The very first a day on the green was held on Australia Day, January 26 2001 at Morning Star Estate, Mt Eliza, Victoria with Australian artists Renee Geyer, James Morrison and Stephen Cummings
a day on the green is run by husband and wife team Michael and Anthea Newton from Roundhouse Entertainment, based in Melbourne. Promoter Michael Newton said: "Anthea and I started a day on the green as a way contemporary music could be enjoyed by music lovers in a new way, rather than having to go to smoky clubs or large arenas. The idea of enjoying good food and wine with your friends, while listening to some great music in spectacular environments just seemed like a great way to spend a day. We started with one show in Victoria in January 2001, then were encouraged enough by the response to do five the following summer, and then nine the summer after. It's been a slow and gradual build and I think that's been one of the keys to our success."
2.75 million patrons have experienced a day on the green during the past 14 years at almost 400 concerts. A celebrated milestone!
This season's concerts feature great tours by both Australian and International artists, including shows by Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Simply Red, Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas, Chris Isaak, John Farnham, Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes, Sunnyboys, Icehouse, Paul Kelly and The Merri Soul Sessions and many more.
a day on the green events are held in 18 wineries and outdoor venues in all states of Australia during the summer months. Many of these wineries have exclusive contracts ensuring the only events held are a day on the green concerts.
In January 2008, a day on the green successfully launched in New Zealand. Our New Zealand wineries are Villa Maria Estate, Mangere (Auckland), Alana Estate, Martinborough (Wellington) and Mudhouse Estate, Waipara (Christchurch). a day on the green will continue to expand its program in coming years.
The a day on the green experience encourages people to get away for the weekend, and as such, regional areas experience a huge injection of tourism funds into accommodation, restaurants, shops and facilities, providing a huge boost to local communities.
The event has spawned five albums, three TV specials and a hugely popular merchandise range.
International artists who have performed for a day on the green include Alicia Keyes, Billy Idol, Blondie, Boz Scaggs, Bryan Adams, Cheap Trick, Chris Isaak, Crosby, Crowded House, Daryl Hall & John Oates, DEVO, Diana Krall, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, George Benson, George Thorogood, Jackson Browne, Jamie Cullum, Jewel, Joan Armatrading, Joe Cocker, John Fogerty, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jordin Sparks, Leonard Cohen, Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Madeleine Peyroux, Mariah Carey, Marlon Williams, Meatloaf, Melody Gardot, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart, Ronan Keating, Roxette, Roxy Music, Sade, Sheryl Crowe, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Sting, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Stills & Nash, The B52’s, The Beach Boys, The Motown Show, The Pretenders, The Proclaimers, Tom Jones and Train.
Australian artists who have performed for a day on the green include 1927, Archie Roach, Baby Animals, Bernard Fanning, Boom Crash Opera, British India, Choirboys, Clairy Browne, Clare Bowditch, Cold Chisel, Dami Im, Dan Sultan, Daryl Braithwaite, David Campbell, Diesel, Dragon, Eurogliders, Gang Gajang, Guy Sebastian, Hoodoo Gurus, Hunters & Collectors, Husky, Ian Moss, Icehouse, INXS, James Reyne, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler Trio, John Farnham, John Paul Young, Jon Stevens, Kasey Chambers, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Kira Puru, Lanie Lane, Lisa Mitchell, Little Red, Lowrider, Machinations, Mahalia Barnes, Marcia Hines, Mark Gable of Choirboys, Mark Seymour, Megan Washington, Mental As Anything, Mi-Sex, Michael Paynter, Missy Higgins, Moving Pictures, Ngarie, Nick Barker, Noiseworks, Oh Mercy, Paul Kelly, Pete Murray, Pseudo Echo, Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Richard Clapton, Rose Tattoo, Ross Wilson, Sarah Blasko, Sean Kelly, Sheppard, Something for Kate, 'Swanee', Stonefield, Tate Sheridan, Tex Perkins, The Angels, The Black Sorrows, The Dead Daisies, The Living End, The Waifs, The Whitlams, The Wolfgramm Sisters, Thirsty Merc, Tim Finn, Tim Rogers, Tina Arena, Troy Cassar-Daley, Vanessa Amorosi, Vika & Linda Bull, Wa Wa Nee, Washington, Wendy Matthews and You Am I.