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a-ha Australian Tour

Where: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Park, Batman Ave, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Norwegian pop icons a-ha are returning to Australia for the first time in 34 years. They'll be taking in Melbourne and Sydney plus A Day On The Green venues—Perth, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley and Mount Cotton—before heading to New Zealand for the first time, playing Christchurch and another A Day On The Green show in Auckland.

"We have so many great memories of our Australian tour of 1986 and look forward to making new ones. And we can't wait to play in New Zealand for the first time—we'll be comparing your fjords with our Norwegian ones!" - Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

a-ha will be performing their seminal debut album 'Hunting High And Low' in full to celebrate its 35th anniversary as well as other favourites from across their career. Selling over 11 million copies worldwide, it includes the unforgettable 'Take On Me', which reached #1 on the Australian charts, as well as follow-up hits 'The Sun Always Shines On TV', 'Train Of Thought' and the title track, 'Hunting High And Low'.

The band dominated pop charts worldwide during the '80s and still regularly play stadiums and festivals. Singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Mags Furuholmen and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy have sold more than 55 million albums and remain one of the UK and Europe's most loved pop bands. Alongside ‘Take On Me’, the trio have scored global hits with the James Bond theme 'The Living Daylights', 'Cry Wolf', 'I've Been Losing You' and 2005 Max Martin collaboration 'Analogue'. Their most recent release was a 2017 MTV Unplugged collection featuring collaborations with Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch and Alison Moyet.

Still so unique decades on, their music video for 'Take On Me’ won six MTV Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, was nominated for Grammy and American Music Awards and is approaching one billion views on YouTube. The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Metallica, Madonna, Tori Amos, and most recently, Weezer, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show.

a-ha have fans in some of music's brightest lights—U2's Adam Clayton, Morrissey, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West and the list goes on. Coldplay's Chris Martin has repeatedly referred to them as one of his "favourite bands of all time", covering their music live and even inviting the band onstage to perform together.

Joining a-ha to cement this tour as a pop extravaganza is another superstar who dominated the '80s, Rick Astley. Also enjoying a major career resurgence, the British star has sold more than 40 million albums, fuelled by hits like the monster 'Never Gonna Give You Up', 'Whenever You Need Somebody', 'Together Forever', 'When I Fall In Love', 'She Wants To Dance With Me' and 'Cry For Help'. In 2007, Rick Astley became an internet phenomenon as the subject of a viral meme known as 'Rick-rolling', with 'Never Gonna Give You Up' collecting millions of hits on YouTube as a result, introducing him to a whole new audience.

In 2016, Rick Astley released '50', his first UK #1 album since his 1987 debut and featured the smash hit 'Angels On My Side', marking his milestone birthday. Last year, he followed up the platinum-selling record with another wholly self-penned, performed and produced album 'Beautiful Life' spawning the lead single/title track 'Beautiful Life', 'Try' and 'She Makes Me'. Astley continued his heavy touring schedule of headline shows, festival spots, and support slots with the likes of Take That and Kylie Minogue. Check out his rendition of Calvin Harris' 'Giant', filmed during his recent tour with Take That, and that time he joined Kylie on stage in London's Hyde Park to perform 'I Should Be So Lucky/Never Gonna Give You Up' together!

Presented by Frontier Touring and Roundhouse Entertainment.

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