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Loonee Tunes plus Very Special Guests HornStars – ska, reggae, funk and soul night!

March 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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 Loonee Tunes plus Very Special Guests HornStars – ska, reggae, funk and soul night!

$10 on the door

Sunday 19th March will see funk versus Northern Soul/ Ska. If you’re into singing horn sections, driving rhythm sections and love to dance, Loonee Tunes & The Horn Stars at Open Studio is where you want to be. “Loonee Tunes” one of Melbourne’s longest-running 2 Tone ska/ northern soul bands are back in Melbourne after successful tours of Sydney and Adelaide over the summer. This show will be Loonee Tunes’ first Melbourne show of 2017 and they are looking forward to having the Horn Stars support. This show will see The Horn Stars celebrate their first anniversary as a band.

So come down. Have a drink. Enjoy a crepe, and enjoy the March madness.

Loonee Tunes:

SKA. It landed in Australia from 60’s Jamaica by way of late 70’s England. It’s a sound, a feel, an attitude – and for many, a lifestyle. For these boys from Melbourne’s outer suburbs circa 1982, the 2‐Tone sounds of The Specials, The Selecter and Madness offered something new and infectious, an escape. More about fun than rebellion, Loonee Tunes brought an effervescent sound to the stage wherever they played. Everyone danced, and good times were had.

Developing their showmanship and a following, Loonee Tunes surfed the second ska wave around Melbourne for the next four years, frequently sharing the stage with bands such as No Nonsense and Strange Tenants. Front man Adam Timms transformed from designated singer into an engaging entertainer, developing a rapport with sweaty, dancing crowds at every turn. Each member contributed to the fun, resulting in a dedicated following who felt like they were part of the band.

Returning in 2009 from a hiatus, the band powered out of the gate once again, this time with the experience of years in the music industry. Some milestone gigs followed, including performances at Ska Nation and at a much-lauded Corner Hotel show that also featured Strange Tenants and the reformed No Nonsense. Loonee Tunes also promoted a huge night at the Gershwin Room, delivering a four-band lineup that knocked the socks off the assembled throng. 2015 has seen the band playing widely across the city and suburbs of Melbourne, with every show building their reputation for delivering infectious rhythms and a boatload of fun, and audiences ranging from hard-bitten ska fans through to urban folk discovering this enduring beat for the first time.

This latter-day Loonee Tunes is a force to be reckoned with, melding ska with an energy, pop sensibility and rock-solid sound that only true believers can deliver. The last couple of years have seen some tour-de-force shows in four states of Australia, with the band currently focusing on new material in preparation for the always-promised-but-never-quite-achieved long-play album. A solid lineup and greater confidence than ever before means you’ll be seeing these blokes out and about at a venue near you. So check your diaries and get down to a show!


The Hornstars are an eight piece party band from the mean streets of Melbourne’s north. We do funk, we do soul. We don’t do subtle.


March 19
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm