Rock Icons Secured

The third breaking news article on the Hunters and Collectors 2011 reunion.

Author: V8 Supercars.

Date: 25 August 2011.

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Aussie rock icons Hunters & Collectors and John Farnham Secured for the 2011 Sydney Telstra 500.

Special guests Noiseworks and James Reyne join the bill.

One of the greatest nights in Australian rock will ensure the Sydney Telstra 500 remains the City’s premiere sporting event, set to break all records from the first two years of the rock and race extravaganza.

The absolute greats of Australian rock will appear on the same card on the Saturday night, 3rd of December.

One of the country’s legendary bands Hunters & Collectors is reforming for a one-off and once only concert after 13 years and the “Voice” John Farnham is playing his only major outdoor concert of the year.

The incredible Noiseworks is also set to rock and James Reyne will perform his unforgettable hits.

Rarely before have so many Australian greats appeared on the same card and on the same stage in what will be a night to cherish, along with a day of world class motorsport as the V8 Supercars grand final plays out on the track.

It is reminiscent of the inaugural Sydney Telstra 500 when iconic Aussie rockers Cold Chisel came back for what was then a one-off performance in front of a packed ANZ Stadium.

“There is nothing more Australian than V8 Supercars and these incredible home-grown artists and bands that have been the constant of Aussie rock for decades,” V8 Supercar Chairman Tony Cochrane said at today’s announcement in Sydney.

“From the very first year the Sydney Telstra 500 has been an unbelievable success, with more than 350,000 people attending the first two events and ensuring New South Wales has one of the biggest annual sporting events in the country.

“This lineup and our final Championship races of the 2011 season is an incredible mix for Sydney and the thousands of visitors that will travel from interstate and overseas to watch the weekend unfold. We are proud to deliver this event for the state and our fans.”

ARIA Award winning Sydney hip hop sensation Bliss N Eso plus multi platinum selling rock band Jebediah were also announced as leading the Friday night concert bill at the Sydney Telstra 500 with more acts to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow for the Sydney Telstra 500, the V8 Supercars Championship Series grand final that takes place this year on 2-4 December at Sydney Olympic Park.

It’s been 13 years since ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, Hunters & Collectors, disbanded with only one show since at the Sound Relief concert in Melbourne on 14 March, 2009. The band’s lead singer, Mark Seymour, said “After performing a benefit concert for the victims of the Victorian bushfires in 2009, Hunters & Collectors realised they could still cut it on the big stage: The MCG, 80,000 people. Could it get any bigger? Maybe. Jump to 2011. V8s. ANZ Stadium. The band got asked again. We believe the gig is big enough. Bring it on!”

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the multi platinum Whispering Jack album this year, John Farnham has been selling out theatre shows across the country and this appearance at the Sydney Telstra 500 will be his only outdoor show this year. John said “We’re getting ready to start rehearsals for the Whispering Jack tour next week and our show at the Sydney Telstra 500 will be the final one on the tour. What a great way to end 2011.”

It’s fair to say that great Aussie rock and motorsport go hand in glove – a partnership that saw 166,723 new and faithful fans head to the Sydney Olympic Park circuit in 2010.

The NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, said “V8 Supercar fans will be treated to three days of racing action in Western Sydney complemented by two nights of concerts led by iconic Australian rock group and ARIA Hall of Fame members Hunters & Collectors.

“Since the V8 Supercars event was first staged in Sydney in 2009 more than 350,000 people have attended this premier racing event.

“V8 Supercars Australia has done a great job in making this a marquee event for NSW and this year’s entertainment line-up for the Sydney Telstra 500 confirms they are committed to making this year even bigger and better for fans,” Mr Annesley said.

The Sydney Telstra 500 is three-days of awesome, non-stop entertainment combining a hair-raising street race with two nights of sensational concerts. Fans can enjoy it all with the 3-day Rock n’ Race pass for just $133. Public transport is also included with pre purchase ticket on select services.

“The after-race concerts bring together two of the passions we share with race fans – V8 Supercars and Aussie music legends. Fans can get revved up by reliving all the hits on BigPond Music,” said Richard Howarth, General Manager Sponsorship and Reputation, Telstra.

But it’s not all about the music. In 2011, the popular Armor All Auto Show promises to be Australia’s largest private car show with private collectors showing off some priceless vehicles from every part of the country.

From rare cars to cartoons coming to life, car fans of all ages are in for an awesome experience as Disney.Pixar’s CARS Truck Tour makes its final V8 Supercar stop at the Sydney Telstra 500. A world-first attraction, the CARS Truck Tour is a mobile themed attraction housed both inside and outside of a life-size MACK the Transporter. One not to be missed!
Tickets to the Sydney Telstra 500 go on sale at 9am on Friday 26th August 2011 from For more information go to