Melbourne’s iconic summer concert series is once again set to showcase a diverse mix of top local and international acts in the breathtaking open-air surrounds, starting this Friday 24 January with a dance-inducing performance from Confidence Man.

Zoos Twilights is where culture and conservation collide each weekend from 24 January to 7 March. This year all proceeds will go towards The Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund which is supporting the wildlife affected by the fires, including the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum.

The program kicks off this Friday with the glitter-cannon bang of Confidence Man – the dance-pop “enfants terrible” who have won over crowds everywhere from Glastonbury to Splendour in the Grass and Golden Plains. The upbeat Brisbane-based duo will be the dance-floor tour guides to the Zoo Twilights opening night party with support from the Ken Done-toned, sun-drenched psychedelia of Melbourne DJ collective Wax’o Paradiso.

The following night, the sky above Zoo Twilights will shimmer an electric blue when ICEHOUSE takes to the stage beneath it. Led by the creative brilliance of frontman Iva Davies for over 40 years, ICEHOUSE elevated the standard for Australian music locally and internationally in the ’80s and ’90s with an extensive catalogue of irresistible anthems – like “Hey Little Girl”, “Crazy”, “Electric Blue” and, of course, “Great Southern Land” – that saw them earn multi-platinum status around the globe and remain a chart staple for decades.

The genre-spanning program will also welcome artists including nine-time Aria award-winning Australian pop royal, Missy Higgins; genre-defining Jamaican reggae legends, Toots & The Maytals; influential US gospel, soul and R&B queen, Mavis Staples; vocal powerhouse and Triple J darling Meg Mac; and the Perth art-rockers that NME dubbed as “the new pop masters,” Methyl Ethel – plus many more.

24 January – 7 March