In 1972, Melbourne saw the birth of Mushroom Records, founded by Michael Gudinski. Despite Gudinski’s passing in 2021, the label’s legacy lives on. The 2024 celebration marked the label’s 50th anniversary, featuring four hours of Australian rock legends paying homage to the platform that launched their careers.
Mushroom Records has an unmatched catalogue, and the lineup at the anniversary event lived up to the hype. From Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes opening with electrifying hits to Vika and Linda’s captivating Skyhooks cover, each act showcased the label’s diverse influence.
The night featured a range of performances, from Missy Higgins‘ rendition of The Triffids‘ classic to The Rubens rocking their mega-hit “Hoops.” Iconic artists like Ian Moss, Kate Cebrano, and Paul Kelly graced the stage, delivering unforgettable moments and covers.
Yothu Yindi brought a powerful set, emphasizing First Nations representation with tracks like “Djapana” and the influential “Treaty.” The show continued with Bliss N’ Eso‘s hip-hop collaboration and an intimate acoustic performance by Leonardo’s Bride.
DMA’S brought a heavier moment with indie-rock hits “Silver” and “Lay Down.” Dan Sultan’s emotional cover of Archie Roach’s “Took The Children Away” left a lasting impact, setting the stage for Missy Higgins‘ beautiful duet and the Teskey Brothers’ soulful performance.
Ross Wilson and Red Symons surprised the audience with a Skyhooks classic, while Amy Shark’s rendition of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and Birds Of Tokyo’s performance received mixed reviews.
The night showcased the next generation of talent, with Logan’s energetic performance, WILSN’s delicate rendition of Renée Geyer’s “Heading In The Right Direction,” and Gordi’s cover of Split Enz’s “Message To My Girl.”
Mark Seymour of Hunters And Collectors brought the evening to a close with timeless classics like “Throw Your Arms Around Me” and “Holy Grail.” The event, a journey through Mushroom Records’ history, was a fitting celebration of 50 years in the music industry.
Cheers to another 50 years of rocking the stage!