Sony Music Entertainment Australia is thrilled to announce that John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s new album FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS, has reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and achieved platinum sales accreditation. The album embodies a traditional Christmas sound whilst showcasing their ever impressive vocals. John and Olivia’s last collaborative album TWO STRONG HEARTS also reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making this FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS their second consecutive number one in two years.

As John Farnham commented, “I am overwhelmed with the response to FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS. Working with Olivia on this album has been an absolute pleasure and I am truly grateful that it has gone to number one on the ARIA Chart. I wish everyone a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas.”

Olivia Newton-John commented, “So grateful to be number one with John, my number one favourite singer in my number one place in the world! Wishing you all love, light and peace for Christmas!”

Denis Handlin AM, Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, commented, “I am incredibly proud that John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John have claimed the number one position on the ARIA Chart with their brilliant album, FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS. This very special album sees these two iconic Australian artists join forces to record a Christmas album that will be enjoyed by many for years to come. It has been an absolute honour to work with John and Olivia and see these incredibly talented artists achieve this amazing result. It is truly wonderful how the Australian public have embraced these brand new Christmas recordings.”

The lush production on FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS was handled by Farnham’s long-time musical maestro Chong Lim, who has also worked with Delta Goodrem, Kylie Minogue and Tina Arena.


Australian music icon, John Farnham, is set to perform at Hotel Rottnest for the first time as part of the Rotto Live series of concerts, in what promises to be a highly-memorable show. He will be joined by special guest – none other than music legend, Daryl Braithwaite.

19 time ARIA Award winner and all-round top guy, John Farnham continues to be ‘The Voice’ of Australian music, thrilling audiences with his onstage charisma and those unforgettable vocals. John will be performing live with his long-time celebrated band featuring Chong Lim, Stuart Fraser, Brett Garsed and favourite backing vocals Lindsay Field and Lisa Edwards.

Experience this incredible performance of Australian music in the stunning surrounds of Rottnest Island, overlooking the majestic Thomson Bay.

Sunday 12 March 2017
Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island
Tickets available here.


Melbourne’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens is set to come alive with music with the announcement today of a brand new concert event beginning next year – A WEEKEND In The Gardens.

Developed by the team behind the highly successful A Day On The Green winery series, A WEEKEND In The Gardens’ inaugural event will take place on the March Long Weekend with three amazing concerts on Friday March 10, Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12.

A WEEKEND In The Gardens is all about bringing music lovers to the Gardens to enjoy the beautiful environment on a summer’s night while experiencing great live entertainment.

A much-loved and iconic Melbourne location like the Royal Botanic Gardens needs a much-loved and iconic performer to launch the very first event.   And that can only be John Farnham!

John is thrilled to be headlining the opening concert on Friday March 10.  He will be joined by two more of Melbourne’s favourite sons – Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson.  We couldn’t think of three better local legends than John, Daryl and Ross to kick off this stellar new event.

On Saturday night, a younger audience is invited to the Gardens with the wonderful Boy & Bear heading up a line-up featuring San Cisco and Amy Shark.

On Sunday night ICEHOUSE continue their 40th anniversary celebrations, with acclaimed singer/song-writers James Reyne and Clare Bowditch.

After three fantastic nights of music, it’s highly appropriate that Monday March 13 is a Public Holiday in Melbourne – hello recovery day!

A WEEKEND In the Gardens is far more than just the music. To enjoy this special location, a major feature of the event will be “The Eatery” – an area adjoining the site with a variety of high quality food and drink stalls where patrons can chill out in a relaxed and vibrant space. Foodies will be tantalised with offerings from Ladro, Burn City Smokers, The Royale Brothers and Pommery Champagne & Oyster Bar to name a few!

A WEEKEND In The Gardens is also pleased to have the Gardens’ acclaimed Jardin Tan restaurant join this special event.  Located immediately behind the concert area, Jardin Tan will offer a VIP Canapes package.

Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton said: “Melbourne’s Royal  Botanic Gardens is world renowned and we are thrilled to produce what we hope will be some very special concerts for the inaugural event in March and beyond.”

Robin Penty, Executive Director Public Engagement and Business Development at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria says: “A WEEKEND In The Gardens is a wonderful new event for our Melbourne Gardens. This concert series is a perfect fit for our new programming focus, welcoming new and diverse audiences to our site at the heart of the city.”

With its central location, A WEEKEND In The Gardens is sure to be a warmly welcomed by music lovers and to become a highly-anticipated event on the Melbourne concert calendar.



John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson

Reserved Seats and GA admission (byo deck chairs & picnic rugs)

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm


 Boy & Bear, San Cisco, Amy Shark

GA admission only

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm


 ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, Clare Bowditch

Reserved Seats and GA admission (byo deck chairs & picnic rugs)

Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

For full event details, go to


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Last night John Farnham closed the ARIA Awards, performing ‘You’re The Voice’ to celebrate the 30th anniversary of both the ARIAs and his classic album The Whispering Jack. At the first ARIAs in 1987, John won six awards including Best Male Artist, Album of the Year and Single of the Year.

Watch a video of his performance below:

‘Friends For Christmas’ Released Today

Today John Farnham releases his new album Friends For Christmas with Olivia Newton-John. The album embodies a traditional Christmas sound whilst showcasing the ever impressive vocals of both artists.

As John explains, “I have always loved working with Olivia. To record a Christmas album seemed like the right, almost inevitable thing to do. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we loved recording it together”.

“It was such a joy singing these beautiful holiday songs with my favourite singer and good mate John Farnham,” said Olivia.  “The holidays are about family and friends and having this chance to sing these classics with John was pure fun from beginning to end!”

When John and Olivia’s Two Strong Hearts joint tour finished last year the two friends didn’t want the fun to end. That tour, which spawned a #1 album and DVD, lit a creative fire which led them to the studio to record new versions of their favourite Christmas classics as duets.


30th Anniversary of ‘Whispering Jack’

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To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of John Farnham‘s 24x Platinum selling album ‘Whispering Jack’, a numbered limited edition deluxe boxset ‘The Complete Whispering Jack’ is released today which includes never before seen content from the recording of the album. ‘Whispering Jack’ was the twelfth studio album by John Farnham, first released in 1986, and has found iconic status in Australia’s music history.

It was also the first Australian-made album to be released on Compact Disc within Australia and contains the all-time classics “You’re The Voice” and “Pressure Down”.

John appeared yesterday on The Today Show with Richard Wilkins, discussing the making of ‘Whispering Jack’ and it’s impact on John’s career.

‘Friends For Christmas’ Album Announced on TV

Australian television programs, Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Today Show have led the announce of John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s upcoming Christmas album, ‘Friends for Christmas’, set to be released November 11. Click the images below to watch.

Pre-order Friends for Christmas now


Sunrise: John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John make ‘Friends for Christmas’.

‘Friends For Christmas’ Album Announced on TV

The Today Show: Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham release Christmas album.

‘Friends For Christmas’ Album Announced on TV
The Morning Show: Farnham and Newton-John to release ‘Friends for Christmas’

‘Friends For Christmas’ Album Announced on TV

New Album ‘Friends For Christmas’

New Album ‘Friends For Christmas’

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and long time friend Olivia Newton-John have released word over a new Christmas album, ‘Friends For Christmas’, set to be released on November 11 of this year. The album, currently available for pre-order, has the pair singing a number of classic duets including, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Silent Night’ and more.

“To record a Christmas album (together) seemed like the right, almost inevitable thing to do…I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we loved recording it together”Farnham (

Pre-order “Friends For Christmas” now

WIN a Two Strong Hearts LIVE Tour Poster Signed by John Farnham!

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Do you want to WIN this ‪#‎TwoStrongHeartsLIVE‬ poster signed by John Farnham? It’s simple to enter!

Just pre-order a copy of the DVD in stores or online from the following links:

JB Hi-Fi:

Then send either a photo, photocopy, scan or screenshot to [email protected] with your full name, address and the answer to the following question:

“What was your favourite part of the #TwoStrongHeartsLIVE concert?”

The entry with the most creative answer will win and be announced a 3pm on DVD release day, Friday, August 21 via John Farnham’s Facebook page!

Entries close Thursday August 20 at Midnight.

Good luck!


John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John Announce Two Strong Hearts Live DVD

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The new live DVD from John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, TWO STRONG HEARTS LIVE IN CONCERT, is set for release on Friday August 21st 2015. The DVD is available to pre-order from today and the ARIA #1 companion highlights album is out now!

TWO STRONG HEARTS LIVE debuted at #1 on the Official ARIA Albums Chart and remained in that position for 3 weeks. The album is ARIA certified as a GOLD selling title. The new DVD is the full ‘Two Strong Hearts’ concert filmed at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on April 8th 2015.

Everyone who experienced this amazing show would attest that this was more than two artists simply sharing a bill. This was two long-time friends embracing each other’s vast catalogue of monster hits and fan favourites, delivered with a wit and emotion only ascertained through a close personal relationship.

If you missed out on securing tickets to see the live concert, this is your chance to share in the magic that was ‘Two Strong Hearts’ live on stage. If you were one of the extremely fortunate people who got to experience the joy first hand, this is your chance to relive that incredible experience!

With Chong Lim leading the 60 piece orchestra, alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of shows that saw both John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John dig into their own personal career songbooks with stunning results.

Highlights on this DVD include Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, the Peter Allen penned I Honestly Love You’ and a sublime Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’ (first heard at the Sydney OLYMPICS 2000), ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, Burn For You’ and the jazz/blues hybrid of Hit The Road Jack’ and Fever’.