Voyager rock Melbourne and Brisbane in first leg of national tour
Australia's 2023 Eurovision representatives Voyager have kicked off their national tour with a bang, playing to packed-out clubs in Brisbane and Melbourne over the weekend.
The crowds contained a mix of devotees who have followed the Perth band along their 20+ year journey along with stacks of new fans they've won since competing in Liverpool back in May, where they finished 9th in the Eurovision Grand Final.
Voyager earned Australia's fifth top ten finish from the eight years we've competed in Eurovision, and equalled Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke's efforts in placing 9th.
The shows were a fantastic way for new fans to become familiar with Voyager's body of work over their career, which has spanned seven albums and spawned the hits including 'Hyperventalating', 'Acension' and 'Submarine'. They also belted out 'Prince Of Fire', the lead single from their forthcoming album 'Fearless In Love', which is out next month.
Apart from the super punchy 'Colours', which led to heaps of bouncing in the mosh pit, it was their two Eurovision cuts which were the biggest crowd favourites.
This included 'Dreamer', their track from Australia Decides 2022, and of course 'Promise', their entry at this year's Eurovision contest which is now closing in on a whopping 7 million plays on Spotify.
Other surprises at the Melbourne show included Danny leading a keytar solo to Darude's mega hit 'Sandstorm', and a brief 20-second rendition of Eurovision 2023 runner-up Käärijä's track 'Cha Cha Cha'. The band also bowed to chants for 'one more song' at the end of the night and played fan favourite 'White Shadow'.
One hardcore Melbourne fan even knitted the band a replica of the Eurovision trophy and gave it to them at the show - which Danny vowed to use as a mic cosy.
Shout out as well to support acts The Stranger (Brisbane) and Future Static (Melbourne) who both won fans and warmed the stage nicely with their sets before Voyager.
Voyager's Australian tour continues over the next two weekends with shows in Adelaide and Perth, followed by Sydney and Canberra. The Perth and Sydney shows are sold out, but limited tickets remain for the other two dates. Grab all the details here.
And if you miss them this time, there's good news as Aussievision understands the band are planning another Australian tour in bigger venues in February 2024.
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