Greek singers are expected to arrive en masse to Australia in the upcoming weeks, promising a spring season filled with kefi!
For some this is a much awaited return, while rising stars are also among the cohort. In any case, we are about to get a generous taste of Greece’s contemporary music scene.
Keep reading and you’ll understand why.
GLYKERIA & MIHALIS HATZIGIANNIS
A short introduction cannot pay justice to these iconic singers, whose followers extend beyond Greek borders.
With a career spanning more than 30 years and several multi-platinum releases, Glykeria is considered a queen of laiko.
Her first visit Down Under was during her peak years of fame, in 1985, an experience that she has described as convincing her to return time and time again.
With her on stage for this upcoming tour will be Mihalis Hatzigiannis, an artist who has left a footprint in the field of pop, contemporary laiko and entechno music, arguably from the very beginnings of his trajectory, when he released his album Parakseni Yiorti.
So far, Hatzigiannis’ record sales have surpassed 3 million copies and has even been chosen to perform for events like the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
* Glykeria and Mihalis Hatzigiannis will give two shows at Sydney’s Bellevue Venue on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September, followed by a show at the Melbourne Pavillion on Saturday 28 September.
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While a younger talent, Konstantinos Koufos seems to already have a loyal following in Australia where he comes back in September, three years after a sold-out concert in Sydney.
Koufos became widely known in 2015 thanks to the remake of the song I pio oraia stin Ellada which became viral on Youtube. In June 2016 he won the Best New Artist MAD Video Music Award, and has collaborated with industry heavyweights Nikos Vertis, Sakis Rouvas and Paola.
Expect to hear his hits Metro antistrofa, Ta potiria mas psila, Kentro Dierhomenon, and many more guaranteed to make you dance all night!
*Konstantinos Koufos will appear in Sydney’s Max Watts Fox Studios on Saturday 14 September and in Melbourne’s Trak Lounge Bar on Friday 27 September, as well as in Melbourne’s Chasers nightclub in a special guest appearance at an under 18 event.
For Sydney tickets head to https://bit.ly/2lPqite
For Melbourne tickets call 0412 083 563
Another younger generation representative, Yiorgos Sampanis will perform in Sydney and Melbourne for the very first time!
You might remember the song S’ afino tora ston epomeno, thanks to which he rose to fame in 2007.
He has now over 10 years of experience under his belt and has even ventured in composing songs for artists Elena Paparizou and Peggy Zina.
*Yiorgos Sampanis will perform at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on Friday 4 October and at the Trak in Melbourne on Friday 11 October.
For Sydney tickets call 0491110185 and for Melbourne tickets on 0419 099 933.
YIORGOS VELISSARIS – YIOTA GRIVA – NEKTARIOS KOKKONIS
With Yiorgos Velissaris as a headliner this group is set to offer Australian audiences an authentic laikodimotiko concert. Yiota Griva is joining him on stage, marking her first visit Down Under, while the presence of klarino player Nektarios Kokkonis guarantees shows will involve some…serious fun.
* The 3 people line-up will perform in Sydney on Saturday 2 November and in Melbourne’s Oakleigh Centre on Monday 4 November.
For tickets call 0405 292 442 (Sydney) or 0466 893 647 (Melbourne).
Fans of modern laiko will rejoice to the news of Kiamos’ arrival. One of the most popular artists of the genre, Kiamos has won a place in the Australian diaspora’s heart, with his recent 2011 and 2018 concerts having sold out.
Featuring in his upcoming gig will quite likely be two of his very first songs Ola gia sena milane and Trelos gia sena which remain on his fans’ top-10 list.
*Panos Kiamos will perform on Monday 4 November at the Melbourne Pavillion.
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