Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ and Melbourne Zoo Twilights are thrilled to today announce their summer 2017 music program. A calendar staple and the ultimate destination for music lovers each year, both concert series will run from Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March, set amongst the unique environments of Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo, in two of the country’s premier open-air events.
This summer will see Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ open their series with both fearless Australian frontman Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos and Kev Carmody, and the original lineup of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Sports in a rare performance. triple j Hottest 100 winners The Rubens will make their Zoo debut, as will Brisbane indie powerhouses Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants in a double headline performance. Quintessential Australian bands Killing Heidi and george will perform in a series of memorable reunion shows, and The Living End will be accompanied by a string quartet for a special ‘Twangin’ at Twilight’ stripped back show. Pennsylvania’s Kurt Vile will be bringing his unique brand of hazy-rock to the Zoos for the first time, and family favourites Björn Again will return after their sold out shows last year. The closing week of the series showcases some of Canada’s most talented musicians, with performances from international indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara and singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.
Performing at Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ only, Jet will be making their grand return to the live stage, and beloved country songstress Kasey Chambers will appear in February supported by Thelma Plum. Obama-endorsed jazz lord James Morrison Big Band returns to Twilight after a sell-out show in 2016 and legendary Scottish alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub are playing the closing weekend of the 2017 season, in their first Sydney show since 2005.
Taking to the stage at Melbourne Zoo Twilights are dream-pop quartet Warpaint who return to Australian shores to perform for the first time since 2014. Also joining the Melbourne Zoo Twilights lineup is revered Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey following the release of his third solo album, celebrated Australian rockers Hoodoo Gurus and legendary British ska band The Specials in what is sure to be an unmissable show to close out the 2017 season.
Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ offers the unparalleled thrill of an open-air show on the lawns of Taronga Zoo’s intimate, fully-licensed natural amphitheatre. Set against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, audiences are invited to enjoy a gourmet antipasto hamper and refreshing drinks as the sun sets, immersing themselves in the magnificence of Sydney in the summer. All tickets to Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ include free same-day Zoo entry, plus free return ferry travel from Circular Quay from 5:15pm; bus transfers from Taronga wharf to the main Zoo entrance; and post-show buses to Spit Junction and Mosman.
Melbourne Zoo Twilights is yet another reason why the City has been crowned Australia’s live music capital. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the warm summer evenings in the heart of the City’s inner-north. There is something wonderful about Melbourne Zoo, in that it is literally filled with wonder. Stroll through the gardens and visit the animals before settling down with your mates on the Zoo’s fully-licensed picturesque lawns to a picnic, a gourmet hamper or delights from the new food trucks at Taste of Twilights. This is the ultimate Melbourne summer event. All Melbourne Zoo Twilights ticketholders have free same-day Zoo entry between 5:30pm – 7:00pm on the evening of the concert, so be sure to come in early to explore all it has to offer.
Both Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo believe that with the public’s help, every species can not only survive, but thrive, and all proceeds from the Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ summer concert series go back into their ongoing conservation work.
In 2016 Taronga Zoo launched its legacy for the future and for the wild, dedicating the next 10 years to the conservation of 10 critical species. The 2017 series will champion the first global community action tool, Wildlife Witness to help in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.
Zoos Victoria has been fighting the extinction of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Now into the third year of a five-year plan, Zoos Victoria and their partners play a key role in the recovery of the species, increasing community awareness of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and building programs to reintroduce it to the wild.
TWILIGHT AT TARONGA PRESENTED BY ANZ 2017 LINEUP
Tickets on-sale 9am Tuesday 25 October from twilightattaronga.org.au
Starring, in chronological order:
Friday 27 January – PETER GARRETT & THE ALTER EGOS and KEV CARMODY
Saturday 28 January – JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS and THE SPORTS
Friday 3 February – THE RUBENS supported by Bec Sandridge
Saturday 4 February – KILLING HEIDI supported by Abbe May
Friday 10 February – KASEY CHAMBERS supported by Thelma Plum
Saturday 11 February – BALL PARK MUSIC and THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Thursday 16 February – JET with special guests
Friday 17 February – george supported by Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) and Jack Carty
Saturday 18 February – JAMES MORRISON BIG BAND
Friday 24 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Saturday 25 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Friday 3 March – KURT VILE (US) supported by Mick Turner
Saturday 4 March – THE LIVING END ‘TWANGIN’ AT TWILIGHT’ featuring special guests, supported by Gabriella Cohen
Thursday 9 March – TEGAN AND SARA (CAN) with special guests
Friday 10 March – TEENAGE FANCLUB (UK) supported by The Goon Sax
Saturday 11 March – MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (CAN) supported by Oh Pep!
MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS 2017 LINEUP
Tickets on-sale 9am Tuesday 25 October from zootwilights.org.au
Starring, in chronological order:
Friday 27 January – JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS and THE SPORTS
Saturday 28 January – PETER GARRETT & THE ALTER EGOS and KEV CARMODY
Friday 3 February – HOODOO GURUS with special guests
Saturday 4 February – THE RUBENS supported by Bec Sandridge
Friday 10 February – BALL PARK MUSIC and THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Saturday 11 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Friday 17 February – PAUL DEMPSEY supported by Melody Pool
Saturday 18 February – george supported by Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire)
Friday 24 February – WARPAINT (US) supported by Big Thief (US)
Saturday 25 February – KILLING HEIDI supported by Abbe May
Friday 3 March – THE LIVING END ‘TWANGIN’ AT TWILIGHT’ featuring special guests, supported by Gabriella Cohen
Saturday 4 March – KURT VILE (US) supported by Mick Turner
Wednesday 8 March – TEGAN AND SARA (CAN) with special guests
Friday 10 March – MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (CAN) supported by Margaret Glaspy (US)
Saturday 11 March – THE SPECIALS (UK) with special guests