December, 2008

Breakfest 2008 @ Belvoir

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 by Cassie

Breakfest 2008 “went off!” according to many people who attended the annual Boxing Day festival at atmospheric Belvoir Amphitheatre. Four time winner of Best Event at the Perth Dance Music Awards, this year the all day (1-11pm) festival didn’t disappoint – featuring two stages of impressive international and local talent.

Thankfully the blistering heat wasn’t an issue this year and a mild breeze which kicked in after 2pm made for a quite pleasant summer day. After Dan the Man and Royce kicked off a good start to the afternoon, local hip-hop outfit The Typhoons took the stage. Emcee Able and MC Galaga performed with eight other band members on percussion, keys, strings and brass to create a dynamic live hip-hop show which got peoples feet moving. Largely due to the earliness in the day the amphitheatre wasn’t filled out much, however The Typhoons seem to have a loyal fan base and the audience was having a good time.

Meanwhile on the local stage Marty McFly and Prizzy were getting breaks fans warmed up with an energetic set, enticing the early party goers to move around the sheltered dance floor. Philly and Mono Lisa took over the decks at 315 just as the venue started filling up noticeably. The local stage was positioned near the entrance and their crankin’ set, which dropped Mr Brightside by The Killer’s and Snap’s I Got The Power,) allured arriving punters to have a boogy.

Those who opted to bypass this stage went to check out John H representing Fort Knox Five. His groovy set complimented the summer vibes and was responsible for forming the decent mosh pit in front of the stage (which steadily grew as the evening came on). The Jungle Brothers – took over the main stage for an hour at 430. With Sammy B on the cuts and Mike G on the mic, they dropped a bouncing set which included favorites Because I Got It Like That from their first album Straight Out The Jungle and Jungle Brother from Raw Deluxe.

Hook n Sling took things up a notch pumping crowd pleasing party beats into the now rather hectic amphitheatre. People were well and truly loosened up and as the sun started sinking anticipation grew for the night ahead. At 6:30 Jay-Z’s 99 Problems filled the air indicating the start of the Atomic Hooligan set. Matt started out bringing the funk warming-up the enthusiastic audience and gradually building to banging breaks mixed with well known tracks such as De La Soul’s Ring, Ring, Ring and Busta Rhymes Dangerous.

People responded enthusiastically when Aquasky jumped in with some dirty break beats. The crowd got down to a pumping set, responding enthusiastically when Deee-Lite, The Prodigy and other popular artists were dropped.

Last up was big name for the night Krafty Kuts. This English DJ is renowned for dropping “killer sets!” and armed with MC Dynamite he capped off the night nicely once again. Opening with the Beatles and mixing into M.O.P he got the whole crowds attention. He added The Killers, Soul 11 Soul and Groove Armada to his booty shaking concoction before dropping some drum and bass for the last half hour or so – The Verve and Guns and Roses echoing through the bassline.

Another successful Breakfest!

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Seriously Sound System @ Hyde Park

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 by Cassie

Seriously Sound System 2008

High on many Pertheans “top things to do on a summer day” list is spending a lazy afternoon with friends in the sun at Hyde Park – having a few drinks and taking advantage of the peaceful serenity that can be found so close to town. If you happened to be there on December 20th, the element of funky music was added to the equation for Seriously Sound System.

Running from midday ‘til late, RTRFM put on this yearly small music festival which features local music acts from different genres – from reggae to breaks, hip hop, funk and more. This years’ line-up didn’t disappoint, featuring a talented selection of artists who all did their best to get peoples bodies moving.

Showers in the morning caused a little weather wariness, but by early afternoon the sun was out just in time for the first acts of the day to get the beats cranking. Though it was an 18+ event there were a number of small children present with their parents, seemingly enjoying the music and having a little boogie.

By mid afternoon there were almost a few hundred punters scattered across the lush grass. Zarm set a chilled out vibe to the afternoon filling the air with roots and reggae tunes. This four piece dub/reggae outfit infuses old school beats with live vocals, percussion and guitar, creating a funky fresh sound that was enjoyed by all.

Dart stepped up next delivering a pumping drum and bass set. Though onlookers appreciated the music, it was seemingly too early for this degree of bass and bottoms remained planted on the floor. A brief period of heavy rain was the catalyst for change, prompting punters to get up and find shelter under the big Banyan trees. As the rain lightened and sun shine broke through, people were enticed out again: the wet grass preventing most from sitting back down. The alternative was to have a sun dance – just as dub/reggae group Earthlink took over the stage.

Earthlink’s Drummie, Simo T, Isis and Sheriff Lindo brought in the funk, just as the venue started filling out quite rapidly. Accompanied by MC Munchie Man, these guys took control of the crowd by delivering music to match the party vibe, enticing people to boogy.

Ben Taaffe and Ben Elliot kept the mood going by adding some breaks and hip-hop to the night. Following them Funk Club’s Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomic delivered soulful grooves, the beautiful bluesy voice of Ms Mercy echoing over the park.

As dusk started to set in, inhabitations were loosened and the crowds aim was to dance and have a good time. Fdel responded accordingly, continuing with hip-hop and breaks but cranking it up a notch. By the time Downsyde took the stage the audience was well pumped. The popular hip-hop outfit played a selection of tracks from their four albums and delivered another crowd pleasing performance.

The last act for the night was Micah vs. Ben Mac. These well reputed DJs pumped out an energetic breaks set, jumping around and dancing as hard as the people watching them.

Ben Mac spoke to Cut & Paste about teaming up with Micah: “With Micah it’s so easy – we don’t have to speak about anything. We just get up there and slap it because we know each other so well. Bloody love it”. Their compatibility is evident in their well flowing set that made you want to dance hard. “I am a firm believer in never planning sets as I find it steals from the flow of the performance. We spoke about the first tune we were both going to play and winged it from there as it’s the only way to be in touch with the crowd.”

All in all Seriously Sound System was the perfect way to spend a sunny December day.

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