Fans of 80s alt-rock will be salivating at the thought of this bunch of iconic bands announced for a run of A Day On The Green shows in March next year. Hoodoo Gurus, Sunnyboys and Violent Femmes are teaming up for the very first time this summer in a three-way, no-holds barred attack on the aural senses. Plus you also get Died Pretty and Ratcat!
The genesis of all three bands, Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes and Sunnyboys formed around the post-punk era of 1980/81, and all three would go on to play an important role in a worldwide musical change that saw indie-rock smash through the ceiling to achieve massive commercial success. Their respective debut albums Sunnyboys (1981), Violent Femmes (1983) and the Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos (1984) remain timeless; each one regularly appearing in various All Time Top 100 lists and between them containing a jukebox worth of classics: ‘Happy Man, ‘Blister In The Sun’, ‘Leilani’, ‘Alone With You’, ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, ‘I Want You Back’ and more. Songs that define a time but are not defined by that time.
Died Pretty, also, were born of that post-punk era and although they served a longer apprenticeship they achieved their masters status with 1991’s Doughboy Hollow and tracks like ‘DC’, ‘Godbless’ and ‘Sweetheart’. And Ratcat, providing the ultimate end point to the indie-rock / mainstream merger via their respective number 1 hits, 1990’s ‘Tingles’ EP and 1991’s ‘Blind Love’.
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes): “We here at Violent Femmes Touring Inc. are overjoyed to be bringing the music to our stalwart Aussie fans. To stand on the side of stage and witness the indomitable spirit and sound of the Sunnyboys is a longtime ambition of ours. As for the Hoodoo Gurus, we go back a ways with them. It’s 32 years when Violent Femmes played at the Hoodoos debut album release party. They are still rocking beyond imagination. We think the bill is complementary and elegant and are proud to be part of it.”
Saturday March 5 Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley NSW
Sunday March 6 Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD
Saturday March 12 Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
Saturday March 19 Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth WA (*Ratcat not playing Perth)
a day on the green is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available on site or BYO picnic. Deck chairs and picnic rugs are recommended. For all transport, accommodation and event information, go to www.adayonthegreen.com.au.
TICKETS ON SALE – FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 10.00am
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