After the sold-out Foo Fighters performance last week, Always Live has announced more major acts to take place across the state. This celebration of contemporary music will span across multiple genres, honour national icons, and highlight our thriving music industry. Expect big names like Tash Sultana, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and more. Here’s what we know so far about the Always Live program.
Always Live will join other major events on Victoria’s calendar, like RISING Festival, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the AFL Grand Final. Expect arena-style performances, laneway shows, intimate rooftop performances and more. The season kicked off last week with a special performance by Foo Fighters in Geelong.
“We have hit the ground running, with the scale and impact of our first show at GMHBA Stadium,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Always Live. “Today’s announcements further points to what to expect from the wider Always Live program as we bring together an exceptional array of unique and one-off live music experiences that will take place right across our great state.”
Future performances include Nick Cave and Warren Ellis performing at Hanging Rock, Tash Sultana headlining Ocean Sounds on Phillip Island, and a First Nations concert series called Hometown, that will feature Isaiah Firebrace near Echuca.
Here’s the Always Live program so far:
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis with special guest Courtney Barnett
When: Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26.
Where: Hanging Rock Reserve, Macedon Ranges.
Pre-sale is Tuesday March 15 and general public sale is Thursday March 17.
When: Sunday December 4.
Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne.
Pre-sale is Tuesday March 8, general public sale is Thursday March 10.
Hometown: Isaiah Firebrace
When: Sunday December 4.
Where: Girgarre Sound Shell, near Echuca.
This event is free to attend.
Ocean Sounds featuring Tash Sultana, Pierce Brothers, Kim Churchill, Kee’ahn and more
When: Saturday December 10.
Where: Churchill Island, Phillip Island/Millowl.
Pre-sale is Tuesday March 15, general public sale is Wednesday March 16.
A Long-Awaited Passion Project
This program was a dream of the late Australian music icon Michael Gudinski AM. This will pay homage to his passion for music and his home state. The concept has been in the works for a long time, delayed by the impacts of COVID-19.
“Always Live was a passion project for my dad to ensure Victoria continued to be recognised as the music capital of Australia, and Melbourne as one of the leading music cities in the world,” said Matt Gudinski, Always Live Chair. “I’m honoured to be part of now making it a reality at a time when the live music scene needs all the support it can get.”
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