A little taster for what to expect at a night of Tropical heat in the depths of small intimate space with a heaving sound system…. we bring you Pineapple Republic, the first edition to a regular ting where some of Sydney’s finest selectors delve into sounds from all around the globe. So come get sweaty, eat some pineapple, frolic amongst the blow up palm tress and meet your future lover.
It’s only 5 bones on the door and it is a fundraiser for the greatest station in the world FBi 94.5 FM.
So come down bring your one pieces and tropical attire and we will provide the vibbesssss..
For one night only we resurrected three hip hop greats. Using the bodies of Sydney DJ’s Bad Ezzy, Shantan Wantan Ichiban and Levins as hosts, we opened up a portal to the spirit world and brought back – Left Eye, Eazy E and MCA (mad scientist version from the Intergalactic video – too soon) for EXCLUSIVE DJ sets.
Too many shots. Not enough food in stomach. Dark sunglasses in a dark club. All factors which contributed to one of the most ram shackled mixes I have ever done. Fortunately I think everyone else was too drunk to notice at our very loose Hip Hop Halloween Party.
If your memory is as hazy as mine, maybe these pictures will help you piece together this very spooky, very trashy night.
In the part of town you come for shitty tourist pubs and Korean karaoke, hidden away in the Spanish Quarter of Sydney is Good God Small Club. A venue I frequent regularly, and find myself getting into various types of trouble a little too often. Once La Campana an old Spanish Salsatech/Restaurant, it was taken over by Jimmy Sing and Hana Shimada one year ago. To celebrate they threw three big parties over the long weekend. These are photos from their Bashment Jam with a massive line up including the UK’s biggest dancehall artist Gappy Ranks alongside Hoops, Guerre, Toni Toni Lee, Kween G & Bad Ezzy, Levins, Kato, Huggz, Max Gosford, Firehouse and more. Gappy Ranks totally merked it, despite the fact his DJ didn’t know how to use CDJs or Serato. Fortunately, Mike was there to save the day.
Maybe it will all change next year, when Steve Aoki is confirmed to play the festival. But as it stands, Changing Lanes has one of the lowest Southern Cross tattoo counts of all the festivals on the Sydney music calendar. While there was a noticeable absence of shirtless bogans and 18 year old girls group dressing as sexy nurses, it did register a 9.3 on the Hipster Scale. It was definitely a much more ironic facial hair, vintage clothing affair.
In it’s second year, at a new location in Surry Hills, the festival is an easier, inexpensive, low key experience. The acts may not be as uber famous, but the crowds are a little less intense. It is more a day for enjoying drinks and sunshine with friends while casually taking in some live music.
Though I didn’t get to see heaps of the festival, because I was playing most of the day, my highlight was Joyride spinning in the hip hop room with impromptu appearances from rappers 360 and The Tongue. Joyride provided instrumentals by Mariah Carey and Ginuine, while they traded semi-battley freestyles.
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