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1980s pop icons Bananarama return to Australia this February
Bananarama perform in Australia this year for the first time since 1997
British 1980s pop icons Bananarama return to Australia this February performing for the first time Down Under since 1997.
Formed in London 1979 by friends Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey, Bananarama started out performing backing vocals for various punk bands on the London club scene, before their friendship with The Sex Pistols resulted in the Steve Jones and Paul Cook produced debut single 'Aie A Mwana' in 1981. A string of international hit singles including 'Robert de Niro's Waiting', 'Cruel Summer' and 'Love in the First Degree' followed making Bananarama one of the most successful, recognised and loved pop groups of the 1980s. The band achieved 12 top 40 hits in Australia and in 1986 their most famous track, 'Venus', topped the Australian singles chart for 7 weeks. By the end of the 1980s the ladies had become the most successful all female band in the history of the British charts – a record they still hold – and to date have sold over 40 million records worldwide.
34 years into their career and now a duo of Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin after Fahey left the band in 1988 (followed by her replacement Jacqui O'Sullivan in 1991), Bananarama are more than just a 1980s throwback. They continue to record new music - 2012 release 'Now or Never' peaked at number 11 on the US Singles Sales Chart – and command a loyal fanbase many of their 1980s contemporaries would kill for. Keren and Sara have been tight-lipped on what's in store for fans at their Australian shows, but based on their 2012 US tour, expect an intimate show with all the classic 80s hits, some newer tracks and lots of chat and laughter from the girls.
Presented by Abstract Entertainment, Bananarama will play 10 dates in major cities across Australia, supported by fellow 80s bands Wang Chung and Australia's own The Chantoozies. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketek, Ticketmaster and direct from the venues. Tickets start from $69.