Nineties superstars The Vengaboys are coming, and everyone should be jumping, because they are bringing five other dance superstars with them.

Joining them as passengers on the Vengabus are Tina Cousins, Crystal Waters, DJ Sammy, Whigfield, Sonique and Joanne.

facebookThey’re all playing at Thebarton Theatre on Friday 11th November, which has already sold out.

Vengaboy, Donny Latupeirissa took the time to chat with Upside writer and photographer John Goodridge about their current tour and coming down under.

Playing around Europe at the moment, Donny is loving performing, and the reception the band get at their Pride gigs.

“We’re actually having a never-ending tour; we just keep on going,” he says.

“The people just love us [at the Pride gigs]. And we love them. It’s crazy. We’re playing at Birmingham this Sunday and it’s always great fun to perform at Pride. Not only because I’m gay myself, but it’s really fun. Normally we never have drag queens in the audience but now we do and that’s fun.”

Having been with the Vengaboys for about ten years, Donny says it wasn’t his ambition to become one of the band, but he is glad he ended up here.

“I have a dance background. I started off as a dancer here in Amsterdam at the School of Performing Arts so it’s great to get the opportunity to be part of a big concept and yeah, this is really what I want to do,” he says.

Donny and the band have a number of costumes and alter-egos, which make him into a range of fabulous Donnies.

“At this moment I’m just wearing my sweat pants and I’m really chilled and relaxed, but as soon as I put on a cowboy hat and one of my cowboy suits then I’m Donny Donstar from the Vengaboys; and when I wear a wig, then I’m Donna-Ray the drag queen. I transform!” he says.

The life of a Vengaboy suits Donny and has allowed him to express himself creatively.

Positivity is his mantra and he believes being a good influence on people helps to enrich and develop his life.

“Because we’re on stage and in the spotlight, people really look up to us, so you have to be positive. Of course life can be a bitch as well, but with positivity you grow, and if you’re feeling miserable that will pass as well and you’ll grow stronger in the end and be more free and be yourself. It’s really important to have that role,” he says.

Tickets have sold like hot cakes, with the gig having to take on a bigger venue, and Donny was pleasantly surprised about this, humbly citing the support acts as the catalyst.

“Because people saw us in 2012 and 2013 already, we were like maybe, but I think with all the supporting acts like Whigfield , Crystal Waters, DJ Sammy and Tina Cousins; I think it’s going to be a different night to before.  With all the support acts, it’s going to be a big nineties revival show. We’re really looking forward to coming to Adelaide,” he says.

“I think everybody as really nice memory of that time and when you just hear that music it’s just one big trip down memory lane. That’s the main feeling that you get at the show. It’s high energy audience participation, and you can just feel good and enjoy that type of music. Nowadays it’s all about DJs, electronic music and techno and house so it’s nice to her some silly songs again.”

And Adelaide is definitely looking forward to some silly songs, because the gig has sold out already!

Vengaboys will play at Thebarton Theatre (112 Henley Beach Road) with special guests Tina Cousins, DJ Sammy, Crystal Waters, Whigfield, Sonique and Joanne on Friday November 11 from 7:30pm.


Interviewed by John Goodridge
Compiled by Libby Parker
Photo supplied