From the world class vantage point of a harbour-side amphitheatre, the Twilight at Taronga series will return this summer for its 20th anniversary edition – today announcing a landmark musical program to span each Friday and Saturday night from Friday 30th January through Saturday 21st March.
Celebrating the Sydney summer with breathtaking 180-degree harbour views, Taronga Zoo will present performances from iconic Australian artists including Bernard Fanning, Paul Kelly presenting Merri Soul Sessions, You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, Something For Kate, international guests Belle and Sebastian, Conor Oberst and Rufus Wainwright and many more.
While boasting Twilight at Taronga’s most modern and eclectic program yet, the series remains an all ages affair, where concertgoers are invited to pull up a picnic blanket and enjoy delicious hampers curated by renowned chef Giovanni Pilu, available to pre-purchase online.
“We’re thrilled to be introducing Twilight at Taronga to a new generation of audiences with this vibrant line-up,” says Paul Davies, Taronga’s General Manager Marketing, Fundraising and Commercial Services. “It’s the first time in our history that we’re introducing big-name international and contemporary artists to complement our regular favourites and we hope this will pique the interest of younger festival-goers while keeping our regular patrons coming back for more.”
Twilight also welcomes back fan favourites Bjorn Again, the James Morrison Big Band and Aria Award winner Anthony Callea will celebrate the songs of George Michael with his full band on Valentine’s Day.
Across the series, a striking new visual identity designed by iconic Australian artist and Mosman local Ken Done will be on display at the already picturesque site, further establishing Twilight at Taronga as an essential Sydney experience.
As part of the 2015 re-vamped Twilight at Taronga series, free public transport is included in the price of all tickets – covering bus, rail, light rail and ferry from Sydney metropolitan areas. The best way to get to Twilight at Taronga is a short 15 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay on one of the dedicated routes that will be running continuously from 5:00pm until 11:30pm; alternatively take advantage of the extra buses transporting guests to Spit Junction departing the Zoo from 9:30pm.
Profits from the series continues to support the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, whose ongoing work is experienced by the Zoo’s 1.5 million Australian and international visitors each year.
Starring in chronological order:
Friday 30 January – BERNARD FANNING, supported by Little May
Saturday 31 January – BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, supported by Special Guests
Friday 6 February – PAUL KELLY PRESENTS THE MERRI SOUL SESSIONS
featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, & Vika and Linda Bull, supported by Hiatus Kaiyote
Saturday 7 February – YOU AM I, supported by Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Friday 13 February – SARAH BLASKO, supported by Luluc
Saturday 14 February – ANTHONY CALLEA presents Ladies & Gentlemen, The Songs of George Michael, supported by
Friday 20 February – THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, supported by Caravãna Sun
Saturday 21 February – THE BAMBOOS, supported by Katalyst with special guests (Original beats set)
Friday 27 February – BOYS IN THE BAND – 50 years of hits!
Saturday 28 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Friday 6 March – CONOR OBERST, supported by The Felice Brothers
Saturday 7 March – RUFUS WAINWRIGHT performing The Best of Rufus Wainwright, supported by Lucy Wainwright Roche
Friday 13 March – DAN SULTAN, supported by Benny Walker and Pierce Brothers
Saturday 14 March – JAMES MORRISON BIG BAND
Friday 20 March – SOMETHING FOR KATE, supported by Jen Cloher
Saturday 21 March – ROSS WILSON and Mental As Anything
TICKETS ON SALE 9:00AM FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER AT: www.twilightattaronga.org.au