Legendary Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson will perform at The Mighty Hunter Valley on November 21 as part of the Great Southern Nights live music bonanza.
A partnership between Destination NSW and ARIA, Great Southern Nights will deliver 1000 COVID-safe gigs in more than 300 venues across the state during Australian Music Month in November, in an effort to kick-start the recovery of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries.
Jamieson will be performing solo versions of classic Grinspoon tunes, plus his own solo works old and new, at the Nulkaba venue (formerly Potters Hotel, which was recently acquired by Founders First).
Founders First's NSW/QLD general manager of hospitality operations Ben Stehr said it's exciting news after what's been a tough year.
"2020 has been an absolute stinker of a year for most industries! For the Mighty Hunter Valley, Great Southern Nights presents us with the terrific opportunity to support live music, an industry that is aligned with ours," he said.
"To partner with an Australian music icon like Phil Jamieson, we can't think of a better way to kick start live music in the Hunter and across NSW."
Sophie Ozard and Soda will also perform at the over-18s show. Tickets are available online via greatsouthernnights.com.au.
Elsewhere in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle band Hornet will play at Tatler Wines on November 20, while Dashville at Lower Belford will host Shane Nicholson & The Waste, Kevin Bennett & The Flood and Cessnock's own Anna Weatherup on November 28.
Weatherup - whose new single Little Bluebird has already had more than 40,000 streams - said she's super-excited to be part of the event at the Lower Belford venue.
"I have been bunkered down in my studio since COVID started, so it's going to be great to get outdoors, under the stars and share the new music I have been working on," she said.
"I have put together some gun players so this is gonna rock!
"I am also really looking forward to meeting Kevin Bennett, Shane Nicholson and the crew from Dashville."
Kurri Kurri's Tori Forsyth and Bellbird's William Crighton have also landed local gigs under the Great Southern Nights banner, with Forsyth to perform at the Wickham Park Hotel on November 14, and Crighton playing at Newcastle City Hall.
Other featured gigs in the Hunter region include Kim Churchill (Grand Junction Hotel, November 5); Lime Cordiale (Shoal Bay Country Club, November 6), Shannon Noll (Toronto Hotel, November 15) and Tones and I (Civic Theatre Newcastle, November 24).
Cessnock country singer Travis Collins - who was recently named the Hunter's sole ARIA nominee for 2020 - will perform in Grafton on November 7 and Tamworth on November 27.
Tourism minister Stuart Ayres said Great Southern Nights would provide music lovers from across the country many reasons to get out in New South Wales this November.
"New South Wales will come alive with great Australian music in November with gigs taking place in many of the state's greatest music venues, pubs, bars, bowling clubs and wineries," Mr Ayres said.
"With 2500 artists performing in 300-plus venues across Sydney and more than 130 NSW towns, there is a gig spanning every genre and destination.
"The NSW Government is proud to be getting artists, roadies, venues, hospitality staff and tourism businesses back to work through this ambitious initiative and now it's over to the public to show their support by booking tickets to a gig or two, or more."
Great Southern Nights is delivered by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said the Great Southern Nights program was coming at a critical time for the industry.
"This is an extremely important moment for the Australian music industry," Mr Rosen said.
"Great Southern Nights is an innovative and effective way of getting artists back on stages safely and ensuring money starts flowing back through the live-music ecosystem - to artists, venues, agents, tour managers and sound and lighting-crews.
"We can't wait to see the shows getting underway from November 5."
GREAT SOUTHERN NIGHTS: HUNTER REGION GIG GUIDE
- Aberdeen Sport and Rec Club: November 21,Blake O'Connor and Sinead Burgess.
- Adamstown Bowling Club: November 15, Hornet
- Belmont 16s: November 14, Johnny Manuel. November 21, Adam Harvey.
- Cambridge Hotel: November 5, Shady Nasty & Craterface. November 6, Sneaky Sound System (two shows). November 13, Ruby Fields (two shows).- November 20, Winston Surfshirt. November 21, Tyne-Jones Organ. November 25, Hands Like Houses (two shows). November 27, The Screaming Jets (two shows). November 29, Trophy Eyes.
- Carrington Bowling Club: November 28, Justin Ngariki & The Dastardly Bastards, Kristen Lee Morris & The Dirty Snakes, Glovers Lane, Camino Gold, Lili Crane, The Mild Times, Doc & The Delegates.
- Civic Theatre: November 13, Emma Pask & Matt Jeffs. November 14, Slapjack, Mango Avenue, Camino Gold. November 24, Tones & I (read more here).
- Dashville: November 28, Shane Nicholson & The Waste, Kevin Bennett & The Flood, Anna Weatherup.
- Family Hotel, Maitland: November 7,Viper Creek Band. November 14, Bill Chambers. November 21, Crawfish Stew Band.
- Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland: November 5, Kim Churchill (read more here).
- Hamilton Station Hotel: November 13, The Million. November 21, Adam Newling, Not Bad Not Good. November 28, Georgia June, Lili Crane.
- Horse and Jockey Hotel, Singleton: November 8 and 29, Damien Baguley.
- Kahibah Sports Club: November 14, Lachlan Edwards, Jemima, Kazzie Band.
- Lass O'Gowrie Hotel: November 5, Gambirra Mob. November 19, A Curated Heaps Gay Spectacular. November 26, Thunder Fox, Viragos.
- Lizotte's: November 10, Gambirra Mob. November 11, Catherine Britt. November 19, Melanie Dyer. November 27, Ian Moss. November 29, Sam Reynolds Studio.
- Muswellbrook Hotel: November 19, Chloe and James, Jason Ray. November 28, Lucky Day, Carrot Bowen and the Collective.
- Newcastle City Hall: November 14, Middle Kids. November 20, William Crighton. November 21, e4444e, Hamilton Alpine Club, Butter Knife.
- Newcastle Hotel: November 14, Los Scallywaggs, Cooks & Bakers, Milky Thred, Boycott.
- Seabreeze Hotel, Nelson Bay: November 14, Rai Thistlethwayte.
- Shoal Club Country Club: November 6, Lime Cordiale (two shows).
- Small Ballroom: November 14, Sons Of The East. November 20, Eat Your Heart Out. November 27, Flight To Dubai. November 28, Matt McHugh.
- Stag and Hunter Hotel: November 6, Frank Sultana. November 7, Lili Crane, Dani El Rassi, Paris Grace. November 27, Bloody Hell. November 28, Chase The Sun.
- The Kent Hotel Hamilton: November 7, Overload. November 13, Rai Thistlethwayte. November 14, Dos Eagar. November 20, Viper Creek. November 27, Komiti. November 28, GenR8.
- Tatler Wines Lovedale: November 20, Hornet.
- The Mighty Hunter Valley: November 21, Phil Jamieson.
- The Regal Inn, Tenambit: November 22, Georgie Winchester, Duncan Woods and Bobby C. November 29, Emily Smith, Kazzie and Nick Rage.
- Toronto Hotel: November 8, Lisa Hunt. November 15, Shannon Noll. November 21, The Angels.
- Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre: November 6, Shane Nicholson.
- Wickham Park Hotel: November 14, Tori Forsyth. November 28, Pat Capocci.
See the full, statewide gig guide at greatsouthernnights.com.au.