Live music returns to Thredbo in November

by James Wilkinson

Thredbo has been selected as one of the iconic destinations to host Great Southern Nights, a new initiative to kick start the live music industry across New South Wales this summer.

The NSW Government initiative, in collaboration with the Australian Recording Industry Association, will see 1000 performances held in iconic venues across the state during November.

Thredbo Marketing Manager, Caroline Brauer, said the popular Snowy Mountains village would will host nine Great Southern Nights sessions at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel with the first one kicking off on Saturday 7 November.

Getting the festivities started will be Spindrift Saga, an alt funk rock band from South Coast NSW that has supported the likes of The Living End and British India.

“After a challenging year for the entertainment industry we are delighted to be participating in this great initiative and supporting local artists as live music comes alive again,” Brauer said.

She said the schedule would also feature Thredbo favourite H-Cee Family and much-loved resident entertainer Mark Travers, who’s been entertaining crowds in the village since 91’ and never fails to disappoint with his energetic acoustic sessions and popular covers.

To coincide with the opening of the mountain bike and hiking season in Thredbo on 21 November, she said Thredbo has a jam-packed weekend of entertainment in the schedule.

“After a day of trekking Thredbo’s highest peaks or shredding the iconic mountain bike trails, you’ll be able to kick back with the Moon Hounds and The Whiskey Bandits, with influences of American blues and roots in an ode to the birthplace of mountain biking,” she said.

“The month of music will culminate in a three-day extravaganza on 27 November featuring X-Factor star Nada-Leigh, Sydney’s number one party band La Fiesta and multi-instrumentalist Justine Eltakchi.

“Sit back and relax with a cold beverage whilst taking in the stunning mountain vistas from the deck of Thredbo’s Alpine Hotel and listening to some of Australia’s most talented established and emerging artists,” Brauer said.

She said all Thredbo venues are operating in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines as developed under the advice of the NSW Department of Health and tickets to all gigs are free of charge with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Numbers will be limited to comply with social distancing requirements with group sizes of up to 10 people per table, she added, and all guests will be required to sign in on arrival and remain seated unless making a purchase at the bar.