No longer just the realms of Monica Trapaga residencies and kiddie-aimed pantomimes, Twilight at Taronga — the after-hours live music series that boasts perhaps the best view of Sydney Harbour as well as lots of adorable animals — has proven it's got some real cred when it comes to hosting outdoor gigs in the past few years. The 2017 lineup featured the likes of Peter Garrett, Kurt Vile and Killing Heidi and, from the looks of things, 2018 will be even bigger.
Held in Taronga Zoo's natural amphitheatre, the concert series kicks off on Friday, February 2 with a set by Sydney legends The Jezebels. They'll be followed on Saturday by Dan Sultan, who'll perform alongside Melbourne's The Teskey Brothers. Other standouts include Neil and Liam Finn, The Preatures, Cloud Control and Julia Jacklin, retro faves The Lemonheads and a Valentine's Day special edition of the cult rock music trivia show, RocKwiz.
They've also announced partnerships with Electric Lady presenting Tired Lion and Sloan Peterson and Future Classic presenting Mount Kimbie, Kučka and Christopher Port. And yes, ABBA tribute act Bjorn Again will be back by popular demand.
Picnic-bringing is encouraged, but there'll also be hampers available onsite. Tickets are on sale now and include same-day entry into the zoo plus free select public transport. As always, all proceeds will go back into Taronga's ongoing conservation work.
To celebrate the 2018 lineup, and to help ease the strain on your wallets after the festive season, we're giving away a double pass to the concert of your choice (subject to availability). Die-hard ABBA fan? Can't stop singing "Is This How You Feel"? Dancing around the office to Cloud Control? We've got you, and your beloved plus one. To enter, see details below.
TWILIGHT AT TARONGA 2018 LINEUP
Friday, February 2 - The Jezabels
Saturday, February 3 - Dan Sultan with The Teskey Brothers
Friday, February 9 - Paul Dempsey
Sunday, February 11 - Neil and Liam Finn
Wednesday, February 14 - RocKwiz
Thursday, February 15 - RocKwiz
Saturday, February 17 - Cloud Control and Julia Jacklin
Friday, February 23 - Bjorn Again
Saturday, February 24 - Bjorn Again
Thursday, March 1 - The Lemonheads and Jebediah
Friday, March 2 - The Preatures supported by The Creases
Saturday, March 3 - Electric Lady presents - Tired Lion and Sloan Peterson
Friday, March 9 - Future Classic presents - Mount Kimbie, Kučka and Christopher Port
Saturday, March 10 - James Morrison
Sunday, March 11 - James Reyne Plays All Crawl
Friday, March 16 - Kate Miller-Heidke supported by Odette
Saturday, March 17 - Tex, Don and Charlie