COVID safe music across NSW

By The Weekender Travel

October 22, 2020 | 3 minute read

The New South Wales government is delivering on its promise to throw 1000 gigs in 2020 to kickstart the struggling live music industry and for once, Sydney isn’t getting all the attention.

The gig guide was released with more than 900 COVID-safe shows locked in all over NSW. We are giddy to say that from Griffith to Gunneda, Newcastle to Narooma and Bourke to Barooga; outback, country or coast - no corner of the state will miss out on a great night of live music. 

Great Southern Nights will see 2500 artists perform at more than 300 venues throughout November to coincide with Australian Music Month. There are a bevy of big names getting on board and homegrown musos Tones and I, Missy Higgins, Matt Corby and Ocean Alley have all chosen to take their acts to regional NSW. 

“We’re on track for big-name Australian artists to play in the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Country NSW, the Hunter, North Coast, Outback NSW, the South Coast and Sydney, and the program is developing every day,” said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres.

“Great Southern Nights will make a real difference for communities recovering from drought, bushfires and COVID-19.”

For the smaller towns and regional areas who have been struggling this year, this added boost to their economies and tourism industries will be priceless. 

The venues come big and small, from humble country pubs and intimate gig rooms to theatres and universities. 

You can catch Sneaky Sound System at the stunning Lake George Winery in Collector or a free concert at the pub up on Thredbo, where you’ll discover that the venues are just as much the stars of the show as the acts they host. 

“It’s clear that this game-changing event will have a huge impact on many industries which is why we want 50 per cent of gigs to be in regional NSW,” Minister Ayres said. 

“There’s no more authentic experience than celebrating Australian music in a country pub, local bar or beachfront club. This is what Great Southern Nights is all about.”

To help you in planning your own weekend of concerts or a month-long festival extravaganza, the Great Southern Nights website has a road trip planner so you can see where all the gigs are being held.

If you’re looking to escape Sydney for a while, the North Coast has a particularly good looking line up. Wind your way up the coast and catch gigs from Lime Cordiale, Matt Corby, Thelma Plum, Tones and I, Winston Surfshirt and Ash Grunwald (just to name a few!) along the way.

Once you’ve mapped out your trip, you can buy your tickets to the shows directly from the venues.