FORMER Cold Chisel front man Jimmy Barnes will headline the Australia Celebrates Live free concert on the lawns of Parliament House on January 25.
Other entertainers will include Guy Sebastian and The Presets.
Barnes is one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists with 16 solo albums.
“It’s going to be a brilliant night of live Aussie music,” says Barnes.
“So get your family and mates together, enjoy some of our country’s best bands, and kick-start your Australia Day celebrations. It’s going to be one hell of a show.”
National program director at the National Australia Day Council, Tam Johnston, says it is a coup to get Barnes as the headline act.
“His fan base cuts across generations and goes back to the 1970s. His voice is unique. As soon as you hear it, you know you are listening to Jimmy Barnes,” he says.
“The concert is all about showcasing the brilliance and diversity of contemporary music in Australia.
“We believe this concert will appeal to everyone, it always has a great atmosphere, with people coming along with their friends and families to relax and listen to the best in Australian music.”
GUY Sebastian, the first “Australian Idol” winner in 2003, has gone on to become one of our country’s greatest singers and performers. This will be his second appearance on the line up for the concert, performing for the first time in 2004.
ELECTRONIC dance duo The Presets, with a huge following at rock concerts and dance festivals in Australia, the UK and the US will perform at the Australia Celebrates Live concert.
From Sydney, The Presets are Julian Hamilton, on vocals and keyboards, and Kim Moyes on drums and keyboards.
Their first album, “Beams”, was released to critical acclaim in 2005. The second album “Apocalypso” in 2008 debuted at number one on the ARIA Chart and exceeded triple platinum sales in Australia. That year they won ARIA awards for “Best Dance Release”, “Best Group” and “Album of the Year” – the first time an electronic music act has taken the title.
In 2009, The Presets won an APRA Award for “Songwriters of the Year” and another ARIA for “Best Dance Release” for “Talk Like That”.
In September 2012, the pair released their third album, “Pacifica”, which features the tracks “Youth in Trouble”, “Ghosts” and “Promises”. It is their most critically acclaimed to date, earning them a J Award nomination.
More information at australiaday.org.au