Yarra River Precinct A Drawcard For Big Name Entertainers

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The month of February usually sees the return of some big entertainment names to stages around the Yarra River Precinct. With Christmas and school holidays behind us, and cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere forcing musicians down-under, there is usually a wealth of musical talent to look forward to.

Nickelback return to Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 16 February with their biggest and loudest production yet. It promises to be a high octane show of tracks from the band's enduring nine-album body of work such as all-time classics, 'How You Remind Me', 'Far Away', 'Burn it To the Ground', 'Gotta Be Somebody' and more recent hits from their current album, Feed The Machine, such as 'Song On Fire' and 'Must be Nice'. Testament to their everlasting energy, Nickelback boast twelve consecutive sold-out international tours, performing to more than eight million diehard fans.

Following recent sell-out tours in Europe and the UK, The Hollies’ Australian fans will experience again the magic of this timeless and iconic UK band, featuring its founders Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, the fantastic voice of Peter Howarth, and long-time musicians Ray Stiles, Ian Parker and Steve Lauri. They’ve had more top 10 hits than almost any other group including 'Bus Stop', 'He Aint Heavy He's My Brother', 'Carrie Anne', 'Air That I Breathe', 'Long Cool Woman', 'Jennider Eccles' and 'Sorry Suzanne'. They are appearing at Hamer Hall on Wednesday 20 Feb.

Two days later, 22 February at Rod laver Arena, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum band MAROON 5 will wow Melbourne crowds. They are appearing with CXLOE, whose pop sensibility brings the two diverse genres together to create a sound all of her own; a pure musical aesthetic met with complex and dark lyrics brings a true contrast to her artistry.  Maroon 5 stand out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” .

You only have to wait another two days, 24 February for Eminen’s appearance at the MCG. He will be appearing with Hilltop Hoods, R5 and Boogie


You could proceed your Eminen concert at 2pm on the same Sunday, 24 February, by enjoying the last of the Piknik Electronik concerts at Myer Music Bowl. Attendees can expect another world class season of electronic music and delicious food and beverages in Melbourne’s iconic music venue, which turns 60 this month.

It’s back to Rod Laver Arena on 27 February for Arctic Monkeys. The British rock royalty band has ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Joining them will be friends and collaborators Mini Mansions, the LA trio featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age, and The Last Shadow Puppets.

Jazz fans are lining-up for tickets to Hamer Hall concerts on 28 February to March 2 to hear legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, backed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Melbourne audiences will be among the first in the world to see his latest orchestral masterwork, his Fourth Symphony The Jungle. Having debuted with the New York Philharmonic, The Jungle is an ode to The Big Apple and continues the jazz/symphonic orchestral traditions foretold by Dvořák, initiated by Ellington and Gershwin, and furthered by Bernstein and Schuller.

Playing their first Australian headline tour in twelve long years, Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring their unique funk-rock sound and high-energy performances to Rod Laver Arena on Thursday 28 February. The Peppers are one of the most successful acts in rock history, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012.

Just sneaking into March is the long-awaited return of The Eagles at Rod Laver Arena on 5 and 6 March. Since forming in Los Angeles in 1971, the Eagles have sold more than 150 million albums, scored six #1 albums and topped the singles charts five times. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey will be accompanied on stage by an incredible live band that includes a full horn section and full string section.