Live Nation and TEG staging first major indoor arena shows in NSW
Major concert promoters TEG & Live Nation have teamed for the first large-scale indoor arena events in NSW – and Australia – since March this year.
The two shows on November 29 and December 5 are called Greatest Southern Nights and are part of the NSW Government’s Great Southern Nights initiative in partnership with ARIA.
The shows will be held at Sydney’s 21,000-capacity Qudos Bank Arena.
That means despite crowd restrictions at the venue, 12,000 will still be able to see Bernard Fanning, Matt Corby, Ocean Alley, Jack River, Merci Mercy, Ruby Fields and Jack Botts.
TEG chief executive Geoff Jones emphasised that the two shows mark a return to “normality” for the live entertainment sector.
“These shows are vital for our industry because they will show that we can stage large scale live concerts safely and that Australians have a huge pent-up demand 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 huge crowds to major live sport and it is time for live music to make a return at scale at a world-class venue, Qudos Bank Arena.”.
Roger Field, president of Live Nation, thanked the NSW Government and Destination NSW.
“After eight long months of zero arena shows, these concerts will see great musicians bring thousands of fans back together,” he stressed.
“Not only will these two wonderful nights of entertainment deliver significant employment but they are sure to inject a vital economic boost to our industry and the economy.”
Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres said his Government’s aim was to kick start the state’s economic recovery, create jobs and drive visitation and spending through major events.
“NSW has led Australia in reigniting the live music industry through Great Southern Nights. Now we are excited to announce these landmark concerts – the hottest tickets in the country,” he said
“The NSW Government is proud to be getting artists, roadies, venues, hospitality staff and tourism businesses back to work and we hope this heralds the safe return of major indoor arena events.”