PNAU are no strangers to Adelaide in 2017 having played the Royal Croquet Club, Groovin the Moo, OH YES and now finally headlining their own show at the new HQ. Truth be told this can only be a great thing, as so few Australian acts have cultivated such a high quality mix of dance floor jams, amazing visual aesthetics and overall party vibes.
Support act Running Touch sounded huge at times with the live drums adding an additional point of interest. His Triple J hit Aubrey has one of the most addictive hooks by an Australian electronic act in recent years and it really works well live.
Their show on Thursday night was just as epic and high energy as the other ones this year, save for a some on stage teething issues with the sound which was a mild dampener at times. Kira Divine’s live presence is now a major part of the Pnau experience and her vocals and her energy and enthusiasm is a huge part of what drives the show. The on stage camaraderie between all acts also spilled out into the audience, creating a fantastic vibe.
The increasingly popular Go Bang, perennial fan favourite Embrace and last year’s smash hit Chameleon were all predictably the biggest songs of the night, but special mention should go to Wild Strawberries which always translates well live as well as cult favourite Baby.
PNAU are simply the most reliable party act in Australia right now, aside from Client Liaison. The hooks are huge and the cultural eclecticism creates additional stimuli, as do the great visuals. If you want a guaranteed good time, make sure you see their next show, either at a festival or a stand alone gig. Dance music can often get quite predictable and generic with artists being confined to repetitive hooks and genres, particularly with the recent trap and bass fazes. This is why the popularity of PNAU is Australia gives me faith about our dance music culture.