This March, Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium held its first ever full stadium live music performance, hosting 12-time Grammy winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters for a sold-out, three hour rock’n’roll marathon in front of 30,000 adoring fans.
The much-celebrated Geelong show not only marked the band’s first performance Down Under since their stadium tour in January 2018, it was also a truly history-making event.
Launching Always Live – a brand-new, Victoria-wide celebration of contemporary live music and the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – the performance also marked the first time a full-capacity stadium show by any international artist had taken place in Australia since March 2020. What a way to welcome international live music back to our stages.
Ticketmaster is proud to be a part of this monumental event. With a very short turnaround, Ticketmaster’s teams were able to get the event from build stage to announce, onsale and fans through the gates in two weeks.
Live entertainment fans proved they are ready for international touring artists to make their way back to Australia, selling out the show in less than 25 minutes.
Gavin Taylor, Managing Director – Ticketmaster Australia says, “The team at Ticketmaster were incredibly proud to be part of this historical event – what a great way to showcase the return of stadium concerts by seeing the amazing Foo Fighters on our shores. Thanks to Frontier, the team at GMHBA Stadium, and all of our Ticketmaster crew for getting fans back to live.”
Gerard Griffin, Chief Executive – Kardinia Park Stadium Trust says, “The Foo Fighters concert was the first full stadium concert for GMHBA Stadium (Kardinia Park). It was an outstanding success made so on the back of the many staff and partners who worked at frenetic speed and with short notice to produce a great outcome. We hope it is the first of many more outdoor concerts for the stadium.”
“The unmatched energy of live rock coursed through the bodies of both crowd and band. Grohl, Hawkins, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shifflet, bass player Nate Mendel and organist Rami Jaffee wore grins wider than the epic stage they performed on”Music Feeds
“Hobbling out of the stadium, it’s hard not to feel like we’ve just witnessed an historical event. Mother Nature may have brought the rain but the Foos came in even harder with their thunder. November can’t come soon enough.”NME
“In mere moments, we were back amongst it; live music on an international scale was back, and the Foo Fighters were leading the charge. In fact, only minutes in and excitement was at fever pitch.”Rolling Stone Australia