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The Hornstars at the Espy Basement / Sunday Blues

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The Esplanade Hotel, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

Your favourite funksters will play the final in their run of monthly show for 2023 at the Espy Basement. Three sets of soulful, funky tunes, free entry and great vibes - what better way to celebrate the end of the year? Shake those Sunday blues and see out the weekend in style with the Hornstars!

The Hornstars

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The Post Office Hotel, 231 Sydney Road, Coburg

Following a packed show at the Post Office Hotel last year, The Hornstars return! Fresh from their recent gig opening for disco legends Boney M, the nine-piece will bring two sets of funky dance floor fillers including a swag of new material. What better to way to spend your Saturday night? Dust off those dance moves and let the Hornstars bring the party!

Music starts at 9 PM. Free entry!

The Hornstars at Open Studio - Dance Party!

Open Studio, 204 High Street, Northcote

The Hornstars return to their favourite venue, Open Studio, after sold out shows here 2020 & 2022. Fresh from their recent gig opening for disco legends Boney M, the nine-piece will bring two sets of funky dance floor fillers including a swag of new material. What better way to celebrate the return of Dance Parties at Open Studio? Dust off those dance moves and let the Hornstars bring the party!

$18.26

The Hornstars supporting Boney M

Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

We are honoured to be opening the show for Disco Superstars BONEY M, featuring Maizie Williams in Melbourne!

Tickets are almost sold out - details and tickets in the link below.

Performing all their chart-toppers "Daddy Cool", "Ma Baker". "Rivers Of Babylon", "Brown Girl In The Ring", "Sunny", “Rasputin” + heaps more with a full live band!

BONEY M have sold over 100 million records worldwide and are the most iconic European disco act of all time.

Strap on your dancing shoes Australia, BONEY M are back bigger, better and more outrageous than ever!

The Hornstars Half Way There Album Launch

Open Studio, 204 High Street, Northcote

The Hornstars launched their debut self-titled album at their favourite venue Open Studio on Friday 13.03.20 and packed the dancefloor, the next day Victoria entered lockdown. Throughout lockdowns The Hornstars crafted their second album 'Half Way There' and after previewing some of their new material at shows at The Nightcat and The Corner Hotel this year they can't wait to pack the Open Studio dancefloor once more to launch the album. To celebrate this launch The Hornstars will be performing both studio albums in full and promise that this will be a night not be missed.

$20+bf

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The Hornstars. Funky. Danceable. Quirky (have you seen that video?). While they may not take themselves too seriously, they are serious about creating a funky good time. The Hornstars will put the cut in your strut and the glide in your stride.   

The Hornstars sound is big, brassy and bold. The lineup is fronted by the charismatic Clancy Cullen a jazz-trained vocalist with undeniable stage presence. The horn section - Daniel Bardan (trumpet), Bruce Cousins (trombone), Russell B Myers (tenor sax) adds the sass and dance moves that only live horns can bring. The rhythm section - Joey Mount (drums), Mike Holloway (bass), Peter Bonett (keys), Gareth Durant (guitar) and Eric Morand (alto sax and percussion) drive the the funky beat. Each adds their own influences to the mix. Jazz, blues, soul, reggae - it may not all be funk as we know it, but it is definitely funky.  

The Hornstars formed in 2016, so the story goes, after founding members were kicked out of a ska band for allegedly “playing on the one”. The band quickly recruited their 9-piece lineup and confected a set of catchy and danceable songs, which they took to the pubs and bars of Melbourne and beyond, and eventually released as their debut album in March 2020. 

Over the next couple of years the band’s writing evolved, sometimes reflecting the challenging times the world was facing (witness the hard funk grooves of "No Gigs" and "Half Way There"), and at others expressing aspirations for brighter future ("Touch", "Say Goodbye"). Emerging between lockdowns in 2021, the new songs were greeted with an enthusiastic reception and sold out shows. 

With their second album Half Way There released in August 2022, the Hornstars are regulars on the Melbourne music scene. As well as packing out local venues, the Hornstars have proven themselves on bigger stages with opening slots for Ska legends The Allniters at the Corner Hotel, Disco Superstars Boney M at the Palais Theatre, and a feature slot at the St Kilda Blues Festival. It's little wonder The Hornstars were dubbed "a big band with a big future" by AMRAP's Cameron Mengenoni. And while we may be living in uncertain times, here is one thing to be sure of - The Hornstars are where the party's at, and everyone's invited. 

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