The Jungle Giants – “The Heavy Hearted Tour” 28-9-19 – Thebarton Theatre
The Jungle Giants performance at Thebarton Theatre was just as phenomenal as what could be expected by the well-loved artists.
The Jungle Giants started strong with crowd favourites such as Quiet Ferocity, She’s a Riot and On Your Way Down before transitioning to other well-loved songs such as Feel the Way I Do and People Always Say before officially ending with Used to Be in Love and the performance-endorsed track release, Heavy Hearted. True to their fans, they shortly came back to the stage for an encore, performing 2 more songs; You’ve Got Something and the ever-iconic Bad Dream.
Audience Participation was encouraged as the crowd sung along, clapped, jumped, waved and danced in a choreographic frenzy to the music and on-stage cues. It climaxed about halfway during the performance when the divide between audience and artist was severed by Singer-Guitarist Sam Hales seeking out a guitar-playing audience member before leaving the stage during the song “I’m What You Want Me to Be”, to get the audience member to play the chords live from over the front railing-divider.
From their response, energy and activeness it was obvious that everyone was enjoying their time, to the point that The Jungle Giants made several references, commending the crowd for their energy and hoping their performance was enjoyable enough. The crowd was not limited to one demographic; the audience members ranged from the young & young adults all the way to those a bit more advanced in age, all exhibiting different backgrounds, genders and/or personalities, all united under the power of enjoyable music and a magnificent performance.
The venue choice of Thebarton Theatre provided the perfect environment for such a diverse crowd, providing a large standing space for those with more energy to dance it out in the “mosh pit”, but also suitable seating for those that wanted to kickback to an enjoyable performance in a more relaxed environment. The lighting was balanced, adding to the performance; providing enough lighting so you could see clearly, yet not blinding the audience with all the effects. The Staff on hand, whether in service, security or performing other roles, added to the feeling of a safe environment where venue-goers could relax and have fun.
All in all, The Jungle Giants – The Heavy Hearted Tour was an amazing experience that any music lover could enjoy and it’s safe to say that Adelaide will be perched on the edge of their seats until the band makes it back their way.
Review by Andréas Drougas