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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The Veronicas set to headline Great Southern Nights gig. Image: supplied

The NSW Government has announced the return of live music this November. 1000 Covid-safe performances have been scheduled across the state with artists such as Jimmy Barnes, Amy Shark, The Veronicas, Thelma Plum, The Presets and more slated to headline.

Dubbed Great Southern Nights, the events are an initiative to support the recovery of the live music, entertainment and hospitality industries. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said “With the NSW Government’s 24-hour economy strategy set to reinvigorate Sydney’s nightlife, Great Southern Nights will be a big step forward for our state’s live music and hospitality community that has been hit hard in recent times.”

One of the acts on the line up, Missy Higgins said “It’s been a really full on few months so I’m very excited to be a part of this announcement for Great Southern Nights. It’s an initiative being put on by ARIA and Destination NSW which is going to see 1000 live music acts being put on all across NSW for Aus music month in November. I’m just really excited to get playing live again and to see some live music acts – it’s just so good forreconnecting and healing the soul. Keep an eye out for more about this... Great Southern Nights, I will see you guys there.”

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

Venues across NSW are invited to nominate themselves to host a gig with emerging artists being encouraged to express interest in being involved via the bands website.


Jimmy Barnes

Birds of Tokyo

Missy Higgins

The Jungle Giants

Paul Kelly

Thelma Plum

The Presets

Amy Shark

Tash Sultana

The Teskey Brothers

Tones and I

The Veronicas


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