research, policy and thought leadership, stakeholder engagement and consultation, commercial partnerships and investment in visitor experiences, business support, marketing and events. Destination NSW is also the major investor in Business Events Sydney (BESydney) for the purpose of securing more international and domestic conventions, incentive travel reward programs, corporate events and exhibitions.
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a national industry association with more than 175 members representing major and independent record producers, manufacturers, and distributors. ARIA acts as an advocate for the Australian music industry, administers the labelling code of practice, and compiles industry information and research. It also produces the ARIA Charts every week and the annual ARIA Awards. Most importantly, ARIA supports Australian music and creates opportunities for it to be heard.