Nine to air Australia Day Concert

By David Knox on December 19, 2007 / Filed Under News 7

The Australia Day Live concert in 2008 will air on the Nine Network with Jules Lund scoring the host role.

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.

Press Release:

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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7 Comments »

  1. Shaun March 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm -

    Anyone know the name of the presenter that did the crowd-warming at this concert during the adds? Not Jules, that other guy..

  2. Anonymous January 26, 2008 at 8:57 am -

    The ultimate Aussie Richard Clapton belted out ” Best Years of our Lives”, Lucky Country”.

    You still have it man, they should have used you as a head line act for at least 2 hours,with such jems as Deep Water,Capricorn Dancer,I’M an Island,Goodbye Tiger,
    The list goes on & on.Of cource the one everyone wants to hear “Girls On The Avenue”

    All youth of Australia need to be exposed to this Aussie legion.

  3. Anonymous December 21, 2007 at 8:51 am -

    Love Lisa & Karl, glad 9 is doing it this year, but I really hope they get some better entertainment than that lineup. Apart from Ben Lee who is great and Jules should add some fun. Bring on some good entertainment, can’t stand The Veronicas and Ricki Lee.

  4. Neon Kitten December 20, 2007 at 2:00 am -

    “…allowing A Current Affair the honour of announcing the Australian of the Year”

    Oh, the comedy.

  5. Anonymous December 19, 2007 at 9:09 pm -

    be interesting to see the numbers for this with a network switch, they have been abysmal on ten in the last few years if memory serves..

  6. michael*oz December 19, 2007 at 6:18 pm -

    Excellent news…. it’ll finally be seen by the general public.

    And “yay” for Karl and Lisa… best on-air team on TV right now, me thinks.

  7. Anonymous December 19, 2007 at 5:29 pm -

    TEN might have had it in HD, but NINE……….

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