Government boost for return of arena music festivals in NSW

The NSW Government is amplifying its support for the return of live music, backing two major concerts at Qudos Bank Arena for more than 12,000 fans in total as part of Great Southern Nights.

The new events will be headlined by Ocean Alley and Bernard Fanning, with each concert hosting more than 6,000 attendees in a fully seated, COVID-safe setting.

“NSW has led Australia in reigniting the live music industry through Great Southern Nights, and now we are excited to announce these landmark concerts that will be the hottest tickets in the country,” said Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.

“The NSW Government is proud to be getting artists, roadies, venues, hospitality staff and tourism businesses back to work and we hope this heralds the safe return of major indoor arena events.”

Geoff Jones, chief executive of promoter TEG, said the Greatest Southern Nights concerts are part of a crucial push to reboot the live performance industry.

“These shows are vital for our industry because they will show that we can stage large-scale live concerts safely and that Australians cannot wait to get out and share great live entertainment experiences with their friends and family,” said Jones.

“We have seen the successful and safe return of large crowds to major live sporting events and it is time for live music to make a return at scale at a world-class venue, Qudos Bank Arena, which we will operate in a capped COVID-Safe capacity for these shows.”

Roger Field, president co-promoter Live Nation, said these concerts would not be possible without the support of the NSW Government and Destination NSW.

“After eight long months of zero arena shows, these concerts will see great musicians bring thousands of fans back together,” he said.

“Not only will these two wonderful nights of entertainment deliver significant employment but they are sure to inject a vital economic boost to our industry and the NSW economy.”