It has been a very long time coming, but in the end the concert series that marks the return of large-scale live music to Victoria came in a rush.
“My team and Visit Victoria have worked endless hours to put this together in a week,” said Mushroom Group boss Michael Gudinski at the launch of the Sounds Better Together program at St Kilda’s Prince Hotel on Monday. “Artists have been busting to work, they’ve missed performing so badly. We are back. Music is back.”
Kicking off on Saturday with two regional shows – Tones and I, Missy Higgins, Gordi and Didirri at Mt Duneed Estate near Geelong and Jimmy Barnes, The Teskey Brothers and Vika and Linda at Rochford Estate in the Yarra Valley – the series will culminate on January 30 with a concert on the oval at Mallacoota, the coastal town ravaged by bushfires last summer.
Five shows have been announced so far, with Gudinski aiming to reveal up to 20 more acts and a host of additional venues later this week. “I’ve got a few rabbits in my hat,” the veteran promoter promised at the Prince, where Something For Kate will play on Sunday.