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A New Three-Day Music Event Is Coming to Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens

A Weekend in the Gardens is the new outdoor event from team behind A Day on the Green.
By Siobhan Ryan
December 05, 2016
By Siobhan Ryan
December 05, 2016

The people who've brought you nearly 400 concerts over the past 15 years with A Day on the Green have just announced their latest venture — a weekend of concerts in Melbourne's picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens next March.

A Weekend in the Gardens will run over the March Labour Day long weekend, with three days of all-Aussie music acts for punters of both the old and new. On Friday, March 10, you'll be able to relive the best bits about living in Australia in the '80s: John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite. Yes, both of them, together, on the same bill.  They'll be joined by Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and legendary tune 'Eagle Rock'. And you'll be able to celebrate 40 years of Icehouse on Sunday, March 12. The hugely influential band will be joined by James Reyne and Clare Bowditch. Get your mum a chair, will you?

If you're looking for something more contemporary, head to the gardens on Saturday, March 11 for Boy & Bear and San Cisco. Boy & Bear are just finishing up a second Australian tour for their 2015 album Limit of Love, while San Cisco just dropped the single 'SloMo' from their third album, which is set to be released in its entirety early next year. They're both joined by Amy Shark, an up-and-coming Gold Coast artist who recently featured on triple j Unearthed. While the other two nights are BYO deck chairs and picnic rugs, it seems like the organisers don't expect the audience to be sitting down for this one.

A Weekend in the Gardens looks set to emphasise garden picnic vibes with the music as well. They'll be setting up The Eatery, an adjacent area featuring food from Melbourne Italian Ladro, smoked food experts Burn City Smokers, Brighton burger experts The Royale Brothers and a sweet setup from Pommery Champagne & Oyster Bar. And if you're willing to add more than $100 to your ticket, you can also snack on three hours of Vietnamese canapés and a cocktail from restaurant Jardin Tan in an exclusive VIP area.

Sounds like a great gift for your parents for Christmas — just throw in some sneaky tickets for yourself while you're at it.

A Weekend in the Gardens will take place at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens from March 10-12. Tickets go on sale here at 10am on Friday, December 9, with prices starting at $89.90 + BF. For more information, head to

Published on December 05, 2016 by Siobhan Ryan

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