Review: Optus RockCorps at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion
After a hard time working to earn their tickets, the Optus RockCorps volunteers were certainly an excitable bunch. Having to push my way through the packed out line of music lovers waiting to get in, I somehow found my way to the crew entrance and walked into the pavilion.
What I saw in front of me was amazing: dazzling lights, a shiny RockCorps sign and a throng of screaming fans running to the front; all to the tune of DJ duo The Faders. It seems everything was set for the night to be amazing.
First up was Australian legend Guy Sebastian. Taking to the stage with a simple acoustic guitar, Sebastian’s set soon exploded into an full band extravaganza including back up singers and a trumpeter as hits such as “Like It Like That” and “Get Along” crept into the set. Playing both guitar and piano and dancing along onstage, Sebastian revealed why 10 years after being a reality TV hopeful, he is now one of Australia’s biggest stars.
The set closed with the rap filled “Battle Scars,” which really got the crowd involved.
Next up was Australia’s very own party power-house The Potbelleez. Obviously they were up for a good time and so was the crowd because true magic happened as they bounced onstage.
Exercising an insane amount of energy and jumping all over the place, lead singer Ilan Kidron showed everyone how to party as the crowd really got wild. Closing number “Don’t Hold Back” was quiet a sight; 5000 volunteers letting their hair down after some good hard work.
British emcee Tinie Tempah soon appeared onstage to a pack of screaming fans and was for me one of the most impressing acts of the night. Jumping straight into the catchy rap sounds of “Frisky”, Tempah showcased a number of styles throughout his set and shook the backstage area with bass line after bass line.
The biggest act of the night was yet to come though – Irish pop-band The Script were the final act to take to the stage and definitely stole the limelight. Bursting onto stage, lead singer Danny O’Donoghue soon found himself down in the photographers pit interacting with the crowd; a truly wonderful experience for adoring fans. Trust me, the whole crowd was in love.
Give, get given. It was a simple concept but it sure delivered. Hopefully we’ll see further RockCorps projects like this in the near future.
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