An energetic six-piece band got the dance floor packed and writhing with moves during the set that included awesome originals and innovative interpretations of covers. Opening with some original tunes, they played hip-hop up to the max, and got the crowd singing along to the Gorillaz' song Clint Eastwood, with it's memorable line "I've got sunshine in a bag", from the classic spaghetti western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
After a few more original tunes, I realised their music must have infectious lyrics, because although I hadn't seen or heard Fat Picnic before, I found myself singing along with them. Next they launched into an exceptionally soul and reggae version of Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise, which kept the crowd singing and rapping along. Then, my personal favourite, a lap slide guitar was brought out, and the music shifted into high-energy blues. Fat Picnic closed their set with another sing-along, The Bare Necessities, from the Disney Film The Jungle Book, reminding everyone at the gig to "forget about your worries and your strife".
The more I delve into the local live music scene, the more absolute gems I come across, and Fat Picnic are definitely one of these. You can like them on Facebook here, where you can keep up to date with their gigging, and check out some demos here.