Happy tunes from another continent

Last Updated 16 November 2012, 14:30 IST

The ongoing celebrations of ‘Oz Fest India’ recently saw ‘Aussie BBQ - Live on tour’ happening at CounterCulture. The line-up for the Bangalore edition featured some of Australia’s emerging talents and crowd-favourites — ‘Jinja Safari’, ‘Big Scary’, ‘The Aston Shuffle’ and ‘Sheppard’.

It ensured that Australian music will never be the same again in the hearts and minds of those who attended the event. Made famous over the years in Austin, Texas, the ‘Aussie BBQ’ has become a global name across four countries.

The evening began with a short and sweet set by ‘Big Scary’, an alternative duo from Melbourne.

Their music ranged from grunge and pop to moody ballads, which was just what was needed to warm the crowd up for what was to come.

They were followed by the extremely happy tunes and lyrics of ‘Sheppard’, with their well-defined Indie-pop songs like ‘Let Me Down Easy’, which had people swaying and clapping along with smiling faces.

The third and most energetic band to take the stage was ‘Jinja Safari’, a Sydney-based band whose musical versatility varied from Afro-pop rhythms to dreamy folk pop.
With popular numbers like ‘Mermaids’ and ‘Peter Pan’, they proved their worth to everyone listening, for not one person was left standing still.

“We’ve had a really good time in India and we are really bummed about leaving already. Everybody here’s been really warm and accepting of what we have to offer,” shares band frontman Cameron ‘Pepa’ Knight. “I’ve always wanted to explore the country on my own and I’m definitely returning with my backpack and doing just that!” he adds.

Last but not the least was house music duo, ‘The Aston Shuffle’, who gave the party-goers a good time and left the dancers on the floor a groovy end of the night.
“I’ve never heard any of these bands before and it still turned out to be a really fun night.
We need to have more such gigs where people get exposed to new music from different parts of the world,” says Murali, who attended the event.

And for those who were not too interested in the music, the live barbecue counter was
just as perfect way to enjoy the evening.

(Published 16 November 2012, 14:30 IST)

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