Written By | Sam Kirby
On a bustling Friday evening, fans knew exactly where they had to be for a wild night of electro music from the SARAWAK Tour. The crowd filtered through the doors and down the stairs of 170 Russell before being greeted by the large open venue. Dim violet lighting pulsed, as patrons prepared themselves for an Aussie filled lineup of producers.
Melbourne producer, Lucille Croft, took to the stage to open the night, spinning some striking tracks as guests began to arrive. After grabbing some drinks, everyone settled in and tried to get the best spot for what was to come.
Following Croft, Super Cruel graced the stage and got the crowd moving with mixes including the ever popular: ‘I Fall Apart’ (Post Malone) and ‘HUMBLE.’ (Kendrick Lamar). This duo brought hype with their energy and crowd interactions.
Sydney based artist Blanke was set to be the final act before the long awaited Slumberjack set. With a huge start, Blanke continued to lift the game with an extreme light show accompanying his mix of Skrillex’s ‘Bangerang’ and continued to the last beat of his set. Despite some audio issues with his disc player, Blanke ensured the crowd was ready and moving for Slumberjack.
Appearing through the haze of smoke machines, Morgan and Fletcher took their positions on stage. An already ecstatic audience screamed as the duo began their set with tall vertical light bars and a giant projected image behind them. They were quick to bring the noise up and the crowd followed.
An electric energy filled the room as Slumberjack worked their way through the night’s set. As a surprise addition to the show, Machine Age joined Slumberjack on stage to perform their explosive collaboration ‘Daggers’, and this did not disappoint!
Making their earlier behaviour look tame, circle pits began to form. The crowd danced and lifted to some of the more well-known songs – such as ‘Fracture’ – singing as one to every lyric. With patrons now standing on each other’s shoulders, the duo continued their own theatrics of the performance by bringing out their large branded flags which became interwoven with their electric light show.
The night was a true showcase of the work Slumberjack have put into their SARAWAK EP and marks one of their final Australian shows before their wild North American tour kicks off. Being praised by the likes of Skrillex, Slumberjack continue to be a duo to keep your eye on.