After one heck of a year in 2015 with Conor Oberst, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and the motherflippin' Village People, Melbourne Zoo Twilights are bringing the after-hours concerts back for another summer. This summer's lineup is another slam dunk for the zoo, with beloved local and international artists every weekend from January 29 to March 12.
Set amongst the bilbies and kangaroos of Melbourne Zoo, Twilights will see the likes of international dreamboat José González, supported by Tiny Ruins, alongside a solid crew Australian favourites like Tex Perkins and The Tennessee Four's Johnny Cash tribute Far from Folsom, the ever legendary Jebediah, C.W. Stoneking with Marlon Williams, Birds of Tokyo with Fractures, Josh Pyke with Winterbourne, San Cisco with Last Dinosaurs, John Butler Trio with Tinpan Orange, The Waifs and 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth' pop diva Belinda Carlisle with '80s new wave heroes Pseudo Echo.
Tickets are $65, and that price not only includes the concert but full admission to the zoo itself. All profits also go towards the fight to save the near-extinct Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Of course, you're welcome to bring along your own picnic basket with loads of food, but you'll have to leave that bottle of wine at home. The event is fully licensed, but there's no BYO — an important measure to keep rubbish and glass away from those poor little animals.
MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS 2016 LINEUP:
January 29 — Far From Folsom Featuring Tex Perkins and The Tennessee Four with Rachael Tidd, supported by Vic Simms
January 30 — The Waifs, supported by Ruby Boots
February 5 — José González, supported by Tiny Ruins
February 6 — John Butler Trio, supported by Tinpan Orange
February 12 — Josh Pyke, supported by Winterbourne
February 13 — Birds Of Tokyo, supported by Fractures
February 19 — Jebediah, supported by Glenn Richards
February 20 — Mark Seymour & The Undertow, supported by Ben Salter
February 26 — San Cisco, supported by Last Dinosaurs
February 27 — Kasey Chambers, supported by Karise Eden
March 4 — Colin Hay
March 5 — C.W. Stoneking, supported by Marlon Williams
March 11 — Björn Again
March 12 — Belinda Carlisle, supported by Pseudo Echo
Melbourne Zoo Twilights runs January 29 to March 12, 2016. Tickets on sale 8am Thursday, October 22 from Melbourne Zoo, and zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.
By Shannon Connellan and Meg Watson. Image: Ian Laidlaw.