Review Scene: Australian Open Finals Festival, feat. Rudimental and Groove Armada, John Cain Arena, Sunday 28th January 2024 by Laura Boukouvalas

This year’s Australian Open has been even more spectacular than ever with record numbers of over one million visitors who were treated to world-class tennis along with decadent outdoor lounge areas with great food and cocktails and a host of big screen TVs dotted around the grounds to so they wouldn’t miss any of the tennis action.

The music programme from Untitled Group was equally impressive, being held for the first time in the John Cain arena to accommodate a larger crowd, with the roof off to enjoy the near perfect weather create that open air feel.

On Sunday, the last day of the festival, audiences were treated to a spectacular, high energy performance by UK dance legends Rudimental delivering their upbeat genre-mixing drum and base-infused dance tracks.  They performed many of their much-loved hits including Feel the Love, Not Giving In and Waiting All Night.

The final act was global sensations Groove Armada who performed their smooth dance beats and chart topping tracks including Superstylin’I See You Baby and At The River.

The headline acts were supported throughout the day by the talented Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, Latifa Tee, DJ Cooper Smith.

The mood had plenty of party energy with the audience showing all of their love and support for the performers.  People were clearly enjoying the dance music-led line up and were happy to sing along and dance the night away.

“The AO Finals Festival was such a sold-out success last year so it was a very easy decision for us to move it to a bigger venue with bigger crowds, and that’s exactly what we’ve done hosting it at JCA,” Tennis Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer Cedric Cornelis said.

“Finals Festival also brings a whole new audience to the Australian Open, and we want to further grow that opportunity this year.

“The AO Finals Festival will be a perfect way to end what is shaping up to be an iconic AO 2024.”

The lineup for the AO Finals Festival has been put together by Melbourne’s Untitled Group.

“The Australian Open is one of the most loved events on Melbourne’s calendar, so there is no better time to bring together tennis and some of the best global music to the stage, right in the heart of Summer’s favourite tennis tournament,” said Untitled Group’s Music Programmer Pia Del Mastro.

“Untitled Group are proud to return to the Australian Open in 2024, giving tennis and music fans alike an amazing day out, full of forefront artists across three jam-packed days of music festival entertainment.”

Review and Photographs by Laura Boukouvalas