-By Carla Avendano
Kicking off to a great start with their first show of the BAYS Tour at Red Hill Auditorium Fat Freddy’s Drop gave Perth such a chilled out yet engaging and entertaining night. The seven piece New Zealand band had the crowd jamming to their sweet sounds of psychedelic reggae for most of the night as they opened up with “Slings and Arrows”, the crowd knew they were in for a great night.
Opening acts Thomas Oliver and Koi Child adding to the smooth vibe they put the crowd in. Giving us a taste of new single “If I Move To Mars” was played beautifully by Thomas Oliver. Koi Child bringing in his slick rhymes into play with the likes of “Black Panda”, “Frangipani” and “Funky Jazz Music”. Both amazing acts though different from each other were welcomed by the growing crowd and with the Jamaican jerk chicken smell flowing through the air the auditorium couldn’t have been a better place for Fat Freddy’s Drop to perform for their Perth based fans.
Engaging with the crowd as soon as they hit the stage their funky sounds getting everyone around into groove mode was just one of the things this amazing band did well, with an MC full of energy and the rest of the band creating the funky sounds they had on offer gave to a just a feel good concert. “10 Feet Tall” and personal favourite “Roady” were just so easy to vibe to. The jazzy band played immaculately the whole night not missing a beat and giving the fans a speculator view of what old school funk reggae sounds like.
“Boondigga” and “Shiverman” amongst some of the hits they played, the fans couldn’t get enough when Fat Freddy’s Drop set came to an end demanding an encore and of course they delivered leaving the crowd with the funky sound of “This Room” and crowd pleaser “Blackbird”. Overall it was just what a perfect summer chilled out night consists of and with shows selling out fast around Australia these guys aren’t to be missed live.
Photo Credit: Matthew Picken