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.
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
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."