In addition to the action both on and off the track on Day 2 of the Supercar Circus that is the Clipsal 500, the music offerings were a little different than previous years, with the Friday evening’s performances being decidedly Hip Hop all the way.
Once again showing support for local talent, Music SA’s ‘Bands On Track initiative saw local acts DC & Dragz along with Playback 808 kicks things off on the main stage. Both were individually good and started to draw the early crowds who were there to hear some beats.
The next sequence was a trio of ‘Golden Era’ acts from the stable founded by the Hilltop Hoods themselves. Vents, K21, and Purpose led the charge and flew the Adelaide flag high and laid on the home cooking so to speak. The sea of raised hands in the crowd were a good indicator of how popular these guys were.
As the sun began to slowly set, there was a change of pace as Aaradhna permeated the crowd with her earthy, sultry vocals and laid back beats that had a few reggae overtones thrown in to mellow the mood. She was in some ways a rose among thorns, in that she did her set between some pretty up tempo Hip Hop acts, and offered a decidedly feminine touch to the predominantly all male acts. Truth be told, she’d be better suited for WOMADelaide with her exotic looks and ethereal/independent sound- she’s fantastic!
Many of us had sat down to rest after a long day at the track to enjoy Aaradhna’s set, but were promptly snapped back upright when Funkoars reignited the stage and got things moving. With old school roots of rap lyrics (think Slim Shady, NWA) combined with beats ranging in tempo, they kept it totally hyped and constantly involved the crowd. They introduced a new song ‘Mad as hell’, set to be released on their new album and punched out a set full of multi syllable rhymes that really set the bar high.
Needing no introduction, Seth Sentry strutted on stage and his calming beats mixed with smooth lyrics mostly from his most recent album Strange New Past drew a variety of ages and backgrounds. Sentry was all Hip Hop, and along with his DJ’s scratch solo’s, managed to drop some heavyweight Hip Hop beats. Sentry had great energy and flaunted his Melbourne roots, showing us why he’s still at the top of his game. His set displayed a diversity of views ranging from societal issues to his upbringing, and was a great prelude to the headliners that followed him.
Adelaide trio Suffa, Pressure, and DJ Debris a.k.a The Hilltop Hoods had an already ecstatic crowd chanting ‘Hilltop’, but didn’t hesitate holding back with an opening instrumental accompanied by a visual light show. They ripped into their amazing set with the crowd pleaser Chase that feeling, which instantly got the crowd jumping & singing along. Hilltop Hoods have been known to sometimes be a little ‘pitch’ with their live vocals, but this was an all-out performance of recording quality that sounded like a CD. The trio kept the crowd grooving in unity throughout their set and were full of gratitude for both their appreciative audience and the acts that preceded them. They made it clear that they loved their hometown in sunny SA!
For their finale Cosby Sweater, they invited Seth Sentry back onto the stage showing solidarity with others of their Golden Era stable, in what was a powerhouse of Hip Hop and electronica.
And to think that there’s still another great day of racing and music to go in what could be considered perfect weather conditions!
Tonight, the baby Animals support Hunters and Collectors in what will be a stellar concert.
If you haven’t yet got tickets- get on down to the track and come on in!
By Dazz Hassan & James Fazulla
Pics: Phil Williams