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Jessica Mauboy, Montaigne and Lily Papas are ready to take to the AO Live Stage for AO Music for Relief this Sunday 19 January.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Australian Red Cross bushfire appeal.
Rising to fame after coming runner-up in the 2006 season of Australian Idol (when she was just 16 years old), Jessica Mauboy has spent the last 14 years well and truly earning her spot as Queen of Australian pop music. With five top 10 albums, 15 top 20 singles, four ARIA-accredited Platinum-selling albums, and two ARIA Music Awards from 24 nominations to her name, you’d be hard-pressed to find another artist who can match her incredible talent and success. Alongside a heaving mantlepiece, Mauboy has also toured with Beyonce; collaborated with Ricky Martin, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Pitbull; performed for Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres; and made history in 2014 when she became the first non-European solo artist to represent Australia at Eurovision.
Now she is riding high on the success of her fourth studio album Hilda – which continued her run of #1 Aria Chart debuts – alongside some seriously stunning singles in ‘Sunday’ and ‘Little Things’. For the first time ever, on her most personal album yet, she has co-written every single track. Now is your chance to hear a stack of her biggest hits, as well as some spicy new tunes, in one of Mauboy’s first live performances since the record dropped.
If you aren’t familiar with Jess Cerro and her musical moniker Montaigne, now is the perfect time to get acquainted. Bursting onto the scene in 2016 with her debut album Glorious Heights – and scoring herself an ARIA for Breakthrough Artist in the same year – Montaigne quickly won over the hearts of music fans right around the country. But it is on her sublime second album Complex that she truly displays her brilliance. Across almost 50 minutes of left-field pop, Montaigne takes risks, throws out curveballs, and fills you with equal amounts of joy and sorrow while still delivering huge hooks and soaring pop bangers we’ve all come to expect.
Later this year, she’ll be performing alongside the likes of Diana Rouvas, Jack Vidgen, Jaguar Jonze, Vanessa Amorosi, Casey Donovan, Didirri, and more for the change to represent Australia at the next Eurovision.
Fresh on the scene, Gold Coast singer-songwriter Lily Papas cemented herself as an artist to watch thanks to her debut single ‘Wild’. Drawing up comparisons to the likes of Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey and Adele, her soulful voice and powerful, heartfelt songs will be on full display during the AO Music for Relief gig. Get down early to hear songs from her dreamy debut album, Encore before it arrives in the world later this year.
The event kickstarts the AO Live Stage for 2020 before the Australian Open officially begins on Monday 20 January.
Across the Australian Open’s two weeks, the AO Live Stage is serving up performances by some of the best artists Australia has to offer, as well as some topnotch internationals.
If you’re keen for some more homegrown pop then be sure to check out the likes of Cub Sport (Monday 20 January), Thelma Plum (Tuesday 21 January) or even The Veronicas (Thursday 23 January).
It’ll be hard to sit still when international heavyweights Fat Boy Slim (Sunday 26 January) and Bastille (Saturday 1 February) take over the stage, likewise when intergalactic party starter Hot Dub Time Machine (Saturday 25 January) takes you on a trip down musical memory lane.
Rock fans can soak in the sounds of Grinspoon (Friday 2 January) or Billy Idol (Wednesday 29 January), while those looking for something a little more chill can sit back and relax with musical wonders Matt Corby (Thursday 30 January) or Ziggy Alberts (Sunday 2 February).
Want more? Well, we’re only scratching the surface here. Check out the full AO Stage lineup and pick up an Australian Open Ground Pass to gain access right here.
The event is part of an enormous broader Tennis Australia initiative, which includes the AO Rally for Relief exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena (allocation exhausted). As well as Aces for Bushfire Relief, committing $100 for every ace served at the ATP Cup, Australian Open, Brisbane International, Adelaide International, Hobart International, and APIS Canberra International.
The Community Tennis Relief which will see Tennis Australia grant $1 million to help communities repair and rebuild tennis facilities damaged or lost in the bushfires, and Open Court Sessions for Bushfire Relief which will encourage more than 1,000 tennis clubs across the country to support the relief efforts as part of the launch of Tennis Australia’s newest adult social play participation program also make up the initiative.
The AO Music for Reliefevent will begin at 3pm at Melbourne Park. Tickets are just $20 for adults, and $5 for kids, keeping in mind all proceeds will head to the Australian Red Cross.