Mushroom Group is celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary in a big way, with the announcement today of a series of exciting events and initiatives to come this year.
Formed by the late, great Michael Gudinski in 1972, Mushroom Group released its first album the following year, the iconic Sunbury 1973, The Great Australian Rock Festival. Very quickly Gudinski established Mushroom as one of Australia’s foremost and finest record labels; 50 years later, Mushroom now represents Australian culture around the world, as well as bringing the globe’s best talent to this country.
That’s why Mushroom is marking its five decades at the top in such style. Before a massive Mushroom 50 concert in November featuring a to-be-announced all-star lineup, some of Australia’s most iconic musicians will release stunning works throughout the year, including Missy Higgins, Bliss n Eso, and Paul Kelly.
The series begins this week with the release of a cover of The Church’s hit “Under the Milky Way” by The Temper Trap, one of the country’s biggest musical exports of the last 15 years. “Under the Milky Way” was a notable critical and commercial success for the seminal rock band, earning them the ARIA Single of the Year award in 1988 and reaching the top 30 on the US Billboard chart.
You can listen to The Temper Trap’s cover above. The series will end with the release of a Mushroom 50 album containing all the songs, serving as the definitive compilation of reimagined Mushroom music.
A feature documentary about Michael Gudinski’s iconic career will also arrive in Australian cinemas later this year, while more announcements about Mushroom Group’s 50th anniversary plans are expected in the coming weeks.
“Mushroom Group’s legacy is something we’re extremely proud of and we have big plans to commemorate it. So many amazing people and artists have formed part of our story and this anniversary is about celebrating our history and future,” Mushroom Group Chief Executive, Matt Gudinski, says.
“The Mushroom 50 concert will feature a huge line-up of sensational artists, celebrating some of Australia’s most iconic songs – this will be a once in a lifetime event.”
“We’ve teamed up with some of the best artists in the world to deliver these reimagined Mushroom hits. Each artist is bringing their own distinct sound and vision to their cover. I’m sure you’ll love them.”
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