Melbourne Zoo today unveils its full Zoo Twilights 2020 lineup, with the iconic outdoor concert series once again set to showcase a diverse mix of top local and international acts in the breathtaking open-air surrounds. Melbourne’s must-see summer music event will run each weekend, from 24 January to 7 March, with all proceeds from this year’s series going towards Zoos Victoria’s efforts to save the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum from extinction.
Packing a punch, this years genre-spanning program will welcome artists including timeless chart-topping icons, ICEHOUSE; 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. These names join the previously announced headline act, legendary US songwriter and film composer Randy Newman.
The program kicks off on Friday January 24 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 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.
Tickets on sale 8am (AEDT) Tuesday, October 22 at www.zootwilights.org.au
Zoo Twilights 2020
Friday January 24 – Confidence Man, supported by Wax’o Paradiso
Saturday January 25 – ICEHOUSE, with special guests
Friday January 31 – Toots and The Maytals, supported by Systa BB
Saturday February 1 – An Evening With Randy Newman
Friday February 7 – Missy Higgins, supported by William Crighton
Friday February 14 – The Cat Empire, supported by Emily Wurramara
Friday February 21 – 10cc, supported by Russell Morris
Saturday February 22 – Methyl Ethel, supported by Hatchie
Friday February 28 – Julia Jacklin, supported by Weyes Blood
Saturday February 29 – Meg Mac, supported by Fergus James
Friday March 6 – Stereolab, supported by Mildlife