Great Southern Nights is a celebration of live music that takes place right across New South Wales.

The dynamic event features hundreds of COVID-safe performances at live music venues across Greater Sydney and regional NSW in March and April 2022.

Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to stimulate the revival of the State’s live music, entertainment and hospitality sectors, and in turn the NSW visitor economy, in response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amy Shark, Great Southern Nights 2020 (Credit: Crowbar, Pat Stevenson)

The event launched in November 2020, Australian Music Month, with over 1,000 COVID-safe performances from more than 2500 artists in 300-plus live music venues across NSW from Katoomba to Kingscliff, Goulburn to Gosford for Great Southern Nights.

The live music industry praised the initiative, including artists Jimmy Barnes who performed to hundreds of fans at the newly re-opened Sydney Coliseum, Rooty Hill, and Tones And I who impressed music-lovers in Newcastle.

All music events are programmed in line with NSW Government Public Health Orders and advice regarding physical distancing and COVID-safe venue capacity.

Great Southern Nights - Advisory Committee

A Great Southern Nights advisory committee has been established in order to support the successful delivery of the event, to provide strategic guidance and ensure positive outcomes for all participants.

The Great Southern Nights advisory committee is made up of representatives from the following organisations:


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