JPS Australia



JPJ Audio, the merged operation of Jands Production Services and Johnston Audio has a history dating back to 1970 when Jands first began providing sound and lighting equipment and expertise for local and overseas entertainers.

Over the last four decades, JPJ Audio has undertaken some of the most innovative and memorable projects in the fields of sound and lighting. When Elton John first toured Australia in 1971, Jands provided what was then the largest PA system ever assembled in Australia. Throughout the 70s and onwards JPS was the preferred supplier of equipment and staff for nearly every major entertainer that visited the country. We are gradually working through our old records and photographs and will add to this section regularly.

January 30th, 1972

The Bee Gees Tour 1972

“For the second time within a year the Bee Gees played to capacity houses throughout their Australian tour. Originally only one concert in Melbourne and Brisbane was planned but because both were sold out on the first day of bookings, promoter Paul Dainty decided to include extra concerts in both cities. An amazing effort when […]

January 31st, 1972

Sunbury 1972

The Sunbury Rock Festival was first held in 1972 on a 620 acre farm between Sunbury and Diggers Rest, Victoria. It attracted around 35,000 people and was promoted by Odessa Promotions, which was formed by a group of television professionals, including John Fowler and Jim McKay, from GTV 9 Melbourne. The festival ran from 29 […]

February 13th, 1972

Creedance Clearwater Revival

Tour Dates 1972 February 8 Western Spring Stadium Auckland, New Zealand February 11 Festival Hall Brisbane February 13 & 15 Randwick Racecourse Sydney February 16 & 17 Festival Hall Melbourne February 18 Apollo Stadium Adelaide February 21 Subiaco Oval Perth Links GTK Footage on YouTube CCR in Sydney 1972 GTK Interview with Jeune Pritchard

February 27th, 1972

Led Zeppelin Tour 1972

This was Led Zeppelin’s only Australian tour. Portions of the Sydney Showground concert were filmed for GTK and appears in the “Down Under” segment of the Led Zeppelin DVD released in 2003. The Sun-Herald, 5 March 1972, p109 By David D. Bryant The Led Zeppelin concert at the showgrounds last Sunday must rate as one […]

April 2nd, 1972

Rock Isle Mulwala Festival 1972

The Rock Isle Mulwala Festival was held over the Easter weekend (31 March – 2 April 1972) and featured local bands including: Russell Morris, Lobby Loyde, Leo De Castro and Friends, Country Radio, Chain, Carson, Taman Shud and The Aztecs. The festival also featured, Canned Heat and Steven Stills band Manassas, with Chris Hilman. Sound […]

September 4th, 1972

Alpine Sound 1972

In the early 1970s cigarette company Philip Morris (Australia) sponsored a series of daytime concerts in Sydney. The Alpine Sound concerts were held in Hyde Park, at Manly beach, Lane Cove National Park and other outdoor locations during the summers of 1972 and 1973. The shows featured many popular singers included Mary Jane Boyd, Ted […]