If you're currently living in NSW, then you've got a smorgasbord of gigs coming your way. As a way to get the music industry back on track, the Great Southern Nights gig series will see artists playing 1,000 COVID-safe gigs in venues across Greater Sydney and regional NSW in November. It's a great way to celebrate Australian Music Month.
Feeling spoilt for choice? We've taken a look at the gigs that are on offer, and chosen 8 acts that we think you should check out, and what makes them so great.
A. B Original - The Factory Theatre, Marrickville - November 14th at 7pm
A.B Original are one of the most exciting hip-hop groups in Australia. Made up of Briggs and Trials, they're giving a voice to the issues that First Nations people face in Australia. They won a swag of awards for their 2016 album Reclaim Australia, and it's always exciting to hear it played live.
They're playing the Factory Theatre in Marrickville on November 14, and they're being supported by Barkaa, another First Nations rapper whose songs have become a beacon for those fighting systemic racism and injustice. Looking to grab tickets? You can buy them here.
Thelma Plum - Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads - November 27th and 28th at 6.30pm
Thelma Plum's debut album Better In Blak blew us away when we first heard it, and it's still amazing us to this day. It speaks about her experiences as a young First Nations woman in Australia, and the pain she's experienced. It even features Beatle Paul McCartney.
She'll be playing a pair of gigs at the Brunswick Picture House on November 27th/28th alongside Molly Millington, a Central Coast pop musician. If you're wanting to head along, you can grab tickets here.
Montaigne - The Beresford, Darlinghurst - November 28th at 7pm
Montaigne's live shows are something to behold. She's played pretty much every notable festival in Australia, and her stage presence is second-to-none. She's set to perform at Eurovision 2021, but if you want to see her before she jets off, she'll be playing a gig at The Beresford on November 28th.
The gig's being put on by Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS as part of the Express Yourself series, which sees them looking for the next LGBTQIA+ musical superstar. Looking to go see the next generation of Australian talent? Grab yourself a ticket here.
KLP - Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay - November 15th at 7pm
KLP's music is exactly the type of pick-me-up you need after the year that's been 2020. Her track with Stace Cadet, Energy, is a hot tip for #1 in this year's Hottest 100. KLP is a champion of Australian dance music, and just an all-round legend.
She's being supported by Chase Zera, who's one of Australia's most exciting up-and-coming pop musicians. Want to go check out this double dose of live goodness? Grab yourself a ticket here.
Ruel - MCA Rooftop, Circular Quay - November 27th at 5pm
Ruel blows people away everywhere he goes. He's the youngest artist to ever appear on triple j's Like A Version, and if you visit Twitter, he's got a whole legion of superfans. It's fair enough too, because his voice is one of the best in Australia. He's sold out multiple world tours in minutes, and he's sold out the Sydney Opera House. Twice.
He'll be performing on the MCA Rooftop in Circular Quay, and you won't want to miss out. You know who else performed on a rooftop? The Beatles. Just saying. If you're looking to pick up a ticket, you can buy one via this link.
Gordi - Cowra Civic Centre, Cowra - November 14th at 7pm
Gordi hails from country NSW (Canowindra, to be exact), so it's no surprise she's decided to play a gig in Cowra. She released her second album, Our Two Skins, earlier this year, and looks at Gordi's search for her identity during Australia's marriage equality vote.
She'll be playing at the Cowra Civic Centre in Cowra on November 14h, and we think it's time for a roadtrip. Looking to head along? Pick up a ticket here.
Horrorshow - The Factory Theatre, Marrickville - November 29th at 7pm
Horrorshow are one of the mainstays of hip-hop in Australia, and they've seen and done it all. They're currently working on their sixth studio album, and if it's like the five that have come before it, it's set to be full of songs that'll get you moving.
They'll be playing The Factory Theatre in Marrickville on November 29th, and we're excited. We're hoping to hear some of the new stuff they've been working on - as well as learn more about their surprise collaborative project.
George Alice - Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst - November 27th at 6.30pm and 9.30pm
George Alice first got national attention when she won the triple j Unearthed High crown for her debut track Circles, and it's been up-and-up since then. She's fresh off playing some huge festivals and stages, opening for the likes of Broods and Vera Blue.
She'll be playing a pair of shows at the Oxford Art Factory on November 27th, supported by pop artist Nick Ward. If you're looking to catch a star on the rise, you can grab a ticket here.
Looking to see who else is playing? You can find out more via the Great Southern Nights website here. It's time to get out there and support live music!