4+ (group) performers
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Toontje Lager has been turning every venue upside down for years and will do the same at your event. Make sure you bring the spectacle to your party and book Toontje Lager 2nd ed. via ShowBird!
Toontje Lager was a Dutch pop band from Wageningen and Arnhem with singer Erik Mesie (successor of Bert Vermaas) from 1980. The group scored a number of hits in the early 80's, including 'Just like in the movie', 'So much to do' and 'Sneaky danced'
Toontje Lager was founded in 1978 by Bert Hermelink and Joost Witte. The name indicated that there had to be performed within a month. In 1979 the name changed to Toontje Lager. Other band members were Gerard de Braconier (later Rob Winter) and Huub van Melick (later Leon Giesen).
Toontje Lager scored several hits in his own country as well as some in Flanders. The first big hit became 'Just like in the movie' in 1982 and immediately entered the hit parade.
Just like in the movie' was on the album 'Erop or under' This album has been in the LP top 50 for a year and has become a golden record.
In that same year 'In thoughts', the B-side of the single 'Are you so scared too', was chosen as B-side of the year by listeners of radio station Hilversum 3.
Next hit becomes 'So much to do' in 1983. The instrumental part of this song has been used for years as a tune for the car program 'The holy cow'
So much to do' was on the album 'Stiekem dansen' (1983), which also featured the hit 'Stiekem gedanst' (secretly danced).
Also in 1983 the band received the Silver Harp from the Conamus foundation.
The prize is awarded each year to up-and-coming talent and is intended as an incentive prize.
In 1984, Toontje Lager received the Veronica Award for the most popular Dutch-language band
In 1985 the pressure was too high for some band members, which meant the end of Toontje Lager. Erik Mesie then continued solo with a combination of his own material and the hits of Toontje Lager
In 2012 he and his new band (Joost Vergoossen, Werner van Gool, Richard Zoer and Sjoerd Rutten) will go to the theatre again with the theatre tour 'Een Toontje Later'
Because Erik is proud of the quality of the music and the lyrics of Toontje Lager that have stood the test of time and are still fresh and original, he came up with the idea to approach the old band members after more than thirty years to see if the chemistry of those days was still present and if so, to do something with it.
When it turned out that the old band members were not interested in working together again, Erik decided to continue with his own band in 2016 under the name Toontje Lager.
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