Here’s why you need to see Marvel Universe LIVE! this school holidays

School holidays are inching ever closer, which no-doubt instils some pressure for those of us who haven’t yet planned any activities for our little ones. There’s only so many colouring books to fill out and trips to the park to take before kids get restless, but thankfully Qudos Bank Arena has a hot-ticket item that’ll earn you some well-deserved brownie points. 

Among an already bustling calendar of kid-friendly events like Monster Truck Mania and Disney On Ice, perhaps the buzziest event on Qudos Bank Arena’s itinerary this holiday season is Marvel Universe LIVE!

Set to overtake the iconic venue for a four day run from 19 April to 22 April 2024, the superhero showcase is the perfect calendar-filler for parents in need of a must-see event these holidays. 

So as the school term winds down and our little ones start asking what’s in store, there’s only one answer that will satisfy them; and it’s Marvel Universe LIVE!. Here’s why:

All-star superhero cast

In what reads like a who’s who of the superhero genre, Marvel Universe LIVE! is set to unite a dazzling array of cape-wearers. Everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man will grace the stage as part of the show, and will be joined by The Avengers team of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. 

As if that wasn’t enough to excite diehard comics fans, the event will also feature appearances from Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. For those doing the maths, that’s dozens of Marvel’s biggest superheroes brought to life on stage, but they will find their adversaries in the form of supervillain, Loki. 

Not since Avengers: End Game have this many superheroes assembled in one place, and this starry cast of characters is sure to win over the little web-slingers in your life.   

 Immersive storytelling experience

Any Marvel fan will tell you that a superhero is only as good as the plot and storytelling that surrounds them, and thankfully Marvel Universe LIVE! delivers that in spades. Taking audiences on an adventure of epic proportions, the show will follow our favourite heroes in a race against time as they vow to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands.

The ancient artefact holds immeasurable mystical power, and would allow Loki to overtake Earth as an evil ruler. The gang’s quest to retrieve the Wand will reignite old feuds with challenging foes, and test friendships among mentors and students. Far beyond what you’ll find on a movie screen, this tale unfolds in real time, raising the stakes and placing fans squarely in amongst the drama. As for the fate of the superhero group… well you just have to wait and see how their story plays out.  

Dazzling production

Computer generated imagery is all well and good, but watching your favourite heroes in the flesh is an entirely different beast. Qudos Bank Arena has pulled out all the stops when it comes to the production value of Marvel Universe LIVE!, with the show promising a dazzling showcase of cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection.  

This is a Marvel show after all, so you can rest assured that no expense was spared in delivering an action-packed adventure of cinematic proportions. With spellbinding stunt work and eye-popping light production, attendees should start preparing their buckets of popcorn. 

Unique school holiday experience

Leaps and bounds more exciting than your traditional school holiday activities, Marvel Universe LIVE! provides an unforgettable and experience-based event for children of all ages. What’s more, it’s something for the whole family to enjoy, allowing parents to make a day out of the event and create memories far more exciting than a trip to the movies. 

So what are you waiting for? Head here to find more event and ticketing information for Qudos Bank Arena’s Marvel Universe LIVE! show, and here to see the venue’s full event calendar. 

Get yourself to Bring Me The Horizon’s mammoth shows at Qudos Bank Arena next month!

With a stacked lineup of support acts and a highly-anticipated album in the wings, Bring Me The Horizon’s Qudos Bank Arena shows are an unmissable item on 2024’s music calendar. 

It should come as little surprise that the fanfare around Bring Me The Horizon’s imminent Sydney shows is at fever pitch. The British band’s status as one of the world’s hottest rock acts has been basically undisputed since their 2006 debut, and four-piece are poised to bring their illustrious catalogue to Qudos Bank Arena next month. 

Proving that one show just simply wasn’t enough, Bring Me The Horizon will perform a second show to their Sydney outing due to overwhelming demand, adding to what was already their biggest headline tour of Australia to date. Overtaking Qudos Bank Arena on 12 April and 14 April, the shows will usher in the new era of the  band’s highly anticipated next album, POST HUMAN: NeX GEn. 

That project — a follow-up to the band’s 2020 cult-favourite POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR — has been previewed by the recent single Kool-Aid, and is expected to be released this summer. As the fanfare around NeX GEn continues to intensify, it’s only natural for Bring Me The Horizon to satiate audiences with a tour, with a stacked lineup of support acts for extra measure. 

The band will be joined at their Qudos Bank Arena shows by a collection of names so starry they warrant their own constellation, headlined by UK anonymous masked collective, Sleep Token. We’ve already had a taste of that band’s magnetism following their sold-out headline tour of Australia last April, and they’re sure to continue that success with a smattering of tracks from their most recent album Take Me Back To Eden.

For their part, Perth metalcore outfit Make Them Suffer will also support Bring Me The Horizon in Sydney, fresh off the tenth anniversary of their landmark debut Neverbloom and with new single Ghost Of Me under their belt. Melbourne-based hyperpop star daine will also grace the stage for Bring Me The Horizon’s Qudos Bank Arena shows. 

It’s a dazzling lineup fitting for a band who are sure to deliver yet another classic with NeX GEn, but the Sydney shows will have much more to pull from. Whether they draw from the raucous energy of SURVIVAL HORROR or the breakout hits of Suicide Season, Bring Me The Horizon’s setlist is all-but certain to deliver all the alt-rock revelry the Grammy-nominated band is known for. 

So what are you waiting for? Find more event details and ticketing information for Bring Me The Horizon’s Qudos Bank Arena shows here.

A night with Fred again..

Sydney was abuzz earlier this month upon the announcement of Fred again..’s surprise arena tour, with the acclaimed producer booking a three-night run at Qudos Bank Arena from 12 March until 14 March 2024.

As the flagbearer of surprise concert announcements, Fred Again..’s Sydney tour was bound to cause fanfare, but our collective reaction exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. Social media feeds were overrun with the news, as Sydneysiders basked in a sense of communal passion for truly great music. 

Few artists engender that sense of community quite like Fred Again.., so it was little surprise that tickets to his Sydney shows essentially broke the internet. Going on sale a mere hours after the shows were announced, more than one million fans flocked to online waitlists, eager to snatch tickets to the world’s buzziest act.

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Defying protocol with promotion-less announcements, Fred Again.. sold out his Qudos Bank Arena shows within two hours. But he’s not content at just leaving the fanfare at fever pitch. He wants to take his concert experience to the stratosphere — a feat that could only be undertaken at a venue like Qudos Bank Arena.  

It’s befitting of an artist with billions of streams to his name — but this time, something felt different. The world has caught on to Fred’s undeniable artistry, which is why those lucky enough to score tickets to the Qudos Bank Arena shows knew they were on the cusp of something monumental. 

As thousands of fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park, Fred capitalised on the fanfare by delivering perhaps his most enrapturing performance to date. Joy (Anonymous) were there to ready audiences for the main event. The South London duo, composed of Henry Counsell and Louis Curran, played tracks from their fittingly titled album Cult Classics, churning out an array of dance floor heaters seemingly purpose-built for maximal hype. 

The duo masterfully set the stage for Fred, who was welcomed on stage with rapturous applause and an immediate standing ovation that stretched from the mosphit to the bleachers. In what would become a throughline for his performance, Fred opened with his 2021 track Kyle (i found you), an emotive slow burner about found family. 

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The familial spirit of that song was the perfect accompaniment to the energy of the crowd, who almost immediately fell arm-in-arm as they sung along full-chested to lyrics like “I was outside my mind, but I found you.” For a lesser musician, it might’ve been difficult to sustain the sense of kindredness that emanated from the arena after that first song, as though each attendee had found each other in this shared space of fandom. 

But Fred ensured that communal spirit remained intact for the entire setlist, telling audiences after the opener that “coming back [to Qudos Bank Arena] today felt like a homecoming.” It was one of multiple references Fred made to Sydney as an integral part of his ascent. 

Later, during an atmospheric performance of the glittery smash hit Tate (how i feel), Fred informed audiences that he had been planning his Sydney comeback since last year, again fostering that same sense of community he engenders through the sheer force of his stage presence. There was an intimacy that coursed throughout his performance, as though Fred was warmly welcoming fans into his artistic space. 

He sat casually behind a piano to deliver many of his tracks live — from Bleu (better with time) to Danielle (smile on my face) — with handheld cams projecting his efforts across the arena. The effect, complete with Fred’s raw vocals, felt homely and personal — like an impromptu studio session in which fans were invited to observe an artist in real time. 

That sense of connectedness extended to the stage production. At various points throughout the show, the screens fluttered with video snippets of Fred’s family and loved ones, often played alongside his more emotional songs like Billie (loving arms). In these moments, Fred welcomed everyone into the intimate stories that inform his artistry, to the point where revellers might as well have been extensions of his own family.

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Fred infused that spirit into his setlist, too. At one point, he recorded a snippet of the chanting crowd, using the euphoric soundbite as a looped introduction midway through his set. Few musicians are able to integrate the audience in such a meaningful way, essentially dissolving the bounds between himself and his fans. 

The barrier was altogether removed when Fred disappeared from the main stage and found his way to a small section in the middle of the mosh pit. It was a set-up suitable for a producer whose boiler room sessions have gone viral, and one that again saw him incorporating the crowd in unprecedented ways. 

For all its communal warmth — which came to include multiple shoutouts to his on-stage support Tony Friend — Fred’s show also held space for moments of pure, unadulterated ecstasy. During the climax of his set — a medley of his hardest-hitting bangers Rumble and Turn On the Lights again.. — a new kind of energy swept across the arena. 

Here, amid dazzling technical production that lit up revellers’ faces and the blare of Fred’s most danceable tunes, fans were able to detach for a moment and bask in the thunderous soundscape. It was a brief moment in which concertgoers could revel in Fred’s more out-of-body cuts, but it wasn’t long before he returned to the familial spirit that had become a tangible accompaniment to his set.  

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After an energetic performance of his recent Baby Keem-assisted single leavemealone, Fred closed out his show with a smattering of his most emotional tracks. The producer shouted out Australia’s own Angie McMahon during Angie (i’ve been lost), before delivering the ultimate tearjerker with final track adore u. Like peace u need before it, the song begged attendees to sing-along, with the arena erupting in a heartfelt chorus of affect. 

“I let you take a piece of me,” they chanted in blissful unison, “I hope you get the peace you need.” As adore u faded into silence, fans exited Qudos Bank Arena with an unmistakable sense of connection, carried arm-in-arm by the same energy that buzzed in the air when Fred first announced the surprise shows. So infectious was that spirit that the tunes continued in Qudos Bank Arena’s grand foyer, where DJ Jordan Katz roped in an enormous crowd of departing revellers, each of whom were not ready to end the party just yet.   

It was a fitting closer for a show brimming with communal spirit; a feat that could only be achieved by Fred Again… Here is an artist whose enthusiasm for his craft is so infectious that even fans are invited into the process, and whose spirit of reciprocity creates an unmatched concert experience. 

Upcoming Events!

Your Ticket to a Season Packed with Thrills and Tunes!

Get ready for an exhilarating experience at Qudos Bank Arena over the next few months! This iconic venue is transforming into a vibrant epicentre of live entertainment, offering a diverse lineup to suit every taste. 

Whether you’re a fan of rebellious classical music, rock, superheroes, R&B, or comedy, Qudos Bank Arena has something extraordinary in store for you.

Picture yourself immersed in Hauser’s electric cello beats, witnessing the adrenaline-pumping stunts of Monster Truck Mania, grooving to SZA’s soulful tunes, and laughing along with Seinfeld’s timeless humour. 

It’s a rollercoaster of entertainment catering to music lovers, thrill-seekers, and those just looking for a good time. Qudos Bank Arena is the place to be, so Sydney, rally your mates, peruse the exciting lineup, and secure those tickets before they vanish. Get ready for unforgettable memories and a fantastic time at the Arena – see you there!

Fred again.. (12-14 March)

Fred again..’s Australian tour is creating quite a buzz, with his surprise arena shows quickly selling out. The three-night event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena witnessed a remarkable feat, as tickets were snatched up within hours of their release.

This unprecedented event not only marks a significant milestone for Fred again.. but also promises a distinctive experience for local fans. The energetic collaboration with JOY (ANONYMOUS), fresh from their debut of new music together, adds an exciting dimension to the tour.

Renowned for his “frenetic, verging on biblical” performances, characterised by exhilarated, frenzied dancing that seems to momentarily transport souls out of bodies, Fred again..’s feverish momentum persists following the release of ‘stayinit.’ This track, a collaboration with Lil Yachty and Overmono, serves as a teaser for his upcoming USB album series.

As the anticipation builds, Fred again..’s upcoming tour is poised to sustain the frenzy. With promises of unforgettable experiences for fans, the tour is set to further solidify his reputation for delivering electrifying performances that captivate audiences.

Hauser – Rebel with a Cello Tour (13 April)

Embark on a musical revolution with maestro Hauser as he brings his rebellious take on classical music to Australia on 13 April 2024. Fresh from a sold-out 2Cellos tour, Hauser’s Rebel with a Cello Tour promises a unique blend of classical pieces, electronic beats, and contemporary twists. Hauser’s magnetic charm, coupled with his virtuosity, will redefine the boundaries of the cello and captivate audiences, showcasing a diverse repertoire from dreamy soundscapes to rocking retro tracks.

Bring Me The Horizon (12 & 14 April)

Experience an explosive night as Bring Me the Horizon takes the stage on 12 and 14 April 2024, headlining their biggest Australian tour at Qudos Bank Arena. Supported by Sleep Token, Make Them Suffer, and genre-blending artist Daine, the world’s hottest rock band promises a night of unparalleled intensity with their metalcore-electronic symphony. After global festival domination and a chart-topping album, “POST HUMAN: NeX GEn,” BMTH ensures a sonic warfare that shouldn’t be missed.

Marvel Universe LIVE! (19 – 22 April)

Get ready for an unforgettable live action spectacle as the Marvel Universe graces Qudos Bank Arena from 19 – 22 April 2024. Join iconic superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Spider-Man in an epic battle against evil forces. Filled with dazzling stunts, special effects, and heroic feats, Marvel Universe LIVE! is a perfect family event that brings together beloved characters in a thrilling adventure.

SZA (23, 24 & 26 April)

Due to overwhelming demand, SZA’s highly anticipated shows at Qudos Bank Arena on 23, 24  and 26 April 2024 are officially sold out! Fresh from her triumphant GRAMMY wins, SZA’s 2024 tour showcases the success of her album, “SOS,” delivering unforgettable performances with surprise guests. 

If you were lucky enough to secure tickets, you’re in for an unforgettable experience! Get ready for an intimate and powerful performance filled with soulful vocals, and electrifying energy. SZA will leave you feeling deeply moved and with memories that will last a lifetime.

Niall Horan (1 May)

Former One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan serenades audiences on 1 May 2024 with his soulful vocals and hits like “Slow Hands.” Celebrating his latest album, “The Show,” Niall’s unique blend of pop, rock, and folk promises an unforgettable show filled with surprises and laughter.

Monster Truck Mania (4 – 5 May)

Unleash your inner child as Monster Truck Mania roars back to Qudos Bank Arena on 4 and 5 of May 2024. Experience the raw power of colossal machines, jaw-dropping stunts, and family-friendly fun. This extravaganza, featuring Australia’s favourite Monster Trucks, promises an action-packed adventure for all ages. Upgrade your experience with VIP Pit Party tickets for exclusive access to trucks & drivers.

Anirudh Hukum (11 May)

Be dazzled by Indian music sensation Anirudh Ravichander on 11 May 2024 as he lights up Sydney with his electrifying energy and chart-topping hits. The HUKUM Tour promises an unforgettable experience, bringing the magic of Bollywood to Sydney in an evening filled with rhythm, dance, and chart-topping tunes.

Jerry Seinfeld (16 June)

Prepare for timeless observational humour as comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage on 16 June 2024. Explore life’s absurdities with his wit that resonates with all ages. Due to overwhelming demand, a second show has been added, ensuring more fans get to be part of the hilarity. Secure your tickets now for a night of laughter and joy at Qudos Bank Arena. This is just a glimpse into the electrifying season, so explore the full calendar, gather your crew, and prepare for an unforgettable experience. Tickets are selling fast, so secure yours now and see you at the arena for a night of laughter and joy!

This is just a sneak peek at what awaits you! Explore our full calendar here, gather your crew, and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Remember, tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out! See you at the arena!

blink-182

The Most Anticipated Music Event of the Year! 

In October 2022, the multi-platinum, award-winning group blink-182 made waves with the announcement of their largest tour to date. The monumental global outing saw Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker reuniting for the first time in nearly a decade. Adding to the excitement, the band releasing their new single “Edging,” marking their triumphant return to the studio together after a ten-year hiatus.

The buzz surrounding blink-182’s tour reached fever pitch as fans eagerly awaited their chance to witness the iconic pop-punk band in action. This all unfolded over four electrifying nights at Qudos Bank Arena on 16, 17, 23, and 24 February 2024, which was nothing short of legendary.

blink-182’s last performance at Qudos Bank Arena was in February 2013 which left an indelible mark on audiences, drawing over 15,000 enthusiastic fans and generating box office sales totalling 1.5 million dollars. This year ticket sales for their four Sydney shows surpassed their 2013 show with over 65,000 tickets sold and box office sales exceeds over 8 million dollars. 

Steve Hevern, General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena states that, “the Arena hasn’t seen four sold-out shows since pre-COVID, which was during P!nk concerts in August 2018. We’re excited to collaborate with Live Nation Australasia once more to present four memorable blink-182 performances, marking another significant milestone for the Arena”. 

Selling out four shows at Qudos Bank Arena marks a significant achievement, highlighting blink-182’s enduring popularity and appeal. Fans experienced an unforgettable experience as the band delivered their trademark mix of high-energy performances and chart-topping hits.

Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers Make Aussie Debut: Catch Them Live at Qudos Bank Arena on 1 and 2 March 2024!

The Jonas Brothers are gearing up to make their Australian debut with an electrifying performance at Qudos Bank Arena on 1 and 2 March 2024.

Brace yourselves for a night that transcends the ordinary concert experience and ushers in a new era for the trio down under.

This landmark occasion marks the first-ever Australian tour for the Jonas Brothers, adding another thrilling chapter to their already illustrious career. The anticipation is palpable, as fans eagerly await a night at Qudos Bank Arena that promises not just a concert but a chance to witness a cultural phenomenon unfold before their eyes.

With over 20 million albums sold and 26 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the Jonas Brothers have undeniably secured their place in the annals of music history. Their journey began in 2005 with the infectious “Mandy,” a bubblegum pop anthem that catapulted them into the realm of teen heartthrobs. The self-titled debut album followed, featuring hits like “Year 3000” and “Saturday Night,” solidifying their presence on Disney Channel airwaves.

Maturing their sound in 2007 with the rock-infused “SOS,” the Jonas Brothers achieved their first Top 10 Billboard hit. The Jonas Brothers album showcased fan favourites like “Hold On” and “When You Look Me in the Eyes,” leading to a Jonas Brothers: Live in Concert film deal.

“Burnin’ Up” became their signature summer anthem in 2008, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and earning them a Grammy nomination. The third album, “A Little Bit Longer,” spawned hits like “Lovebug” and “Tonight,” establishing their status as pop music royalty.

Despite a dramatic disbandment in 2010 due to creative differences, the Jonas Brothers made a surprise comeback in 2019 with the single “Sucker.” Their comeback album, “Happiness Begins,” debuted at number one and featured hits like “Only Human” and “What a Man Gotta Do,” proving the brothers were back stronger than ever.

Their latest album drop, “The Album” marks a new chapter for the Jonas Brothers, showcasing their musical evolution and enduring popularity. Debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, it proves they’re still a force to be reckoned with.

This sixth studio album offers a more mature sound compared to their early work, weaving pop, rock, and even adult contemporary influences into their signature catchy melodies. Critics have lauded the strong songwriting, impressive vocals, and overall cohesion of the album.

Standout tracks like “Wings,” “Who’s in Your Head,” and “Viva Las Vegas” showcase the band’s diverse range, while “L.A. Baby (Where Dreams Are Made Of)” harkens back to their infectious pop roots. The collaboration with Jon Bellion adds another layer of intrigue, demonstrating their willingness to experiment and evolve.

In November 2023, the Jonas Brothers surprised fans with a new single, “Strong Enough,” collaborating with country artist Bailey Zimmerman. This pop-rock track infused with Americana influences even boasted songwriting credits from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones!

Although not included on their latest album, “Strong Enough” made a strong appearance on the charts, proving the brothers’ hit-making skills haven’t faded.

In 2024, the Jonas Brothers continue to release new music, tour internationally, and exude their undeniable charm, proving they are more than just hitmakers – they are a pop phenomenon with enduring staying power.

Beyond the music, the true magic lies in the chemistry between Nick, Joe, and Kevin. Their playful banter, unspoken understanding, and genuine camaraderie radiate through the stage, transforming the arena into a vibrant dance floor of smiles and infectious energy. It’s a testament to the power of family, shared dreams, and the unwavering bond that has kept them grounded despite their meteoric rise.

This isn’t just a concert for die-hard fans; it’s an experience for anyone who appreciates the raw power of music, the electrifying energy of a live performance, and the undeniable thrill of being part of something historic.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create memories that will echo in your mind, to scream your lungs out alongside fellow fans, and to be swept away by the joy of music that transcends generations.

Tickets are selling fast, a testament to the excitement surrounding this landmark event. Gather your friends, family, or embrace your own sense of adventure, and head down to Qudos Bank Arena on March 1st.

Let the Jonas Brothers remind you why they are music royalty, why their music continues to resonate, and why this concert is more than just a performance; it’s a cultural phenomenon waiting to unfold.

Secure your tickets now and prepare to experience the magic firsthand. Sydney, get ready to have your world rocked by the Jonas Brothers. And this time, it’s going to be legendary.

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty Lights Up Qudos Bank Arena on Feb 20 & 22 with Hits and ‘Where The Light Goes’!

Get ready to sing your heart out, Sydney! Matchbox Twenty is set to ignite Qudos Bank Arena on the 20 & 22 February, 2024, with their timeless hits and new tunes from the long-awaited album, “Where The Light Goes.”

This show is more than just a concert; it’s a homecoming for a band that has deeply impacted generations of music lovers.

Formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1996, Matchbox Twenty is more than just Rob Thomas’s smooth vocals and Rob Dial’s infectious guitar riffs. It’s a tight-knit quintet of talented musicians – Paul Doucette (drums), Kyle Cook (bassist), and Brian Yale (rhythm guitar) – who weave together soul, pop, and alternative rock into a tapestry of emotional resonance.

Their debut album, “Yourself or Someone Like You,” in 1996, was a cultural phenomenon.

Dominating the Billboard 200, it spent an impressive twelve non-consecutive weeks at #1 and attained diamond certification in the US, boasting over 12 million copies sold.

The album’s standout anthems became defining moments for a generation. “Long Day,” initially a B-side, emerged as a melancholic masterpiece, resonating with those burdened by the weight of the world. “Push” became a defiant anthem of self-empowerment, injecting adrenaline into everyday struggles. “3AM” laid bare the vulnerabilities of late-night introspection, while “Real World” tackled disillusionment and hypocrisy with raw honesty.

“Back 2 Good” provided a dose of nostalgic charm, reflecting on lost friendships and first loves.

These gems, woven together on “Yourself or Someone Like You,” form an insightful, introspective and rocking view of the human experience.

Beyond the individual hits, Matchbox Twenty’s cohesive artistry, blending Rob Thomas’s soulful vocals with the band’s musical prowess, created a sonic signature that transcended trends and generations.

Today, “Yourself or Someone Like You” remains a touchstone for countless fans, its songs accompanying moments from weddings to breakups, resonating with shared human anxieties and triumphs.

Subsequent albums like “Mad Season” and “North” cemented their place as hitmakers, solidifying their reputation for crafting heartfelt lyrics and unforgettable melodies.

With over 40 million records sold worldwide, the enduring impact and lasting legacy of the album extend far beyond its initial release, more than solidifying Matchbox Twenty’s place in the musical pantheon.

Matchbox Twenty’s performance at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena marks their return to Australia after their 2012 “North” tour. It’s a homecoming not just for the band but for fans who’ve held onto the anthems that soundtracked their lives. This time, they’re returning with new stories to tell.

“Where The Light Goes” is their first album in 11 years, a collection of songs reflecting on life’s journeys, triumphs, and regrets. It’s a testament to their artistic evolution, a return to their roots with a fresh perspective.

Matchbox Twenty’s recent singles, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Wild Dogs (Running In A Slow Dream),” show that the band still has the knack for delivering anthemic, catchy and soulful hits.

The excitement is palpable! The 22nd February Qudos Bank Arena show is already sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the 20th. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this electrifying event.

Joining Matchbox Twenty are the legendary Goo Goo Dolls, adding another layer of nostalgia and sonic chemistry to the evening.

This concert is more than just a night of music. It’s a chance to rediscover the songs that helped define your youth, a chance to sing along with a band that’s woven itself into the fabric of your emotions.

It’s a chance to witness their artistic evolution, celebrate their return to the stage, and be swept away by the raw power of live music.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan from day one or just discovering their unique magic, this Matchbox Twenty concert is an experience you won’t want to miss.

So grab your tickets, dust off your old lighters (or phone flashlights!), and prepare to be swept away by a band that truly knows how to touch the soul.

Remember, the last chance to join this musical homecoming is February 20th and 22nd, and the light won’t wait for you. Get your tickets now and be part of this unforgettable night!

Ten Must-See Events

The Ten Must-See Events To Catch At Qudos Bank Arena Over The Next Two Months

Revellers across the country know that Qudos Bank Arena is the site of all the hottest-ticket events. Last year, the iconic Sydney venue played host to an array of live music, sporting, and experience-based events, welcoming a list of artists and organisers so starry it warrants its own constellation. 

While you’d think it’d be tricky for a venue who recently hosted Lizzo, 50 Cent and BLACKPINK to outdo itself, Qudos Bank Arena is poised to do just that this coming year. Sporting legends and musician icons alike are all set to walk the venue’s hallowed halls in early 2024, kickstarting what will undoubtedly be another mammoth year for Australia’s most revered venue. 

With such a bustling event calendar for attendees of all stripes, we’re sifting through the biggest events to catch over February and March, 2024. Head here to see Qudos Bank Arena’s full upcoming event calendar.

Louis Tomlinson – February 2

Renowned singer-songwriter and One Direction alum Louis Tomlinson will bring his Faith In The Future World Tour to Qudos Bank Arena in early February. Armed with a stack of chart-topping hits, including those from the tour’s namesake album, Tomlinson’s concert promises a night of stellar tunes for boy band fanatics and music fans alike. Find tickets here.

NF – February 9

Launched in support of his studio album HOPE, NF’s world tour has already taken him to sold-out shows in Europe, Canada and the US. On February 9, it’s Australia’s turn, as the acclaimed rapper, producer and singer overruns Qudos Bank Arena with his catalogue of hits from HAPPY to MOTTO. Find tickets here

Sydney Kings vs Illawarra Hawks — February 11

In what will mark Sydney’s final home game of the regular season, the Kings will take to the court alongside their Freeway Series rivals the Illawarra on February 11 as they look to secure a playoff spot. The much-anticipated match will see the teams battle for the coveted Adrian Hurley Cup, bookending an already exhilarating season. Find tickets here

Matchbox Twenty — February 20 and February 22

Last year, Matchbox Twenty released their first new music in over a decade with the acclaimed album Where The Light Goes. While that might’ve been enough to satiate diehard fans, the rock band are doubling down with an accompanying tour, set to span the entirety of their decades-long career. What’s more, Matchbox Twenty have tapped Goo Goo Dolls as special guests, sharing the spotlight at two Qudos Bank Arena shows in late February. Find tickets here

Blink-182 — February 16 – 17, February 23 – 24

Reuniting the bandmates for the first time in nearly 10 years, Blink-182’s tour is perhaps the most anticipated music event of the year, and it’s all going down over four nights at Qudos Bank Arena. The trio’s Australian jaunt is their biggest ever, promising the long-awaited return of the world’s most revered pop punk band. Find tickets here

Jonas Brothers — March 1 – 2

Jonas Brothers’ two-night run of shows at Qudos Bank Arena will be the stuff of your tween fandom dreams. In what will mark their first-ever performances in Australia, the sibling trio will steal the spotlight at Qudos Bank Arena with a setlist brimming with chart-toppers and tracks from their most recent 2023 record, The Album. Find tickets here.

Joker Xue — March 23

Joker Xue’s Extraterrestrial Tour goes far beyond his smash hit songs. Of course, audiences will enjoy the Mandopop star’s biggest hits, lifted from his 10-album discography, but will also bear witness to an experiential narrative involving alien invasions and apocalyptic events. This music-meets-storytelling experience will descend upon Qudos Bank Arena on March 23. Find tickets here

$UICIDEBOY$ — March 30

Pioneers of the trap-metal and emo-rap scene, $UICIDEBOY$ carved new corners of their sound with their latest album Sing Me a Lullaby, My Sweet Temptation. That project, and a suite of their other biggest hits, will steal the spotlight at the cousin duo’s Australian show at Qudos Bank Arena on March 30. It’s a fitting stage for an act who are among the top 100 most-streamed artists in the world. Find tickets here

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Qudos Bank Arena and Starlight Children’s Foundation grant a life changing Christmas wish in partnership together

Qudos Bank Arena, managed by ASM Global and owned by TEG, is thrilled to announce the continuation of its long-term partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Known for bringing fun, joy and laughter to sick kids and their families, Starlight has been a beacon of hope since 1988.

Qudos Bank Arena initiated its collaboration with the Starlight in 2017, and over the past six years, the Arena has proudly donated a total of $110,000, contributing to various events and positively impacting the lives of 2,820 children.

On Saturday 16 December 2023, the organisations continued to join forces and fulfilled the heartfelt wish of 2-year-old Harry and his family, from Regional NSW, for a fully catered VIP experience at The Wiggles concert. The family also enjoyed an exclusive meet-and-greet session with The Wiggles and Qudos Bank Arena’s diamond partner, Accor, generously provided 3-night’s accommodation for the family at the Pullman Sydney Olympic Park.

Steve Hevern, General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena, stated that, “This initiative brings pride to what we do at the Arena and connects back to our core values of being the venue of choice by creating memorable experiences for everyone that enters our building. This partnership brings me great joy, and I can’t wait to see how we continue to help Starlight fulfil wishes.”

This partnership exemplifies the shared commitment of Qudos Bank Arena and Starlight to creating cherished memories, uplifting spirits, and spreading joy while supporting the Starlight Foundation’s Christmas appeal.

Louise Baxter, Starlight CEO said: “Qudos Bank Arena is a spectacular Venue with a wonderful team who are passionate about creating exceptional experiences. Seriously ill Starlight children and their families have enjoyed the joy and happiness of so many wonderful events and entertainments at Qudos Bank Arena.

We are so thankful to the amazing Qudos Bank Arena team for their ongoing support of Starlight – helping us to brighten the lives of sick kids when they need it most and create lasting happy memories. Because happiness in childhood truly matters.”

Qudos Bank Arena looks forward to the future and the ongoing impact of its partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation, creating more moments of joy and hope for seriously ill children.

ABOUT ASM GLOBAL
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.

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ASM GLOBAL (ASIA PACIFIC)
From its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, ASM Global operates a network of venues that includes:

  • Entertainment and Sports Arenas – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney; RAC Arena, Perth; Brisbane Entertainment Centre; Newcastle Entertainment Centre; Aware Super Theatre at ICC Sydney; BCEC Great Hall, Brisbane; Cairns Arena: Bangkok Arena and EM Live Theatre, Bangkok (under development), Coca Cola Arena, Dubai; Kai Tak Sports Park Indoor Arena (under construction), Hong Kong; Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur; and Jeddah Arena, Saudi Arabia (under development),
  • Live Performance Theatres – Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Bahrain,
  • Convention & Exhibition Centres – Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Sydney, Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen, Bahrain (under construction), and Jeddah (under development), and;
  • Stadiums – Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, National Stadium Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, Kai Tak Sports Park Main Stadium, Hong Kong (under construction) and a significant ownership of VenuesLive, the operator of Accor Stadium, Sydney; CommBank Stadium, Parramatta; Optus Stadium, Perth and Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.

For more information, visit asmglobal.com

ABOUT TEG
TEG is a global leader in Live Entertainment, Ticketing and Technology. Every day TEG connects fans to experiences and customers with brands. We are proud partners of some of the world’s largest and most iconic venues as well as leading event promoters globally. TEG operates worldwide out of seven country offices and includes Ticketek, Ticketek Marketplace, Ticketek UK, Ticketek New Zealand, Ticketek Malaysia, Ticketek Philippines, Eventopia, Softix, TEG Live, TEG Dainty, TEG Sport, TEG Van Egmond, Laneway Festival, Handsome Tours, SXSW Sydney, TEG Theatrical, MJR Presents, TEG Lifelike Touring, TEG TES Live, Brickman, TEG Rockefeller, Rugby Live, TEG Europe, Propaganda, TEG USA, Qudos Bank Arena, FAN+, VIP NOW and Ovation.

About Starlight
Starlight Children’s Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and young people by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Since its establishment in 1988, Starlight has expanded to become the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia and was awarded the number one most reputable children’s charity in Reptrak’s 2022 Charity Reputation Index. Starlight was also recently endorsed as a 2023 Great Place to Work. There is a Starlight Express Room in every children’s hospital across Australia and over 140 Captain Starlight’s nationwide, who made 186 trips to remote communities in 2022. Starlight created over 1,303, 775 positive Starlight experiences for children, teenagers, and their families in 2022. Last year, Starlight granted 507 wishes and this year, Starlight will grant its 13,000th Starlight Wish. www.starlight.org.au

Christmas Wish List!

Qudos Bank Arena have your Christmas wish list sorted with a stack of upcoming events

Each year, Christmastime rolls around and our collective shopping carts — if they aren’t completely empty — are filled with all the obvious staples. In between nondescript vouchers, books and bon-bons, it can be tricky to find a truly memorable gift for friends and family; one that isn’t destined for the back of their closets or dusty shelves.

With such an excess of choice, the best gift-givers know that the ultimate present is not a pair of pyjamas, but a truly memorable experience. Gifting a loved one tickets to their bucket list concert or sporting match spreads far more holiday cheer than a traditional stocking stuffer, and thankfully Qudos Bank Arena has a calendar stacked enough to account for all of your loved ones’ passions — with more exciting events yet to be announced. 

From starry and much-anticipated concerts to hilarious comedy sets, family friendly affairs, and sporting events there’s something for everyone to enjoy within Qudos Bank Arena’s upcoming events schedule. Spanning events for the remainder of the year and beyond, we’ve filled out your Christmas wish list with an array of experience-based gift ideas, so that your loved ones don’t have to bemoan a new pair of socks this festive season.

Music: Iron Maiden, Louis Tomlinson, Jonas Brothers 

Where else to watch your favourite musician than at Qudos Bank Arena? This year has already seen the world’s biggest musicians grace the stage at the iconic venue, but there’s still time to snap up tickets to remaining 2023 shows and beyond. The rock fans in your life will surely want to revel in the shows from Iron Maiden (12 – 13 September), while the boy band fanatics can eat their heart out with Louis Tomlinson (2 February) and Jonas Brothers (1 – 2 March). 

For their part, iconic girl group TLC will bring smash hits like No Scrubs to Qudos Bank Arena on 5 March 2024. While that roster is starry enough to warrant its own constellation, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Grant the music lovers in your life their ultimate wish with Qudos Bank Arena’s full concert schedule here.

Comedy: Jerry Seinfield

They say laughter is the best medicine, and Qudos Bank Arena is giving you and your loved ones a much-needed dose with their upcoming comedy schedule. Jerry Seinfield — you know, the namesake of history’s most beloved sitcom — will bring his riotous set to the venue on June 16, after selling out his previous comedy tours in 2017. The very nature of a stand-up show means this gift is destined for smiles-all-round. Find more information here

Fun for the family: Marvel, Hot Wheels and Monster Truck Mania.

Gift-giving for kids is its own beast, with the hottest toys often selling out or quickly becoming last week’s news (remember Tamagotchis?). Thankfully, parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as Qudos Bank Arena takes the guesswork out of childrens’ wish lists with an array of family friendly events. 

With a gift that’ll win you the parent of the year award, Qudos Bank Arena will host Marvel Universe LIVE! next April. An immersive live show of cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection, the event will feature beloved heroes like Spider-Man, Thor and Hulk, and is sure to earn you big points for the little superheros in your life. Find more information here.

Later, Hot Wheels will bring its famous trucks to life with the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party in August. Little revheads can bear witness to real-life versions of their favourite toy trucks, which will compete in outrageous competitions and battles. The Glow Party also features a dazzling dance party, spectacular laser show and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Find more information here

Hot Wheels is one of two truck shows for your family to enjoy at Qudos Bank Arena next year, with the venue also set to host Monster Truck Mania in early-May. Roaring into the venue are Australia’s biggest monster machines, from the beloved ‘Raptor’s Rampage’ to the kids’ favourites ‘Buddy’ and ‘Miss Mayhem’. Back-flipping, flame-throwing and Freestyle Motocross abound. Find more information here.

Sports: Sydney Kings and Harlem Globetrotters

Qudos Bank Arena has long been the home base of the sporting world’s most coveted events, and they’ve got you covered yet again with a starry basketball program. As the home of the Sydney Kings, the venue will host the team’s matches for the remainder of the year, promising courtside entertainment with games against the Illawarra Hawks and Cairns Taipans. The Kings will dribble into the new year with matches slated until mid-February. Find more information here.

Taking basketball enthusiasts international, Qudos Bank Arena will also welcome back the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters as part of the beloved teams 2024 world tour. In what promises to deliver out-of-this-world trick shots, dunks, and insane plays, the Harlem Globetrotters will face-off against their rivals the Washington Generals on July 7, securing the game as the ultimate gift for the sports fans in your life. Find more information here.