LIVE music is on its way to Port Macquarie-Hastings in November in a nationwide effort to revive the industry and bring entertainment to communities across regional Australia.
Wauchope Community Arts Council has been successful in securing a spot on the Great Southern Nights calendar.
It is an event that will include more than 2,500 artists and 300-plus live music venues across NSW.
Wauchope Arts will host live gigs, with hugely talented touring artists and fabulous local support musicians, on three consecutive weekends starting on November 7 with the acclaimed ensemble Chaika.
A NSW Government initiative, Great Southern Nights has been created to kick-start the recovery of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries in a COVID-safe environment.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Great Southern Nights would provide music lovers from across the country many reasons to get out in NSW this November.
"NSW will come alive with great Australian music in November with gigs taking place in many of the state's greatest music venues, pubs, bars, bowling clubs and wineries," Minister Ayres said.
"With 2,500 artists performing in 300-plus venues across Sydney and more than 130 NSW towns, there is a gig spanning every genre and destination - check out the gig guide for details, book your tickets and start planning your Great Southern Nights adventure now."
Shows range from Jimmy Barnes playing The Sydney Coliseum in Western Sydney, Tones And I performing at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle and Ian Moss at Lizotte's Restaurant, Matt Corby embracing the North Coast vibe at Brunswick Heads and Shannon Noll rocking out in Deniliquin.
Joining the feature artist line-up are Lime Cordiale, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Hoodoo Gurus and Ruel, keeping company among Australian music champions Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley, The Angels, Thirsty Merc and Kate Ceberano.
Great Southern Nights will comprise 1000 individual COVID-safe gigs across NSW during November which is Australian Music Month.
Music lovers can book tickets to a show via the gig guide HERE
Great Southern Nights is delivered by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said the Great Southern Nights program was coming at a critical time for the industry.
"This is an extremely important moment for the Australian music industry," Mr Rosen said.
"Great Southern Nights is an innovative and effective way of getting artists back on stages safely and ensuring money starts flowing back through the live-music ecosystem - to artists, venues, agents, tour managers and sound and lighting-crews.
"We can't wait to see the shows getting underway from 5 November."