Thursday, February 9, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Wake up, ‘Sleeping Beauty’. This ain’t no ‘Science Fiction’, you can believe your eyes – a match made in ‘80s pop heaven is making its way to Airlie Beach in mid-February for a performance of epic proportions.
It’s time to get to The Pub – ‘One Way Or Another’, however you can - because nobody can miss this tribute mash-up of the Divinyls and Blondie, some of the Me-Decade’s biggest female success stories on the world stage.
The Divine Blonde tribute show brings together these two icons of the era in a set of doubleheader shows arriving express from Melbourne to the party paradise of the Whitsundays.
Broken up into two performances back-to-back on a single day, Divine Blonde brings the memories of the ‘80s flooding back – the ‘Pleasure and Pain’ from that Decade of Greed.
First up, Divine Blonde’s lead vocalist, Danni, pays tribute to the late great frontwoman of Aussie rock, Christina Amphlett – that brash, bold brunette – before taking on the role of Blondie’s captivating, punk rock frontwoman Debbie Harry (a beautiful blonde bombshell, to be sure).
As Amphlett, Danni captures the bombastic, wild-child nature of the Sydney singer at her best, taking to the stage in school uniform and fishnet stockings for the complete look, embracing the aggression of a particularly Australian brand of punk rock.
Then, embodying Harry, the Melbourne singer brings the sound of American new wave punk in the ‘70s back to life, expressing its vibrancy, angst, anger, and expression in ‘Atomic’ fashion – it’s like Harry is on stage. Blondie’s sound was the sound of a more motley decade than most – the ‘70s had no sound to pin itself down and Blondie encapsulated that most. Reggae, progressive rock, new wave, punk, post-punk. Blondie did it all.
Danni runs the repertoire of these incredible artists, singing all their greatest hits: Boys in Town, Only Lonely; Atomic, Hanging on the Telephone, Call Me, Heart of Glass, and all the rest.
‘Picture This’: One of Melbourne’s hottest acts bringing two female icons ‘In The Flesh’ together in one heart-stopping show, then backing it up the very next day on Sunday. It’s a double salute to two iconic women of song, showing off their pioneering power in the ‘80s for women in a heavily male-dominated music industry of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Divine Blonde, the Blondie and Divinyls Show Doubleheader, arrives at the Airlie Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 18, before crashing back onto the Bar Top Stage on Sunday, February 19, to do it all again in back-to-back free shows.
Get ready to hear ‘The Disco Song’ live and loud in this tribute show at The Pub.
WHAT: DIVINE BLONDE! Blondie & Divinyls Show – Double Header!
WHEN: Saturday, 18 February, and Sunday, 19 February, from 2pm to 5.30pm.
WHERE: Airlie Beach Hotel
Caption 1: The Airlie Beach Hotel is getting set for its Blondie and the Divinyls tribute show starring one of Melbourne’s best singers
Caption 2: Danni takes on the roles of both Christina Amphlett and Debbie Harry in this doubleheader show
Caption 3: Don’t miss all of their best songs from Boys in Town to Only Lonely, Atomic to Hanging on the Telephone, Call Me, and Heart of Glass