As the crowd gathered to set up their picnic rugs and camping chairs they were entertained by Stephen Cummings who looked relaxed onstage delivering some of his
new laid back offerings and finishing up with the Sports classic hit “Who Listens To The Radio”.
DJ Grand Master Baitz entertained the crowd spinning dance hits as the sun shone to dry up the earlier showers. Models led by Sean Kelly and accompanied by the reliable heavy bass sounds of Mark Ferrie cruised on stage and confided to the crowd they may be playing in a lower and slower key. Personal favourites of their performance were the Kraftwerk cover of ‘The Model’ and the amazing bass sounds on ‘I Hear Motion’. The crowd favourite judging by the number of waving Countdown bat wings in the air were the band’s huge 80’s hits ‘Hold On’ and ‘Out of Mind Out of Sight.’ Fittingly following these two songs the band paid tribute to past member James Freud.
I’m Talking were up next to transport us in a musical time capsule back to our youthful dance days. Performing for the first time at ADOTG after 32 years the band hit the stage grooving with an energy and enthusiasm that was inspiring. Where have they been and why have they deprived us for so long? Kate Ceberano and Zan Abeyratne were superb on vocals and the dance moves – wow! Highlights (the entire set really) Zan’s vocals on ‘Holy Word’, Kate’s amazing rendition of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ and dance tracks ‘Lets Do It’ and ‘Trust Me’ (Kate and Zan reminding the crowd that single was released 1 week prior to their 17th birthdays). Trust me these women still rock – we want more.
The stage cloaked with beautiful draped velvet curtains and dreamy lighting set the scene for Brian Ferry to glide out to front his nine piece band to the opening bass sounds of ‘The Main Thing’. From the outset the band sound as cool as they look. The incredible sax solo’s performed by Australian musician Jorja Chalmers took you right back to the glory sexy sax days of the Eighties, I was instantly seduced, as were many others. Ferry, a man of few words, then led the band silkily into two of his biggest hits ‘Slave to Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’, three songs in and we were already satisfied! Ferry and his band delivered ballads ‘Out of the Blue’ showcasing the beautiful violin and sax, and ‘Zamba’ highlighting just how good lead guitarist Chris Spedding is. Of course the showstoppers came: ‘Avalon’, ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Tokyo Joe’ and ‘Lets Stick Together’. The velvet curtain closed on yet another amazing concert at Sirromet with only a few “cardonnay casualties” being assisted out… or maybe like us they were just intoxicated by Bryan Ferry and his incredible band.
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