JOHN Farnham will head the bill for A Day on the Green at Wahgunyah’s All Saints Estate later this year.
Organisers shifted the date back from early next year to late November to secure Farnham for the event.
“John didn’t really want to play in Melbourne and instead wants to get out into the regional areas,” promoter Michael Newton said yesterday.
Mr Newton said Farnham knew well just how different an atmosphere it was playing something such as A Day on the Green compared with a regular concert in the capitals.
“He’s done a few with us before at the regional wineries so he really enjoys it,” he said.
“It’s going to be a really big show. He plays for a long time and he’s got a heap of hits and the band he’s got is really incredible.
“It’s going to be a ripper on the day.”
Performers on the bill are regulars Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson and The Black Sorrows.
Farnham last performed at A Day on the Green concert in 2010.
“I’m really looking forward to working on the same bill with some of my personal favourite Australian musicians,” he said.
“I’ll definitely be getting there early. I don’t want to miss a thing.”
Mr Newton said a pre-Christmas show at the winery on November 28 meant it matched a time of the year when everybody “begins to wind down a little bit”.
“It’s just a perfect time to meet up and hear some great music,” he said.
Mr Newton said he remembered Braithwaite putting on an outstanding show in 2010.
“It was really fantastic. He went over so well and so everybody’s got that to look forward to as well,” he said.
“All the acts have got lots of hits and that’s what people want to hear.
“Among those guys there’s absolutely classic Australian songs.”
Tickets go on sale on July 3, while A Day on the Green members would get access to discounted pre-sale tickets.
He recommended people book early “so you know you’re actually going”.
“It’s good for people to get buses there,” he said.
“And we’re obviously pretty happy with the economic impact it gives up there.
“All the motels are booked out, the pubs are busy, so you can really make a weekend of it.”
Ticket prices range from $105 to $199, plus booking fees, and can be bought from ticketmaster.com.au or by phoning 136 100.