Fringe Review: The Magnets, Homegrown


Presented by The Magnets


Reviewed Thursday 21st February 2013

UK a capella and beatbox man-band, The Magnets, return to the Adelaide Fringe with a tribute to British songs and song writers.

This is the company’s third Adelaide season, beginning with the 2011 Cabaret Festival and returning to last year’s Adelaide Fringe with the highly successful Gobsmacked.

The success of their shows is not just the wide variety of music styles, but in the revitalizing arrangements and Fraser Collins’s choreography, that delivers a complete package.

From The Jam to Dire Straits, or Black Sabbath to George Michaels, the six man ensemble celebrate all that is British, culminating in a medley of about a dozen songs chosen from the audience and featuring Oasis, The Spice Girls, Gorillaz and The Pet Shop Boys, to name a few.

Vocal percussionist/beatboxer Andy Frost wows with another lengthy solo that is nothing short of extraordinary, while Collins’s bass voice accompanies Frost’s beat-boxing to underscore other numbers.

The group launches their new CD at the Adelaide Fringe by featuring one original number from the recording; another highlight of the show.

If you’ve enjoyed the energy and sounds of The Magnets in the past, you won’t be disappointed this time either.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

Adelaide Fringe page

The Magnets website


Venue: The Vagabond, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Adelaide
Season: 14 February – 17 March
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $38.00 – $4000
Bookings: FringeTix, Box Office in Rundle Mall, or phone 1300 621 255


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