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 across metro areas and regional NSW, highlighting the State’s rich live music culture.
Local Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said he hoped to see plenty of local venues get involved again for a spectacular line up of homegrown talent.
“Last year we had venues across Ballina, Brunswick, Byron Bay, Eltham, Lennox Head and Lismore all host fantastic live music shows to kick-start the entertainment industry and I hope to see this again for our local venues in 2022,” Mr Franklin said.
“I would encourage all of our venues to get involved and submit an expression of interest – it’s open now on the Great Southern Nights website.
“Arts, tourism, entertainment and hospitality have been the hardest-hit industries since COVID-19 emerged and these gigs are an important way of helping get people back in jobs and back on their feet.
“Our region is renowned for its arts, culture and awesome entertainment scene and Great Southern Nights is the perfect way to celebrate that, bring people together and lift all our spirits after a really tough couple of years.”
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.”
Great Southern Nights will feature live music performances from household names, emerging talent and grassroots local acts. It will be delivered by the NSW Government through Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Amy Shark, who won the ARIA Award for Best Australian Live Act in 2020, said she couldn’t wait to get back to touring.
“I’m super excited to be playing as part of Great Southern Nights. Needless to say every artist, every band, every DJ, just everyone is looking forward to playing shows to real life people, so make sure you get behind it,” Amy said.
ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said the ongoing challenges from the pandemic had been very hard for the creative industries, but Great Southern Nights would give everyone something to look forward to.
“Great Southern Nights is about artists and crew doing what they love, and what they do best – putting on a show for an audience that wants to get back to the thrill and emotion of hearing live music,” Ms Herd said.
“We look forward to supporting hundreds of artists and venues through the Great Southern Nights program again in 2022 and bringing back the magic of live music to Sydney and regional NSW through our amazing local talent.”
For information, and for venues to submit an expression of interest, go to: www.greatsouthernnights.com.au