Did someone say 'Oh yes, OH YES'? Carl Cox’s signature expression is one way to sum up the effing rad Sunday session that was the Carl Cox and Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco.
Over 2000 festy, frothing humans congregated at Cargo Brewery in Queenstown last Sunday to break it down to the tunes of four of the biggest names in jazz, funk and house. Despite Mother Nature’s decision to slam us with a game of four seasons (rain, hail, sunshine & snow on the hills), the disco went full steam ahead and was, to put it simply: legendary.
Armed with rainbow umbrella’s attached as hats, crazily bright poncho’s and some pretty questionable yet delightful fashion choices, the sell out crowd vibed on for a solid 8 hours. Check it out!
Raving into the night with the KING.
Photo cred: TomTom Productions.
Now, let’s get down to it, the line-up for our afternoon delight was the most delicious blend of youthful nostalgia and ragingly old school tunes. But, before we delve into the afternoon that was, let’s take a look at the bloody legends that came all the way down to our neck of the woods armed with some seriously big hitting tunes.
The man himself: Carl Cox
If you don’t know who this absolute god of house music is then I don’t want to associate with you anymore. Period. This man has been making tunes since the ripe age of 15 and first exploded onto the UK music scene in 87’. Since then he has been at the forefront of the electronic music scene and to this day still reels in 17-million weekly listeners to his radio show ‘Global’. So it’s a hell of a privilege that he came to the dirty South to rave with us, gracing the stage for a full 6 hours.
*For all of those wondering; we were graced with multiple ‘Oh, yes, oh yes’(s) and some pretty epic banter mixed in between the tunes.
This isn’t the first time Cox’y has been Wanaka bound, with him ringing in the New Year at R&A 2015. Here’s some photo’s from him tearing it up back then.
Getting hella funky with Eric Powell
A long-term buddy of Carl Cox, Eric Powell is the owner and Managing Director of Bush Records, one of the most renowned dance labels globally. He’s a big-time producer and also the brains behind the “Mobile Disco” which has become well established as an annual event in Straya’. The disco is renowned for throwing down tunes from the 70’s all the way through to classic house and this is the first time New Zealand got a cheeky wee taste.
Did someone say FINALLY? #CecePeniston
Finally: The song that takes the crown as the ‘drunken karaoke sing-along of all time’. The song that has been remixed so many times and so brilliantly it should almost be illegal. The song that makes you want to dress up in savagely elaborate, fluorescent drag attire and throw down some ‘your dad at a wedding’ dance moves (Note: If you haven’t seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the last pop culture reference may be a tad confusing).
Cece has been on the music scene since 91’ and in December 2016, Billboard magazine listed her in their list of the 100 Top Dance Club Artists of All Time. Here’s her famous tunnnnne which we had an absolute eye and eargasm’ over seeing live on Sunday.
Robin S, please, please show me some loveeeee.
She did. She absolutely did. We were shown the love. We were given an empowering speech. We were told to be ‘strong independent women who don’t need no man’- straight from the horse's mouth.
Just like Finally, Robin S’s OG hit - ‘Show Me Love’ has a cult following like no other and has been a favourite for remixing in the electronic music scene. The tune was released back in 93’ and Robin has continued on and off in the music scene since, most recently collaborating with DJ Escape on "Shout It Loud’, a single that reached numero uno on the US dance charts.
Check out the version of Show Me Love that got thrown down on Sunday (Note- there were some tears of joy collectively shed when this was played).
So, as you can see the line-up was an absolute gift and privilege for us locals that call Central Otago home. It’s just getting us all the more excited for R&A which kicks off in t-minus 37 days! (You can grab your tickets here) Just to finish in style, here’s a coupley more bangers that Carl Cox and Eric Powell threw down that were damn straight up highlights:
And check out a few more from out first batch of official event photos. Huge shout out to TomTom Productions for these bad boys!
Well, that's it folks! A throwback to a HELL of a Sunday session. The R&A blog will be updated weekly so keep your eyes peeled for next week's post where we delve into more of the artists that will be gracing the Cardrona Valley with some bad-ass tunes!