From the Curators: Happy Australia Day from Pandora!

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to celebrate Australia Day or is wondering what it’s all about, Australia Day is much like the 4th of July here in the United States. The first public holiday in Australia, January 26th, 1788 was the day that Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet from Great Britain, establishing the country’s first settlement. The national holiday marks an occasion for Australians to come together and celebrate their country and culture.

This year we’re joining in – whether you’re celebrating Australia Day with a picnic in the park, a BBQ at home with friends, a parade or a sporting event, or you’re headed to the Big Day Out (BDO) concert, we invite you to check out some of the stations we’ve curated for your Australia Day long weekend….

On the Australia Day station, you’ll hear many of the bands playing at this year’s Big Day Out concert and music from past line-ups as well. BDO this year is in Melbourne on the 26th and in Perth on the 28th starrings the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, 360, Death Grips, Grinspoon, Avalanche City and many more!

Having a 2012 Hottest 100 Countdown Party? Celebrate Australia Day everyday with the top songs from the Triple J annual music poll spanning the past decades: Aussie 2000s Hottest 100s plays Alex Lloyd, Ben Lee, Eskimo Joe, Grinspoon and Hilltop Hoods, while Aussie 90s Hottest 100s features Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Powderfinger, Spiderbait, You am I and Jebediah.

Summertime means Beach, BBQ and Picnics! We’ll take you back with decades of Summer hits based on the Go Set Magazine, Kent Music Report and ARIA Charts: Aussie 60s and 70s Summer Hits features The Seekers, The Easybeats, Olivia Newton John, Helen Reddy, The Bee Gees and Andy Gibb. Aussie 80s Summer Hits includes INXS, Men at Work, The Little River Band, Split Enz, Rick Springfield and Crowded House. Aussie 90s Summer Hits features music from John Farnham, Human Nature, Frente!, Kyile Minogue, Savage Garden and Silverchair. Aussie 2000s Summer Hits includes Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue and The Presets.

Turn up Classic Rock BBQ for backyard anthems from AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Queen, perfect for your thong throwing competition! Or blast Country BBQ for country hits from Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band. Hip Hop BBQ mixes up old school and some of the hottest new releases.

Or for a more traditional music choice, why not start a “song station” with “Waltzing Matilda” by The Seekers or “Waltzing MatildaSlim Dusty.

We’re also going to celebrate by adding some ‘Aussie tucker’ to our menu – the snags are on the Barbie, bevvies are in Esky, and we’ve got pavlova and lamingtons for dessert!*

Finally, congrats to all those celebrating citizenship today. For you, this is a very special day indeed. Thanks for including Pandora as you enjoy your Australia Day celebrations!

Fun Facts:

  • The Australian Open is wrapping up on the 27th in Melbourne
  • Tour Down Under, the first stop on the world cycling calendar concludes on 1/27 in Adelaide

-Ron (Curation Team)

* ‘Tucker’, also sometimes refererred to as ‘grub’, is Australian slang for food, ‘snags’ are sausages, ‘bevvies’ are drinks – sometimes also called ‘coldies’ which is short for cold drinks, and an ‘Esky’ is a cooler. Pavlova and lamingtons are traditional Australian desserts (at least on this day, we understand there’s some contention over whether Pavlova in fact belongs to New Zealand!)

Ron Nenni

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/rnenni

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