Since the small town mash up kings started they have made it clear to everyone that Yacht Club DJ’s know how to start a hell of a party. As people piled into The Gov it became glaringly obvious this sold-out Friday Night show was set to get crazy.
Scheduled to open, Fake Tan had been cancelled due to an illness. No one seemed particularly outraged. So took to the stage fellow Ballarat boys, Hunting Grounds (formerly Howl). Hunting Grounds are best known for winning Triple J Unearthed in 2009. They played to a handful of fans rocking out at the front while others listened and enjoyed from around the venue. Hunting Ground’s hit ‘In Colour’ got everyone interested and a lot of listeners realized it was those guys that sing that song.
The boys did an awesome job of warming up the crowd but as they finished and the masses swarmed to the stage, it was obvious what everyone was there for (and it wasn’t the overpriced drinks.)
Yacht Club got straight into the action like a jukebox on acid, easily flowing between The Beastie Boys and songs from The Lion King soundtrack. The crowd reacted like chameleons moshing to Nirvana one minute and grooving to The Jackson 5 the next.
There were people on shoulders, stage diving and crowd surfing from both the crowd and the (obviously intoxicated) DJ’s and although it was a great eclectic mix of songs and a whole heap of Friday Night fun it was no different from other times I have seen them perform. The show finished after a relatively short set, not much over an hour where a satisfied crowd filed out to continue the party elsewhere.