The Peninsula is set to hold three live music events this month as part of the inaugural Great Southern Nights event aimed at boosting local industries.
Everglades Country Club will host Girls on the Green on Sunday, November 15, and Carols on the Green the following Sunday night.
On Saturday, November 28, the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus at Ettalong Beach will present Babylon Ettalong, featuring Christa Hughes, Drew Fairley, and Sheba Williams.
As Chair of the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, Juan Iocco said he is excited to bring professional artists to the region and mix them up with local professionals.
“The [event] builds identity, networks, ongoing work and visibility, and enjoyment for audiences – it’s a win-win,” Iocco said.
“Collaborating at a state level with music activations such as Great Southern Nights is important for our local community and businesses, for artists’ employment, and for our perception as a region worth visiting.
“Our ticketing, booking and seating is different, but we guarantee all the fun and razzle dazzle remains.”
The announcement forms part of the State Government’s initiative to hold 23 gigs at local venues across the Central Coast in November to help boost the local economy in the wake of COVID-19 closures.
Iocco said the Haus had lost over 80 per cent of its income through the closures and was thankful for this initiative.
“No industry escaped unscathed when the pandemic struck, but the arts was among the worst hit – we’re having to rethink how to engage audiences,” he said.
“Our recovery is dependent on and driven by people loving arts and culture.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said Great Southern Nights is aimed at kick-starting the recovery of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries.
“Our community has been confronted with the triple whammy of fires, floods and COVID-19 this year, so these events will be a fantastic morale-booster,” Crouch said.
“This will also encourage locals and visitors to get out and explore restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.”
Tickets are available to purchase at www.greatsouthernnights.com.au.