Little Red Door and Winston Bar
Lauren Neko has been performing for a number of years now, but the evolution of LUV PARADE as part of her own Glössy Events stable has transformed her music into a next level performance art. Lucky for us in Adelaide, the Fringe event was the world premiere of LUV PARADE in its full capacity.
The media teased:
Come feast on a spectacle of colour and dance.
Taste the festivity of Rio and Berlin.
Bask in the glamour and sparkle of New York disco.
Revel in the ecstasy of a UK rave.
Relive the moment you first fell in LUV with dance.
High expectations set in place without a doubt, and I was looking forward to this event as a highlight in my Fringe Calendar.
The dual spaces at Little Red Door and Winston’s were transformed under a blaze of UV light, with dancers, rabbit-masked bar staff, and her own band the UV Soundsystem who were decked out in incredible UV bodypaint. Luckily for the crowd, @vanessavoodoo was in attendance with her magic paint kit to transform every reveller into a moving psychedelic blacklight painting. Her work is absolutely spectacular and added that extra level needed for a standout event such as this.
Adelaide favorite DJ Josh opened the music tab with a selection of 90s club classics. She was a smart choice as a wingperson for the event, as she has a strong following in her own right, and her presence enticed people through the door early despite the sweltering heat. The dancefloor of Winston’s was packed from the start, and the crowd was in high spirits for when Lauren Neko hit the stage.
Spectacularly bedecked in vibrant bodypaint, Lauren moved between classics such as Everything but the Girl’s Missing, and her original compositions (featuring most recent release Give It Back To You), with her glowing support drums, bass and sax giving added life to the music. The crowd danced up a storm despite the heat, and it was awesome to see so many people come out to support this inaugural event.
The Red Door venue siphoned the crowd downstairs for a second set from DJ Josh, but by then my ambitious attempts to dance in heels for 6 hours straight was willing me to have a break. The crowd was happy and in great spirits – so rare for a late night event, it was truly a pleasantly beautiful, fun and immersive experience.
Can’t wait for this to return to Adelaide. Make sure you grab a ticket next time if you missed out this round.
Review by Sarah List