Most are surprised that what they let go by so unregarded and unenjoyed was precisely their life, it was that in expectation of which they lived.
Published July 5th 2011
Have you ever purchased tickets to a gig thinking if the venue itself is going to hold up to the same expectations of the music?
This happened recently when I went to Metro City to see Art vs Science - a band which has had me oozing with synthesized vibes, ever since hearing their ear popping rifts on Triple J radio. As well as listening to some great tunes, I wanted to assess the acoustics and aesthetics of the stage area.
Metro City on Roe Street in Northbridge is a premier in the nightclub scene. The split-level venue supports some of the best music that Perth has to offer, as well as interstate and international bands.
Metro City also boasts the largest attendance of Perth clubbers on Saturday nights, with well over 2000 people dancing the night away. The club is host to the freshest DJs playing the hottest commercial hits, supported by full audio stage shows, dance and promotional teams.
My night began with the awkwardness of having to get a bouncer the size of a small country to help me find a parking space, but it turned out that this mammoth of a man was sincerely friendly, smiling as he assisted me - I was sure he had muscles the size of my biceps in his cheeks. Note to self: behave whilst here.
The stage of Metro City is set down from the entrance, flanked on it's sides by quality fluorescent bars, conveniently serving all drinks in plastic cups. This is responsible service of alcohol at its best. With the increase publicity of violence dogging the nightclub industry of late, it is relieving to see a venue taking the forward step and setting this example.
The floor levels of Metro City are haphazardly positioned so as one can appreciate standing areas, dance regions and couch chairs alike. It has a semi industrial vibe with metallic light beams drooping from ceilings, with stairwells jagged throughout the floors.
Art vs Science pulsated the crowd as if they were in a wave machine. Songs such as Higher, Take a Look at Four Face, Parlez-vous Francais? Flippers and Bumblebee smashed the crowd into a moshpit frenzy of fist pumpers. The best thing was that there was no reverb. There was no tragic feedback from symbols or acoustics that can happen in certain dome shaped venues in our city. This was personal.
So if you are thinking of a venue that covers sound quality, responsibility and great music, get down and check out Metro City for an experience that deserves the serious interest of the Perth club scene.