Australian Open drops big music 2018 lineup

The Australian Open is set to be even bigger in 2018 as a huge lineup is announced for the tournament.

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Australian Open drops big 2018 lineup
The Australian Open is set to be pumping every night with a huge lineup of music acts. Photo: olly2, Bigstock

The Australian Open organizers have recently released the star-studded collection of local and international music artists set to rock the stage at tennis’s Grand Slam event in January. The artists are set to perform at various times throughout the 2 week tournament and it is most definitely the biggest lineup to date.

Every night, beginning on January 14, the AO Live Stage will feature a musical pairing with some of the world’s biggest music acts set to rock the stage. The likes of Australian indie duo Client Liaison, indie-rock band The Rubens and rapper Illy have been named whilst Vera Blue continues her rise in the industry as the headline act on the second night of the tournament.

International hip-hop legends TLC headline the artists and will be bringing home the tournament on the final night in preparation for the men’s tennis final. Tina Arena and Ali Barter headline the acts for the women’s tennis final whilst a host of other international acts, including Rudimental, will feature throughout the 2 week tournament.

The AO Live Stage will begin on January 14th with a special event as Jimmy Barnes headlines the first ever FightMND charity event in the Australian Open’s history to help raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This is sure to be one of the biggest nights of the tournament as Barnes is joined by Aussie rock band Dallas Crane who will kick-start the evening.

FightMND is an official charity partner of the Australian Open this summer and the event aims to aid in support and raise funds for the devastating and currently incurable disease.

Other music acts to be highlighted include; Aussie rap trio Bliss n Eso, Melbourne’s Northeast Party House, indie-pop singer Meg Mac and The Jungle Giants. The AO Live Stage made its first appearance at last year’s Australian Open and is set to be even bigger this year.

The recently announced ARIA Hall of Famer Daryl Braithwaite will also be performing early in the tournament in a pairing with James Reyne of Australian Crawl.

With so many great acts named for the event, anyone who is attending the tennis is also getting tickets to some of the hottest music acts in Australia in addition to some great international artists.

Ticket access to the AO Live Stage requires a ground pass or stadium ticket and it is certainly not to be missed. The Grand Slam event of Asia-Pacific begins on the 15th of January at Melbourne’s Olympic Park and concludes with the men’s final on January 28.