Massaoke Mixtape is what I imagined clubs were like in high school: a crowd of intoxicated people loudly singing well-known songs and doing the two-step dance with their hands shaking in the air.
It's 11pm and the soundcheck is going on inside The Box near the entrance to the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The audience is already singing while they slosh their wines and beers into plastic cups as they wait in line.
I didn't know what to expect going into a show titled with a 3-hour run time and a never before heard term 'massaoke'. Attendees behind me in the line echo my concerns. After a long Friday myself, I admit to hoping we'd finish early.
The band is already playing as the line makes it way inside The Box. There are bright coloured lights, a disco ball, plenty of room to dance and a big screen showing the song lyrics (in English). The musicians, dressed in sparkling clothes with British accents, invite us to Massaoke where the audience gets to be the signer. But there's no jumping on the stage as an over-active crowd-goer learns when they try to show off to their friends.
Forget the awkwardness and bickering over which song is next in karaoke rooms, focus on doing your best Whitney Houston or John Farnham impression. And when you want to have your say in what's next, you can cheer for your favourite: the pop hit or classic rock song. Or download the Massaoke app and have your say. A little competition keeps the night exciting as we're treated to a battle of the sexes sing off of a classical musical hit. Best of all, nobody's too shy to try hitting the high and long notes.
If you're worried how to keep your vocal cords warm for so long, don't worry there's a bar to wet your throat and breaks for the loo or a cheeky smoke.
Take a break from the beers at home and grab your best (or worst) singing friends to find out who is the true karaoke champion. Enjoy the music at Massaoke Mixtape Friday and Saturday nights at 11pm 16 February to 16 March, plus a Sunday show on March 10, in The Box at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Tickets priced $21 - 27. Book on the Fringe website.