As David Bowie once sang, rock’n’roll stardom is so exciting, so enticing. Everyone wants a bit of rock’n’roll in their life, and that’s where all-woman 80s party band The Frocks can help.

The Frocks have been playing to big, mixed Sunday afternoon crowds at the Newtown Hotel for months and they’re starting to get some powerful recognition. They’re in talks with Mardi Gras about staging an hour-long live retro dance show in one of Fox’s outdoor spaces, and their four-week-long Frockstar competition is well under way.

In Frockstar, men and women get a chance to front the band and sing one of their 80s favourites. Think Xanadu or Video Killed The Radio Star.

It’s very different to karaoke in that you don’t sing in front of a machine with words, you sing in front of a live band, Frocks singer Maria says.

And rather than get up on a whim, they register and can come and rehearse with us on the Tuesday before the Sunday competition, which gives them a chance to loosen up a bit and pick up a few microphone tips.

The Frockstar winner will receive $2,000, and inner-western fame. They will also, Maria promises, have a ridiculously fun day out.

The most important thing is Frockstar is fun. We didn’t want any major professionals entering. If someone says to me, -˜I’ve never sung before,’ I say -˜great. You’re in.’ Everyone loves it. Everyone loves the 80s.

The Australian Frockstar competition is under way, with heats on Sunday 13 and 20 February at the Newtown Hotel, 74 King St, Newtown, from 5:30pm, and the finals on Sunday 27 February. Free entry. Register for Frockstar at www.thefrocks.com.au.

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