Rudimental, Pierce Brothers and Vegemite burgers: what's on at the Australian Open this weekend

How to ace your time at the Australian Open. 

The Australian Open is off to a cracking start. We've already seen some great matches, and some great performances too. Here's your guide to the talent that's taking to both the stage and the court for the next four days. Best of all? If you've got yourself a Ground Pass ticket, you'll be able to enjoy both the music and tennis for the same price.

Friday January 19

Hoodoo Gurus

Hoodoo Gurus were at the forefront of the burgeoning Australian new wave movement in the '80s, crossing over into widespread commercial appeal with a string of hits that still ring true today. From 'Leilani' and 'Tojo' to chart toppers 'Come Anytime' and 'Miss Freelove '69', they've become icons of Aussie rock – exemplified by their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.  They'll be taking to the AO Live Stage from 7pm.

Davey Lane

Opening the show for Hoodoo Gurus comes another Aussie rock mainstay, Davey Lane. As lead guitarist for You Am I, he blessed us with the guitar part to 'Berlin Chair'. Since then, he's emerged as a talent in his own right – turning heads with the experimental pop of his latest LP, I'm Gonna Burn Out Bright. Catch him from 6pm at the AO Live Stage. Your Ground Pass will grant you entry.

Match Highlights:

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is bound to put on a show when she takes on Dutch underdog Kiki Bertens. Meanwhile, Elise Mertens has been in impeccable form throughout the tournament so far, taking out Aussie favourite Gavrilova in two sets. She'll take on French player Alize Cornet.  

Where to eat:

King of contemporary Greek cuisine, George Calambaris, is bringing his renowned restaurant Gazi to the Open in pop-up form. Get down for his twist on classic recipes enriched with a modern twist.

Saturday January 20


One of the most prominent voices on the contemporary Australian rap scene, Illy brings a tidy selection of tracks to the Australian Open from 4pm for an afternoon set. Catch the 'Papercuts' and 'Catch 22' artist in the flesh, following on from his watershed album Two Degrees – bridging the gap between hip hop and pop.


At just 19 years of age, Australian producer Kuren has already made a name for himself as one to watch this year. His tracks 'Home', 'Red Dress' and 'Mon Amour' have already received triple j airplay; he's won big at the National Indigenous Music Awards too. Get in on the ground floor before he explodes this year from 2pm.

Match Highlights:

There's some serious talent to catch on Saturday. Serbian giant Novak Djokovic goes toe to toe with Albert Ramos Vinolas; the world's kindest sportsman Roger Federer will showcase against French stalwart Richard Gasquet; while the similarly seeded Berdych and del Potro are bound to put on a competitive game.

Where to eat:

Get yourself some Southern-style cooking from BBQ masters San Antone.

Sunday January 21


UK heavy-hitters Rudimental bring their take on immersive, uplifting production to the AO Live Stage with an aim to unify the masses under dance. With an impressive string of six Top 20 singles in Australia, they're not stranger to whipping crowds into a frenzy Down Under. Expect hits such as 'Feel the Love', 'Not Giving In' and more from 6pm.


Party-starters Jakubi are the perfect openers for Rudimental, with the Melbourne collective revered for their hip-shaking melange of R&B, pop and soul. Their most recent effort, 61 Barkly, saw them jet off to LA to team up with Grammy-winning producers to craft their most realised vision to date. Experience them bringing it all to life when they take the AO Live Stage from 4pm.

Where to drink:

Pop by the Jacob's Creek Wine Bar for a refreshing white wine. The perfect match for a day at the tennis.

Monday January 22

Daryl Braithwaite

Is there anything better than belting out 'The Horses' at a major sporting event? If there is, we don't want to know about it. Recent ARIA Hall of Fame-inductee Daryl Braithwaite is making his way to the AO Live Stage, fresh from performing a set at Falls Festival over New Year's Eve. In fact, we even put him on the cover of our humble magazine. It's all going down from 7pm. Howzat?

Pierce Brothers

If you've not seen Pierce Brothers live before, you're in for an absolute treat. The dynamic duo cut their teeth drawing massive crowds while busking around Melbourne's streets, and that same high-energy performance permeates their live show to this day. From stunning audiences in the US and Europe to growing a cult following back home, they'll have you up and about in no time. Catch them before Daryl Braithwaite from 6pm. 

Dinner plans: Take a bite out of Neil Perry's next-level creations at the Burger Project. Bonus points if you opt for the Vegemite Burger, served exclusively at the Australian Open.

After more Australian Open tips? Make sure to check out our full overview feature, covering the entire music program along with places to eat and drink while you're there. Ticket and program details via the Australian Open website