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“The Boys Light Up” On Australia Day

There’s no need to get Downhearted this Australia Day, in fact it is time to get Reckless with one of our country’s most iconic bands – Australian Crawl Tribute Show.

Featuring on Saturday, January 21 and then joining forces with INXS Revived for an incredible afternoon of live music on Australia Day, these Melbourne-based musicians have been performing live for over 30 years.

Lead singer Mark Tinni (AKA James Reyne) formed the band five years ago and they have since been playing at large venues across Victoria, developing a huge cult following.

Their success got the attention of Australian Crawl’s Drummer who reached out to Mark Tinni.

“We were contacted by the original drummer and we’ve since become personal friends,” said Mark.

“There are three Australian Crawl Tribute Bands in the country, and we are the only one that has been formally endorsed which has opened a lot of doors for us.”

Mark developed a passion for music when he was nine years old and by the time he was 15 he had become a drummer and a singer for a band in what he calls a “bit of a Phil Collins thing”.

By the time he turned twenty, Mark put down the drumsticks and focused on vocals.

For two years he received musical tuition from Peter Cousens which cemented his singing career and set his future on a new trajectory – bringing music to thousands of people through various cover bands performing across Victoria for the next 30 years.

Despite his musical success paying tribute to a multiple of famous acts, Mark always remembers the moment he first heard Australian Crawl.

“I was at a roller-skating rink when I was 17 when I first heard ‘The Boys Light up’ and I remember saying to my cousin that it was incredible,” said Mark.

“I remember feeling so inspired back then and this hasn’t changed since!”

When Mark got a “new lease on life” five years ago he immediately knew he wanted to start a tribute in their honour and, bringing together a host of other professional musicians, he hasn’t looked back since.

This will be their first time performing in Airlie Beach and Mark says the audience can expect to be transported back to the 80’s.

“We will play a heap of great songs that unfortunately some people may have forgotten about,” he said.

“When we’re finished, people always say that they can’t believe how many good songs they had!”

Australian Crawl are still performing today, and the tribute performance includes songs from the 80’s all the way through to present day.

You can catch Reckless in their debut Airlie Beach performance on Saturday, January 21 for some sweet Aussie summer vibes.

On Australia Day they will be forming again from 12pm and their set list includes all the hits like Errol, The Boys Light Up, Beautiful People, Oh No Not You Again and of course, Reckless.

At 3pm that afternoon the INXS REVIVED Show celebrates and honours both the memory of Michael Hutchence and the band by bringing back to life the halcyon days of INXS.

This show will take the audience all the way from their self-titled debut and onto Elegantly Wasted and faithfully reproduces the live spectacle INXS were famous for.

WHAT: Australian Crawl

WHEN: Saturday January 21 from 2pm – 5.30pm

Thursday January 26 from 12pm

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel


WHEN: Thursday January 26 from 3pm

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

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