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Overall review: ★★★★★ Date attended: 16/02/2019
The dreamy setting at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens provided the perfect space to enjoy the foot-tapping tunes played by the talented 16 piece ensemble cast from Rock Orchestra: Under the Stars at their Adelaide Fringe show last night.
Never having given a second thought towards the eclectic combination of rock and orchestral music, the group from Rock Orchestra: Under the Stars delivered a fabulous night of merriment, singalongs, and electric vibes that channelled its way through the garden.
Offering a generous mix of nostalgic music, coupled with more recent hits, it didn't take long for the crowd to jump into the groove offered by the group. Invoking feelings of peace, serenity, and tranquility, coupled with a dance / party vibe with the punchier songs in a family-friendly atmosphere, it was apparent that everyone who had come to the show was looking forward to a great evening out in the city's nature nest that encapsulated the ambience of the show brilliantly. Everything from Never Tear Us Apart to My Immortal to Zombie to Ziggy Stardust to Purple Haze was performed and it was apparent that these songs made ripples through the audiences.
Each vocalist delivered with a powerful and soulful sound, as they were complemented the guitars, drums, and violins in the background. There isn't a shadow of a doubt as to why they have consistently been a sell-out show over the past Fringe festivals, because the range of music that was performed throughout this 120-minute show had a strong sense of appeal to everyone. Regardless of one's gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or beliefs anyone and everyone from all walks of life appeared to be (and feel) welcome to this wholesome, inviting, and energetic performance.
As the sun set, the crowd got into the mood to really dance out to the songs and have a ball of a time. As someone who loves going to concerts, but thoroughly dislikes the size of the crowds at them, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well spaced out everybody was, having their own section on the grass, having the best time of their lives with themselves and / or their loved ones, and being respectful of other people's spaces all at once. As the stars continued to twinkle in the sky and the show came to a majestic close, we, in the audience, could feel a ton of special moments and memories being experienced by this unique, one-of-a-kind music show in the perfect location. I couldn't have imagined any better way of spending such a beautiful, summery night than being serenaded by some of the best from the crew at Rock Orchestra: Under the Stars - to say it looked and sounded perfect would be an understatement.