That’s correct. You read that right. In potentially the most 80s thing to occur, Norwegian synth-pop legends A-ha are touring Australia in 2020 for the first time in 34 years to celebrate their lauded album Hunting High and Low, with special guest Rick Astley in tow.
For those unacquainted, Hunting High and Low was the band’s debut record, released way back in June 1985. Propelled by its lead single, a little song called ‘Take On Me’, the album was a huge commercial success, going on to sell around 11 million copies worldwide.
The band will play the album in full on the tour, which will take place in February and March of next year, to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
“Australia was the country we played our first ever live concerts and was our first brush with worldwide fame,” says the band’s Magne Furuholmen about the tour. “It was a thrilling adventure to be there on the opposite side of the world and it’s a thrill to return in 2020 – finally we will be back where it all started!”
As mentioned, musician and viral sensation Rick Astley is also coming along for the ride, performing (obviously) ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ among other hits from across the English singer’s back catalogue.
A-ha Australian Tour 2020
with special guest Rick Astley
Saturday, 23rd February
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Wednesday, 26th Feburary
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Thursday, 5th March
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch NZ
Also appearing at A Day on the Green festival:
Wednesday, 19th February
Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth
Saturday, 22nd February
Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley
Saturday, 29th February
Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley
Sunday, 1st March
Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton
Saturday, 7th March
Villa Maria Winery, Auckland NZ