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Recently Northeast Party House performed at Fat Controller along with local acts China Roses, and Paradise Club.
The night started out with a set from China Roses who put on a great performance that had everyone bopping to their poppy electronic tunes and catchy vocal hooks. They played their recently released single ‘Outer’ which was definitely a highlight along with a new song that they played live for the first time. It was great to see how much they have developed their live performance and stage presence since I last saw them play.
If the heat hadn’t tipped everyone off that summer had started yet, the jingly 80’s inspired songs from Paradise Club certainly reminded us. The smooth and almost at times effortless vocals from the singer had everyone warmed up (more than the weather could) dancing along. The comforting mellow guitar licks reminded me a lot of The Paper Kites and I’m very excited to see where they take their music in the future.
Finally the wait was over, and to the applause of the audience, the members of Northeast Party House made their way onto the stage. The opening song began with atmospheric synths and punchy bass before an explosion of colourful sounds at the end. This really got the crowd going and moshes began to break out as everyone slipped further into the trance of prominent groovy bass lines, wailing guitars, and repetitive anthem like vocals. A few songs into the set the crowd was given a simple question, “Blink-182 or Metallica?”. After measuring the applause after each band name the winner had been decided, and the band broke into an explosive and punky cover of Blink-182’s song ‘Dammit’.
It was also around the time that I was sucked into the mosh, and by no intention of my own ended up almost directly in the centre, right in front of vocalist Zach Hamilton-Reeves. This was when they broke out the tropic and percussive single ‘Calypso Beach’ off of their latest album ‘Dare’. The moshing took a break as everyone chilled out and enjoyed the much more relaxed song. The calm, however, was short lived because the next song was the dynamic ‘Embezzler’ which had the entire crowd jumping and yelling along to the synth heavy dance tune. A cover of Violent Soho’s ‘Covered in Chrome’ shortly followed, and similar to the previous song, saw the whole audience screaming along to the lyrics. I didn’t think the crowd could dance any harder, but when the final song ‘Youth Allowance’ started playing, the energy in the packed room went up tenfold. Zach noticed the increase of energy too because he began to edge closer to the sweaty crowd before launching himself on top of everyone at the front (including me).
This was an amazing gig to start Summer off with. Each artist offered something different and Northeast Party House nailed their performance. The crowd was fantastic and the sound and lighting was really well done. Fat Controller made for the perfect venue with both the vibe of a club and a bar; this created a comfortable yet energetic mood throughout the crowd. Fans of the band can also get excited for 2019 because they teased that new music would be coming soon. My only regret is that I wore white shoes which are unfortunately now black.
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OzAsia Festival returns for its 12th year; although it already holds the title of Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia, this one's set to launch its most impressive line-up yet! Running from 25 October to 11 November, the expansive and innovative program attracts critical acclaim, and is expected to gather 190,000 people over the duration. This year, 20 countries will be represented with feature work from 817 artists.
Planning to be the most notable of the festivals to date for contemporary arts from Asia, this year sees a record of 60 unique events being featured; including 8 major visual arts exhibitions, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, 66 workshops and 22 events exclusive to Adelaide, scheduled across the eighteen-day period. With six world premieres, 20 Australian premieres, along with free and ticketed options, there’s no excuse not to get involved in this culturally brilliant arena.
So, what can you expect from the “most expansive and diverse program to date”? OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell explains that “OzAsia Festival is the place to be to experience the best contemporary arts and culture across Asia.”
Major headliners include the legendary Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai’s beloved modern classic Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and the Australian premiere of Korea's international hit Dancing Grandmothers. Returning with international acclaim, Nassim Soleimanpour is set to delight with his newest work, Nassim, which features a new actor each night, not knowing the script until stepping onto the stage.
Artists of South Australia feature prominently in the program this year with a series of international collaboration debuts. Intimate dance performance, Close Company, is the work of Alison Curry and Singapore’s RAW Moves. World premiere of Adelaide Composer David Kotlowy’s Patina features local artists Ade Suharto, Gamelan In Situ along with Japanese dancer Shin Sakuma.
For the younger audience there is an immersive theatre experience, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), combining song, shadow imagery, puppetry and sound with all the life of the ocean.
In a massive takeover this year, OzAsia comes to a final weekend crescendo with the completely free Jaipur Literature Festival. A combination over 50 authors, journalists, activists and thinkers make up this amazing event. Including the likes of Indian author Shobhaa De, writer and comedian Sami Shah and the festivals own Artistic Directors and writers, William Darymple and Namita Gokhale. The JLF brings you the best of the artistic, literary and culinary heritage of South Asia and the world through ideas, food, music, talks, and books this section of the festival runs from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11.
Of course, everyone’s favourite part of OzAsia is back with the Moon Lantern Parade, bigger and better this year, hitting Elder Park with its explosion of lights and colour on Saturday, November 27 from 3-9pm. Featuring more than 40 different handmade lanterns and an impressive firework display there is ample vantage points for everyone to view this festival moment. There will be plenty of amenities and food carts throughout with roving performances and free entertainment from local artists.
With only 18 days and so much packed in prepare to be swept off your feat this OzAsia Festival season!
The full OzAsia line up is available online from 7pm 14th August on the official website with the full line up for Jaipur Literature Festival to be announced in September.
All images via the OzAsia Media team.
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