Shannon Noll, Sarah McLeod coming to George IV Inn

Shannon Noll
Shannon Noll

Picton is about to become an Aussie music hotspot.

The town's legendary George IV Inn will play host to four musical acts this month as part of the Great Southern Nights concert series - a collaboration between ARIA and the NSW Goverment.

The series is designed to boost both tourism and the music industry, including the performers, stage hands and other crew.

More than 1000 Aussie acts will take to stages across the state throughout November, which is Australian Music Month.

George IV will first welcome Shannon Noll to the stage on Friday, November 13, followed by Sarah McLeod (from The Superjesus) on Saturday, November 14, Steve Balbi (Noiseworks, Mi-Sex) on Friday, November 20 and finally young country stars Blake O'Connor and Sinead Burgess on Saturday, November 28.

Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod

Noll is no stranger to Picton, previously performing at the Big Day In charity event to help the region recover from devastating floods in 2016.

He told the Advertiser he was looking forward to getting back to the town.

"Now that I live outside of the city I'm not too far from Picton, it's my home stomping ground," he said.

"That whole area, from the top of the Southern Highlands and beyond, is so beautiful.

"I love that I'm getting to do a gig around Picton, it's a great little town."

Noll said he loved the Great Southern Nights concept.

"I'm 100 per cent all for it," he said.

"Our industry and tourism have been really hit hard by Covid - we were among the first industries to get closed down, and music will be one of the last to open back up properly.

Steve Balbi

Steve Balbi

"So this is great not just for people in my situation, the guys on stage, but the people who set up the lights and the people in the background. They've been massively affected.

"Tourism is such a massive part of the Australian economy, so it's really great that we can help inject money and interest back into those fields, and get the industries on their feet and working again."

Noll - famous for such hits as What About Me, Lift and Drive - said he really enjoyed spending some more time at home with family during the shutdown period.

He also had the opportunity to work on some new material, including a collaboration with a girl group called Southbound, and a new single which will be dropping this month.

But now he's itching to get back on the stage and can't wait to see an excited crowd next week.

Blake O'Connor and Sinead Burgess

Blake O'Connor and Sinead Burgess

"This whole thing has made a lot of people feel scared, but with Great Southern Nights everything is Covid-safe and the venues have taken all the precautions in the world to make safety a priority," he said.

"There's no reason not to get out and put on your party shoes.

"We're in a time when Australian artists and musicians are in a bit of need, and there have been a lot of times when so many people in the business have given their time for flood relief or fire relief and to raise money for charity, so it would be awesome to get some great Aussie support for Australian musicians.

"Get out and have a drink - it's about time to enjoy yourself again, and Great Southern Nights is a great opportunity to have a great night and jam to some music."