SunLive Competition

It was the decade that gave us the Rubik’s Cube, mobile phones, Macintosh PCs, Rogernomics, and some of the greatest music ever penned.

A night of totally radical music from the 1980s will pump up the volume and get Totara Street performance venue amping when AutoMatic 80s return to Mount Maunganui as part of their Synthplicity national tour on May 20.

Formed in 2009, the five-piece features Pearl Runga, Danny McCrum, Bobby Kennedy, Clint Harris and Justin Maclaren, who are promising an unforgettable night of hits from a number of unforgettable bands.

 “The 1980s were a decade where people were throwing down their guitars after the 1970s and picked up synthesisers and put together some pretty basic, but effective, music without a lot of keyboard skills. “So that’s where the tour’s name comes from,” says Justin.

“We’re really looking forward to hitting the road, it’s always exciting to get out there and play this music that we love; we never get sick of it.”

Both the band and production crew aim give crowds a truly awesome 1980s concert experience, and along with hits from bands like Human League, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Blondie, Culture Club, and New Order, they’ll also be one of heck of a lighting show, creating an electric atmosphere.

For Justin, of the great tunes they’ll be performing on the night there’s one which he’s particularly looking forward to playing.

“We’ll be doing ‘Blue Monday’ which we haven’t played for years. It’s such a massive anthem, it’s reached number one something like three times in three separate eras, so I think it’s a song that’ll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

“We’d love to see a good crowd at Totara Street. Our last show at the venue almost sold out and ticket sales for this show are going really well. We always put on a good show and we give it 110 per cent.”

Pitch Perfect promotions presents AutoMatic 80s at Totara St performance venue in Mount Maunganui on May 20. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets cost $25 plus a booking fee from:

The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky readers who can name the decade AutoMatic 80s’ upcoming show pays homage to?

All entries must be received by Wednesday, May 10.

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