Music to the ears of live gig lovers, Great Southern Nights is back from 8 to 24 March 2024 supercharging vibrant cultural events in NSW and reigniting the state's live music scene.
The much-loved event will deliver more than 300 live gigs in March 2024 at venues across seven regions in NSW including Sydney's inner city, Western Sydney ,Wollongong, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and the Northern Rivers, creating the perfect occasion for visitors to turn a gig into an unforgettable weekend in Greater Sydney and NSW.
From rock royalty like Jimmy Barnes to Jessica Mauboy to JK-47, get ready for a live music program that transcends generations. There's no genre left unturned and the music of past, present and future collide in a spectacular showcase of Australian talent.
Get to know your Great Southern Nights 2024 line up, featuring from A-Z;
BALL PARK MUSIC
BLISS N ESO
L-FRESH THE LION
LYDIA LUNCH AND JOSEPH KECKLER
PETER GARRETT & THE ALTER EGOS
POP CRIMES - THE SONGS OF ROWLAND S HOWARD
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS
THE CRUEL SEA
THE WHITLAMS BLACK STUMP BAND
VIKA AND LINDA
YOU AM I
There's a huge contingent of Australian indie rock, pop and dance music legends playing Great Southern Nights in 2024. Alex Lahey, Ball Park Music, Budjerah, Cub Sport, Dune Rats, The Presets, Sarah Blasko, Sneaky Sound System and You Am I to name a few, all with numerous awards and accolades on their mantelpieces, along with hoards of dedicated fans.
Ball Park Music said, "We're extremely excited to be involved again with the Great Southern Nights program. This time we'll be heading to Northern NSW to play our first ever show in Brunswick Heads. A few of us grew up in this area so it feels really special to come back and play. We'll have our good friends Bean Magazine in tow too. It's gonna be a ripper of a gig."
Sneaky Sound System said, "Wagga Wagga, get ready as we're packing up the car in March and bringing the tunes to start the party for Great Southern Nights!"
Icon-status Australian artists like The Church, Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos will be gracing stages across the country. Some of our country music cream of the crop including Australian icons Kasey Chambers, James Blundell and James Reyne will perform hits from their extensive back catalogues.
Fans of hip hop and rap will be spoilt for choice with some of the nation's finest artists spitting lines alongside the rising stars in the scene. From established names like 360, Bliss N Eso, Drapht, Illy and L-Fresh the Lion, to emerging acts like Sophiya and JK-47, along with RnB up-and-comers Pania and Kye, there's something for everyone.
The series will showcase some of Australia's newest, brightest emerging talent like Becca Hatch, King Stingray, The Buoys and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers. Get up close and personal with these artists at intimate Greater Southern Nights venues, as they'll be selling out stadiums in no time!
Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, and Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said:
"Bringing back Great Southern Nights is part of our dedication to backing live music and a shift in focus from destination travel to experience tourism with an emphasis on creating a cultural identity for the state.
"This is more than a series of live gigs – it's a display of how the collective passion for live music can deliver rich cultural moments that resonate with locals and visitors alike to create unforgettable experiences.
"We are creating memorable experiences for visitors to Sydney and across NSW, with diverse entertainment options when people step out at night. We want them to enjoy our outstanding locally-sourced food and drink, see a live performance, immerse themselves in the heartbeat of our entertainment precincts, explore our bars, galleries and creative spaces."
CEO of ARIA Annabelle Herd said:
"ARIA is proud to be presenting Great Southern Nights again in 2024 with a super exciting and
diverse line-up of amazing Aussie artists across so many genres. Great Southern Nights
empowers local artists to create future nostalgia moments in regions and music communities
across New South Wales by reaching new audiences and bringing people together through a
shared love of brilliant live music moments."
The eclectic line up of artists coupled with the best live music venues across the state create the perfect occasion for visitors to turn a gig into an unforgettable weekend in Greater Sydney and NSW, exploring the state's glittering coastline, thriving regional towns and stunning natural landscapes.
Tickets to all shows are on sale now, available from greatsouthernnights.com.au