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Great Southern Nights


The NSW Government is amping up the State’s live music scene once again with the return of Great Southern Nights in March and April 2022.

ARIA-award winning indie pop artist Amy Shark and Yolngu rapper Baker Boy join Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Peking Duk as the first artists of the line-up, with shows to be held from 18 March to 10 April 2022.

Following its hugely successful debut in 2020, Great Southern Nights will again create jobs and revenue for artists, venues and crew in Sydney and across regional NSW, highlighting the State’s rich live music culture. 

Member for Wollondilly, Nathaniel Smith said eligible venues can apply to be part of the Great Southern Nights program via the event website.

“This is a great opportunity for Wollondilly Electorate’s live music venues to receive NSW Government support to host gigs next March and April as part of a statewide program,” Mr Smith said.

“Live music brings communities together, creates business for venues and local contractors, and importantly lifts spirits of everyone involved, which is incredibly powerful after these challenging times.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Great Southern Nights would be welcomed by industry and music lovers alike following another challenging year of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Great Southern Nights celebrates the very essence of live music in Australia – it’s about getting artists on stages, gigs in venues, and audiences back enjoying performances by our talented creatives right across the State,” Mr Ayres said.

“Last year more than 75,000 tickets were sold for 1100-plus gigs at over 300 venues, and we know the appetite is there to get out and enjoy live music in Sydney and regional NSW which, is why we must continue our vaccination efforts in coming weeks and months.

“Great Southern Nights was designed with COVID-safety in mind, supporting shows of all sizes, in all kinds of live music venues, and giving industry a leg up to get back to work.

“The NSW Government has delivered a range of support measures to businesses and individuals to lessen the impact of the latest COVID-19 restrictions, and earlier this year we delivered the $24 million Live Music Support Package to 162 venues demonstrating our commitment to the sector.”

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