The team behind 2020’s Music From The Home Front Anzac Day televised event, and weekly music television series The Sound have announced their newest event: 2021 Sounds Better Together. The special live music event airs this Saturday, January 30 on Nine at 7.30pm.
Conceptualised by Mushroom Group’s Michael Gudinski and Visit Victoria, 2021 Sounds Better Together aims to mutually benefit both the music and tourism industries, two of the most impacted industries of 2020.
The 2.5 hour-long television event will celebrate Australia’s musical talent. Filmed live across eight days of COVIDSafe concerts in some of Victoria’s best venues, the lineup includes the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Tones And I, Missy Higgins, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, The Teskey Brothers, Archie Roach, Ross Wilson, Birds Of Tokyo (with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), The Living End, Something For Kate, Vika & Linda, Gordi and many more.
Rochford Wines L-R: Josh Teskey, Jimmy Barnes, Vika & Linda (photo David Harris)
2021 Sounds Better Together will broadcast live from the Mallacoota Oval. Mallacoota was one of the country’s hardest hit areas by the 2020 bushfires, and after surviving the flames the town is getting back on its feet, with the local community getting ready to welcome the return of live music.
Chairman and Founder of the Mushroom Group, Michael Gudinski, said: “Musicians have been busting to get back on stage before real live audiences and it’s fantastic that we can stage these concerts at such amazing locations and iconic venues across Victoria. The phenomenal success of last year’s Music From The Home Front highlighted a huge appetite from the public for live music on television and I’m thrilled that with this Nine broadcast everyone across Australia has an opportunity to experience the 2021 Sounds Better Together shows, even if they can’t be at them in person.”
Mt Duneed – Tones And I (photo Rick Clifford)
Nine Program Director, Hamish Turner, said: “We’re honoured to be able to team up with Mushroom Group and Visit Victoria to broadcast this incredible initiative. Live music is such an important part of Australian culture. It gives a platform to so many talented musicians and brings joy to the audience. I hope by broadcasting 2021 Sounds Better Together on Nine, we can remind audiences of their love for live music and that we have hope for a better year for all ahead. We’d also encourage our viewers to get out and explore all that’s great about Victoria, especially after the particularly tough year the state endured.”
Nine host David Campbell will be joined by Jane Gazzo, Kate Gudinski, and Nine News reporter Madeline Slattery for behind-the-scenes access and artist interviews on the night.
2021 Sounds Better Together airs this Saturday, January 30 at 7.30pm, and on 9Now 7.30pm AEDT. For details and tickets for the 2021 Sounds Better Together live concerts head to soundsbettertogether.com.