Melbourne’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens is set to come alive with music with the announcement today of a brand new concert event beginning next year – A WEEKEND In The Gardens.

Developed by the team behind the highly successful A Day On The Green winery series, A WEEKEND In The Gardens’ inaugural event will take place on the March Long Weekend with three amazing concerts on Friday March 10, Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12.

A WEEKEND In The Gardens is all about bringing music lovers to the Gardens to enjoy the beautiful environment on a summer’s night while experiencing great live entertainment.

A much-loved and iconic Melbourne location like the Royal Botanic Gardens needs a much-loved and iconic performer to launch the very first event.   And that can only be John Farnham!

John is thrilled to be headlining the opening concert on Friday March 10.  He will be joined by two more of Melbourne’s favourite sons – Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson.  We couldn’t think of three better local legends than John, Daryl and Ross to kick off this stellar new event.

On Saturday night, a younger audience is invited to the Gardens with the wonderful Boy & Bear heading up a line-up featuring San Cisco and Amy Shark.

On Sunday night ICEHOUSE continue their 40th anniversary celebrations, with acclaimed singer/song-writers James Reyne and Clare Bowditch.

After three fantastic nights of music, it’s highly appropriate that Monday March 13 is a Public Holiday in Melbourne – hello recovery day!

A WEEKEND In the Gardens is far more than just the music. To enjoy this special location, a major feature of the event will be “The Eatery” – an area adjoining the site with a variety of high quality food and drink stalls where patrons can chill out in a relaxed and vibrant space. Foodies will be tantalised with offerings from Ladro, Burn City Smokers, The Royale Brothers and Pommery Champagne & Oyster Bar to name a few!

A WEEKEND In The Gardens is also pleased to have the Gardens’ acclaimed Jardin Tan restaurant join this special event.  Located immediately behind the concert area, Jardin Tan will offer a VIP Canapes package.

Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton said: “Melbourne’s Royal  Botanic Gardens is world renowned and we are thrilled to produce what we hope will be some very special concerts for the inaugural event in March and beyond.”

Robin Penty, Executive Director Public Engagement and Business Development at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria says: “A WEEKEND In The Gardens is a wonderful new event for our Melbourne Gardens. This concert series is a perfect fit for our new programming focus, welcoming new and diverse audiences to our site at the heart of the city.”

With its central location, A WEEKEND In The Gardens is sure to be a warmly welcomed by music lovers and to become a highly-anticipated event on the Melbourne concert calendar.



John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson

Reserved Seats and GA admission (byo deck chairs & picnic rugs)

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm


 Boy & Bear, San Cisco, Amy Shark

GA admission only

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm


 ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, Clare Bowditch

Reserved Seats and GA admission (byo deck chairs & picnic rugs)

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

For full event details, go to


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Last night John Farnham closed the ARIA Awards, performing ‘You’re The Voice’ to celebrate the 30th anniversary of both the ARIAs and his classic album The Whispering Jack. At the first ARIAs in 1987, John won six awards including Best Male Artist, Album of the Year and Single of the Year.

Watch a video of his performance below:

‘Friends For Christmas’ Released Today

Today John Farnham releases his new album Friends For Christmas with Olivia Newton-John. The album embodies a traditional Christmas sound whilst showcasing the ever impressive vocals of both artists.

As John explains, “I have always loved working with Olivia. To record a Christmas album seemed like the right, almost inevitable thing to do. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we loved recording it together”.

“It was such a joy singing these beautiful holiday songs with my favourite singer and good mate John Farnham,” said Olivia.  “The holidays are about family and friends and having this chance to sing these classics with John was pure fun from beginning to end!”

When John and Olivia’s Two Strong Hearts joint tour finished last year the two friends didn’t want the fun to end. That tour, which spawned a #1 album and DVD, lit a creative fire which led them to the studio to record new versions of their favourite Christmas classics as duets.


30th Anniversary of ‘Whispering Jack’

To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of John Farnham‘s 24x Platinum selling album ‘Whispering Jack’, a numbered limited edition deluxe boxset ‘The Complete Whispering Jack’ is released today which includes never before seen content from the recording of the album. ‘Whispering Jack’ was the twelfth studio album by John Farnham, first released in 1986, and has found iconic status in Australia’s music history.

It was also the first Australian-made album to be released on Compact Disc within Australia and contains the all-time classics “You’re The Voice” and “Pressure Down”.

John appeared yesterday on The Today Show with Richard Wilkins, discussing the making of ‘Whispering Jack’ and it’s impact on John’s career.

‘Friends For Christmas’ Album Announced on TV

Australian television programs, Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Today Show have led the announce of John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s upcoming Christmas album, ‘Friends for Christmas’, set to be released November 11. Click the images below to watch.

Pre-order Friends for Christmas now


Sunrise: John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John make ‘Friends for Christmas’.

The Today Show: Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham release Christmas album.

The Morning Show: Farnham and Newton-John to release ‘Friends for Christmas’

New Album ‘Friends For Christmas’

John Farnham
and long time friend Olivia Newton-John have released word over a new Christmas album, ‘Friends For Christmas’, set to be released on November 11 of this year. The album, currently available for pre-order, has the pair singing a number of classic duets including, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Silent Night’ and more.

“To record a Christmas album (together) seemed like the right, almost inevitable thing to do…I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we loved recording it together”Farnham (

Pre-order “Friends For Christmas” now

WIN a Two Strong Hearts LIVE Tour Poster Signed by John Farnham!

Signed Poster

Do you want to WIN this ‪#‎TwoStrongHeartsLIVE‬ poster signed by John Farnham? It’s simple to enter!

Just pre-order a copy of the DVD in stores or online from the following links:

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Then send either a photo, photocopy, scan or screenshot to [email protected] with your full name, address and the answer to the following question:

“What was your favourite part of the #TwoStrongHeartsLIVE concert?”

The entry with the most creative answer will win and be announced a 3pm on DVD release day, Friday, August 21 via John Farnham’s Facebook page!

Entries close Thursday August 20 at Midnight.

Good luck!


John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John Announce Two Strong Hearts Live DVD

2SH - DVD cover FINAL

The new live DVD from John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, TWO STRONG HEARTS LIVE IN CONCERT, is set for release on Friday August 21st 2015. The DVD is available to pre-order from today and the ARIA #1 companion highlights album is out now!

TWO STRONG HEARTS LIVE debuted at #1 on the Official ARIA Albums Chart and remained in that position for 3 weeks. The album is ARIA certified as a GOLD selling title. The new DVD is the full ‘Two Strong Hearts’ concert filmed at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on April 8th 2015.

Everyone who experienced this amazing show would attest that this was more than two artists simply sharing a bill. This was two long-time friends embracing each other’s vast catalogue of monster hits and fan favourites, delivered with a wit and emotion only ascertained through a close personal relationship.

If you missed out on securing tickets to see the live concert, this is your chance to share in the magic that was ‘Two Strong Hearts’ live on stage. If you were one of the extremely fortunate people who got to experience the joy first hand, this is your chance to relive that incredible experience!

With Chong Lim leading the 60 piece orchestra, alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of shows that saw both John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John dig into their own personal career songbooks with stunning results.

Highlights on this DVD include Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, the Peter Allen penned I Honestly Love You’ and a sublime Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’ (first heard at the Sydney OLYMPICS 2000), ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, Burn For You’ and the jazz/blues hybrid of Hit The Road Jack’ and Fever’.


John Farnham to headline Cruise n Groove 2016


John Farnham has just been announced to headline Cruise n Groove​ 2016!

Sailing 8 nights ex. Sydney 9th-17th October, 2016 aboard the luxurious Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance of the Seas.

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Cabins are on sale Australia-wide this Friday, July 24th.

Get ready for the biggest party Cruise Australia has ever seen!



It’s a warm welcome back to the a day on the green stage for Australian music icon John Farnham AO who will headline the next series of concerts nationally.

Performing under the stars in beautiful winery and outdoor locations, John will kick off at Petersons Winery in Armidale NSW on Saturday November 21, followed by Sirromet Wines Mt Cotton QLD on Sunday November 22, All Saints Estate Rutherglen VIC on Saturday November 28, Josef Chromy Wines Launceston TAS on Saturday December 5 and finally Kings Park & Botanic Garden Perth WA on Saturday December 12.

In what promises to be a series of highly-memorable shows, John will be joined at all concerts by special guests Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks, with additional guests The Black Sorrows and Noiseworks at several events. Full line-ups are listed below.

Tickets are on sale 10.00am Monday July 27 from Ticketmaster.

John is currently back on top of the ARIA charts hitting the #1 position for the past two weeks with his latest  – and 26th album  – Two Strong Hearts Live, from his hugely successful national tour earlier this year with Oliva Newton-John.

For a man who has sold more tickets, more albums and notched up more achievements than any other Australian musician, performing live is still an absolute joy.  John performed some a day on the green concerts back in 2010 and is looking forward to appearing on the outside winery stages again.

“I’m really looking forward to working on the same bill with some of my personal favourite Australian musicians,” John said. “I’ll definitely be getting there early.  I don’t want to miss a thing!!”

Drawing on the phenomenal songbook from his stellar four decade-long career, 19-time ARIA Award winner and all-round top bloke John Farnham continues to be “The Voice” of Australian music, thrilling audiences with his onstage charisma and those unforgettable vocals.

Whether it’s the hits from his landmark 80s albums Whispering Jack and Age Of Reason like You’re The Voice, Two Strong Hearts, Pressure Down, A Touch Of Paradise, Chain Reaction, That’s Freedom or his earlier material Sadie The Cleaning Lady, One and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, there are few Australian performers who are as beloved as ‘Farnsy’.

The concerts will once again feature Farnham’s long-time, celebrated band, featuring amongst others Chong Lim (musical director), Stuart Fraser and Brett Garsed (guitars) and backing vocalists extraordinaire Lindsay Field and Lisa Edwards.

The special guest support artists Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, The Black Sorrows and Noiseworks are all huge favourites with a day on the green audiences.


This summer season marks the 15th year of a day on the green, which started in January 2001.  After more than 360 shows and 2.75 million happy patrons, the a day on the green experience of good food, good wine and great music is firmly established as one of Australia’s most popular concert events.



With Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

Sunday Nov 22           SIRROMET WINES, MT COTTON QLD

With Noiseworks, Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks


With Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks


With Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks


With Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks