This Saturday we were lucky enough to head over to Centennial Park for Listen Out, the new dance music festival that is Fuzzy Entertainment’s replacement of the now-scrapped Parklife festival. The festival’s tagline of “Party. Redefined.” was well reflected by the headliners of Disclosure and Azealia Banks, along with countless dance acts, both Aussie and from abroad.
We arrived just in time for Aussie electronic artist Hayden James, who started the day off with some heavy beats from his recently released five-track EP Permission to Love. Following Hayden James was Sydney-based trio RüFüS, whose debut album Atlas debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart on August 18th. Despite only having formed in 2010, this indie dance band has skyrocketed in popularity and managed to draw one of the largest crowds out of the early acts at Listen Out. Fans were well rewarded by their foot stomping set which ended on a fantastic, extended, upbeat version of their popular single ‘desert night’.
Next up was Touch Sensitive, who you may know as any of Arithmatix, a multi-instrumentalist band member of Van She, or by his actual name Michael Di Francesco. He delivered a synth-tastic set complete with hip shaking, a remix of Hayden James’ ‘Permission to Love’ and his current hit single ‘Pizza Guy’. Minutes afterwards, British duo AlunaGeorge hit the stage to keep the party going, with Aluna Francis capturing the attention of every man and woman alike with her alluring dance routine and awe-inspiring vocals.
Not so well received was headliner Azealia Banks from Harlem, New York. Ten minutes into her set she berated a crowd member for throwing a can onto the stage. A few songs later a not-so-impressed crowd member threw another can onto the stage during Azealia’s rendition of ‘Harlem Shake’, sending her storming off the stage in a fit of rage. The crowd booed and many crowd members were heard saying something along the lines of “she didn’t even do her main song!” Lucky for the few who were holding out for ‘212’, she came back on stage briefly to perform the debut single and then promptly left again. In stark contrast, UK house superstars Disclosure drew the largest crowd for the day and kept the crowd very pleased. Opening on huge dance numbers ‘F for you’ and ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’, Disclosure had their fans dancing from the get go and never slowed down from there.
Overall, listen out was a solid day of dancing, great music and good times. Look out for it to become an annual shindig.