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Australian Open 2017

Friday 2 December 2016

Australian Open 2017

The biggest sporting and entertainment event on this summer's social calendar is Australian Open 2017.

January in Melbourne means only one thing the Australian Open is back, taking over the city for two weeks of non-stop tennis action. There is no better place to be this summer. Djokovic, Federer, Williams and Kerber the stars of the sport will make Melbourne Park their own as the on-court action and off-court entertainment of Grand Slam tennis take over the city.

Whether you're a die-hard tennis fan or just looking for a fun day out, you're sure to find your perfect meal at the Australian Open with seven new on-site restaurants. The Laneway Club offers the quintessential Melbourne experience laneways, street food and live entertainment. With the freedom to come and go, stop in at Laneway Club for an entire session or just pop in between matches for a quick drink and bite to eat.

Meanwhile, Tennis Australia is also thrilled to announce the most star-studded line-up for Australian Open 2017.

Melbourne’s biggest party, The Open Sessions, will host some of the hottest Aussie and international acts at the Australian Open Live Stage, with Birds of Tokyo, DMA’S, The Temper Trap, Jimmy Eat World and The Living End among the all-star list.

“We’re really excited to be playing at one of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events in the world – which also happens to be in our hometown! We’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many incredible artists and bands and getting amongst the Australian Open atmosphere,” said The Temper Trap front man, Dougy Mandagi.

Aussie singer-songwriters Missy Higgins and Archie Roach, along with ARIA nominee Tkay Maidza and DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher will kick-start the party with two free concerts on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January, giving fans a taste of what’s in store at AO 2017.

"I've always been a big tennis fan so this is really exciting for me. I'm also thrilled to be part of such an incredible lineup of musicians this year," said Higgins.

The highly anticipated Cooper’s Saturday will take place on 21 January, with ARIA chart toppers Peking Duk, and LA based DJ Drezo, expected to headline to a sell-out crowd following their continued success in the Aussie music scene.

"We can't wait to see Serena. She is the greatest sporting icon of the last two decades in so many ways. Also a great opportunity for us to jump on the ones and twos and get jiggy," said Peking Duk’s Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles.

Daryl Braithwaite will also return to the stage with legends Jon Stevens and Ross Wilson to delight crowds as part of a Superband showcase.

“The live music program has grown over the past few years and established itself as a key addition to the greatest Tennis Tournament in the world. The variety of music on offer is appealing to all ages.”

In an Australian Open first, the Australian Open Live Stage will be held at Birrarung Marr, where fans are set to experience a fun, new vibe and atmosphere.

“We’ve expanded our entertainment both on and off the court for 2017, and relocated our biggest music acts, the Open Sessions, into a vibrant new space at Birrarung Marr. We expect it to be a big hit with Australian Open fans,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

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