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Australia Day Live
Genre Pop and rock music
Dates 25 January Australia Day Eve
26 January Australia Day
Location(s) Parliament House, Canberra and Sydney, Australia
Years active 2004–present
Official website

Australia Day Live is a concert which is hosted each year on Australia Day, on 26 January at the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. The concert features music from Australian artists and musicians.


The "Australia Day Live" concert was first launched in 2004, on Federation Mall, the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia and originally hosted each year on 25 January, on the eve of Australia Day. Australia Day Live was preceded by the Australian of the Year Awards. The name of the concert was changed in 2012 to "Australia Celebrates Live".

Australia Celebrates Live Concert

"Australia Celebrates Live" was a free concert which included tributes to the outgoing Australians of the Year, with songs chosen by the previous Australians of the Year. This was followed by the Australian of the Year Awards ceremony. Once the Awards ceremony was complete, the concert continued with each artist performing a full set of music. In August 2016, the National Australia Day Council announced that the Australia Celebrates Live concert had been cancelled and from 2017, the Australian of the Year Awards would be held indoors at Parliament House.

Australia Day Concert

From 2015, the Australia Day Concert on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House with Sydney Harbour as a backdrop, replaced the Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular on 26 January. In 2015 and 2016, it featured the same artists who appeared in Canberra the previous day at Australia Celebrates Live.

From 2017, when the Australian of the Year Awards were held in Canberra on 25 January, the Australia Day Concert continued as a separate event in Sydney on 26 January. The concert was broadcast by Network 10 from 2015 to 2018.

Australia Day Live

From 2019, the Australia Day Live name was revived for the concert and was now broadcast on the ABC.



Shannon Noll, DJ Armee.


'Icehouse, Australian Idol 2004 finalists.


Russell Crowe and the Ordinary Fear of God, Rogue Traders, Jade MacRae.


Guy Sebastian, The Whitlams, TV Rock, Hi-5, The Audreys, Bobby Flynn, Renee Geyer, Sick Puppies, Deborah Conway, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mia Dyson, Damien Leith.


Ben Lee - "Catch My Disease", "Numb", Thirsty Merc - "20 Good Reasons", "Those Eyes", The Basics - "Just Hold On", "Hey There", Tripod - "Hot Girl in the Comic Shop", Katie Noonan, The Veronicas - "Hook Me Up", "Untouched", Richard Clapton, Gotye, Ricki Lee - "Can't Touch It", "Love Is All Around", Blue King Brown.


John Schumann [1] and the Vagabond Crew, Trial Kennedy, Lovers Electric, Jessica Mauboy, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dan Kelly & the UkeLadies, Wendy Matthews, Gurrumul, Brian Cadd.


Cassie Davis, Ian Moss, Bertie Blackman, Bob Evans, Phrase, Hayley Warner, Evermore - Underground, Hey Boys & Girls, Light Surrounding You, Rogue Traders, Amy Meredith.


The Wiggles, Little Red, Ross Wilson, The McClymonts, Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Altiyan Childs, Thirsty Merc, Justice Crew, Ganggajang, Jimmy Barnes.


INXS, Sneaky Sound System, Katie Noonan and the Captains, Spiderbait, Potbelleez.


Jimmy Barnes, The Presets, Guy Sebastian, Timomatic.


Lior, Matt Corby, Megan Washington, DJ Havana Brown.


Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy, Hi-5, Sheppard, Drawing North


Jimmy Barnes, Samantha Jade', Nathaniel, Cyrus Villanueva


The Wiggles, Human Nature, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, James Morrison


Hosted by Grant Denyer, Sandra Sully and Luke Carroll, the musical talent featured was Anthony Callea, Marcia Hines, Christine Anu, Guy Sebastian, John Paul Young, Casey Donovan, Dami Im and Lorenzo Rositano.

There was no shortage of Australian music talent, with gracing the stage.


Hosted by Jeremy Fernandez, Kate Ceberano, John Foreman and Luke Carroll, the concert featured Jon Stevens, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, Anthony Callea and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


Hosted by Jeremy Fernandez, John Foreman, Christine Anu and Vanessa Amorosi, the concert featured John Williamson, The Seekers, Isaiah Firebrace Eskimo Joe, Diana Rouvas, Daniel Belle, KARI, William Barton, Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


Concerts will be conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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