There’s nothing quite like kicking off the long weekend with some groovy tunes, positive vibes and great mates. Marking the start of the festival season, OH YES Festival made its debut at Wayville Showgrounds with a killer lineup featuring performances from Duke Dumont, PNAU, Northeast Party House and many more.
Up first was Fresh 92.7 Jumpstart competition winner, Tevlo. The local electronic producer was performing at his first ever music festival and despite this, he appeared more than comfortable commanding the large stage. A highlight of his set was when he was joined on stage by Caroline Tucker, aka CARZi, for an incredible performance of their recently released track, Armour.
We have been saying for a long time that local Adelaide four-piece The Montreals are one to watch and their OH YES performance did not disappoint! The local lads are young, fresh and delivered a set filled with luscious indie-rock vibes that had the entire crowd moovin’ and groovin’. The party vibes continued as local DJ, Dancespace took to the stage to warm up the energetic, early crowd with a set filled with modern remixes and classic tracks.
2017 is surely shaping up for Adelaide dance-pop group, Heaps Good Friends. After winning Triple J Unearthed’s competition to perform at Groovin The Moo earlier this year and joining The Jungle Giants on their Quiet Ferocity national tour, the group have been making waves on the airwaves. The growing crowd sang along to Heaps Good Friends’ hit singles, Lets Hug Longer and Olympic Sneakers as well as getting down to some of the band’s unreleased tracks.
Next up was emerging electronic producer, Just A Gent who kicked off his set with a stellar remix of Over The Rainbow. Similarly to Dancespace, Just A Gent delivered a set filled with modern remixes and ol’ school tracks, including a ripper remix of RL Grime’s Core. He was joined on stage by vocalists, Samsaruh and MOZA to perform a number of original tracks, with the crowd going wild for Heavy As A Heartbreak and Rolling Dice.
It’s always a groovy time whenever Northeast Party House hit the stage. The sun was starting to set and the good vibes kept on rolling, as Northeast Party House had the crowd eating out of their hands. Their whole set was a euphoric experience as they pumped out banger after banger, with the crowd getting down to For You, Calypso Beach and Heartbreaker.
It’s been less than a year since dream-pop duo Vallis Alps released their huge single Fading which launched them into the forefront of the Aussie music scene. In that time the duo has managed to grow a massive loyal following, with the crowd hanging off every word. Highlights of their set no doubt included Fading, as well as Young, East and their newly released single Oceans.
Next up was Canberra's electro-indie three-piece, SAFIA. The group have been laying low since the release of their debut album Internal in 2016 and we were more than ready for their awaited return to the festival stage. The band took us on an enchanted journey, performing tracks such as Counting Sheep, Take Me Over and Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues, before finishing off their set with Embracing Me.
2017 has seen the return of Sydney's indie dance duo PNAU, bursting back onto the scene with their ultra-catchy, party tune, Chameleon. Even though the band has recently taken a four-year break from the music scene, there is no doubt whatsoever that these guys know how to put on a live show. The real secret to the band's success is their bright, catchy and at sometimes bizarre lyrics combined with kaleidoscopic soundscapes which is evident in their track, Wild Strawberries.
Punters were absolutely frothing when major international heavyweight Duke Dumont took to the stage. Not even the rain could dampen the crowd's spirits as the UK producer spun his huge, sun-soaked singles amongst his bright, dynamic remixes. Overall, OH YES festival was filled with lots of dancing, booze, music and good vibes! Thanks for having us OH YES and we can't wait to see what you bring next.
All images via Kate Sansome