Written by Natasha Wyborn
Quiet please there’s a lady on stage and boy what a lady she is. In todays music industry marked with tantrums and constant drama Tina Arena is a stand out, a survivor. In fact Tina has been a star since she first hit Australian television as part of the Young Talent Team all those years ago. Unlike a lot of artists Arena’s history is promoted proudly throughout the show. There is reference to it and photographs on the multiple screens provide the audience to transform back to a time when life was so much simpler.
Photographer: David Jackson
Tina Arena at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – 13 September 2017
Photographer: David Jackson
Ahead of her upcoming Australian tour, national treasure Tina Arena has stunned crowds at Splendour and the Grass with a surprise performance alongside Triple j faves Client Liaison lastnight. Dressed by Cappellazzo Couture and performing the Client Liaison album track in which she features – A Foreign Affair, her global smash Sorrento Moon and Womack & Womack’s Teardrops to a crowd of 25,000 punters on the main stage, Tina has further cemented her place as a diverse Australian pop icon, with her reign spanning decades.
Review by Natasha Wyborn
A return to the valley after a five year hiatus, Simply Red hit the stage with gusto on Saturday night. A perfect venue, weather warm and sunny, concert sold out as you would expect. The Hunter Valley got to continue its love affair with Mick Hucknall and his classy band. Joining the musicians from the side of the stage after a brief instrumental introduction, Hucknall looked happy and at home. Dressed casual but there was nothing unrehearsed about the bands performance. Hitting almost perfect notes from their first song ‘Look at you now’ Hucknall romanced the audience with a very appealing collection of hits. The crowd responded from the onset, “A new flame” signalled a calling to all people to get up and join the party.
Australian pop icon, and our newest ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Tina Arena has today announced a series of ONE NIGHT ONLY shows in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in February and March, 2016, in support of her latest album, Eleven. These shows are in addition to the previously announced A Day on the Green concerts with Simply Red and follow dates currently scheduled in Dubai, London and Beirut in January.
Brisbane based six-piece Emma & The Hungry Truth can best be described as a combination of theatrical pop, tribal beats, soaring vocals and break-your-heart lyrics. With the launch of their debut EP “Feast” singer/songwriter Emma Dean took time out to answer a few questions for LifeMusicMedia.com
:: What track changed your life ::
“Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley
:: What is your favourite Album ::
“Under The Pink” – Tori Amos
Review by David French
Tina Arena’s latest “Reset” tour is by all accounts quite a risk for the singer. She decided to finance it herself and with it take greater control, providing the vision and co-creating the whole tour from the ground up. This was well worth the gamble taken given the overwhelming reaction from the audience that filled the Brisbane Convention Centre on Sunday night.
From the first note of the dramatic opening you could sense the artistic freedom and the packed audience made up of all ages, shapes and sizes were truly ready to embrace Ms. Arena and have fun.
Photographer: Stuart Blythe
**** Tour Update ****
Due to overwhelming demand a second Melbourne show on Thursday, 18 September, at the Palais Theatre has been added to Tina Arena’s National Reset Tour.
Tina said today “I’m overwhelmed and thrilled with the amazing reaction from fans for The Reset Tour, my first pop show in ten years. Thank you all!”
Tickets for the 2nd Melbourne concert will be on sale from 10.00 am, Monday 31 March, 2014, from www.Ticketmaster.com.au / 136100.