This summer, don’t just spend your time lion around. If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, quit your monkey business and head to the Zoo! Missing out on this one would be nothing short of a meerkat-astrophe. The summer Zoo Twilight series is back for 2015, and it’s shaping up to be a whale of a time! The annual series showcases some magnificent moose-ical acts, creating an evening absolutely perfect for you and a chimp-anion. What better way to see off a beautiful summer’s eve than with tunes panda picnic? It’s a brilliant time for a brilliant gnu year. Sitting on the grass and getting slothed? What elk could you want!

In all seriousness, the lineup for the Twilight Series at both Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and the Melbourne Zoo are both phenomenal, containing some of the best acts from home abroad. Like who, you ask? How about a little Conor Oberst, for example. Or even a bit of Stephen Malkmus or Belle & Sebastian to satisfy your indie rock needs. Want something a little more rock n roll? You Am I, Spiderbait and The Cat Empire are all making appearances. Throw in some more local heroes like Something For Kate, Bernard Fanning and Sarah Blasko along with international sensation Björn Again and the legendary Village People, and my friends, that is a summer for the ages.

The full lineup and details are as follows.

TWILIGHT AT TARONGA – Taronga Zoo, Sydney


Friday, January 30th: Bernard Fanning – supported by Little May

Saturday, January 31st: Belle & Sebastian – support TBA

Friday, February 6th: Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, and Vika & Linda Bull – supported by Hiatus Kaiyote.

Saturday, February 7th: You Am I – supported by Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders

Friday, February 13th: Sarah Blasko – supported by Luluc

Saturday, February 14th: Anthony Callea presents Ladies & Gentlemen, the Songs of George Michael – supported by Caterina Torres

Friday, February 20th: The Beautiful Girls – supported by Caravãna Sun

Saturday, February 21st: The Bamboos – supported by Katalyst

Friday, February 27th: Boys In The Band present 50 Years of Hits

Saturday, February 28th: Björn Again

Friday, March 6th: Conor Oberst – supported by The Felice Brothers

Saturday, March 7th: Rufus Wainright performing The Best of Rufus Wainright – supported by Lucy Wainright Roche

Friday, March 13th: Dan Sultan – supported by Benny Walker and Pierce Brothers

Saturday, March 14th: James Morrison Big Band

Friday, March 20th: Something For Kate – supported by Jen Cloher

Saturday, March 21st: Ross Wilson and Mental As Anything


Tickets for all Sydney shows are on-sale at 9am on Friday, October 31st and can be found at www.twilightattaronga.org.au

MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne


Friday, January 30th: James Reyne plays Australian Crawl – supported by Jack Carty

Saturday, January 31st: Bernard Fanning – supported by Little May

Friday, February 6th: Sarah Blasko – supported by Luluc

Saturday, February 7th: Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, and Vika & Linda Bull – supported by Hiatus Kaiyote

Friday, February 13th: Dan Sultan – supported by Benny Walker

Saturday, February 14th: Boys In The Band present 50 Years of Hits

Friday, February 20th: The Budos Band and The Bombay Royale

Saturday, February 21st: Spiderbait – supported by Jen Cloher

Friday, February 27th: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – supported by Twerps

Saturday, February 28th: Conor Oberst – supported by The Felice Brothers

Friday, March 6th: Village People – supported by DJ Andee Frost

Saturday, March 7th: The Cat Empire – supported by Dorsal Fins


Tickets for all Melbourne shows are on sale now and can be found at www.zoo.org.au/twilights

Photo: Brendon Thorne via Getty Images.