It wouldn’t be summer in Melbourne without the Australian Open. And whether you’re a tennis fan or not, the return of the event’s live-music stage is cause for celebration. Curated in conjunction with Mushroom Events, the line-up – which features both international and Australian talent – will take over the Middle Terrace on site at the event for 15 days of tournament.
The 2020 line-up kicks off on Sunday, January 19 – AO Girls Day Out – with homegrown pop act Jessica Mauboy and guests Montaigne and Lily Papas.
In the days to follow, catch Brisbane pop champs Cub Sport joined by Hatchie; lighthearted Sydney rock duo Lime Cordiale joined by Ruby Fields; newly minted reality-TV stars The Veronicas joined by Japanese Wallpaper and Kian; veteran alt-rock juggernauts Grinspoon paired with the equally classic Eskimo Joe; and recent Eurovision contender Kate Miller-Heidke joined by indie-pop trio Seeker Lover Keeper, featuring Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann.
Meanwhile, the overseas slate looms large with globetrotting Aussie DJ Hot Dub Time Machine supported by charismatic, dance-driven UK export Example; New Zealand alt-pop siblings Broods supported by Unearthed High winner George Alice; English New Wave poster boy Billy Idol paired with brash Melbourne rockers The Delta Riggs; and collab-happy modern UK pop ensemble Bastille paired with genre-blending Texan Max Frost.
Rounding out the line-up is Matt Corby – whose second album Rainbow Valley just won Australian Album of the Year at the J Awards – supported by rising Tamworth singer-songwriter Charlie Collins; suave electronic gurus Hayden James and Running Touch; and Sunshine Coast troubadour Ziggy Alberts with Triple J Unearthed breakthrough talent Fergus James.
Following a successful 2019 run – complete with giant misting fans and an expansive shade structure to beat the blazing summer sun – the AO Live Stage is accessible to fans with either an Australian Open ground pass or a stadium ticket.
The AO Live Stage runs from January 19 to February 2. It’ll be open from 3pm to 10pm on weekdays; from 10am to 10pm on Weekend 1; and from 3pm to 10pm on Weekend 2. Ground pass tickets are available from $49 and include access to the AO Live Stage. Book now.
AO Live Stage 2020 Line-Up
Sun 19 January (AO Girls Day Out) – Jessica Mauboy with Montaigne and Lily Papas
Mon 20 January – Cub Sport with Hatchie
Tue 21 January – Thelma Plum with G-Flip Solo
Wed 22 January – Lime Cordiale with Ruby Fields
Thurs 23 January – The Veronicas with Japanese Wallpaper and Kian
Fri 24 January – Grinspoon with Eskimo Joe
Sat 25 January (18+ only) – Hot Dub Time Machine with Example
Sun 26 January – Fat Boy Slim with special guest
Mon 27 January – Kate Miller-Heidke with Seeker Lover Keeper
Tues 28 January – Broods with George Alice
Wed 29 January – Billy Idol with The Delta Riggs
Thurs 30 January – Matt Corby with Charlie Collins
Fri 31 January – Hayden James with Running Touch
Sat 1 February – Bastille with Max Frost
Sun 2 February – Ziggy Alberts with Fergus James
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tennis Australia.