The annual concert on the Parliament House lawn has traditionally been a TEN Network show. In 2007 it was hosted by Gretel Killeen.
But Nine is now the official television media partner, allowing A Current Affair the honour of announcing the Australian of the Year.
The official awards ceremony will be hosted by Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic later as part of the 8:30pm concert.
Acts for the concert will include Ben Lee, ARIA Best Male Artist Gotye, The Veronicas, Richard Clapton, and Ricki Lee.
But how live is LIVE? The official website says the show kicks off at 5:30pm. On Nine it won’t start until 8:30pm.
The annual Australia Day Live concert – held on Australia Day eve on the lawn of Parliament House Canberra – is heating up with more Aussie artists added to the already stellar line up.
The free two-hour concert on Friday, January 25, will see The Basics, Thirsty Merc, Tripod, Blue King Brown and Katie Noonan join Ben Lee, Gotye, Richard Clapton, The Veronicas and Ricki Lee in the festivities. The evening aims to kick start the Australia Day long weekend and is a chance to celebrate the Australian spirit, sense of humour and national pride.
GETAWAY’S Jules Lund will host the concert in front of an expected 35,000-strong crowd.
On stage beforehand is the announcement of the four recipients of the Australian of the Year awards – Young, Senior, Local Hero and Australian of the Year. The official awards ceremony will be hosted by Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic from the TODAY show.
Executive Producer Julie Ward says: “The final lineup represents a fantastic cross section of Australian music – but moreover, artists who are proud to be part of a concert to celebrate our national day. It promises to be a great live and television event”
Channel Nine will air the announcement of Australian of the Year exclusively on A Current Affair at 6.30pm, with the concert and full awards ceremony screening from 8.30pm.
Check out the official website at www.australiadaylive.gov.au
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