A Day On The Green promoters Mick and Anthea Newton will be celebrating their 300th anniversary with Elvis Costello at the Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley on January 26.
The Newton’s first A Day On The Green featured James Morrison, Renee Geyer and Stephen Cummings at Morning Star Etstate in Mt Eliza on January 26, 2001.
“At that show it was all hands on deck and we had our friends helping us out, but from that very first concert we thought ‘this is such good fun’. The idea of enjoying good food and wine with your friends, while listening to some great music in spectacular environments just seemed like a great way to spend a day,” Mick Newton recalls.
More than two million tickets have sold to A Day On The Green over the past 12 years. The event has become one of Australia’s favourite music events.
However, it was a slow grower. “For the first five or six years we grew very slowly and carefully and I think that has been one of the keys to our success. Another is that we truly do feel like one of the crowd at our shows. We know our audiences in all the different regions of Australia and we interact with the local communities, whether it be Mudgee in NSW or the Clare Valley in SA,” Mick said.
“Because this is our only business, we can give it a level of attention and focus that no other promoter can. It’s been a fantastic 300 shows and very rewarding for us to see concert goers all around Australia embrace the event with such enthusiasm.”
International artists who have performed for a day on the green include:
Bryan Adams, Joan Armatrading, The Beach Boys, George Benson, Blondie, The B52’s, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crowded House, Sheryl Crowe, Jamie Cullum, John Fogerty, Melody Gardot, Hall & Oates, Chris Isaak, Jewel, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Ronan Keating, Alicia Keys, Diana Krall, Meatloaf, John Mellencamp, The Motown Show, Madeleine Peyroux, The Pretenders, The Proclaimers, Lionel Richie, Roxy Music, Sade, Boz Scaggs, Simply Red, Jordin Sparks, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, Rob Thomas, George Thorogood, Train & Steve Winwood
Australian artists who have performed for a day on the green include:
Adalita, Vanessa Amorosi, The Angels, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, Jimmy Barnes, The Black Sorrows, Clare Bowditch, Daryl Braithwaite, John Butler Trio, David Campbell, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kate Ceberano, Kasey Chambers, Choirboys, Richard Clapton, Cold Chisel, Diesel, Dragon, John Farnham, Tim Finn, Renee Geyer, Hoodoo Gurus, Missy Higgins, Marcia Hines, Husky, Icehouse, INXS, Paul Kelly, Sean Kelly, Lanie Lane, Little Red, Lowrider, Mental As Anything, Mi Sex, Ian Moss, Pete Murray, Noiseworks, Katie Noonan, Oh Mercy, Tex Perkins, James Reyne, Tim Rogers, Guy Sebastian, Mark Seymour, Stonefield, Dan Sultan, Thirsty Merc, The Waifs, Washington, The Whitlams, Ross Wilson, The Wolfgramm Sisters, You Am I & 1927.
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