Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, Qld, 1st March 2020
A Day on the Green with A-Ha and Rick Astley.
Before headline act A-ha were due to hit the stage the forever young Rick Astley entertained us.
The voice, wow still just as strong as back in the day, cheeky and funny telling stories of when he first started out and how he loved INXS. He performed an amazing version of New Sensation which is the song he would practice , telling stories of how he got to hang out with the band when he came to Australia in the early days of his career.
Also featuring Together Forever, She wants to Dance with Me, Whenever you Need Somebody, Cry For Help, Angels on my Side and a great mash up of Take Me to your Heart / Rhianna’s We Found Love and of course ending the set with the smash hit Never Gonna Give you up, so keen to come back to Australia, I don’t think he would have any problems filling up venues.
Then it was time for Norwegian Trio A-Ha to Celebrate the 35th anniversary of their debut album Hunting High and Low, opening their set with their huge hit “Take on Me’ was a surprise, usually the signature tracks are kept for the encore or last song of the set. It had been 34 years since the last time the band had toured Australia, so it was long time between drinks for their die hard fans.
Australia was the country they played their first ever live concerts and with the spectacular lighting on stage was well worth the wait. After the first two opening tracks keyboardist Magne Furuholmen said to the audience welcome back to 1985. They continued on with more tracks from the album including the Titled track of the album ‘Hunting High and Low’, ‘The Sun Always Shines on Tv’, ‘And You Tell Me’, ‘I Dream Myself Alive’, ‘Here I Stand and Face the Rain’.
Moving into the 90’s and the era of smart phones Furuholmen asked the audience to put the lights on their phones and hold them up creating an amazing effect.
Continuing on with ‘Crying in the Rain’, ‘Sycamore Leaves’, ‘I’ve Been Losing You’ and Stay on these Roads. The band left the stage and most thinking that the encore song would be Take on Me, the band ended the set with the Bond track ‘The Living Daylights’.
Lead singer Morten Harket didn’t have much interaction with the crowd with Furuholmen doing most of the talking. Harket lacked stage energy, but still sounded amazing even though he seemed to be having sound issues at times.
Also performing on the day were the ever amazing Pseudo Echo and Sydney band I Know Leopard.
Sirromet is an amazing venue, perfect for any outdoor event. They have had some amazing artists appear here and many more to come I’m sure.