Photos by Dougal Gorman
Remember live music?
That thing that takes control of your body, makes you cry, sweat and pour a beer over your head? As that prick of a thing called COVID-19 slowly crawls back into the hole from whence it came, businesses and general life in most Australian states are on the mend. However, for the music industry, rebuilding its community to what it once was will take time, but Great Southern Nights is here to give it a push. In celebration of AusMusic Month, Great Southern Nights are bringing 1000+ COVID-safe gigs to venues across Greater Sydney and regional NSW, from the iconic Hoey Moey in Coffs Harbour to the sweaty Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney, there’s not a venue they’ve missed.
Believe it or not, this is actually a government-run initiative, in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). My hat goes off to the folks that got the ball rolling on this one. You best get your dancing shoes ready as Great Southern Nights will be happening across this entire month, just hit this link and head to ‘all gigs’ to find out more details about who is playing, and where. Although there are literally thousands of shows to choose from, below is just a small selection of my top picks. And remember: don’t be a gronk and abide by the current COVID-safe laws!
TOP PICKS FOR GREAT SOUTHERN NIGHTS
The Factory Theatre, Marrickville – 14th November, 7pm
ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND
Marrickville Bowling Club, Marrickville – 12th November, 7pm,
Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale – 28th November, 6:30pm + 9:30pm
Crow Bar, Leichhardt – 19th November, 6:30pm + 9:30pm
Mary’s Underground, Sydney – 28th November, 6:30pm + 9:30pm
FLIGHT TO DUBAI
The Small Ballroom, Newcastle – 27th November, 7pm
2MUMS + SCABBABY + HOON
Smokey Dans, Tomakin – 21st November, 7pm
KIRIN J CALLINAN
Paddington RSL, Paddington – 14th November, 6pm, 9:30pm
Vic on The Park, Marrickville – 13th November, time TBA
Marrickville Bowling Club, Marrickville – 27th November, 7pm
Miranda Hotel, Miranda, – 5th November, 7pm
Mary’s Underground, Sydney – 20th November, 7pm
La La La’s, Wollongong – 22nd November, 7pm
Park House Hotel, Mona Vale – 28th November, 7pm
The Northern, Byron Bay – 7th November, 6:30pm + 9:30pm