The Australian Open is renowned for bringing huge names to Melbourne, but they’re not always the names you expect.
In January 2018, Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam against Marin Cilic, and Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep to win her first of both – but they weren’t the only stars in attendance. The likes of Tina Arena, Client Liaison, Rudimental and The Rubens also entertained the tennis-loving masses, appearing as part of the Australian Open’s live-music program at the AO Live Stage. In 2019 the program will extend to 15 days.
It all kicks off on Sunday January 13 at Birrarung Marr, on the eve of the sporting festival, with a concert in support of Beyond Blue with a headline act yet to be announced.
In terms of international acts, Bastille are sure to delight; their recent single Happier has amassed more than 300 million plays on Spotify. We’ll get thrown back to the year 2000 with Craig David performing on Friday January 25, then Jet will close out the festival on Sunday January 27.
The line-up also includes Angus and Julia Stone, Conrad Sewell, You Am I, Gretta Ray, Jebediah, Birds of Tokyo, Nicole Millar, Cxloe, Last Dinosaurs, Something for Kate and Dean Lewis. Lovers of blues and soul will gravitate toward the Teskey Brothers, who play on Wednesday January 16. From Victoria’s Warrandyte, the quartet has seen growing momentum in the music scene since releasing their debut album Half Mile Harvest in 2017.
Far from a Crying Shame – their hit song – playing at the Australian Open is a milestone for the Teskey Brothers. “It’s a real landmark gig in Victoria,” base player Brendon Love says. “I remember seeing my favourite band Something for Kate there when I was younger, and never really imagined I’d be playing it. It’s something we’re excited to do.”
For the band that’s been playing together since high school, it’s a rare opportunity to share their music with fans of two genres. “When you grow up in school, there’s the kids that do sport, then there’s the kids that play music, and generally those two worlds don’t cross much,” he says. “The opportunity for us to play to a crowd that might not necessarily come to one of our shows is pretty exciting.”
He jokes we can expect “pyrotechnics, acrobatics, the works,” because their laid-back Motown vibe is far from theatrical. Instead, their set will test the water with new music in the midst of recording their next album (currently in pre-production) before heading to Europe on tour. “That will probably be the first chance that we’ll have to play some of them live to an audience,” Brendon says. “And we always like to throw in a bit of a surprising cover here and there.”
The AO Live Stage runs from January 13 to 27, opening daily from 3pm, and 10am on Coopers Saturday January 19. Ground pass tickets are available for $54 and include access to all the acts. Book now.
AO Live Stage 2019 Line-up
Mon January 14 – Dean Lewis with Gretta Ray as support
Tue January 15 – Conrad Sewell with Cxloe as support
Wed January 16 – Teskey Brothers with Odette as support
Thu January 17 – Bastille with Nicole Millar as support
Fri January 18 – You Am I with Jebediah as support
Sat January 19 – Confidence Man with Total Giovanni as support
Sun January 20 – Flight Facilities with Groove City & Slum Sociable as support
Mon January 21 – SAFIA with Ruel as support
Tues January 22 – Ballpark Music with Bec Sandridge as support
Wed January 23 – DMAs with Jack River as support
Thu January 24 – Birds of Tokyo and Last Dinosaurs as support
Fri January 25 – Craig David & Band with Yo Mafia as support
Sat January 26 – Angus and Julia Stone with Alex Lahey as support
Sun January 27 – Jet with Something For Kate as support
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tennis Australia.