The best in Australian music took to the main stage in Legends Lane for ‘Sounds on the Circuit’.
Patrons got to be front and centre at the assortment of live performances taking place throughout the four event days, including headliners Bernard Fanning, You Am I, the Hoodoo Gurus and Megan Washington.
It was a great opportunity for racegoers to take some time to relax on bean bags and soak up the vibrant atmosphere, with all the F1® action broadcast on the super-screen.
Various other music acts performed more intimate shoes around the circuit at the Autograph Stage, Premium Zone, Golf Course and select corporate facilities so there was something for everyone.
Australian music industry icon, Bernard Fanning, headlined the evening off-track entertainment on the Main Stage in Legends Lane for ‘Sounds on the Circuit’.
Performing during Formula 1® qualifying on Saturday 14 March at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix with a concert free for all ticket holders, Bernard drew a big crowd and showcased some of his best known tracks including ‘Wish You Well’, ‘Battleships’ and ‘Songbird’.
For as little as $70, fans had the chance to enjoy his live solo performance which impressed young and old alike.
The legendary Hoodoo Gurus, by any measure, one of Australia’s greatest; best loved most enduring rock bands of all time.
In 1998, whilst in their peak, the band decided to break up, moving on to perform and record with other people. Not before long, the guys decided to come back together to form a new band, The Persian Rugs. This was short lived, and the band ended the Persian Rugs to reform as the Hoodoo Gurus. Since then, the band has recorded two more critically-acclaimed studio albums to add to their list, bringing their total number of recorded albums to 9. Hoodoo Gurus would have to be one of the most popular and successful musical acts to come out of Australia, with their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 being testament to this.
You Am I
Fresh from last year’s highly successful 20-date “Hi Fi Daily Double” National tour, You Am I return to the stage to perform at this year’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday March 16th.
Two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands. Aside from their touring exploits the band have had a busy 12 months, with a first-time foray into the beverage world with the production of their own "Brew Am I" beer in conjunction with the Young Henry Brewery, and the simultaneous re-issue of their first three records, "Sound As Ever", "Hi Fi Way" and "Hourly Daily".
Megan Washington is a 2-time ARIA award winner, multi-platinum album seller, an APRA Breakthrough Songwriter, the inaugural Vanda & Young Songwriter of The Year and recipient of numerous other industry accolades for her debut album 'I Believe You Liar'.
Megan headlined the Sydney Festival and sold-out the Sydney Opera House Main Concert Hall with the ACO as her final statement before relocating to London to commence work on her upcoming album with Sam Dixon (Sia, Adele). In the interim Megan Washington served as a mentor to Keith Urban on the inaugural series of The Voice in Australia, and was an ambassador for Vogue Magazine's Fashion Night Out, while her stunning voice has been heard around the world on various television and film productions, from 'Girls' to 'Boardwalk Empire'. As a signal of her intention to never remain static, Megan starred in her first feature film, the cult musical 'Boy Castaways', which launched at the Adelaide and Melbourne Film Festival in late 2013.
Her first single in two years will be out in early 2014, and if the anticipation at her recent run of secret shows is any indication, we can expect another exciting chapter in Ms Washington's already stellar career.
With a stellar career spanning more than 45 years and showing no signs of slowing, Mr Eagle Rock Ross Wilson is one of Australian rock music's most enduring and lauded talents. Twice inducted in to the ARIA Hall of Fame (1989 solo and 2006 with Daddy Cool), Wilson continues to win acclaim in 2012. Eagle Rock has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive 'Sounds of Australia Collection'.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2004, the band forged an enviable reputation as a blistering live act, which they followed up in the studio with their acclaimed 2007 album, Another Point of View. Lead single Better Days was one of the standout tunes of that summer, receiving airplay on Triple J, Triple R, PBSFM, FBI, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Fox FM. Responding to demand from fans, Zoophyte embarked on a massive national tour, cementing their reputation as a fantastic live band and picking up even more fans – and great reviews – along the way.
After clocking up a few thousand kilometres playing sold-out shows across the country, the guys decided to take a break, do some soul searching and start work on their highly anticipated follow-up.
The revamped line-up of Cam Lee (vocals and guitar), Andrew Gilpin (bass), Rob Muinos (guitar) and Elvis Aljus (drums) spent the best part of the last 18 months in the studio – writing, recording and shaping the inherently melodic rock sound that is Zoophyte of 2012.
Jason is no stranger to success. His career with Taxiride was punctuated with 8 Top 10 hits, gold, platinum and multi-platinum records, ARIA awards, and countless sold out national and international tours.
Chris Doheny returned to the festival scene recently when he fronted a band performing classic Aussie Hits
Performing with an act billed as “Oz Made” the band played renditions of classic numbers from acts such as Cold Chisel, Dragon, Daddy Cool, Hunters and Collectors and many others. The band itself is comprised of members from past Aussie acts including Chris Doheny (Geisha), Steve Morgan (Icehouse) and Tom Hoise (models and James Freud band).
“Johnny Wonderpants” the band is an acoustic trio playing an eclectic mix of cover songs. The line-up has changed over the past fifteen years, but the live acoustic format and rocking vibe remains the same.
All of the band members contribute vocally, with Andrew Curry on acoustic guitar Mark Farrell playing bass, and Nick Farnell on percussion. The instrumental composition of the group and harmonic vocals give the band a complete and full sound, with the songs they cover being faithfully, yet originally, rendered.
Vaudeville Smash began with 3 brothers, an intense love of the good music, and a desire to the give the kids something they'd never seen or heard. The enigmatic, energetic and all-embracing Melbourne band built their reputation on their wild live shows and unbridled sense of fun.
2011/12 were milestone years for the band, playing St Kilda Festival main stage, the Australian Open Tennis, selling out the Corner Hotel (Melbourne), travelling to the US and South by South West where they were named one of the Buzz bands of the conference by the Huffington Post.
Where's Joss? Australia's hottest young originals and covers band, look set for a massive 2014, after two stunning three hour shows on the Heineken Main Stage at the 2014 Australian Open Tennis.
The Geelong based band, comprised of Joss Russell (vocals/keyboard), Julian Kenny (guitar), James Fitzpatrick (drums), Connor Forsyth (bass) and Harry Booth (guitar), formed in 2011, and has opened for many major acts including Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, Brian Mannix, Bluejuice, Owl Eyes, Brian Cadd and Russell Morris.
Where's Joss? proved their future was limitless in 2013 with their original music featuring at festivals and on Triple M. But their classic and versatile cover band roots will also shine again at the 2014 Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, where their take on Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, White Stripes, Black Keys, Kings Of Leon, Pink Floyd, The Angels and Green Day; is certain to have the crowd jumping.
My Lasting Reply
My Lasting Reply is the musical creation of singer/songwriter Ryan Enright. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Ryan's passion for song writing and performing has earned him support slots with bands/artists from all over the world, as well as performances throughout Australia, Europe and Asia.
After a 9 month stint overseas travelling and song writing throughout Europe at the end of 2010, Ryan returned and put together a stellar live band ready to conquer the music industry. In January 2011, the band made their debut performance at the Australian Open (Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne), an impressive show for any band let alone a first ever show.
Between now and then, the band have shared many career successes with the selling-out of their first official EP launch at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne and, coming 3rd place overall nationally in NovaFM’s ‘I Am With The Band’ competition in 2011. MLR were then hand chosen for 2 international tours, Russia and China.
January 2014, MLR released their 3rd EP to an eager crowd at The Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne. This coincided with the release of the first single from the EP "Steal Your Heart" with an accompanying video clip and the digital release of the 5 track EP.
Lurch & Chief
Lurch & Chief have developed an intricate and dynamic sound of their own - a blend of styles ranging from 60s garage-surf and 90s influenced grunge to psychedelic jams and indie dance floor fillers; it is seamlessly tied together by the duelling lead boy/girl vocals of Hayden Somerville and Lili Hall.
The group’s two critically acclaimed stand-alone singles, “It’s Easy” and “I’ll Meet You On Planet Z”, have both garnered the support of national youth broadcaster triple j, with the former earning the band a coveted spot on the 2012 Harvest Festival line-up via Triple j Unearthed.
Melbourne's hottest new rock cover band features Ricky Muscat, who made it to the last 5 of the Australian Idol competition in 2006, with the love and support of the Australian public. Other members include, James Leigh whose career started as an integral part of the internationally successful Pseudo Echo & then Invertigo, and also Gerry Leigh who has worked with Dear Enemy, Tina Arena and Invertigo. The final member is Vince Leigh, who, as a member of Pseudo Echo has toured internationally and also co-written several top 20 chart hits including many as a member of Invertigo.