Adelaide race concerts announced

With twenty ARIA awards between them, five of Australia's greatest bands will take centre stage for a New Year's Eve concert extravaganza at Le Mans Adelaide. After the chequered flag falls on the final race of the 2000 Le Mans series at 10.00pm...

With twenty ARIA awards between them, five of Australia's greatest bands will take centre stage for a New Year's Eve concert extravaganza at Le Mans Adelaide.

After the chequered flag falls on the final race of the 2000 Le Mans series at 10.00pm on December 31, race fans will have the choice of two spectacular concerts to choose from.

The "Pitside Party" will feature the legendary Australian band INXS with guest vocalist Jon Stevens, and last year's joint winner of the ARIA for the Best New Artist, Taxiride.

The "New Year's Revolution" on CBC Oval will be headlined by fellow ARIA winners The Living End, You Am I and Spiderbait.

Between the five bands, they have set the pace in the Australian music scene in recent years. The past six ARIA Award Ceremonies (Australian Record Industry Awards) have all featured at least one of the bands as award winners.

"Our event is set to showcase Adelaide and Australia to the rest of the world and we believe our New Year's Eve celebrations will also provide the biggest party Adelaide has ever seen," Le Mans Adelaide, Managing Director, Mr Dean Rainsford said.

"Our plan for this event is always to provide the best entertainment possible. That's why we have two concerts and five bands, rather than just a single act.

"Like the on-track action in the Le Mans Series, the variety will cater for everybody's tastes."

The "Pitside Party" will be located behind the pit straight grandstand while the CBC Oval will be the home for the "New Year's Revolution" with the stage facing North.

Along with the five headlining acts, the parklands at Le Mans Adelaide will be flooded with entertainment leading up to and during the final six hour race of the 2000 championship.

Brass bands, magicians, face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers, performing clowns and balloon sculptors will add a unique carnival atmosphere throughout the event.

Other exciting on-track action will include award-winning stunt motorcyclists Rob Jones and Englishman Chris Jones and an on-track parade from the official Porsche factory museum in Germany featuring two Le Mans 24-Hour winning cars.

The skies above will feature aerobatics ace Pip Borman aboard a Edge mono-plane while a huge fairground including carnival rides will also be established for the event.

"Our aim for Le Mans Adelaide is to provide an amazing party - the actual on-track action will be a bonus," Mr Rainsford said.

"This is just the start of the action. As December 31 draws closer we will be announcing more exciting plans including fashion parades, competitions, displays, street parties and other on-track action."

THE BANDS - PITSIDE PARTY - Victoria Park Racecourse (behind pit straight grandstand)

INXS

MEMBERS: Tim Farriss, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers

ARIA AWARDS: 1996 Best Australian Group; 1998 Best Australian Group, Best Australian Video, Outstanding Achievement Award; 1989 Producer of the Year, Andrew Farriss; 1991 Best Australian Group; 1993 Best Australian Video.

ALBUMS: 1980 Self Titled; 1981 Underneath The Colours; 1982 Inxsive; 1982 Shaboh Shabah; 1984 The Swing; 1985 Listen Like Thieves; 1987 Kick; 1990 X; 1991 Live Baby Live; 1992 Welcome to Wherever You Are; 1993 Full Moon Dirty Hearts; 1994 INXS The Greatest Hits; 1997 Elegantly Wasted

THE BAND: This legendary Australian band was formed in August 16 1977, the day Elvis died. The six-piece, headed by Michael Hutchence, achieved their first Australian #1 single and #1 album with "Original Sin" in 1984, beginning their rise as one of our greatest ever musical exports. They scored their first U.S. #1 hit in 1988 with "Need You Tonight", followed by the U.S. Top Five singles "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation". Sell-out shows around the world, including performances to 100,000-plus crowds at London's Wembley Arena and at Rock In Rio and record sales in excess of 25 million copies consolidated their reputation as one of the world's great bands. Since the death of Michael Hutchence in November 1977, INXS has performed at several major events with guest vocalists - Jimmy Barnes (Mushroom Records 25 Year Concert, MCG, November 1998), Terence Trent D'Arby (Stadium Australia Official Opening, June 1999) and most recently with former Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens (Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, October 2000).

TAXIRIDE

MEMBERS: Tim Watson, Jason Singh, Tim Wild

ARIA AWARDS: 1999 Best New Artist - Single (joint winners with Alex Lloyd)

ALBUMS: 1999 Imaginate

THE BAND: One of the new shining stars of of the Australian recording industry, Taxiride's debut album "imaginate" debuted at #1 on the Australian charts last year. Their first two singles "Get Set" and "Everywhere You Go" achieved Gold status in Australia. WIth perfect pop-harmonies, Taxiride have toured extensively throughout 2000 including performances playing support to Tina Turner and John Fogerty throughout Europe as well as concerts in Japan. The six piece outift played at the MCG for the Olympic Soccer and will also performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony before playing support to U.S. band Matchbox 20 on their forthcoming Australian tour. At next week's ARIA awards, Taxiride have been nominated for Best New Artist - Album and Highest Selling Australian Album.

THE BANDS - NEW YEAR'S REVOLUION - CBC Oval

THE LIVING END

MEMBERS: Chris Cheney, Scott Owen, Trav Dempsey

ARIA AWARDS: 1998 Highest Selling Single; 1999 Best Australian Group, Best New Artist - Album

ALBUMS: 1998 Self Titled

THE BAND: Featuring a unique mix of punk/rock/ska and pop, The Living End burst onto the Australian airwaves in 1998 with "Prisoner of Society/Second Solution" becoming a top five National hit. Australian radio listeners had finally discovered what The Living End's army of loyal live concert supporters had known for years - these guys are good. This judgement was confirmed in 1999 when the Melbourne band was named as "Best Australian Group" at the ARIA awards. Further hit singles followed with "Save The Day", "All Torn Down" and "West End Riot". The band's new album "Roll On" is due for release in November to follow the recent launch of their new single "Pictures in The Mirror"

SPIDERBAIT

MEMBERS: Kram (aka Mark Maher), Whitt (aka Damian Whittey) and Janet English

ARIA AWARDS: 1996 Best Australian Alternative Release

ALBUMS: 1992 ShaShaVaGlava; 1995 The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake; 1996 Ivy And the Big Apples; 1999 Grand Slam

THE BAND: This trio originate from the small NSW country town of Finley. The band itself was formed in the late 80s in Melbourne and released its first album in 1992. Spiderbait confirmed itself as one of Australia's favourite alternative bands in 1996 when they topped Triple Js Hottest 100 charts with the single, "Buy Me a Pony" Commercial success quickly followed with the single "Calypso" earning a spot in the top 10 National charts and the "Ivy And the Big Apples" album earning the ARIA for the Best Alternative Australian Release. Spiderbait are also potentially in line for more ARIA awards for 2000 with the "Glokenpop" single in line for the Best Pop Release as well as winning the award for the Best Cover Art.

YOU AM I

MEMBERS: Tim Rogers, Rusty Hopkinson, Andy Kent, David Lane

ARIA AWARDS: 1993 Best Australian Alternative Release; 1994 Best Australian Alternative Release; 1995 Best Australian Album, Best Australian Group, Best Australian Video, Best Australian Independent Release, Australian Producer of the Year, Australian Engineer of the Year.

ALBUMS: 1993 Sounds As Ever; 1995 Hi Fi Way; 1996 Hourly Daily; 1998 #4 Record; 1999 What Rhymes With Cars and Girls; 1999 Saturday Night 'round Ten.

THE BAND: After being acknowledged as one of Australia's greatest "alternative" bands, You Am I broke through through for mainstream success at the 1995 ARIA presentation winning six awards including Best Album for "Hourly Daily". You Am I have just released a new single "Damage" with a new album "Dress Me Slowly" due for release in early 2001.

-Paul Ryan

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