Music Can Be the Best Medicine – Meet, The Magnets

Tell us about The Magnets? How did you all come together?

We actually began as street performers in Covent Garden in 1996. The Magnets have introduced millions to a-cappella music for the first time in concert, on radio and TV. Our richly varied career has seen us sign a major record deal with EMI, release four albums. We have performed alongside music legends including, Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Tinie Tempah, The Black Eyed Peas, Gregory Porter, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs to mention a few and play private shows for supermodels, heads of state and royalty. The new line-up includes 3 incredible top tenor voices. The guys are all west end lead vocalists. Shows include We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Footloose, Chess, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ superstar and Jersey Boys. I’m now the old boy! I used to be the youngest.

You’re show at the Adelaide FRINGE incorporates humour with your amazing a-cappella talents, how do you think music effects your audience and their mood?

The aim of any Magnets show is for the audience to have fun and have an hour of escape time to just enjoy. Music can be too serious. We like to get to know the audience and for them to get to know us. It’s basically a big 80s party. Everyone in the group has their own special vocal talent and their own story to tell. 5 guys on stage having fun and singing amazing music. Everyone leaves smiling and happy!

How do you guys manage balancing the touring life with a healthy personal life?

We all have very understanding partners! It can be tough sometimes though and Mike and Nick are both married with children. Nick actually has his Wife and little boy over here too. We love having our families and partners on tour with us when we can. It’s just so easy to keep in contact now. When I started touring I’d only just bought my first mobile phone and was too expensive to use overseas. A long time ago!!!!!!

Tell us how it really makes you feel to entertain us at your shows?

It really is the best job in the world. To make people smile and have fun in every show is just amazing. The Magnets is a family show everyone. No one is left out and to have the opportunity do this is Adelaide is just amazing.

For more information, check out: 

The Magnets at Adelaide Fringe

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Fresh Hair and Body: Blow Dry Station Launch

I think we all love a good blow dry….Am I right or Am I right?

Well I’ve got some news for you! Fresh Hair and Body…the ever growing chain of salons here in Adelaide, now have a service that allows us to get our hair washed and blow dried in 30 mins. So just think about it, if you have an event on after work and you don’t have the time to go home wash/style your hair and then get to the event on time, all you have to do is book in to get your hair done at the Fresh blow dry station and you’re good to go, plus with 8 salons around Adelaide, there’s bound to be one near you.

I highly reccomend checking out Fresh Hair and Body next time you need your hair done. Why not treat yourself once in a while, and lets face it, styling hair is such an effort…it is for me anyways, so any reason to let someone do it for me is reason enough!

Here are some photos from the recent launch of the Fresh Blow Dry Station, I got some curls put through my hair…

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Hahndorf: Adelaide’s own German Village

Today I spent the day in Hahndorf, about a 30 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. I enjoyed picking and eating strawberries, drinking hot chocolate and taking in the sights and sounds of this sweet little town.

I’ve been to Hahndorf before but only when I was a lot younger, I didn’t realise how nice it actually is. There are so many little shops selling handmade crafts and food products, the Beerenberg strawberry farm and a wide range of restaurants and cafes. The highlight for me was having hot chocolate at Salon du The or more easily known as The Tearoom. This cute little cafe only opened on Thursday and is soon becoming a favourite tea spot for locals and visitors.

Here are a few photos from my day in sunny Hahndorf…..