Dinosaur Jr drew in quite the crowd on Sunday night. Snapbacks, long hair, beards, tattoos…I felt like I was walking into the 90s grunge scene, and I loved every minute of it.
The Friday afternoon heat didn’t stop the influx of people heading to the Botanic Gardens for WOMADelaide. A significant amount of festival goers were dressed in colourful harem pants and patterned skirts and dresses. I couldn’t spot one person who wasn’t barefoot, wearing thongs, or sandals! I did spot some croc wearers though – do they count as shoes? Age proved to be no barrier throughout the evening; there were 2 year olds out and about with their family, teenagers, and the elderly.
David Sefton’s inclusion of Van Dyke Parks in the 2013 Adelaide Festival was always something I’d been looking forward to, yet being at the show itself completely blew any expectations I’d previously had out of the water. The American composer, producer and everything else arts-related, it seems, brought with him a bit of a career retrospective through to the Thebarton Theatre, as well as two very special guests in Silverchair frontman/object of my teenage dreams, Daniel Johns and Grammy holding, NZ pop princess, Kimbra.
I’ve never been one to claim to be a connoisseur of classical music, so I’m not going to spend this review pretending I am. It’d insulting to the artist and quite frankly, really hard to pull off. I’m at the Adelaide Town Hall, one of the most beautiful old venues in this city, to see the final Adelaide Festival show presented New York artistic collective/record label, Brassland. Tonight, the Adelaide Art Orchestra would come together with Clogs, the instrumental group led by Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome, in performing two hours of curated material.
O’Week at any university is the same, I imagine; if you’re a first year, you’ve got a few days to wander your new campus, load up on all the freebies because, God knows you’ve blown all your money on textbooks you won’t end up using and in most cases, venture to your uni’s bar for the first time. If you’re a well-learned uni student, O’Week generally spells out drunkenness, as you take full advantage of the O’Week BBQs and outdoor bars, free showbags and have a laugh from your usual seats in said Uni bar as you watch the starry-eyed freshers be put through their paces. All in all, it’s a good time. Adelaide Uni in particular, has been known for its raucous O’Week frivolities and their end of week concerts, which have in past years, played host to some of the country’s best touring bands.
There’s an interesting bunch of people gathering for Birds of Tokyo in Adelaide tonight. HQ seems to bring out the old men trying to hang onto their youth by mixing it with the scantily dressed ladies, teenagers and even their parents, members of the media who (if you’re in the circles) stick out like sore thumbs and the bitchy females who work there but look like they’ve arrived at the club under the assumption it’s a normal Saturday night at the complex. Tonight is a Tuesday however, so I had less time for verbal scuffles on the door than usual. Get thee to the music.
Thebarton Theatre hosted the award winning Kronos Quartet and J.G. Thirlwell’s Manorexia on Monday night for two hours of dramatic, spine tingling and downright awe-inspiring contemporary-classical music.
I challenge anyone to spend their evening with Peaches ‘n’ Gin’s newest show Big Band Burlesque and not be completely blown away. Really, what’s not to love about burlesque? Beautiful women slinking around the stage in stunning costumes, teasing the audience with their provocative dance moves as they slowly unveil item after item of clothing. Throw in Capitol Swing, an enthralling big band complete with stand-up bass, trumpet and saxophone, add Lady Cara, the buxom, bratty hostess with a great set of lungs and you have my recipe for one hell of a night out.
Oh Soundwave. You’ve had some ups and downs this year, haven’t you? From bands pulling out, Twitter wars and crowd injuries, you’ve still managed to pull off one of the most successful national festival tours we’ve seen in some years. The pure scale of the festival has always managed to daunt me, but it wasn’t until I actually stepped foot in the Bonython Park venue that I realised how mega this year’s Soundwave was setting up to be. This year, AJ Maddah had set out to create a festival to be, in the words of Wayne Campbell, double live gonzo. Intensity in ten cities. Live at Budokan.
O-week…the only time when getting absolutely shit faced on a Wednesday afternoon is socially acceptable. Gear Up, The University of South Australia’s biggest O-week event, was of course no exception. Featuring Hungry Kids of Hungary, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, Asta and way too many drunken first years, the mini-festival of sorts was a sure-fire hit, despite the notably moist weather.
Greg Fleet is a funny guy, there’s no doubt about that. I saw him ten years ago and he had the crowd in absolute hysterics from start to finish, so I was intrigued to see how the times had treated him and whether he still “had it” a decade later.
Ed Sheeran is an interesting character. The British singer songwriter has such a hold over popular music at the moment that has been fascinating to track; arriving at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this evening, the amount of people lined up (and no doubt camped out) around the venue is only one small testament to the global star power the 22 year old redhead has at his disposal.
The always charming Ed Sheeran brought his sweet grooves to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night, and Kerrie Geier was there to bring us photos from the night...