The Wiggles – 30 Years On The Road
Posted by Team APATA | Feb 5, 2021
The Wiggles have announced they’re planning to kick off their national tour in Perth on April 10 and wrap up in Melbourne on May 9 as part of their We’re All Fruit Salad Tour!
2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic kids show and to celebrate, we will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around Australia with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!
One of the most popular children’s music groups the world over, Australia’s The Wiggles formed in the early ’90s and quickly earned a reputation for their distinctive primary-coloured clothing, lively, well-crafted songs, and kid appeal. With material aimed at younger and older toddlers, they released their first of numerous albums, The Wiggles, in 1991. It soon went platinum. Over the next few years, their popularity spread worldwide via albums, home videos, and concert tours. The Wiggles Movie saw release in 1997, and in 1998 they launched their first TV series, which aired on the Disney Channel in the U.S. Some of their ARIA Award-winning Best Children’s Albums include 1995’s Big Red Car, 2005’s Live: Hot Potatoes!, and 2011’s Ukulele Baby! Though three original members left the group in late 2012 following a farewell tour, founding member Anthony Field, aka the Blue Wiggle, remains a steady presence. The Wiggles’ 50th studio LP, Nursery Rhymes 2, arrived in 2018.
When the feel-good rock and R&B band the Cockroaches broke up in 1991 two of the band members Tony Field and Jeff Fatt decided to form a children’s band that would prove far more successful than anything they had previously experienced. Calling themselves The Wiggles, Field and Fatt joined forces with Murray Cook (bass) and Greg Page (vocals). All four were qualified preschool teachers from Macquarie University in Sydney. Children immediately took to their playful songs, simple dances, and such characters as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, and Wags the Dog.
After three decades on the road, The Wiggles looks a little different today with founding members Cook, Fatt and Page and Guest Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran’s departure in 2012. Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field is still in the group with new members Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and the first female Wiggle, Emma Watkins. The Wiggles 2.0 continues to be as popular as ever, educating children around the world through song and dance. The Wiggles started on records, cassette and VHS tapes, then DVD’S and today reach over 1 billion music streams via multiple platforms with a very popular social media following across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram – no mean feat for any musical act.
Great to see the band back on the road and kickstarting their 2021 tours across News Zealand and Australia! Happy Birthday to The Wiggles!