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Tiger Lillies in the Famous Spiegeltent

British cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies sold out a six-night season two weeks in advance, packing about 350 people into the exquisite venue each night last week.

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Each year she breezes in and out of town and, each year, it seems,

her absence only makes Melbourne's heart grow fonder. Perhaps it's her

non-committal allure, but the Belgian beauty is casting her spell again.


The love affair between Melbourne and the Famous Spiegeltent began in

2001. Now, in the tent's fourth year as the late-night "club" of the

Melbourne International Arts Festival, the passion seems far from

abated, with ticket sales booming and an extended season announced this

week.


The purchase of pre-sale tickets for shows in the 1920's Belgian mirror

tent, which sits on the Victorian Arts Centre's forecourt, are up a

staggering 900 per cent on last year, says the Spiegeltent's manager

and operator, David Bates.


British cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies sold out a six-night season two

weeks in advance, packing about 350 people into the exquisite venue

each night last week. The act enjoys a strong cult following, but is it

the talent or the seductively velvet-lined, wood-panelled tent that

keeps drawing people in? Perhaps it's a bit of both, says Bates. "This

week the sales are strong too," he says. "Even if they don't know the

artist, they're just trusting the programming."

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