This year will go down in history as the year the music died, while 2021 could be remembered as the year we were all dancing in the streets.
As pandemic restrictions begin to ease across the country, box offices are gearing up for tour upon tour and some of Australia's finest musical talent are giving the Illawarra the same stature as Melbourne and Sydney.
On Tuesday, country music's Keith Urban became the latest megastar to announce a capital city tour - which includes Wollongong's WIN Entertainment Centre on December 6, 2021.
Presale tickets for "The Speed Of Now" concert will go on sale this Wednesday, with general tickets on sale from Tuesday, December 8.
Organisers said Urban's two-hour plus shows are power packed with an "energy and showmanship that gives him the unique ability to touch every soul in the audience from the first note to the final confetti drop".
The Grammy Award-winner's tour announcement follows on from Monday's reveal that Jimmy Barnes is heading the line-up for the next Red Hot Summer Tour on the south coast.
The Godfather of Aussie rock will be joined by the Hoodoo Gurus, Jon Stevens, Diesel, Chris Cheney (frontman for The Living End), plus Vika and Linda when they collectively bring their festival to Berry Showgrounds on October 30.
The "second leg" of the tour also takes in dates around Victoria, the ACT and NSW. The "first leg" plays to crowds in South Australia and Queensland in the first half of next year.
Tickets for the second leg of the Red Hot Summer Tour are on sale at 9am on Thursday, December 3.
Other big names to put Wollongong alongside touring destinations like Melbourne and Sydney include Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem and Tina Arena.
Major festivals bringing a slew of artists to the region include the Hot Summer Night Festival with pub rock legends like Choirboys and Thirsty Merc this December; Yours and Owls bringing Tones and I, DMA's, and Lime Cordiale in January; plus John Butler joining Montaigne and Tesky Brothers for SummerSalt in March.