When Astral People and Strawberry Fields joined forces with a dream of bringing the best of SF to Sydney, nobody could have anticipated just how well it worked. I walked into Sydney’s Metro Theatre expecting the unexpected and I got it in more ways than one.
Apart from the bone-rattling bass, the first thing that hit me once I got inside was the amazing visuals that evolved to suit each artists performance. Multi-coloured squares for Thomas William, crazy nebula outlines for Synkro, and swirling dreamlike skies for Baths. I made it my mission to capture the mood and experience of each artists’ performance. This is quite evident through the non-conventional accompanying photographs.
As patrons started to file into the Theatre, Thomas William took to the decks to serve up some classically colourful tunes. Glitchy synth lines began rolling out over chopped up drum loops as the crowd got into the mood of things. William definitely has a knack for arranging repeating patterns into all-round crowd pleasing tracks.
By the time Manchester’s Synkro took to the stage, things were really starting to fill up. The crowd burst into applause as the visuals changed and the beats started dropping. Projections of swirling lines that reminded me of Nebula’s began to appear along with long lines of light. Synkro proved why he is in hot demand as a remixer by dropping his reworking of The xx’s Night Time as the crowd built in anticipation and size. The mood was just right despite some technical issues during the set.
The crowd was now fully primed and ready to be taken on yet another journey, and who better to lead the expedition than Los Angeles’ Baths? Giving everything in an energetic and heart felt set, Baths filled the room with his yearning vocals and dreamy chord progressions as surreal skies filled the room. It wasn’t all serious though; Baths pulling faces at the crowd. I was won over. Baths was the highlight of my evening.