Hunters Love Tune Top Karaoke Choice

Throw Your Arms Around Me declared all time favourite karaoke hit.

Author: Julia Medew, The Age.

Date: 24 October 2004.

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On key: Karaoke kings and queens wait in Federation Square last night for the announcement.
Photo: Craig Sillitoe

It’s been sung at funerals, graduations, and even at the odd wedding or two, but last night Melburnians gathered to sing the Hunters and Collectors song, Throw Your Arms around Me as it was declared the all-time favourite karaoke hit.

After two weeks of counting down and singing a top 40 of Australian favourites at Federation Square, the 1990 hit was announced our number one choice to belt out on stage as part of the Melbourne International Festival’s Karaoke til You’re Croaky event.

Contenders included John Farnham’s You’re the Voice and Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky. Melburnians voted for the Aussie classic in the weeks leading up to the festival and placed Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock in second place.

Creative Producer of Special Events for the festival, Patrick Cronin, said the nightly karaoke sessions, which replaced last year’s dancing in the streets, had been an overwhelming success.

“Depending on the weather, we’ve had anywhere between 200 and 1500 people singing at night and with the warm weather in the last week, the atmosphere has been excellent,” he said.

Although the festival officially closed last night, Melbourne’s celebration of the arts will continue.

The Famous Spiegeltent remains in the forecourt of the Victorian Arts Centre until December 19, so Melburnians can continue to enjoy local and international talent for the longest season staged here to date.

Headline acts for the extended season include Paul Kelly and The Cat Empire in two November shows.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will also continue to run two of its Melbourne International Arts Festival exhibitions into the summer season.

Janet Cardiff’s multi-voiced installation, Forty-Part Motet, and Austrian-based artists Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum’s survey exhibition, Being in and out of love too many times itself makes you harder to love, will run until December 5.