March: Melbourne’s Month of Music
Arguably, when it comes to the performing arts, Melbourne is the cultural heart of Australia. Our city has such an established infrastructure that it attracts the best artists in the World.
From Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre to Sidney Myer Music Bowl to the big arenas like Marvel Stadium and Rod Laver Arena, there is a plethora of concert venues where amazing performances entertain adoring crowds.
Melbourne is a city for music lovers and there is always something exciting on the events calendar, but this month our amazing city welcomes three industry veterans in what could be their final Australian tours.
Madonna, Bryan Adams and Tom Jones attend for the most anticipated shows of their careers, making these concerts three of the highlights for March 2016.
MADONNA ‘Rebel Heart Tour’
Break out the fingerless lace gloves and strike a pose. Madonna is coming to town!
This month, The Queen of Pop returns to Australia for the first time in 23 years. A true veteran of pop music, the singer has had 10 World tours and 12 albums since 1983 when she rose to pop music fame with her hit song Holiday.
Promoting her 13th studio album, ‘Rebel Heart’, this tour is rumoured to be Madonna’s final tour. Describing the tour as a “characteristically theatrical spectacle”, the artist worked with a team of creative directors, producers, designers and choreographers for 12 months to produce what could well be the best concert of her career.
Kicking off in Montreal, Canada last September, the tour will finish in Sydney on 20th March after playing two sell-out shows in Melbourne.
When: 12 & 13 March
Where: Rod Laver Arena
Bryan Adams ‘Get Up Tour’
Get ready Australia; Bryan Adams is “Gonna Run To You”!
After wowing crowds at the 2015 AFL Grand Final, The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter decided the time is right to tour Oz.
The Canadian born artist burst onto the scene in 1984 with his hit song “Run to You”. Since then the star has sold more than 65 million albums, had 21 top ten hits and 7 chart topping singles.
After a music career spanning three decades, Bryan Adams has released his 13th studio album called ‘Get Up’ and will play at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena for one night only to promote it.
"There is a carefree feeling about this album, and in many ways it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago.” – BRYAN ADAMS
When: 18 March
Where: Rod Laver Arena
Tom Jones Live
As the headline act for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016, Tom Jones intends to shake things up with a series of sideline shows across the country, including two at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
The 1960’s sex bomb received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for his “services to music”. Sir Tom Jones is one of the most renowned pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel artists of all times with a voice described as “full-throated, robust baritone”.
Over a 50 year career and 100 million records sold, the 75 year old has produced Grammy Award winning tunes like ‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Kiss’, ‘Mama Told Me’, ‘Burning Down The House’ and ‘Sex Bomb’. So lock up your Nana’s kids, ‘cause Sir Tom has no intention of holding back on the hip thrusts.
When: 25 & 26 March
Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
With Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders located on Spencer Street, it’s easy to get around the city.
Take a scenic 30-minute walk along the Yarra River to Rod Laver Arena, or simply catch a tram (Stop 7B) from the corner of Flinders Street direct to the venue.
Hamer Hall is located at the top end of Southbank Promenade. Enjoy the sights along the way with the Yarra River, Eureka Tower and Skydeck, as well as restaurants and bars making it an enjoyable 20-minute walk to The Arts Centre. Alternatively the City Circle Tram will transport you almost door to door.
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