Watched by over 1.419 million viewers on Anzac Day 2020, Music From The Home Front was the most unique concert ever screened on Australian television, capturing an important moment in our nation’s history, born out of Australia and New Zealand’s first lockdown response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conceptualised by the Mushroom Group’s Michael Gudinski and staged in a mere nine days, Music From The Home Front 2020 saw an unprecedented line-up of Australia and New Zealand’s most iconic musicians united together to remind us that we were not alone – even when we were socially distancing.
It was Michael’s incredible passion and vision which created Music From The Home Front, a celebration to unite people through the power of music.
Michael was well into planning this year’s concert when he tragically passed away on March 2. With his indelible and extraordinary spirit behind us, the Mushroom Group are proud to announce the 2021 event will present performances from many of the finest names in music as we commemorate and pay tribute to our nations’ rich ANZAC history.
As with last year, Music From The Home Front 2021 will feature household names, special moments and surprise collaborations showcasing the breadth and diversity of talent in our local music community. The 2021 event is presented in partnership with the Victorian Government as part of its commitment to showcase Victoria as the state of music.
Says Mushroom Group’s CEO Matt Gudinski: “Dad had many great passions throughout his career, but his love of the local music industry never shone brighter than it did during the last year as we suffered through the impact of COVID-19. It’s incredibly fitting that Music From The Home Front, a project he was immensely proud of in 2020, was one of the events he was working on right up until his last day. That we can bring to life a broadcast concert version from his hometown of Melbourne, supporting the industry he loved, in a city he long promoted as the leading music capital of Australia, resonates deeply with all of us at Mushroom.”
Says Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Mary-Anne Thomas: “We are proud to support Music From The Home Front in 2021 and it’s fantastic we can welcome crowds to this year’s event and show our support for the live music industry.”
While last year’s show was entirely filmed during lockdown, for the first time in 2021 Music From The Home Front will go ‘live’ on stage this year, with artist performances broadcast live from Melbourne’s iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl. These tracks will be mixed with additional streamed performances shot at various iconic locations. Music lovers can either experience Music From The Home Front in person at the ticketed Sidney Myer Music Bowl concert in Melbourne, or watch the broadcast from anywhere in Australia on Channel 9 (TV) and 9Now, or stream it globally via YouTube.
Ticketholders to the Bowl will be treated to an incredible live line-up starring: (in alphabetical order):
Tickets for the Bowl concert will go on sale Friday 16 April at 12noon AEST via musicfromthehomefront.com with prices starting at just $69 (plus booking fees). Pre-sale tickets will be available via frontiertouring.com/homefront from Wednesday 14 April.
Meanwhile, the broadcast will also feature incredible special location performances from yet even more artists – those clips also screened at the venue during the concert (as well as on TV). Those artists include (in alphabetical order):
BEN LEE, DEAN LEWIS, GORDI, HAYLEY MARY, JESS HITCHCOCK, JIMMY BARNES, MAHALIA BARNES, SAM FISCHER, THE KID LAROI, TINA ARENA, YOU AM I
… plus more to be announced.
Music From The Home Front proceedings will kick off on Anzac Day eve (Saturday 24 April), from 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now and YouTube (7.30pm AEST).
Adrian Swift, 9Network’s Head of Content, Production and Development said, “Music From The Home Front is all about celebrating heroes: our ANZAC and Australian military heroes, our healthcare heroes who’ve looked after all of us during the last year of pandemic and this year, the biggest hero of Australian music and the man who made this all possible, Michael Gudinski. Australia’s greatest musicians will join us from some of the country’s most iconic locations as well as gathering at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in honour of these great Aussies in what will be the music event of the year”.
This extraordinary special concert event will see our music community join together once more, to say ‘thank you’, pay respects and celebrate the spirit that binds us all.
VIC fans: don’t miss out on your tickets! Can’t make it to the Bowl? Grab a drink, kick up your feet and we’ll see you in the front row (aka your couch) on Saturday 24 April!
FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE
Runs 24 hours from: Wednesday 14 April (12noon AEST)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 16 April (12noon AEST)