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Sat 20 Oct 2018, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Shoal Bay Country Club, 35–45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

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By popular demand, Dragon are back to celebrate Countdown – 80's UK Chartbusters in a massive two-hour concert tour.

After two massive tours traversing Australia to celebrate the revered music institution that is Countdown, Dragon are taking the concept back out on the road again by popular demand for a third series, this time celebrating 80's UK Chartbusters! What started as The Countdown Years, paying homage to the television show in 2016, grew into the ‘Aussie edition’ in 2017, and saw Dragon play more than 50 Countdown-inspired shows over the past two years.

The 80's UK Chartbusters takes some of Dragon’s favourite songs—by the bands they respect the most—for a massive party jam-packed of hits! For bassist Todd Hunter, it has been an exciting undertaking pulling the tour setlist together. “We just love those songs and those bands,” he says. “It is great to turn the Countdown spotlight on a specific time and country of origin. Having a perimeter like ‘only songs from the UK in the 80s’ gives the band a filter which to distil the essence of the songs from that era. The UK music scene was very vibrant in the 80s and there was a changing of the guard from bands and artists that were around in the 70s, to people who emerged in the UK in the 80s. We have tried to keep that in mind with our song choices.”

Classic hits from bands like Queen, Tears for Fears, The Police, Madness and Duran Duran are just some of those that have made it onto the setlist for the tour. Picking the tracks was a tough process, but something that the entire band was part of. “We each had a list of songs for consideration,” says Todd. “If anyone disliked a song, we disregarded it. The second test was, ‘can we find the heart of the song, and bring something to it of our own, so as not to be a cover’? And apart from every other consideration, is the song fun to play and are people going to sing their hearts out?”

Of course, in any Dragon show, no set-list would be complete without the band’s own chart-toppers, and the 80's UK Chartbusters tour will also feature the best of Dragon. Audiences can expect smash hits such as April Sun in Cuba, Rain, Young Years, Still in Love, Dreams of Ordinary Men and Are You Old Enough to name a few.

Don’t miss this trip down memory lane as Dragon celebrates Countdown 80's UK Chartbusters. Tickets are on sale now.