Performance dates & times

Sunday 24 Mar
6:00 PM

Running Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Price range

Hamer Hall concert
FREE ENTRY / GENERAL ADMISSION
Booking required. Limit of 6 tickets per transaction.

Fed Square live screening
FREE, no bookings required

Ticket allocation for this event is currently exhausted. If you no longer require tickets to the Hamer Hall concert, please contact us on 1300 182 183 in order to enable as many people to see the show as possible.

Ticket allocation for this event is currently exhausted. Please check the website for updates on ticket availability. We will also be screening the concert live on the big screen at Fed Square.

Hundreds of everyday guitarists from across Melbourne take over Hamer Hall in one epic free concert, playing alongside a line-up of Aussie music legends. 

Melburnians have been dusting off their guitars to learn a setlist of iconic rock anthems at free rehearsals across Fitzroy, Frankston, Werribee, Dandenong, St Albans and Broadmeadows. Musicians of all skill levels and ages were welcomed to join the band, led by internationally acclaimed artist and musician Joseph O’Farrell (JOF).

Our community rockstars will perform live in Hamer Hall with a special guest line-up, including Adalita, Vika and Linda Bull, Ella Hooper and Yirrmal. Hosted by Brian Nankervis and backed by the best house band going around, featuring members of the RocKwiz Orkestra and Paul Kelly’s Band.

Rock out to classic anthems made famous by the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, Queen, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Angels, Led Zeppelin, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite, performed by local guitarists, choirs, community groups and even a marching band.

The Vinyl Vixens - a female led DJ mentoring project - will be spinning rock mashups between sets, you can boogie down the aisle with Anna’s Go-Go Academy, stamp your feet to the Werribee Concert Band’s thundering rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’, hear Led Zeppelin reimagined by Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, plus much more.

Celebrate the joy of live music and community in this free, all ages event. In the immortal words of AC/DC, “for those about to rock, we salute you!”


LIVE SCREENING

The full concert will be screened live at Fed Square on the big screen from 6pm.

LINE-UP

HUNDREDS OF EVERYDAY GUITARISTS FROM ACROSS MELBOURNE

with Adalita/ Vika & Linda Bull / Ella Hooper / Yirrmal / Members of the RocKwiz Orkestra & Paul Kelly’s Band / Brian Nankervis (MC)

+ AC/DSHE / Anna’s Go-Go Dance Academy / Brimbank Multicultural Choir / Damage Inc. (lead vocalist) / Furlong Park Primary Signing Choir / The Funky Bunny / Glee Club / Jets Studios / Leaders of Rock Music School / Melbourne Ukulele Kollective / Pasefika Vitoria Choir / Stroke a Chord Choir / Werribee Concert Band / Vinyl Vixens

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Description Victoria have developed for our audiences who are blind and visually impaired an interview with the creator Joseph O'Farrell (JOF). Download and listen to the audio to prepare for the show.

Download Audio Description Resource via Soundcloud


Creative Team

Creator & Lead Artist
Joseph O’Farrell (JOF)
Producer
Jo Porter & Kate Hancock
Community Group Liaison
Narda Shanley
Music Director
Chris Green
Rehearsal Director and Choreography
Jillian Pearce
House Band
Members of the RocKwiz Orkestra and Paul Kelly’s band. Peter Luscombe, Ash Naylor, Clio Renner, Bill McDonald
MC
Brian Nankervis
Guest Artists
Adalita Vika & Linda Bull, Ella Hooper, Yirrmal
Featured Artists
The Funky Bunny , Vinyl Vixens
Sound Design
Mick Sommerton
Lighting Design
Jenny Hector
Photography
Pia Johnson

With special thanks to our community partners: 

St Albans Community Centre, Broadmeadows Youth Central (City of Hume), Frankston Arts Centre, Yarra Youth Centre (City of Yarra), Werribee Secondary College.

CREATOR AND LEAD ARTIST

Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) is an internationally renowned artist working across performance, installation and socially-engaged live art practice. His work has toured across Australia and the UK, including the TATE Modern (UK), Southbank Centre (UK), Sydney Festival and City of Darebin. JOF specialises in creating unique large-scale installation and theatre works with communities, bringing people together in hilarious and unlikely situations. Those Who Rock builds on the success of other community projects including We Are Lightning! (Arts House, UK touring) and Enter Sandman (City of Darebin, Regional Centre of Culture).

BETTY AMSDEN PARTICIPATION PROGRAM

Those Who Rock is supported by Arts Centre Melbourne through the Betty Amsden Participation Program.

For more than 30 years Betty Amsden AO shared her passion for and with the Victorian arts community. Her long commitment and support to artists and audiences helped establish community programs that highlight the importance of giving to ensure future generations can experience a thriving performing arts scene.

Since 2014, the Betty Amsden Participation Program funding has enabled Arts Centre Melbourne to present hugely popular community events to inspire and delight every person in our great city. Those Who Rock created by Melbourne-based artist Joseph O’Farrell, follows in the tradition of large-scale events like Dominoes, Home, Fun Run and Play Me I’m Yours, honouring the legacy of Betty Amsden and her desire to help make the arts and Arts Centre Melbourne accessible for everyone.


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