It can’t be too often that you go for a casual Friday night cider at NightQuarter and end up as a plus-one to your year 12 teacher at a banging Presets show. But these are just the kind of things that happen at our fave local night market and entertainment precinct.
The night kicked off with the tripped-out stylings of Melbourne future-pop duo Kult Kyss and their fluoro gear, followed by growing happy house sensation Roland Tings.
With The Paddock packed out, it was time for The Presets. From the first, unmistakeable ‘Uh-oh’ of ‘Talk Like That’, vocalist Julian and everything-else bandmate Kim brought banger after banger. The crowd was moving from the first song and didn’t stop till the end, buzzing along with the music and insistent, mesmerising light show. The band kindly gave us a few slower breathers on the way through – ‘Girl and the Sea’ for one – but the drops got us every time.
The duo have been around for over a decade and are solid favourites as party starters and enders. Having seen them a couple of times now, they never disappoint. They could have been excused this time in the face of the gig being the last night of a multi-date national tour on the back on their recently released ‘HI-VIZ’ album. Yes, a couple of punters got their safety gear on in support of the name. The Presets head to the US with the album tour in September/October. Towards the end of the set they played one of the new songs from that album ‘14U+14ME’. After the (not so) subtle activism of ‘My People’, could this be another dig at society’s ills? This time in the form of ‘there really is enough for everyone’? Either way, these two are using their epic anthems for a good time as well as a long time.
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