Sets On The Beach Vol 3 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, Perth (27/03/2011)

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Ah March, the time of year that usually spells the death of summer and its many perks. Festivals that enjoy the outstanding Perth weather are generally winding down, as people go on to resume their everyday normal lives. Luckily for Perth, Offworld Promotions had one more end of summer party – Sets on the Beach 3. Drawing names like Bang Gang DJs, Muscles, Hook N Sling and The Holidays*, there was a little something for everyone.

Firstly, the venue was one of the best things I had ever seen. Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre fit perfectly into the vibe of a giant beach party. The stage was set up beautifully, with the beach and ocean serving as a backdrop. Beach balls and lounge chairs completed the laidback feel, with great results.

Arriving just before The Holidays began, I took a seat in one of these oversized lounge chairs and began to listen to a band that I was unfamiliar with. Pleasantly the Sydney foursome delivered a good set of pleasing indie rock, fitting the early time-slot well.

Next up was Australian favourite Hook N Sling. With the sunset serving as a backdrop, Hook broke out his signature electro house style on the capacity crowd. Dropping tracks like his own mix of Miami Horror’s Sometimes started the set off and gradually worked his way into what could be only described as a beach rave. Only when he dropped Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites you could really get a feeling this night would show the people of Perth how to throw a party. Overall a great set and probably my favourite of the day.

Muscles (remember him?) took the stage next, starting off with the title track Girl Crazy Go from his newest EP Younger and Immature. Using the night time slot to his advantage, Muscles used a variety of visuals to complement his tracks well. Before long the set came towards the end, and everyone knew what was to come. Ice Cream capped the set in great fashion, with about half the crowd doing exactly what was expected; dance with their shirt off.

As the clock hit 7:30, the final act of the day was upon the crowd, Bang Gang DJs. Dropping tracks from the label Bang Gang 12 Inches, the material fit well together and sent the crowd wild. The set did have a slightly different atmosphere than the previous ones of the day, but the crowd still seemed to dig the vibe.

Overall the day was great, with an awesome atmosphere, beautiful crowd, and great music. It really was a marvel of what Perth can accomplish, because all the elements just felt very local. Now if only my shoes from the day would show up…

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