Performances that reminisce on the memorable music of the 1980's

Published: Wed, Mar 10 2021
Posted in General, Reviews

The 1980's brought us incredible music and 2021 brings us plenty of talented musicians bringing that music back to life on stages across South Australia!

There are also plenty of other decades and artists being honoured this Fringe, and you can check them out here.

Kick back and relax to the smoothe, docile tones of the 1980's, or grab your dancing shoes in preparation for up-beat 80's hits, plus much more! These performers cover a range of themes, from focussing on particular bands or artists whose time in music included influencing the music scene of the 1980s, to solely celebrating the notable hits of that decade. Explore below!

Photo: Jackson Vs Jackson by Tony Virgo

Retro FM

International award winning vocal group Festival Statesmen are sending you back to the 80s, performing the Aussie classics we love.
From the guys who brought you sold out seasons of Pretty Boys, Choir Boys and World's Collide, this throwback party will take you inside the radio station 'Retro FM'.

★★★★★ "Great singing and laughs" The Advertiser.

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The Wilbury Twist - The Best Of The Traveling Wilburys

The Traveling Wilburys - with a twist! Including members George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, hear the songs of the greatest supergroup of the modern era. With hits from their two albums and their respective solo careers, you'll be blown away by this array of chart topping tunes.

Presented by some of Adelaide's finest solo artists, The Wilbury Twist takes you to a time where these five musical icons live on and still perform together. Although producing limited material, the Wilbury members frequently collaborated on tracks such as Roy Orbison's 'You Got It', Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin', George Harrisons 'Got My Mind Set On You' and many more hits that you know and love.

Hear the harmonies and songs from a group the likes of which will never be seen again.

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Golden Years and Beyond (1975-2016) - Ashes To Ashes Bowie Tribute

★★★★★ "Singer Paul Matthews has a beautiful voice that is so similar to Mr Jones (Bowie) himself... 5 out of 5 stars" Adelaide Fringe Review.

This Fringe, 'Ashes To Ashes' ALSO brings you Bowie highlights from 1976 to the finale of 2016's Blackstar album. This show packs in 5 decades of Bowie brilliance, so "put on your red shoes and dance..."

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Absurdity is the Only Reality: Läther play the music of Frank Zappa

Let go of reality and embrace the absurd. Join Lather on March 18th as they bring the music of Frank Zappa to life with energy, excitement, and of course, absurdity.
Beginning in 2008, Lather has amassed an impressive list of Zappa songs spanning his whole career, and is dedicated to presenting the complex music in a way that everyone can enjoy.
Whether this is your first Lather experience or you're one of their devoted fans, this is an experience not to be missed.

"Lather are fabulous; they never disappoint" The Clothesline.

For seating requests please call the Norwood Hotel on 8431 1822.

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My Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movements in performance, & distinctive versions of great songs.
Fringe favourite Stewart D'Arrietta & his band perform 'Feelin' Alright', 'The Letter', 'A Little Help From My Friends', 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' & other great songs made famous by Joe Cocker.

★★★★★ "above all, very, very fun" Broadway Baby

Stewart says 'along with his voice, Joe's movements were his way of expressing his passion & depth of feeling for the music. Joe crawled inside the songs & became part of them. Me, I play piano, so it comes out in my hands on the keys, as well as my voice'.

"Stewart D'Arrietta is the full package, both as musician & entertainer...a dynamic singer with a gravelly voice... & a wicked line in jokes & stories" The Telegraph

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Two Brothers do Finn Brothers

Adelaide born and bred brothers Harry and Ned Baulderstone are taking on the music and lyrical genius of the Finn Brothers - Neil and Tim Finn. Playing the music of Split Enz, Crowded House and The Finn Brothers, the lads explore these powerful collaborations and timeless classics in the stunning Domain Theatre while backed by a superb band. Do not miss this local South Australian act performing this show for the first time ever! Includes hits such as I Got You, Four Seasons in One Day, Better Be home Soon and Message to My Girl, plus many more.

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Wide Open Road - tribute to the Triffids

A group of fine and well seasoned Adelaide musicians have come together to pay tribute to the wonderful songs of The Triffids. Playing songs from across their whole career, this tribute's aim is to do justice to the very influential, diverse, unique, 1980's, Perth band. Come along and pay tribute to The Triffids too.

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The Synchronicity Police Tribute Show

Australia's Premier Police Tribute Band is back for Adelaide Fringe 2021. The Synchronicity Police faithfully reproduce the live experience that is THE POLICE. Recreating all of the classic POLICE Hits in a 1 hour live show that will have you singing and screaming for more.
The Synchronicity Police posses the same raw energy, power and intensity that must be experienced by any POLICE fan.
Corey's vocals are so close to the real thing, you will be spellbound from the beginning, Dave has mastered Copeland's aggressive playing style and sound, driving the band from start to finish, Greg on guitar has faithfully reproduced the signature sound and style that is Andy Summers.
Together, they bring you the best POLICE TRIBUTE SHOW you will see and hear!
1 Show Only, a must see for all POLICE fans

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Chunky Custard

Chunky Custard has become the biggest unofficial Party of the Fringe. Performing the very best of the 70's, 80's and 90's Mega Hits. With a huge cast of stars like John and Olivia from Grease, Abba, Rocky Horror, Bon Jovi, Wham, Spice Girls, Susie Q, Dirty Dancing and much much more. Book early for this Huge party. This show will sell out!

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Duelling Duos

Adelaide band 'What About Jeff?' (Andrew, Brian, Andrew and.... wait for it..... Jeff) bring their vintage talents to the fore to take you on a nostalgic singalong journey through their pick of folk, rock and pop's greatest harmony duos and duets from the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond. From Simon & Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers, Righteous Brothers, Finn Brothers, Blues Brothers (gee there's lots of brothers!) right up to Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper there's plenty to choose from. We'll throw in a couple of fun numbers to show this is a night not to be taken too seriously but just to relax and have fun at the Bay. Special Guest appearance - Liz McCall.

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Jackson Vs Jackson

The Adelaide Fringe award-winning & sell-out show is back! Pay tribute to the King and Queen of pop with back to back Michael, Janet and Jackson 5 mash-ups in the signature style of creator Charmaine Jones. Your favourite hits take on a new face, pick up a new pace and light up the stage in this Thriller performance.

Jackson Vs Jackson is delivered by Jones and renowned vocal powerhouse, Gospo Collective who will rock your world. Expect a new venue and a bigger and better show that’s jam-packed with hit after hit from their award-winning and sell-out Adelaide Fringe seasons and new grooves to make you dance in your seat.

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The Rod Stewart and Best of Britain Show

Dave Patten AKA "The Voice Of Rod Stewart" is a singer, touring artist, impersonator, producer with an impressive vocal range, is well known for taking on a variety of characterisations, but it's his portrayal of Rod Stewart in concert that has turned his act into a number one sell out tribute show touring the globe.

Often found performing with artists from the USA / Vegas, Dave has toured in various big production shows both home and abroad.
His self produced shows have grown in popularity are featured on major cruise lines.

You may also recognise Dave from his Multiple TV & radio appearances. With a string of sold out headline performances as Rod, he has earned the nicknames, Dave "Rod" Patten & "The Voice Of Rod Stewart" by astounding audiences far and wide
A show NOT to be missed!

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You Can Never Tell ( C'Est la Vie )

Hear the songs. Here is the news. Remember the times.
Join the Rejuvenators and journey through some of the news (real and not so real) and the memories the music conjures up from the 60s through to the 90s.
Relive some world events with unforgettable songs from Buddy, Beatles, Bowie, Cohen, Dylan, Doors, Hendrix, Stones, Van and more.

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Tusk!FM A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Love passion deceit betrayal and some of the most iconic songs ever written formed a soundscape that touched every listener of popular music in the 70's and 80's. From beginnings in the late 60's 'Fleetwood Mac' made their name as a serious blues combo with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie giving the band its name and foundation with guitarist Peter Green. Later, after inclusion of Christine Perfect the phenomenon exploded with the introduction of duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stephanie Nicks.
'Tusk!FM' is 6 musicians with drums, bass, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars and 4 part vocals faithfully reproducing that great Mac sound. Following previous sellout Fringe shows, we are excited to be coming back for the 2021 season.

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The Finns Tribute Band - Celebrating the songs of Tim & Neil Finn

The Finns Tribute Band perform and celebrate the songs of Tim & Neil Finn, from 'Split Enz' to 'Crowded House'.

The band pays homage to two of the World's greatest and most respected songwriters through song and storytelling in a 2 hour concert performance. With a repertoire spanning three decades including 'I Got You', 'Message To My Girl', 'Fraction Too Much Friction' 'Don't Dream It's Over', 'Something So Strong', 'Better Be Home Soon', 'Weather With You', plus many more, The Finns Tribute Band take audiences on an emotional musical journey of the highest calibre.

No costumes, no wigs. Just five quality musicians paying their respects to two Brothers, born in New Zealand, adopted by Australia, and loved by the World. An outstanding and unforgettable show not to be missed.

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My Leonard Cohen

 Fringe favourite Stewart D'Arrietta & his band perform stirring interpretations of the great, late Leonard Cohen's powerful works.

Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion & sheer seductiveness.

D'Arrietta's signature gravelly voice & the arrangements are uplifting & joyful.

This selection of Cohen's music transports you to the timeless notions of love and loss, sex & heartache, all wrapped up in a powerful & sensual musical show.

As well as music, there is a bit of poetry & storytelling giving an insight into Leonard Cohen's life & the motivations behind the songwriting, with a good dose of D'Arrietta's trademark laconic humour.

Featuring the heartrending 'Suzanne', the iconic 'Tower Of Song', the desperately sensual 'Im Your Man' and the mournful but mighty 'Hallelujah' & many others.

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Classic Bruce

A 15 piece orchestra, rock band and singers combine in a unique, open-air tribute to the music, lyrics and magic of Bruce Springsteen. Born To Run, My Hometown, Dancing In The Dark, The Ghost of Tom Joad, Streets Of Philadelphia, Thunder Road, Glory Days, Born In The USA and more. 70 minutes of home-grown Fringesteen.

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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER - PHANTOM IN THE FOREST

Be immersed in nature as we take you on a musical journey in our majestic candlebark forest. Our soprano and pianist will captivate you as they showcase many of your favourite arias & Andrew Lloyd Webber classics, including Memory, Music of the Night and I Dreamed A Dream; with special guest backing vocals from our resident yellow-tailed cockatoos! A performance not to be missed, just breathtaking.

Performance Friday 19 March
Soprano Megan Doherty
Pianist Emma Knights

Performances Saturday 20 March
Soprano Nicolina Barcello
Pianist Emma Knights

Gates open at 6:30pm with pre-performance drinks from 6:30pm
Performance starts at 7.30pm with a 30 minute intermission
BYO picnic (no food available at the venue)
STRICTLY NO BYO alcohol. Beer, wine and soft drink available for purchase
Bring your wine glass or buy one for $5
All booked Fringe tickets will have a table & chairs allocated to you
Please email sinclairsgully@gmail.com to seat tickets booked separately together

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Cat, Neil and Captain Fantastic

A celebration of the music of three of the most loved singers of a generation: Cat Stevens, Neil Young and Elton John. Returning in 2021 after sold-out performances in the past two Fringes. A show of sublime musicianship, blissful memories and wry humour.

Presented by music veteran Al Rosewarne (Joe Fish, Bald Eagles) and hot 4 piece combo.

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An Evening Of Fleetwood Macs Greatest Hits Reprised

Hot tribute band RUMOURS perform the music of Fleetwood Mac at 2021 Fringe after a sold-out show in 2020 Fringe to rave reviews.

The show focuses on the 1975-85 Nicks/Buckingham/Mc Vie/Fleetwood line up songs from Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, Mirage albums and more. Including note-perfect copies of classic songs such as Rhiannon, Dreams, Little Lies and many more. It is a must see for all Fleetwood fans.

Featuring tight 3-part harmonies, 2 guitarists and 2 keyboard players and attention to detail in sound and production, this show is as close to the sound of Fleetwood Mac as the real thing.

Adelaide band RUMOURS formed in 2014 and continue to fill SA venues to capacity. Named in honour of Fleetwood Mac's most famous album, Rumours, selling more than 100 million copies to date.

Matinee: Doors at 12:30pm

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Find the entire musical lineup for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe here!

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