While the dark rainclouds drifting above Adelaide on Sunday morning may have been concerning to some, the punters who made their way down to McLaren Vale’s S.C. Pannell Winery seemed to not have a care in the world.
The setting for the tenth iteration of Carl Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco was laidback, low-key and lively amid the grassy fields of the stunning winery, dotted with mobile bars and an impressive array of Adelaide’s favourite food trucks. The venue was packed out with 2,000-odd punters both young and old with plaid picnic rugs, rain ponchos and bottles of wine nestled under arms as far as the eye could see. DJ Eric Powell kicked off the day with a hiphop-heavy set followed by the legendary Carl Cox, who masterfully mixed a lineup of feel-good funk and soul tracks that kept the crowd jiving for the next few hours.
The moment that everyone was waiting for came later in the day when De La Soul’s Maseo took to the decks prior to the hiphop supergroup’s anticipated set. He delivered a fitting tribute to the late Phife Dawg by mashing up some classic A Tribe Called Quest tracks and getting the crowd to chant “Phife Dawg!” before welcoming bandmates Posdnuos and Dave to the stage. The trio’s energy was immense as they rolled through their tight-as-fuck set featuring tracks both old and new, with punters’ arms flying high in the air as they grooved blissfully among the grass. Completely engaged with the audience, De La Soul’s stage presence was truly a force to be reckoned with. Not only was their performance top-notch, it was evident to see that the group were digging the feeling of being onstage which had the crowd intoxicated and hanging off their every word.
Highlights included a medley featuring 1989 track Me Myself and I, a charged rendition of Stakes Is High, and the classic Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) towards the end of the set which went off. An iconic maniacal laugh heralded the last track and the trio launched into Feel Good Inc., which made for a solid closing number and kept the crowd boogieing until the very last beat.
The verdict: good wine, good food, good setting and really good music. Carl Cox and Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco had all the ingredients required for a killer festival. Brought to life by the informal setting of the winery, the day was a massive success and the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday.
Carl Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco with De La Soul took place at S.C. Pannell Winery, McLaren Vale on November 13 2016.
Photography by Richard Lyons for S.C. Pannell Winery