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The Badloves Announce Exciting Concert Live-Streamed From Melbourne’s Iconic Festival Hall

May 26, 2020 Events / Whats On No Comments Email Email

ARIA Award winning, multi-platinum selling band THE BADLOVES are back this Friday night with a ground breaking and exclusive concert live-streamed from Melbourne’s iconic Festival Hall, which hosted The Beatles’ only-ever Melbourne show back in 1964. This will be the first time Festival Hall has hosted a full production live stream event – certainly a sign of the times.

The 100% live online concert will be presented by Lounge Room Live on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 pm AEST with four cameras and full staging, sound and light production. The show will be fully interactive with large ‘Zoom’ enabled screens on the stage allowing the first 300 ticket holders to become part of the show with side stage access.


The Badloves’ performance will feature an exclusive retro set (including all their hits such as ‘Green Limousine’, ‘The Weight’ and ‘Lost’) complete with double bass, vibraphone and even their original Korg keyboard!  Making a guest appearance on backing vocals will be Susie Ahern (John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, Guy Sebastian) who sang the original backing vocals on ‘Green Limousine’.  Susie returned recently to rejoin The Badloves on their first new music in 17 years ‘Soulbrothertruckingsong’.

The triple ARIA award-winning band’s debut album Get On Board spent a massive 69 weeks in the charts, peaked at number five and went double platinum, delivering five hit singles in ‘Lost’, ‘Memphis’, ‘I Remember’, ‘The Weight’ (with Jimmy Barnes), ‘Memphis’ and ‘Green Limousine’.

Festival Hall was built in 1913 as a multi-function venue for boxing and wrestling, it became Melbourne’s largest live entertainment venue in the 1960s. In addition to The Beatles, Festival Hall has hosted some of the biggest names in music history including Bill Haley, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Shirley Bassey, Bob Dylan, The Who, Oasis, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The iconic building received Victorian heritage listing in 2018, saving it from potential redevelopment into apartments.

“Festival Hall eh! What a privilege to be playing at the House of Stoush… for us it’s a music temple, where the bones of the faithful have been thoroughly shaken for the better,” said The Badloves singer/guitarist Michael Spiby.

“In June ’64, Mum let me wag school, so we could glue ourselves to the black and white Kreisler to witness the Beatles touching down for their Festival Hall shows.  That vivid memory may have had a hand in delivering us this gig.

“There’s a strange quiet in the Badloves’ training camp that only happens ahead of significant events.

“In the spirit of the great hall, we’re going live the moment they hit the gong … Consi will countdown from his drum throne and its go time, there’ll be no turning back.”

Line-up (pictured left to right above): Michael Spiby (vocals, guitar), Jeff Consi (drums), Stephen “Irish” O’Prey (bass), Tony Featherstone (Hammond, keys)

“Amazingly after 30 years in the business I have never played at Festival Hall so it’s a real thrill for me,” said the band’s Hammond and keys player, Tony Featherstone.

“I saw my first ever concert there in 1975 when the Bay City Rollers played there when I was 6 years old!  I don’t remember much other than a guy coming onto the stage after every song to say, ‘If you guys don’t settle down the show won’t continue!’. 

“I used to live not far from Festival Hall and every time I would drive by I’d think ‘that’s where the Beatles played!’. There is no doubt that the place has a reverence about it, and I am just glad it still exists!”

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