Breakfest 2009 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth (26/12/09)
Sat 2nd Jan, 2010 Event Reviewsin
If you weren’t at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Boxing Day 2009 for Breakfest, then you are probably going to start kicking yourself. You might want to stop reading now. You really missed out; glorious summer day; amazing line-up; drinks with friends; killer set after killer set keeping you dancing until your legs are destroyed; coming home feeling shattered but oh so happy. I haven’t been to all of them but, in my experience, this was the best Breakfest.
When we arrived it was hot, but not offensively so. There seemed to be a much larger shade area this year and also a larger dance floor for the top stage. We grabbed a drink – prices were reasonable – and then took up a spot at a table and enjoyed Blend’s set which included toe-tapping tracks like Young MC’s Bust a Move. We made our way to the dance floor for Mono Lisa & Philly Blunt’s set, along with many other early comers. They played a fun, breaks-filled set that was a perfect way to get the crowd fired up. A mash-up of Bloc Party’s Banquet and Justice vs. Simian’s We Are Your Friends had the dance floor jumping and Stanton Warrior’s Good Vibrations bootleg also went down well with the crowd.
Taking some time out to grab some food, I rekindled my love/hate relationship with dagwood dogs, and then headed down into the bowl to check out The Nextmen. These masters of the mash-up were mixing Justice vs. Simian’s We Are Your Friends with Daft Punk’s Around the World to the delight of an already large crowd. They seamlessly moved on to a mash-up of Salt n Pepa’s Push It and The Prodigy’s Breathe, and threw in an (unknown) acapella of Heard it Through the Grapevine over the top. Just as the set was starting to get into some dubby goodness, we raced away to check out Micah on the top stage. In fact we got as far as the shade area and saw how packed the top stage was. We decided to stay under the shade and listen to the music, but there were a few people braving the glare of the sun at the back of the dance floor and jumping around to a set which included Tim Healey & Felguk’s Rio.
We didn’t make it down into the bowl until late into Rennie Pilgrem ’s set but he had the crowd enjoying a happy groove while hanging off MC Chickaboo’s every word, especially during her chorus of “I wanna freak with you”. NAPT came out and played a blistering set filled with broken beats and fat wobbly bass lines, including Plump DJ’s Mad Cow. Things really started to fire up. While Technotronic’s Pump Up the Jam was a forgivably cheesy and fun inclusion in the set, the track which seemed to evoke an intense “love it or hate it” response was Sidney Samson’s Riverside. ..and they weren’t the only people to play it.
Stanton Warrior’s “classic breaks set” was my personal favourite for the day. The set was mostly Stanton Warrior’s tracks (yes, he played Still Here) and remixes such as Deekline & Ed Solo’s Hands Up, and Yo Majesty’s Club Action. I didn’t stop dancing the entire time. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing Get ‘Em High and their remix of La Roux’s In For The Kill had the crowd singing along. I had planned to leave and check out Lady Waks at some point, but I was having such a great time that I couldn’t drag myself away.
Miles Dyson showed no sympathy for my tiring legs as he smashed out an insanely good set that included his remix of Jude Sebastian’s Rubber Man. It was a set full of amazing energy and killer bass lines. I don’t know anyone who wasn’t dancing their arse off. Finally Elite Force stepped up and slammed the evening home. There was no easing up, he was tweaking like a demon behind the decks and blowing the dance floor away. Standout tracks for me were TC’s Where’s My Money (Caspa vs. Elite Force Refix) and his refix of Deadmau5’s Ghosts & Stuff. I’m pretty sure that Pendulum’s remix of the Prodigy’s Voodoo People was the track that finally destroyed my legs.
Breakfest 2009 was a standout year for an event that already has a strong loyal following in Perth’s dance music community. Beautiful weather, awesome location and quality sets from all the artists, all day. It just doesn’t get any better than that. While this year is going to be a hard one to top, next year will be Breakfest’s 10th Birthday and I can’t wait to see what Boomtick will have in store for us. See you there!