Australian Open to host free Beyond Blue concert on eve of the tournament
The Australian Open will host a free concert featuring the cream of Australian music in support of Beyond Blue, the official charity partner of Tennis Australia.
The concert, headlining Jon Stevens , is on the AO Live Stage on Sunday 13 January.
"Our partnership with Beyond Blue is incredibly important for us at Tennis Australia, and we’re hoping this concert will raise awareness for the amazing work they do,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
"The impressive line-up of Aussie music acts headlined by Jon Stevens is the perfect way to kick-off 15 days of music at the AO Live Stage. We encourage Melburnians to bring the family and show their support for Beyond Blue," Tiley continued.
Tennis Australia and Beyond Blue have partnered to help spread the message about the importance of taking care of your mental wellbeing on and off the court.
“This is a significant relationship for Beyond Blue,” Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said.
“We value Tennis Australia’s support in spreading the word about the benefits of positive mental health and wellbeing.
“By working together, we can create a culture that supports every Australian to achieve their best possible mental health,” Ms Harman said.
Former Noiseworks lead singer Jon Stevens first came to the Australian Open back in 1988, the first year the Open was at the site that is now known as Melbourne Park.
"Steffi Graf came to a Noiseworks show back in 1988 at Festival Hall in Melbourne, she loved the band and came backstage and invited us to the final the next day," he said.
"Having never been to a professional tennis match before we all fell in love with Steffi and the excitement of the Australian Open."
The free concert will take place at the AO Live Stage, on the middle terrace at Birrarung Marr as below:
The Beyond Blue concert is a free event and a ticket will be required to enter.
Tickets are available through Ticketek.
To donate to Beyond Blue, go to donation.beyondblue.org.au/donate