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Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at Adelaide Fringe

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by Samantha Jeffree (subscribe)
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Get ready to feel the music
I was invited to attend the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers show at the Adelaide Fringe and was excited to see what it's all about. I was not disappointed.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Mugenkyo Taiko Adelaide
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The show is being held in the beautiful Garage International building, nestled between the historic Pilgrim Church and Adelaide Town Hall.

Mugenkyo Taiko celebrated their 25th-year last year and although they are based in the UK, they have drummers from all over the world as part of their team. This is their first time visiting Australia and they've chosen our beautiful city as their first location.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Mugenkyo Taiko Adelaide

We were welcomed by the friendly staff at the doors and found our way past a red velvet curtain to a comfortably small gathering of chairs facing a small stage. We didn't have to wait long before a single drummer came on stage and with his back to the audience began playing a very large drum in a slow methodical beat. What followed was a show of amazing drumming skills, precision timing, fantastic choreography, and an all-round entertaining show.

The group of performers was small and we were told this was to fit in the venue and fit with the Fringe vibe and it was just right for the space. A man and three women played their hearts out as well as performing beautifully, explaining the music they were playing and having fun with the audience. Their timing was amazing and the beat so fast in some parts that the performers hands were a blur.

I don't want to give too much away but the ultraviolet light was a fun way to see the performers without focusing on the person themselves.

The show was very diverse with some music almost ethereal whilst some parts were felt through your chest as the drumming got louder and louder. The performers were fascinating to watch and I wondered at their precision, confidence and clear love of what they were doing.

There were several children at the show and they seemed to enjoy themselves. The performance is rated G and was definitely family-friendly, however, if you have children who are sensitive to loud noise, I would recommend making sure they have some sort of ear protection.

The beat could be felt through your seat and it was clear from the audience's reactions that everyone had a good time. Head along, have some fun, feel the beat and just enjoy.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers shows will run throughout the entire Fringe Festival and tickets can be purchased here. Ticket prices range from $30 to $35 and the show runs for an hour.
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*Samantha Jeffree was invited as a guest
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Why? Discover a new style of music you won't forget
When: 14 February - 13 March 2020
Where: Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Tickets range from $30 to $35
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Looks amazing however budget 2 restrictive atm unfortunately! :)
by katel (score: 0|2) 132 days ago
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