Café del Mar
June 12, 2017
Despite the focus being on his recent stint as a judge on one of those castings shows down under, Boy George is still universally recognised from his time as the androgynous lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club, whose soulful vocal delivery adorned hit songs such as “Do you really want to hurt me” and “Karma Chameleon” having entered the canon of 1980s evergreens. And rightly so.
What might not be on everyone’s radar is that in the 1990s, aside from other musical and non-musical endeavours, he pursued what he started in the 70ies and reinvented himself and embarked on a second career as a notable DJ, touring extensively across the globe.
What started with a firm root in house music stemming from early acid house and Chicago grooves in the 80s, through to electro and tech house in the 90s and noughties, his lengthy association with the electronic music scene led to him playing at some of world’s most iconic venues such as the Manchester’s The Haçienda, Shelleys in Stoke and Paul Oakenfold’s Spectrum at Heaven in London.
Ever since George has maintained a constant touring schedule, his travel commitments have seen him pack out events in over 70 countries around the world.
A producer in his own right, George’s productions over the years have been released under imprints such as Ministry of Sound, Sony, GU Music, Virgin, Polystar, Universal, Subliminal, EMI and featured on compilations as varied as Global Underground and Bedrock. His list of collaborations stands equally tall with George having worked with dance acts as diverse as Erick Morillo, Deep Dish, Afrika Bambaataa, Groove Armada and Faithless.
George descended upon Sydney waterfront’s Café del Mar’s rooftop terrace with a DJ set to provide the soundtrack to an illuminated Darling Harbour as part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival.
Warmed up since midday by a line-up of acts, e.g. Kate Monroe, Beth Yen, Mark Dynamix, Rodd Riches (ft Arrnott Olssen), Binary Live and Charlie & Jo., an enthusiastic audiences welcomed the man of the hour and celebrated his set geared towards cool, credible house tracks infused with quite a bit of esoteric flavour.
Boy George spinning the decks added yet another colourful façade to the smorgasbord of music performances, panels, art installations and more that make the three-week-long light, music and ideas festival that makes Vivid the event Sydneysiders look forward to all year.
Photos by KAVV
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