IT’S ON: Great Southern Nights are back for 2022!

Following its success in 2020, the Great Southern Nights live music initiative will again roll out around the state in 2022.

The NSW Government says that highlighting the State’s rich live music culture will again create jobs and revenue for artists, venues and crew in Sydney and across regional NSW. And the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin agrees.

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

Great Southern Nights will feature live music performances from household names, emerging talent and grassroots local acts. 

ARIA-award winning indie-pop artist Amy Shark and Yolngu rapper Baker Boy, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Peking Duk have already signed up to play gigs during the huge lineup of shows planned for March and April next year.

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.”

For information, and for venues to submit an expression of interest, go to