See the mentals at corymbia festival

Mental as Anything are the headline act at the Corymbia Multicultural Festival in Forrestfield.
Mental as Anything are the headline act at the Corymbia Multicultural Festival in Forrestfield.

One of Australia’s most original and much-loved bands, Mental As Anything was formed in the late ’70s and achieved chart-topping success in Australia, Europe and the UK in the ’80s.

The Mentals – as they are affectionately called – are well-known for their often quirky, upbeat and infectious songs.

Their first big release The Nips Are Getting Bigger went on to become an Australia-wide hit and launched a successful recording career that had the band release on average a single every four months for 12 years.

Thirty years later, the band are still recording and touring. Front man Greedy Smith, along with the other lead singer Martin Plaza, are the only two originals left in the group of five, and their music continues to sound as good as ever.

In 2009 the band was inducted into ARIA’s Hall of Fame.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said the Shire was delighted to welcome the iconic Mental As Anything to the Corymbia stage.

“The Mentals were one of the great Aussie bands of my youth and I expect everyone young and old will enjoy their irreverent style of music,” Cr Waddell said.

Many residents will remember their hits such as Too Many Times, Come Around and, of course, Live It Up.

This year’s Corymbia Festival features a multicultural program, with exciting performances from a wide range of nationalities, with activities for young and old.

The festival runs from 2pm-7pm at Hartfield Park on Morrison Road in Forrestfield.

As well as Mental As Anything, there will be indigenous Dreamtime storytelling, multicultural games, dance and a range of traditional arts and crafts, as well as youth bands and the ever-popular Freestyle Now BMX, skate and scoot stunt shows.

On March 13, grab your chairs and picnic blankets and join in the relaxing Corymbia Hi-Jinx at High Wycombe at Jacaranda Springs Park from 9am-11am.

For details call 9257 9953.