– by Carla Avendano
Treating us to an awesome sideshow from the Electric Gardens line up, Fatboy Slim, Pachanga Boys and James Zabiela set off a crazy start to our Aussie Day weekend at the Redhill Auditorium. Not only was it a sell out show with a sea of fans through the massive space the venue has to offer, they also kept the crowd dancing for hours on end in the cool summer night. Along side the bass drops and laser shows Fatboy Slim had in line, it was a techno raver dream.
Pachanga Boys started the crowd off with their dynamically psychedelic beats. Their happiness just oozes through their sound, sending you into trance-like moments of pure joy. The Mexican – German duo definitely got the night off to a great start. Next in line, English tech-house Dj and producer James Zabiela showed us his turn table skills while making sweet uses of the loop and effects that came with his set. He had the growing swarm of dance tech lovers grooving and dancing to his funky sounds. Even in the open aired venue, the bass drops made sure we felt the full force of the bass. Zabiela delivered a great pre-Fatboy Slim work up, proving that he really is ‘Born Electric’.
Bringing nostalgia to the night gives Fatboy Slim a ten when it comes to his performance.
The lights dimmed as the electronic voice of James Zabiela thanked the crowd. After a quick stage change, out came the legend of the night: Fatboy Slim. By now the venue was flowing with hundreds of fans, ranging from all walks of eras, ready to enjoy the show. This true DJ legend lived up to his reputation. With his message appearing behind him and the tributes he made to mo town stars and artist, old school music and the late David Bowie, Fatboy Slim knows how to blow your mind with his amazing mixes and laser shows.
“Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” had the crowd pumping and dancing to the fresh sounds he had on offer. A variety of music snuck into the set, including Marvin Gaye’s “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and a personal favourite Bellini’s “Samba De Janeiro”. You can never go wrong with a little bit of old school hip hop in the mix; Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Baby I Got Your Money” and White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” had the all the fans in bliss. Not only can Fatboy Slim provide an entertaining night with an incredible set, it’s his interaction with the crowd and the love of preforming for his fans that makes him a talented artist.
He later played an even bigger tribute to David Bowie by mixing “Rebel, Rebel” with his own track “Right Here, Right Now” and Bowie’s famous Aladdin Sane lighting bolt photo appearing on screen. The fans truly loved the recognition he showed. Never a let down with the songs, he mixed with so many favourites. Bringing nostalgia to the night gives Fatboy Slim a ten when it comes to his performance; he had the whole auditorium dancing the night away and wanting so much more in the end.
Photo Credit: Matthew Picken