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All the music and food to check out this week at the Australian Open

With some incredible talent on offer across alt rock, electronic, pop and R&B set to perform, punters with a Ground Pass ticket are in for a treat.

Peruse our guide below to check out what the Live Stage has on offer as we draw closer to the championship matches. If you've got yourself a Ground Pass, you can check out a huge range of music. Plus, it'll allow you to catch the Women's Final and the Men's Final out on the big screens – even if you didn't get tickets to the match.

Tuesday Jan 23:

The Rubens

After appearing at the Open in 2016, The Rubens have continued to go from strength to strength, taking out Hottest 100 titles, performing sell-out shows and releasing their acclaimed single ‘Million Man’ in 2017. Effortless and infectious, The Rubens are set to take to the Live Stage at 7pm, and there’s no doubt that the five-piece will have their crowd boppin’.

Gretta Ray

After the success of her breakout single ‘Drive’ in 2016 saw Gretta Ray garner the attention of the country, the 19-year-old has continued to stake her claim as one of the most talented young singer/songwriters in a while. She spent her first year out of high school travelling and writing, before releasing her standout single ‘Towers’ in 2017. This is an artist that you’ll want to keep your eye on in 2018, so start the year off right by catching her on the Live Stage at 6pm.

Wednesday Jan 24:

Client Liaison

Let enigmatic disco/pop duo Client Liaison take you on an absolute journey, when they take to the Live Stage on Wednesday Jan 24. Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller form the pair, who are known for putting on electric visual experiences and some of the most bouncing electronic/pop/disco fused tunes going around. Be sure to catch these two at the Open, Client Liaison will command your attention.

Northeast Party House

Warming up punters for Client Liaison comes dance/pop legends in their own right – Northeast Party House. The Melbourne natives are sure to kick things into high gear when they grace the stage at 6pm - and all for the price of a Ground Pass ticket. Sick.

Thursday Jan 25:

Peking Duk

Australia’s premier dance/house duo, Peking Duk, are slated to take to the Live Stage in what is sure to be a banger of a set. While they are yet to drop a debut album as of yet, Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde who form the duo, have steadily dropped high-flying singles over the past few years that’s seen them become renowned worldwide. Get ready to party with Peking Duk, it’s all going down at 7pm on the Live Stage. 

Rojdar

Opening the Live Stage on Thursday night comes DJ young-gun Rojdar. The 21-year-old has garnered himself a notable cult following over the years, having played a slew of world-class events including the Australian Grand Prix, the Nitro Olympics and the World Famous Rooftop Show. No stranger to a big name gig, Rojdar is set to smash the Live Stage from 6pm Thursday.

Friday Jan 26:

Bliss n Eso

Adored Australian hip hop trio Bliss n Eso will fire up the Live Stage on Australia Day in what is sure to be an insane set. Their 2017 full-length release, Off The Grid, peaked at number one on the ARIA’s, so you can rest assured that Bliss n Eso will be serving up a real winner when they perform from 7pm.

Dylan Joel

Gearing punters up on Friday night comes Melbourne native Dylan Joel. Effortlessly blending acoustic and production elements alongside his velvety vocals, Dylan Joel has been on a steady climb since he began his career in 2012. Keep an ear out for his standout 2017 single, ‘Hola Hola’ in this stellar set going down from 6pm.

Saturday Jan 27:

Tina Arena

Forget Margaret Court Arena, we’re calling for a name change to Tina Arena. The Australian pop icon will take over the Australian Open on Saturday when she performs on the Live Stage at 6pm. Arena’s talent and charm has seen her lap up a career spanning decades, with countless accolades collected on the way. Grab your Ground Pass folks, this is a show not to be missed.

Ali Barter

Opening the Live Stage from 4pm is Melbourne grunge pop queen Ali Barter. Her hotly anticipated debut album, A Suitable Girl, dropped in March 2017 to rave reviews and extensive touring so there’s no doubt that punters can expect a fabulously punchy and sassy set on the Live Stage, in true Ali Barter style. 

Sunday Jan 28:

TLC

‘No Scrubs’ singing beauties TLC will take to the Australian Open to perform on its’ final day, and no, this is not a drill. In what we think is a pretty incredible way to round out the festivities, the GRAMMY award winners, who released their self-titled record in 2017 after a 15-year hiatus, will jump on the Live Stage from 6pm on Sunday – and all for the price of a Ground Pass ticket.

DJ Horizon

Opening the final afternoon of Australian Open Live Stage music will be DJ Horizon. On from 4pm, this highly sought after 21 year-old has been making waves in the DJing scene since he was just 16 years old. He now exclusively drops Austereo’s ‘RnB Fridays’ mix while he continues to play a mixture of club nights and big name events, including yours truly, the Open Live Stage. Get around it.

Feeling Hungry?

As well as catching some of the best serves on offer during the Open, there's a bevvy of fine food offerings throughout that'll be serving up some top-notch fare to keep you ticking. Here are our top picks.

Biggie Smalls  

Head down to Garden Square to take a bit out of Shane Delia's hip hop-inspired kebabs. These aren't your standard late-night kebab shop options though, serving up American-style twists including fried chicken and pork belly.

Club Aperol

Fancy a refreshing beverage to cap off the perfect summer's day? Stop by Club Aperol for a range of cocktails based around the famous Aperol Spritz.

The Atrium

The Atrium is a brand new entertainment hub that's taking over Garden Square. Stop by for grazing menus design to share before enjoying a cold beer at their all-day bar.

Lavazza Lounge

Need a pick-me-up? Stop by Lavazza Lounge to take a breather and indulge in a coffee.

Doughnut Time

Stop. Doughnut Time. Find out why these are some of the most sought-after doughnuts in Melbourne by visiting their Australian Open pop-up. The perfect afternoon snack in-between some live music and the game.

Coopers Beer Garden

Grand Slam Oval is home to the Coopers Beer Garden where, for the second year, Coopers will be pouring their effervescent ales for those keen to ramp up the occasion. 

Jacob’s Creek Wine Bar

The Jacob’s Creek Wine Bar will excite vino appreciators while whisky lovers need not worry because the Canadian Club Bar will also be opening up shop. Top notch Australian wine at the Australian Open? It doesn't get much better than that.

The Australian Open runs until Sunday January 28. For tickets and details, head to their website