Vote Sing Dance Repeat (formerly Hottest 100 Dance Party)
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Gluttony
Review by Sarah List
When this show originally came out, it was titled ‘Hottest 100 Dance Party’, which set me up excited thinking it was going to be a fabulous celebration of Triple J/Double J nineties and naughties music. Then the name change came through and it morphed to selection of popular tracks across the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Using a voting site, attendees vote for their favourites that over the night build to the top five of the crowd. Before you get to that, at any time when a track is playing that you don’t like, you can hit a stop button, and once the stop votes exceed the number of selection votes the song will cut out and move on to the next selection. So no two nights are the same, and the track selection will vary according to the tastes and mood of the crowd. What this means then is that depending on how your tastes align with the people around you, you are either going to have an excellent night, or you’re going to spend the evening feverishly hammering on the stop button in the hope that one of the songs will be something you like. What was our night like? Jaki J and Vic D worked hard to keep the crowd on their feet and pumped with confetti, beachballs and a bunch of other props. From time to time they invited crowd members on stage with mixed (and at times awkward for those involved) results.
It also turns out we didn’t have a lot in common with the other audience members on the night, which was pretty mainstream and R&B dominated by Calvin Harris, Rhianna, Beyonce amongst other top 40 hits. The music selected on the whole kept the rest of the crowd happy, although there were a few tracks that were struck out over the course of the evening. The top five on this particular night (in order from fifth to first) were: Wheatus ‘Tenage Dirtbag’, Vengaboys ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’, Darude ‘Sandstorm’, Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Beyonce ‘Crazy in Love’.
So the question is – will you have the night of your life, or one where you’re hoping the next track will be better? The other questions is: with a song selection pretty similar to a lot of pub nights across Adelaide on any given Saturday, is the novelty of voting enough to tempt you to buy a ticket?