BENEE, Flight Facilities, Thelma Plum and more form lineup for Australian Open’s first-ever Finals Festival

The Australian Open has announced a stacked lineup for its debut music program set for the last three days of finals tennis next year.

Vanessa Amorosi, BENEE, and Flight Facilities are among those set to perform as part of the Australian Open’s first-ever music program.

Dubbed the AO Finals Festival, the music event will take place across the last three days of the upcoming Australian Open tennis series, which will commence in late-January of next year. The inaugural festival will be held across multiple stages within Melbourne’s Rod Laver arena.

Montaigne poses for close up photo
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Kicking off the AO music program is the Glam Slam event, which takes place on January 27 and is headlined by Amorosi. The Absolutely Everybody singer will be joined at those festivities — billed as an LGBTQI+ tennis event — by fellow Australian pop star Montaigne, with the lineup rounded out by Melbourne DJ Bertie. The Kia Arena stage will host the program’s next event, which will take place during the women’s finals on January 28. 

Taking to the Kia Arena stage is BENEE, who fronts a broader women’s finals bill that also includes Thelma Plum, Winston Surfshirt and CC:DISCO!. The program’s last event coincides with the men’s finals on January 29, and will see Flight Facilities perform alongside brother-sister duo Lastlings, Forest Claudette and Willo. Those who’ve purchased tickets to the AO finals can upgrade their purchase to include the AO Finals Festival. 

Ticket holders only interested in the Finals Festival are able to purchase single-day tickets to each event on the program. For more ticketing and event info around the Australian Open, head to the organisation’s website here. Speaking of the debut festival in a press statement, AO Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the event is “an exciting new initiative for the AO” which “gives us the opportunity to showcase our newest stadium, Kia Arena.”  

Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena. Credit: Austadiums

The AO music event adds to an already stacked festival calendar for headliners BENEE and Flight Facilities. The electronic duo is set to perform at Sydney’s NYE in the Park later this month, while BENEE features on the lineup of Tasmania’s upcoming Party In The Paddock festival. Speaking of her affinity for Australian festivals in an interview with Happy Mag, BENEE said they “are always super, super fun.” 

She continued: “Honestly, because everyone loves festivals and the vibe’s always nice – everyone just wants to be at festivals so I feel like it’s nice to perform at them because everyone’s having a good time.”