The second night of Superloop Adelaide 500 post-race concerts featured some absolutely huge, rocking live acts, sure to finish the night with a roaring bang even louder than the supercharged vehicles on track!
We kicked back and put our feet down on solid ground, letting the vibrations travel onward and upward through our feet and bodies resonating in sync with the music. The bands did a good job of letting the music be felt all around, with booming bass vibrations for all artists that performed and a great coverage of area for sound to be received by wanderers even on the other side of the track.
The Living End and Jet were the acts headlining the night, with not one, but two opening bands performing to get the crowed geared up. We saw Burnside Mums and then an all too familiar face from the aforementioned group — the guitarist from Burnside Mums’ other band (and pride and joy) Ricky Albeck and the Belair Line Band.
The stage was set up and ready well in advance to the bands playing, a monster of a stage that stood like a mountain before the people, with an array of speakers ready to boom and blow away listeners on the lush lawn backed by dazzling lights.
It was only a short amount of time before the lawn became congested with people securing their spots to get the best view of the performance in advance. It was fold out deck chair galore! Getting a good spot to see the stage became a matter of dodging novelty Coopers straw hats standing in the way real quick.
When The Living End finally took the stage, they really separated the men from the boys and the good from the ugly. They absolutely blew the crowd away with a series of hits from across the ages.
While the lads certainly show some signs of getting older, nothing leads you to believe they are in any way slowing down, since they executed their songs as fast as ever, including the fast paced number “American Dream“, followed by “All Torn Down“, for which the guitarist absolutely nailed the guitar solo followed by an ambient, more chilled mellow moment before kicking right into the next sudden and surprise guitar solo.
While the band tried to encourage a big warm welcome to the hit song “Wake Up“, not many in the crowd hooked into the rhythm as desired by the master musos. Although it was a weak start to the song, the pace picked up and certainly got to where it needed to be by the end with the crowd really getting involved.
“White Noise” was another song highlight in the bands overall golden set. Song after song went down a treat, like “Prisoner of Society“, which was strung out note for note towards the latter part of the bands set.
Jet were the final act of the night and performed all the hits that fans have come to know and love over the years, from “Rollover DJ” to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and then some. The crowd was as revved up as the engines that roared throughout the day.
Summed up, the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500 was a great overall experience that featured something for everybody, with entertainment areas for the kids, virtual racing simulators, and everything from food to fast cars and great live music.
It made for a full on day and experience. It only comes once a year and despite the exceptional heat, there were plenty of mist machines rigged up spraying water over the crowd at various spots on the grounds which was refreshing on such a hot day.