The global coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe with many industries suffering.
The live entertainment industry around the world, including locally here in Australia, saw thousands of cancellations of concerts and stage-shows ranging from local and international artists, to stand-up and live theatre.
According to the website, I Lost My Gig, $340 million worth of gigs were cancelled in our country alone.
Since COVID-19 forced the closure of live music venues and cancellations of festivals, managers, venue operators and production workers, caterers, merch sellers and warm-up acts suffered as well.
To help re-employ some of these workers, the NSW Government is hosting Great Southern Nights: Land of 1000 Gigs across the state in November.
Already, some of Australia’s biggest music names have signed on to perform including Jimmy Barnes, Birds of Tokyo, Thelma Plum, The Pre-Sets, Tones and I, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, The Jungle Giants, Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, The Teskey Brothers and The Veronicas.
Created by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), the performers will take centre stage in venues across the state, finishing off with the ARIA awards.
ARIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Rosen hopes that the initiative will help re-ignite the flailing music economy.
“Live music events bring visitors, culture and excitement to communities,” he said in a statement.
“This initiative will provide an invaluable boost for the artists, crew, venues and music community that make gigs happen.”
While NSW is slowly returning back to normal post-COVID restrictions, all gigs will have to abide by the State’s laws at the time of performance.
For more information on Great Southern Nights visit the website.