Sydney Unleashed

Sydney's #1 Entertainment & Lifestyle Publication

90s Mania Tour

90s Mania Tour

The world’s biggest ‘90s Dance Party is coming back to Australia.

Featuring five of the leading ‘90s dance acts live in concert: Haddaway, La Bouche, Amber, Jenny Berggren from Ace of Base, Katrin from Black Box + Special Guest DJ Nick Skitz (Aus) & MC James Spy.

Read on for your chance to win a double pass to the amazing show!


Nestor Alexander Haddaway better known by his stage name Haddaway, is a Trinidadian-German musician best known for his 1993 hit single ‘What Is Love’ 10 Years, four albums and over 20 Million units sold. His first single ‘What Is Love’ rapidly became popular in Europe, reaching number 2 in Germany and in the UK.  In Germany, the single sold 900,000 copies, in the UK, it was certified Gold. It later reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold. It spent 52 weeks on the word-wide Top 10 Charts and even today is part of the Top 100 Airplay Charts in the U.S. The worldwide sales of ‘What Is Love’ achieved a sales quota of over 8 million units. His second single ‘Life’ hit number 2 in Germany, number 6 in the UK and number 41 in the USA. The follow-up singles ‘I Miss You’ and ‘Rock My Heart’ were also top 10 smashes in Europe and established him as a successful Eurodance artist. His first LP, The Album was a multi-million seller which reached Platinum status in Germany and Gold in the UK and in France. ‘What is Love’ went Top 12 in Aus & ‘Life’ went Top 40. During his impressive career, Haddaway has been dignified with several awards: the World Music Award, Echo-Award, Goldene Europa and more.


The language of music transcends political, religious and cultural boundaries. It is with this spirit that Lane McCray burst onto the international music scene in the mid and late 1990s with the late diva Melanie Thornton.  Having met in Frankfurt, Germany by a chance encounter, this powerhouse duo became known as La Bouche (French for ‘The mouth’) and conquered the dance music scene with landmark success, producing chart toping singles, peaking at number one in seven countries.  The successful dynamic duo conquered the charts of the 1990s.  With more than 10-million records sold and the meticulously watchful eye of legendary music mogul Frank Farian, La Bouche earned numerous awards, including the German Grammy, the Echo, for Dance Song of the Year in 1995. ‘Be My Lover’ peaked at number 1 in Germany, Sweden and the USA, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It went on to win the ASCAP award for the ‘Most Played Song in America,’ and sold 6 million copies worldwide.  La Bouche went on to become one of the biggest Eurodance groups of the ’90s, with a string of hits worldwide.  The debut album ’Sweet Dreams’ was released in June, 1995, which went to number 13 in the U.S., featured two more hit single releases, ‘Fallin’ in Love’ (a cover version of the 1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song) and ‘I Love to Love.’ In 2001, Melanie Thornton passed away in a plane crash while promoting her solo career.  Today, the original vocalist Sir Lane McCray carries the dream on. The album ‘Sweet Dreams’ went Top 10 in Australia, the singles ‘Sweet Dreams’ hit #8, ‘Be My Lover’ #2 & ‘I Love to Love’ #6.


The Ace of Base story started in the early 90s when the three Berggren siblings (Jonas, Malin and Jenny) formed the techno band Tech Noir.  Next to their rehearsal room, Ulf Ekberg played in another band.  Soon, Jonas and Ulf hit it off, started to write and produce together as ‘Ace of Base.’  During the production of their first album the band got to know Denniz Pop, an ex-DJ who had enjoyed international chart success as a writer and producer for Dr Alban.  Denniz had listened to the demo of ‘All That She Wants’ in his car stereo every day going to work at Cheiron studios.  Denniz got involved in Ace of Base’s album that was the start for the international recognition of Cheiron and followed by successes like Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, N’sync and Five. Ace of Base’s very first single was ‘Wheel Of Fortune,’ followed by the major worldwide hit ‘All That She Wants.’ ‘The Sign’ and ‘Don’t Turn Around’ also became international hits.  The band first made it in Denmark, then the rest of Scandinavia, Germany, the rest of Europe and Asia before conquering The US and Canada. In all, the debut album ‘Happy Nation’ (released as ‘The Sign’ in the US) sold 25 million copies and remains in the Guinness book of records as the ‘Best-selling debut album ever.’ Achieving numerous awards such as 6 World Music Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, 3 America Music Awards, several different European Grammy Awards and two American Grammy nominations! To mention a few! When beginning to write and record for the second album ‘The Bridge,’ the pressure was on.  With the help of hit singles like ‘Lucky Love,’ ‘Beautiful Life’ and ‘Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry’ and promotional trips around the world, the album ‘The Bridge’ sold 5 million copies.  Back in Sweden the band returned to the studio to write for the band’s third album ‘Flowers’ (released in the US and Japan as ‘Cruel Summer’).  The first single was ‘Life Is A Flower,’ which was an immediate success.  It got an award for the ‘Most played song’ on European radio in 1998.  The Bananarama cover ‘Cruel Summer’ became the title track of the American album, the single reaching the American top ten. Other hits included ‘Travel To Romantis’ and ‘Always Have, Always Will.’ Notable is the fact that three of the singles from ‘Flowers’ reached top ten in England, where the band have performed on the famous show ‘Top Of the Pops’ an astonishing 18 times!


One of the leading exponents of a wave of Italian house music that flourished on the dancefloors of the late 80s and early 90s, Black Box comprised three Italian studio musicians (Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni and Valerio Semplici), collectively known as Groove Groove Melody. Based in the Reggio Emilia area of northern Italy, the team made use of Katrin (Catherine Quinol) as a front woman for the Black Box project. The team were established as one of the top production outfits in Italian dance music, churning out more than a dozen singles a year in their native country.  Among these productions the British music industry spotted ‘Ride On Time.’ The single became the first of a series of Italian house records to crossover to the UK charts, staying at number 1 for six weeks in 1989, and becoming the best dance selling record of all time (still to this day). The Groove Groove Melody team were also behind the production of Starlight’s ‘Numero Uno’ reaching the 9th position in the UK Single Charts. Under seven or more pseudonyms, they turned out numerous further records. However, as Black Box, in April 1990, they released an album called ‘Dreamland’ which broke in the US charts as well as UK and the rest of the world, and featured the hit singles: ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Else,’ ‘Everybody Everybody,’ ‘Strike It Up,’ and ‘Fantasy,’ a revamp of the Earth, Wind And Fire hit. Ride On Time (#2 in Aus), Fantasy (#3 in Aus), I Don’t Know Anybody Else (Top 6 in Aus), Everybody, Everybody (Top 40 in Aus), Strike It Up (Top 20 in Aus) – Album ‘DreamLand’ achieved Platinum status & went #1.


Marie-Claire ‘Amber’ Cremers is a Dutch born German singer, songwriter, label owner, and executive producer.  She is best known for her hits ‘This Is Your Night,’ ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ and ‘Sexual (Li Da Di).’ Amber’s music career took off when one of her demos, ‘This Is Your Night’ gained interest from Tommy Boy Records.  Soon after its release as a single, it became one of the most successful songs of 1996 and 1997. A full-length album soon followed.  It included two more hit singles, ‘Colour Of Love’ and ‘One More Night.’ In 1999 Amber released her second (self titled) album which garnered the most mainstream attention thus far.  The first single ‘Sexual (Li Da Li)’ achieved success in the US Billboard charts as well as charting across Europe.  The album also included the single ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ by Stars on 54 (a collaboration with Ultra Naté and Jocelyn Enriquez) which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie ’54.’ Amber has racked up an impressive seven consecutive No.1 Dance Singles and an additional 6 Top 10 Dance hits. Many of them made it into the official Top 40 Billboard Charts. In 2000, Amber released the album Remixed, which contained remixes of all her previous singles, including ‘If You Could Read My Mind.’ It also included a non-album track ‘Taste The Tears’ which had previously appeared on the TV soundtrack for ’Sex and The City.’ In 2001, she received a Grammy nomination as the writer of ‘Love One Another’ for Cher’s cover version and also co wrote for Bette Midler.

90s MANIA TOUR DATES (2016):

Thursday 1st September – HQ, Adelaide
GA $90.00+ bf
GA + Meet & Greet $195.00 +bf

Friday 2nd September – Trak, Melbourne
GA $90.00+ bf
GA + Meet & Greet $195.00 +bf

Saturday 3rd September – Eaton’s Hill, Brisbane
GA $90.00+ bf
GA + Meet & Greet $195.00 +bf

Friday 9th September – Metro City, Perth
GA $90.00+ bf
GA + Meet & Greet $195.00 +bf

Saturday 10th September – Big Top – Luna Park, Sydney
GA Standing 1st Release $91.00 +bf
GA Standing + Meet & Greet $190.50 +bf
Reserved Seating 1st Release $100.50 +bf
Reserved Seating + Meet & Greet $200.50 +bf

Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.