Media Release June 16 2007 LIONEL RICHIE DANCES INTO ‘a day on the green’ Rochford Wines Sunday December 2 ‘a day on the green’ today announced the incomparable LIONEL RICHIE would headline the next series of the popular outdoor event in his first tour of Australia in 20 years! RICHIE will have audiences dancin’ not on the ceiling but in the vineyards at five ‘a day on the green’ concerts as part of his national tour in December, including Rochford Wines on Sunday December 2. Lionel today said he is excited about his return to Australia. “I’m really looking forward to this tour. I can’t believe it was 20 years since I last toured there! I hope my fans are ready to dance, because if I have my way they’re not going to sit down once the show starts.” With close to 100 million albums sold, a phenomenal 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammy Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, there are few artists in the world who can rival the success of LIONEL RICHIE. Indisputably much of Lionel’s ongoing career success can be accredited to his considerable talents as a live performer. Recent UK and USA tour reviews highlight just why Lionel continues to sell out tour after tour. The Manchester Evening News gave the first of three 14,000 capacity sold out Manchester concerts 5 out of 5 stars. The New York Times wrote “[he wasted] no time in demonstrating both an undiminished voice and a willingness to revisit old hits.” The Bolton News (Manchester) declared “the man gave his all to an audience who were on their feet all the way through. It was a truly professional show, with humour, superb lighting and great musicianship. The only downside of the show was the fact that it had to end!” The Oakland Tribune wrote “The pop/R&B vocalist is a true old-school entertainer, one of the best left in the business.” During his two-hour plus concert Lionel draws from his enormous back catalogue of chart-toppers such as ‘All Night Long’, ‘Truly’, ‘Hello’, ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Endless Love’, ‘Say You, Say Me’, and the Commodores hits such as ‘Still’, ‘Three Times A Lady’, ‘Sail On’, ‘Easy’, ‘Brick House’ plus newer hits such as his US RnB #1 hit ‘I Call It Love’ from current album ‘Coming Home’ (Universal Music). A LIONEL RICHIE concert leaves few people in their seats, as Lionel’s infectious enjoyment in his performance has fans up and dancing from the opening numbers. It’s hard to think of a better way to enjoy this incredible entertainer than through the ‘a day on the green’ experience of good food, good wine and great music on a warm December night! And as a Sunday night, the concert will start earlier than usual with LIONEL RICHIE on stage at 6pm. Joining Lionel as special guest artist is Australia’s favourite disco diva and celebrated singer, Marcia Hines. Like Lionel, Marcia has been a true survivor of the music industry. With seven top 10 hits between 1975-1981, Marcia’s most recent album ‘Discotheque’ (Liberation Music) charted into the Top 10 on the Australian ARIA charts. We know her as Australia’s undisputed Queen of Soul, stage musical star, chart-topper, hit-maker, dance floor diva and most recently, the voice of reason on Australian Idol's judging panel, but live performance is what Marcia loves best! Opening the concerts is a young lady of rich musical pedigree, Mahalia Barnes, eldest daughter of rocker Jimmy Barnes. Singing since childhood, Mahalia is becoming a strong voice in her own right and is a regular on the concert circuit performing soul, blues and jazz. ‘a day on the green’ celebrated a landmark 100th concert in February this year, and now coming into our 7th year, is undoubtedly one of Australia’s leading outdoor concert events. This concert with the sensational LIONEL RICHIE promises to be one of the best yet! And remember, for a totally relaxing day, leave the car at home! Patrons are encouraged to pre-book on a coach to be collected from their accommodation or a nominated location. For all transport enquiries contact Melbourne On The Move on 03 9685 2477. GENERAL INFORMATION: Sunday December 2 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley ‘a day on the green’ is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available for purchase on site, picnic rugs and deck chairs are recommended. Gates open at 2 pm. Lionel Richie on stage at 6 pm. TICKET INFORMATION: A Reserve: Reserved seated area at stage front: $198.00 plus b/fee. B Reserve: Reserved seated area at stage front: $148.50 plus b/fee. General Admission: $99.00 plus b/fee. For coach enquiries, contact Melbourne On The Move 1300 558 686. For VIP dinner and show packages, contact the winery on 03 5962 2119 or Roundhouse 03 9685 2477. For VIP and Stay and See packages, contact 1300 658 009 or www.showbiz.com.au Accommodation enquiries to the Yarra Valley Information Centre on 03 5962 2600. Accommodation shuttle bus Yarra Valley Winery Tours 03 5962 3870 TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY JUNE 25 www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100 & Rochford Wines 03 5962 2119 www.rochfordwines.com www.adayonthegreen.com.au For MEDIA Enquiries: Chrissie Camp Publicity (02) 9973 3004 / firstname.lastname@example.org Proudly presented by Roundhouse Entertainnment and Garnier
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