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Music, Food, Drinks… Animals?! This Summer’s Must-Do Event.

By Sophie Colvin
30th Oct 2015


Listen up Melbourne folk, we’ve got a string of Melbourne summer gigs that you neeeeed to check out (seriously, you’ll be kicking yourself so hard if you miss this lot). Tickets are now on sale for all 14 of the Zoo Twilights concerts, so get your skates on and book pronto, but first, some more info about all the best bits of Zoo Twilights.

Zoo Twilights offers up live music in, you guessed it, Melbourne Zoo! You’ll be able to make the most of warm summer evenings by kicking back with a picnic to enjoy some of the best of Aussie and international music right now. The best bit? Gates open at 5:30pm and ticket holders will be able to tour the zoo and check in on all their favourite furred, feathered and finned friends prior to the gig starting.

Zoo Twilights is run every Friday and Saturday night from January 29 through to March 12 and is a super chilled affair. You’re encouraged to bring along a picnic rug, a few friends and all the delicious nibblies you can dream of (except for booze.) Or if you’re after something ready-to-go, you can pre-order a picnic hamper when you grab your tickets. Inclined to wing it? Fear not, there’ll be plenty of delicious bites on offer from the dining zone. You’ll be able to kick back, enjoy the music, and hear the lions roar.

Obviously the meerkats music is the main attraction, so while there REALLY is something for everyone, we’ve rounded up our top picks. You can find the full line up here.

The Waifs

Playing on the opening weekend of Zoo Twilights, The Waifs, one of Australia’s most enduring folk, pop and roots outfit will be treating you to relaxed beats and dreamy vibe. They’ve played all over the world and though they’ve just released their seventh album, you’ll get to hear all of their favourite hits of the last decade.

José González

Oh José, how you do make us starry eyed. If you’re not familiar with Swedish sensation José González, give him a listen and book Right. Now. This musical magician really knows how to bring the good vibes, you’ll be swaying and singing along in no time at all.

John Butler Trio

They don’t reaaallly need any introduction, but we’ll give them one anyway. John Butler Trio are true performers, they interact with the crowd, can sing like no other, and you’ll be treated to all your foot-stomping favourites.

Josh Pyke

I don’t know about you but Josh Pyke invokes some serious nostalgia in me—Memories and Dust was the anthem to my summer close to ten years ago. Josh has stood the test of time thus far and is still producing some cracking tunes (his latest album came out in July this year.) He’ll be treating Zoo Twilighters to some more summer lovin’ in February—count us in!

Birds of Tokyo

The chance to catch Birds of Tokyo while surrounded by zoo friends is one not to be sniffed at! Consistently playing to sell out crowds, I’m more than a bit excited to be able to soak up Birds of Tokyo in the comfort od a picnicking crowd. With a newly released single and a swag of top-notch tunes, you’ll need to be quick if you want to score tickets to this gig. 

San Cisco + Last Dinosaurs

It’s not everyday that you get to see two of Australia’s favourite break-out bands join forces to deliver one epic gig, but such is the case at this year’s Zoo Twilights. San Cisco have been smashing charts here and overseas and Last Dinosaurs have been creating some beautiful beats, so we’re mega excited to see the two perform together.

Belinda Carlisle

Belinda, Belinda Belinda, how we love thee. Originally hitting the stage as a member of The Go-Go’s Belinda has been treating our eardrums to catchy pop tunes and old-school dance tracks that’ll have you up on your feet and singing along before the end of the first chorus. What a coup to be able to catch her at Melbourne Zoo!

Zoo Twilights runs every Friday and Saturday from the 29th of January to the 12th of March.
For a full line up, schedule and to grab tickets, click here.

Image credit: Melbourne Zoo

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