Legends and emergent stars alike will converge on the Heineken Live Stage at Grand Slam Oval this Australia Day
The 2016 Australian Open is ensuring that it doesn't make the mistakes of peers such as the AFL Grand Final, today unveiling an epic list of home-grown live entertainers led by British India and veteran troubadour James Reyne to keep its audiences buzzing with daily performances throughout this January's tournament.
The British India boys will play the comp's penultimate slot as the headline act on the women's final day, Saturday 30 January, while Reyne will take to the Heineken Live Stage at Grand Slam Oval ahead of the men's final on Sunday 31 January. Before the (relatively) young stars and veteran heavyweight round out the proceedings, Aussie Open officials have stacked the decks with a ream of quality local talent, getting under way with Dan Sultan on Monday 18 January.
Katie Noonan's Vanguard take over the honours on Tuesday 19 January, with additional artists respectively performing daily from 6-7pm including Jackie Onassis, Saskwatch, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hot Dub Time Machine, Diesel, Pierce Brothers, The Rubens, Jakubi, Alpine and The Bombay Royale.
"This year's home-grown line-up has something for everyone, from well-known music names to independent and emerging artists," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement.
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"Fans flock to Melbourne Park not just for the world-class tennis but also the fantastic carnival atmosphere. The Open Sessions are sure to add an extra layer of entertainment."
As always, venerated Aussie industry juggernaut Mushroom Group is heavily involved with the musical aspect of the Australian Open, with chairman Michael Gudinski expressing his enthusiasm for the event once again in a statement: "Mushroom is very proud to be involved with the tennis. Stage, music and sport are a wonderful combination. It's fantastic to see Tennis Australia getting behind Australian music and looking at a wide range of artists to showcase the many visitors to Grand Slam Oval during the Australian Open."
The 2016 Australian Open runs from 18-31 January at Melbourne Park. For more booking information, see Ticketek.