REVIEW: Summadayze Melbourne, January 1 2012

02 January 2012

Dance music fans in Melbourne have a well-honed tradition of ringing in the New Year at the iconic Summadayze Melbourne, every New Years Day at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The King's Domain site hosts a main stage under the Bowl's sprawling canopy, and another nine smaller stages, each pumping and shuffling under a punishing sun, early in the day.

Aussie-born, London-based, multi-talented DJ/producer twins, Liv and Mim Nervo, filled the bowl at the Magenta (main) stage, early, whipping up a lunchtime electro-house frenzy. The legend himself, Grandmaster Flash - inventor of the art of DJ-ing, time-warped a sweaty crowd back to ol-skool, splicing through choruses of 70's, 80's and 90's chart-topping classics, and drawing those still arriving straight to the main stage, eager to reminisce.

Scissor Sisters incited the dancin' masses to a righteous groove, with their disco-electro-rock n roll hits, 'Tits on the Radio', 'Take Your Mama' and 'Filthy Gorgeous', garnering adoration. Erick Morillo proved his global superstar status. This hero of the remix invited us on a mini-tour through his wonderland of creative genius, transporting us collectively to our own raving Summadayze planet! Just in time, for the highly anticipated entrance of Calvin Broadus Jnr, a.k.a, Snoop Dogg. Regal in braided pigtails and tracksuit, the Doggfather assembled a fine, live band around him. 'Sweat', and 'Young, Wild & Free', kept the manic crowd in tune, and honour Snoop Dogg as a master of collaboration.


Moby was a shining highlight, delivering a passionate DJ set, and was in return received with adulation and tenderness. Scottish singer/ songwriter/ DJ/ producer, Calvin Harris, amplified the Moby effort. "So Close" and "We Found Love" are treasures. The packed bowl, belting them out in unison is heavy evidence of his impact. Closer Pendulum's drum n bass, in a rock band format, combines beats that rip you to shreds, with inspired lyrical visions. For some, the comparative darkness of their material seemed to mar the energy of the previous acts, but this didn't stop anyone enjoying outstanding renditions of 'Witchcraft', 'The Island, Part 1- Dawn', 'and Take Me Out of Here'

A quick tour of the minor stages and facilities during lightning-fast changeovers on the main stage, proved there was something for everyone at Summadayze Melbourne 2012. Yummy and healthy food options made up for the pricey beverages. Local talent on minor stages were worthy of their slots. Pounding bass and low-end frequencies from the main stage, when deep under the canopy, created a sensation of my skin separating from my muscle fibre, while the LED video screen technology provided creative, entrancing visual stimulation.

Future Entertainment's epic annual Summadayze Melbourne is renowned as a benchmark for other events and music festivals, for its' impressive line-up and organization. A staggering feast of dance and celebration in the sunshine - you don't need me to tell you -- it's a phenomenon not to be missed!


Review by Jessica Brown


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