When you hear ‘Australian Open’, you assume the Australian tennis tournament that has been going on this 1905, or maybe the Australian Open Golf tournament that has been taking place since 1904, well, neither of those are the Australian Open I am talking about, a new Australian Open has been created which features some of Australia’s finest acts.
The Australian Open coincides with the tennis Australian Open, however, the good folks over at Mushroom Events have formed a partnership with Tennis Australia for the event, which will see an Australian (and one international act) perform on a daily basis during the two weeks tennis tournament. The Australian Open Sessions, will include such acts as Birds of Tokyo, DMA’S, The Temper Trap, Jimmy Eat World and The Living End are among some of the names scheduled to be there.
The Temper Trap’s frontman, Dougy Mandagi, noted how excited they are to be playing at one of the four major tennis events in the world:
“We’re really excited to be playing at one of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events in the world – which also happens to be in our hometown! We’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many incredible artists and bands and getting amongst the Australian Open atmosphere.”
Also scheduled to be there are Missy Higgins, Archie Roach, Tkay Maidza and DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher will kick-start the party with two free concerts on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January, giving fans a taste of what’s in store at AO 2017.
Missy Higgins also noted how thrilled she is to be part of the festivities:
“I’ve always been a big tennis fan so this is really exciting for me. I’m also thrilled to be part of such an incredible lineup of musicians this year.”
Other musicians scheduled to be there include Peking Duk, DJ Drezo, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Ross Wilson.
In total, over the course of Saturday, January 14 to Sunday, January 22, you will be able to see Tkay Maidza, Passerine, Missy Higgins, Archie Roach, Ben Abrahams, Birds of Tokyo, The Belligerents, Rival Fire, Superband, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Abbey Stone, Jack River, Bennies, The Sand Dollars, Bad//Dreems, and Slowly Slowly and more!
Access to the Australian Open Live Stage from 16–22 January will require a ground pass. Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena tickets and Australian Open ground passes, which allow access to Hisense Arena, are now on sale at ticketek.com.au.