The Reef Hotel Casino presents Chocolate Starfish

Live At The Casino – BAR36 – Live Lounge


Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June 2019 | 8pm Nightly

Chocolate Starfish does INXS Kick

Audiences in Cairns best prepare themselves for what will no doubt be a rock tour de force this June as two of Australia’s best and most recognised bands cross paths for two special nights at The Reef Hotel Casino. Friday 28th and Saturday 29th will see 90s alternative rock kingpins Chocolate Starfish take on their heroes INXS to play the band’s iconic album Kick in its entirety. It’s a combination as good as it gets and it will be a show not to be missed.

Chocolate Starfish are no strangers to reimagining the music that has helped shaped them as a band. In the past, they have performed sets celebrating the music from the likes of Meatloaf and Queen, always bringing a fresh new take on old favourites and proving to crowds in the process just why they are considered to be one of the best performing bands in the country today.

Kick is, quite simply, a classic. Released in 1987, it was INXS’ sixth studio album. It is to-date the band’s most successful album, being certified seven times platinum in Australia, and spawning four US Top 10 Singles (Never Tear Us Apart, New Sensation, Devil Inside and Need You Tonight). It has sold a reported 20 million copies worldwide and has been placed on numerous ‘best of’ lists including ranking number 11 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s.  It is little wonder then why the album had such an impact on the band members of Chocolate Starfish and why they have chosen to reinterpret it in the live sense.

Chocolate Starfish are widely reputed as one of the most energetic and crowd-pleasing bands currently performing.  Their high intensity, no-holds-barred live shows are all about getting people to feel the music. The band arrived smack bang in the middle of the grunge scene of the 1990’s and refused to fit the mould. It’s now been 25 years since they released their debut album which debuted at NO.2 in the charts, and it is their unique attitude and outlook that has kept them so relevant to this day. Throughout their career, the band have had six Top 40 singles and two Top 10 albums on the Australian charts. They have received gold and platinum record sales and an ARIA award for Most Popular Album. The band left an ineffaceable print in Australian music history with singles such as Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain and continue to push the boundaries.

A group of some of the best musicians in the country, Chocolate Starfish is fronted by the one and only Adam Thompson. ‘Large than life’ doesn’t quite do justice in describing the frontman who is both outrageous in appearance and persona. His stage antics and presence have become the stuff of legend.

Bringing the genius of INXS and combining it with the stage prowess of Chocolate Starfish is a match made in Rock n Roll heaven. For those familiar with the original album, get ready to listen to these definitive songs in a whole new way… and for those unfamiliar, you could not ask for a better introduction. These songs have never been performed quite like this before, and there is little doubt whether they ever will be again. Chocolate Starfish fans don’t need to worry, the band will also be performing all their biggest hits in their usual party fashion. These will certainly be two nights to remember!

Chocolate Starfish performs at BAR36 at The Reef Hotel Casino on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June 2019 from 8pm nightly. Entertainment kicks off with Davy Simony, and continues til late with the great party bands until 1am. *** Live at the Casino shows in BAR36 are non-ticketed shows. For more information, please visit