I WAS THERE | YACHT CLUB DJs w/ HUNTING GROUNDS & BEL AIR @ THE CORNER, MELBOURNE 23.11.14
After a brutally fun show at on Saturday night, Ballarat legends Yacht Club DJs, pushed through the hangovers of their ‘Hooroo Tour’ to deliver their final ever Melbourne show, alongside fellow retirees Hunting Grounds, on Sunday night.
Where two 3350 favourites gracefully bowed out however, light emerged in the form Bel Air who warmed up the Corner stage early with their suave, infectious tunes. These dudes have been making waves for all the right reasons lately and about five minutes of their live show will show you why. From mellow guitar lines, to trumpet solos, the Ballarat youngins provided the perfect lead into the energetic sets that followed.
Hunting Grounds took the Melbourne stage for the final time, playing an almost chronological set of songs dating back to their first radio exposure, ‘Blackout’. The nostalgic set included covers of The Beastie Boys’ classic, ‘Sabotage’, before moving into In Hindsight territory with ‘Flaws’, ‘Star Shards’ and ‘In Colour’. Singer/guitarist, Michael Belsar took advantage of the continuously filling Corner Hotel, crowd surfing and shoulder riding around an extremely appreciative audience, before encouraging drummer Daniel Marie to get shirtless one last time.
Finishing on a lengthy version of ‘Kill My Friends’, Hunting Grounds left plenty of party room for their final ever show on December 5th, which I highly, highly recommend you go and see.
As The Corner reached capacity, an enthusiastic audience gathered around the stage to catch a final Melbourne glimpse of the legendary Yacht Club DJs. The duo wasted no time getting into gear, as they launched into an incredible set of mash-ups and party tunes. For a Sunday night, the Melbourne venue was absolutely heaving, with crowd surfing and uncontrollable dancing emerging instantly. Yacht Club packed in song after song from the likes of Eminem to Shaggy, Iggy Azelia and shit loads more and it wasn’t just the crowd who got caught up in the festivities. Members of Hunting Grounds stripped down to their underwear to join the pair on stage and truly say goodbye in style.
It’s hard to understand how much the Ballarat DJs are going to missed on the scene, until you attend the absolute carnage that is a Yacht Club DJs show. To get that many Melbournians out on a Sunday night is one thing, but to shake The Corner Hotel in the way they did is an entirely different ball game all together. Guy & Gaz have six more shows on their farewell tour, including two, sold out hometown gigs at Karova Lounge on Dec 19 & 20. If you haven’t got tickets to any of these yet, do yourself a favour and snap one up.
By Dean Valentino