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Synthony - Australian Tour 2022

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Following back to back sold-out events against the ongoing pandemic in 2021, the breathtaking fusion of electronic dance music, live performances and immersive visuals that is Synthony returns in full-blown technicolour for a second year, raising the bar and impressing with a dynamic and truly bespoke experience. Celebrating thirty years of global dance anthems reimagined by up to 60-piece orchestras with insatiable guest vocalists, DJs and musicians across some of Australia's most iconic live venues, Synthony offers a unique feast for all music fans, with its second year primed to solidify Synthony as one of the hottest live events in the country. Tickets on sale now at at www.synthony.com

SYNTHONY 2022 DATES

  • FRI 17 JUN | RAC ARENA WITH PERTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | PERTH | 18+ (SYNTHONY No.2)

    Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

     

  • FRI 24 JUN | WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE WITH THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA | WOLLONGONG | 18+

    Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 1300 446 925 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

     

  • FRI 22 JUL | NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE WITH THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA | NEWCASTLE | 18+

    Tickets are available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets 

     

  • FRI 5 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE WITH SOUTHERN CROSS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | ADELAIDE | 18+

    Tickets are available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets 

     

  • SAT 29 OCT | COCKATOO ISLAND WITH THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA | SYDNEY | 18+ (SYNTHONY No.2)

    Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 1300 446 925 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

     

  • SAT 19 NOV | WREST POINT LAWNS WITH TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | HOBART | 18+

    Tickets available from https://synthony.com, www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

     

    Review of the Brisbane event on May 28.

    Electronic dance music has been pumping out the doofs for over 30 years, and on May 28, Synthony teamed DJs, singers, rappers and the Brisbane Philamorphinic Orchestra together at Riverstage to showcase the music people have been dancing to since 1992. It was a night where it was definitely on for young and old.

    LIghts, orchestra, dancing
    LIghts, orchestra, dancing


    About Synthony

    Starting in New Zealand with a single show, it moved into larger and larger venues over time before heading aboard to tour Australia, where it has also been going from strength to strength. They work with a local orchestra in each city to tour the show, bringing the main performers and conductor with them on the tour.

    Members of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra taking a bow at Synthony 2022
    Members of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra taking a bow at Synthony 2022

    Orchestral versions of popular music, including dancing music, are not a new thing, but normally this is only found in Europe. Luckily here in the antipodes, we have Synthony.

    Conductor & some of the soloists backstage at Synthony 2022
    Conductor & some of the soloists backstage at Synthony 2022


    Who is this for?

    The audience is generally between 25 to 55, with older people coming to enjoy the music of their misspent youths, while younger people are there for the party, maybe having grown up with some of the dance tracks, but overall just having an appreciation for some phat beats.


    The audience focuses on the performance rather than dancing at Synthony Brisbane 2022
    The audience focuses on the performance rather than dancing at Synthony Brisbane 2022

    The older people do come early and find a nice place to sit at the start of the show. Many brought picnic blankets so that they could arrive, and get some food from the kiosks and drinks from the bar while they waited for the party to start. Most of the younger audience members turned up just as the party was swinging into action.

    The Synthony experience

    Those who came early skipped the queues at both the bar and the food outlets and were able to chill out before the music started. At 6 pm the DJ sets started. These were not bad, but generally, there was little action happening in the crowd, who were mostly listening with just a few people dancing. But the DJs did warm up the crowd ready for the main act even though they didn't have the same level of light show as when the orchestra started performing.

    DJ warming up the crowd at Synthony Brisbane 2022
    DJ warming up the crowd at Synthony Brisbane 2022

    What everyone has come for is the orchestral experience, and when the musicians take to the stage the crowd began to get excited. While the music is still reliant on the electronic beats and sounds, the orchestra adds a great deal of richness to the sound. This is dance music brought to its full realisation beyond the clean electronic sounds of the originals.

    What really gets the crowd turned on was the performers. I should say soloists as this is an orchestral performance. It is hard to pull out a specific performer as the highlight of the evening, as the singers, Cassie McIvor and Emily Williams were both fantastic, as you would expect. The soloist musicians Mobin Master and Ilan Kidron were also great.

    The performers on the night all brought something special
    The performers on the night all brought something special

    The performer that brought the most energy to the crowd was rapper Savage. His down to earth style really connects with the audience and as a larger than life figure he should always be accompanied by a full orchestra in everything that he does, not just the occasional Synthony performance.

    Rapper Savage definitely took the night up a notch
    Rapper Savage definitely took the night up a notch

    One of the disappointments is that the audience never really came to party in the same way you would find in a hot nightclub. They could be prodded into action by the performers, but often they would drop back into a more subdued mode. This is more to do with the age mix of the audience than the performance. Big shout out to those who came equipped with glow sticks and their A-game to the party.

    The audience do dance but not as much as you would hope
    The audience do dance but not as much as you would hope


    Overall

    Whether you are a grandparent looking to relive the joys of your youth, a younger person looking to party, or anyone in between, Synthony is a fun night out. Best to arrive early though if you want to buy drinks and food. There is usually a nominated after-party bar for anyone who wants to keep the vibe going into the early hours of the morning.

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