10 bands took to the Kazimier stage to pay homage to the self proclaimed King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The night had arrived with great anticipation with all attending having secretly practiced the legend’s signature moonwalk and crotch grabbing in preparation and our reviewer Ashley Manning joined them on the dance floor…
Just like the night’s predecessors, the Kazimier’s floor was filled leaving a queue eagerly waiting outside as the sound of Jackson’s pop classics belted out, echoing around Wolstenholme Square.
Although each band played a great set respectively, it was the covers that really carried the night. The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, known for their melodic tribal krunk songs, offered their rendition of ‘They Don’t Care About Us.’ The heavy marching style of percussion and the bands trademark use of a megaphone calling out the lyrics, ensured a crowd pleaser.
It was Zangief who snatched up Jackson’s epic ballad, ‘Earth Song’. The electric guitar intro had all hands (unashamedly donning a white glove) swaying in the air as the famous melody broke into a heavily strummed backing track for the crowd whaling the chorus. Then, as the key change blurred through the speakers, beer bottles were raised in salutation to the King himself.
But it was Natalie McCool who got the crowd thrusting and kicking their legs in all directions. The opening riff had everyone dancing as McCool sung out the lyrics to ‘Beat It.’ We were all whisked back to Jackson’s musical roots as McCool covered the Jackson 5 classic ‘Blame it On the Boogie.’ It was a definite highlight and set the disco tone for the rest of the night.
The event concluded with Gold Soundz feeding us retro classics to keep everyone dancing in high spirits ’till the early hours.
FULL LINE UP
Married To The Sea
The Loose Moose String Band
Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band
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