The New South Wales (NSW) government has upped its support for the return of live music, backing two major concerts at Qudos Bank Arena for more than 12,000 fans. The new events – ‘Great Southern Nights’ – will take place on November 28 and December 5 and be headlines by Ocean Alley and Bernard Fanning respectively. Each concert will host more than 6000 people in a fully-seated, Covid-safe way.

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 and thanked the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their strong leadership and support.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Greatest Southern Nights concerts are being supported by the NSW Government via Destination NSW and form part of the Great Southern Nights program delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).