Ben Franklin

Local pubs, clubs and live music venues across regional NSW are set to host some of Australia’s biggest music artists before the end of the year to help kick-start the entertainment industry after COVID-19 closures.

The NSW Nationals in the state government are proud to support Great Southern Nights – an initiative n collaboration with Destination NSW and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) – which will see names like Matt Corby, Thelma Plum and Ash Grunwald performing live on the Far North Coast.

Local NSW Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said tickets were on sale now and encouraged everyone to see a show and welcome live music back to the regions.

“I’m thrilled that venues across the Ballina and Lismore electorates are going to host these awesome events,” Mr Franklin said.

“I love our arts industry and Australia has amazing home grown talent so I can’t wait to see our local venues come to life again.

“Arts, tourism, entertainment and hospitality have been the hardest-hit industries since COVID-19 emerged and these gigs are an important way of helping get people in jobs and back on their feet.”

There are going to be more than 1000 gigs across NSW in November, so there will be no shortage of music for people to enjoy.

Have fun and stay safe

Mr Franklin said these gigs were possible because of the efforts of all people in NSW to keep safe during COVID-19.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible. The whole NSW community has sacrificed a lot and it is great that we can now host live music again in a COVID-safe way,” Mr Franklin said.

Tickets will sell quickly so make sure you don’t miss out! All artist, ticket and venue information is available at