80’s throwback with Spandau Ballet

All roads lead to the Mall of Asia Arena Sept. 21, at 8 p.m, for what is expected to be one of this year’s biggest musical events featuring one of the hottest and most successful British bands during the past 35 years.

Catch Spandau Ballet, which rose to international prominence during the New Romantic Era,  as it takes center stage in its first-ever gig in Manila that will be a throwback to the 1980s with its marvelous showcase of songs that have left a permanent imprint in international music.

 The original Spandau Ballet

Ovation Productions in association with Dainty Group Asia is mounting the one-night-only concert  as part of the Asian  leg of the legendary band’s world tour dubbed Soul Boys of the Western World Live! and in support of  its documentary film of the same title.

Per Sorensen, of Fra Lippo, is the special guest..

Spandau Ballet is expected to take Manila by storm in its highly-anticipated gig, attracting an impressive crowd of music enthusiasts from the ‘80s to the new millennium captivated by the dazzling array of hit songs it has popularized.

The concert brings to Manila all five original members of the iconic group -- Tony Hadley (lead singer), John Keeble (drums), Gary Kemp (guitar), Martin Kemp (bass) and Steve Norman (guitar) --  to perform live for the first time their smash-hit songs for Pinoy fans.

Among the band’s  greatest hits are “True,” “Gold,” “Through the Barricades,” “I’ll Fly For You,” “Lifeline,” “Round And Round,” “Communication,” “Highly Strung” and “Only When You Leave,” and many others.

After splitting up in 1990, Spandau Ballet reunited in October, 2009  with a world tour  starting with eight play dates across Ireland and the UK, followed  by a tour in Australia with Tears for Fears in April, 2010.

In recognition of its successful return to the music and concert scene, Virgin Media honored Spandau Ballet as the Best Comeback Band of 2009 at the Virgin Media Awards.

The groupgot together and hit the road again in 2014 to promote a documentary about its members and the 1980s culture more broadly, Soul Boys of the Western World, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall.

The band also attended South by Southwest (its first public appearance in North America since 1985) and the Cannes Film Festival to drum up support for the film. 

Its current world tour is taking Spandau Ballet to major cities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East  and Australia before making stops in Asia for shows in Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong..

Soul Boys Of The Western World Live! is a presentation of Ovation Productions in association with Dainty Group Asia.

Tickets at P6,750, P5,750, P4,750, P3,750 and P2,750  plus applicable charges and  are available at all SM Tickets outlets and online at 

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