Great Southern Nights: 5 key concerts

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Great Southern Nights, one of NSW’s top music festivals, is back to amp up the state’s live music scene.

The three-week program kicked off on Friday March 18 and will run until Sunday April 10 at venues across NSW, almost half of them in regional areas.

“Great Southern Nights will get artists, crew and venues back to doing what they love and do best – putting on shows and bringing people back to the joy of live music,” said Annabelle Herd, CEO from ARIA. “Great Southern Nights was a huge success in 2020 and is exactly what our industry needs right now, so we’re delighted to see top Australian talent wanting to get involved in 2022.”

Over 30 new artists are part of this year’s lineup, featuring emerging and established artists across NSW, but we’ve only selected 5 of the best artists who are set to perform in the next two weeks (the full lineup Great Southern Nights and ticketing information can be found here).

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Ruby Fields (supported by Adam Newling)

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PCYC Northern Breaches, Dee Why

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Eltham Hotel, Eltham

Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.

Last year, Ruby Fields beat Drake and Lil Nas X to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with her debut album, I’ve been doing it for a while. Last month she posted Live from Repentance Creek Hall, a live EP featuring live recordings of tracks from his debut album. A rising singer-songwriter not to be missed.

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Peking Duk and his friends

Hotel on the beach, Byron Bay

Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m.

The energetic dancefloor duo are bringing some homies for a big party next week. Emerging singer-songwriters Nyxen and Clyps will provide strong support for Byron Bay, while Peking Duk will celebrate the success of their new single, “Honest”, a powerful collaboration with Slayyter.

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Middle Kids (supported by Melaleuca)

Hotel on the beach, Byron Bay

Friday, March 25, 9 p.m.

After successfully taking over North America (and even earning accolades from Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs), Middle Kids are bringing their indie rock anthems to Byron Bay. Expect plenty of highlights from Today we are the greatesttheir 2021 album which peaked at number five on the ARIA Albums Chart and earned an ARIA nomination for Best Rock Album.

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Mallrat (supported by Biblemami)

Search Garden Hotel

Saturday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.

Mallrat just wowed everyone in a backstage interview at This That Festival by reciting Pi at an incredible 62 places without missing a beat, but she’ll still have plenty of party laps for Great Southern Nights. The indie pop star – real name Grace Kathleen Elizabeth Shaw – is currently preparing the release of her debut album, Blue Butterflyin May.

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Ball Park Music (supported by Yorke)

Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.

The Brisbane favorites recently announced their seventh studio album, More and more strange, will arrive in June. “For over a year, we’ve been dancing and dodging, fighting and flirting with this music,” the indie pop band explained of the record. Expect them to treat fans with the likes of More and more strangeas well as many older hits.

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