Mark Holden brings his story of the Holden Brothers Travelling Circus to Geelong

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

In an Australian premiere, music icon, Mark Holden, is presenting a very special and personal performance at the Potato Shed on Friday 24 March 2017.

Mark will tell his home grown story of The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus who entertained tourists and residents on the Bellarine and the wider region for over 80 years.

The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus was established by Mark’s great, great-uncle, Adolphus Holden in 1892.

Mark Holden made his name in the mid-1970s as the good-looking carnation-carrying pop star who sang hits like ‘Never Gonna Fall in Love Again’ and ‘Last Romance’.

Mark was signed by EMI Australia, for whom he went on to record three albums. Mark is well known for being a judge on Australian Idol where he coined the phrase “Touchdown”. He also appeared as a judge and mentor in the hugely successful X-Factor and appeared on Celebrity Come Dine with Me Australia and Dancing with the Stars.

Apart from his own singer/songwriter success, Mark wrote Top Ten hits with The Temptations on Motown, launched Vanessa Amorosi onto the Australian and international stage, penning her two smash hits “Absolutely Everybody” and “Shine”.

He also developed and produced artists including Calvin Klein model and film star Milla Jovovich. Meanwhile, his songs continue to be recorded by Vanessa Amorosi, Nikki Webster, Delta Goodrem and Sophie Monk.

At the end of 2009, Mark graduated from his law degree and was admitted to the Bar, and he is currently practicing full time as a barrister.

Tickets can be purchased at any of our  Customer Service Centres or by calling the Potato Shed on 03 5251 1998 with credit card details.


Brett Luxford - Director Investment and Attraction

"The show is a reflection of Australia’s first travelling circus, based in Murradoc Road Drysdale in the late 1800s.
The show is intimate and fascinating with stories and songs plus a question and answer session at the end of the performance.
The Holden Bros Travelling Circus lasted three generations finally ending in the 1970s."

Mark Holden

"It’s a huge thrill to be able to premiere the story of the Holden Brothers to the people of the Bellarine. The tradition that started in the 1890s continues to this day. Barwon Heads resident, Mick Holden of The Mixtures who found fame in the 1970s with The Pushbike Song, performed well into his 60s and Dallas Holden, a local music teacher and musician, still performs on the Bellarine today."