Local musicians are hatching plans to bring back the sound of live music to the pubs, clubs, and venues of Wagga.
One of them is Strippers From Mars muso Nathan Iirilli, who is teaming up with local bands and original artists in a bid to resurrect the Wagga nightlife, which has lain dormant throughout the coronavirus lockdown.
He has already begun lining up gigs around the town and has applied for Regenerate Regional Event Initiative grant money to help kickstart the live music scene once restrictions lift for good.
"The idea is to hold a series of gigs at different venues to try and re-energise and reinvigorate the night life, to get people out again," Mr Iirilli said.
"By now people have gotten bored with sitting at home watching Netflix; I think post-covid people will be keen for connection again, keen to get out, keen for live music, keen for that real life experience."
He said his fellow musos were also itching to play in front of a live audience, after spending weeks in lockdown without any musical gigs to break up the day-to-day monotony.
However Mr Iirilli said he was impressed to see many musicians using the downtime to compose music and stream their performances online.
"For a lot of us we've had to get creative, but hey, that's who we are: we're creative people," Mr Irrilli said.
"One of the positives that's come out of this is seeing all this great work produced locally by these original artists."
James "Curly" Mills is one such Wagga artist who has been keeping busy during lockdown, composing new songs and streaming them online every Sunday for his fans.
Mr Mills said it has been an eye-opening experience, but he says he is still looking forward to the day when he can reunite with his band members at the Bidgee Blues Club for a proper jam session.
"When you can't get together with your band mates life's quite difficult," Mr Mills said.
"I'm pretty keen to get going with those guys and get together and rehearse again."
Eastern Riverina Arts executive director Tim Kurylowicz said he was blown away by all the original music being created during lockdown, saying that event-goers could expect to hear some new beats once the live music scene makes its eventual comeback.
"There was the Renaissance after the Black Plague, and I think we're in for the same experience," Dr Kurylowicz said.
"What we've observed is that a huge amount of creative activity is being generated by artists, musicians, creators who are out of work, but still findings way to create art."