Jaguar Jonze @ Adelaide Festival Summerhouse, Elder Park, Adelaide 25/2/2021

Adelaide Festival have come up with the goods for its first Contemporary Music concert with Jaguar Jonze in the newly built Summerhouse. Resembling a very Adelaide version of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles it was the perfect vibe for an energetic rock show. Sure, we had to cancel her December show due to a little thing called a ‘circuit breaker lockdown’ but what better way than to play at the Adelaide Festival!

Playing to a live audience after a year of restrictions and lockdowns proved to be the perfect cure for Jonze who suffered COVID-19 and hospitalised for forty days but you wouldn’t even know it from the energy she had for the hour-long concert. Starting off the set with a few of her rockiest tracks DEADALIVE and Rabbit Hole showing some intensity while pulling out the guitar for hit Beijing Baby.

The red strobe lighting set the tone for the night and from what Jonze told the audience she gave lighting guy Freddie a bunch of requests about lighting and in the end, he pulled off a pretty awesome lighting vibe to fit in with the Summerhouse venue and Jonze’s set. Calling out our fair city’s name several times with excited shrieks, she was excited about being in Adelaide and the crowd were loving her back.

Playing most of her songs from the latest EP Diamonds and Liquid Gold; Murder, Rising Sun, Kill Me With Your Love adding in some covers like Britney’s Spears Toxic which I have to say is a pretty damn good cover with its sultry and sexy tones then ending on another smash with the Nirvana cover Heart Shaped Box.

Shout out to the band, Joe on guitar, Aiden on bass and Jake on drums. The chemistry between them all especially Jonze and Aiden was fully charged. I guess when you have to drive to Adelaide to avoid Melbourne lockdowns and quarantining, and as Jonze said ‘spend days in Broken Hill with these guys’ you end up with a strong bond that it showed on stage.

Jaguar Jonze brought us what she described as a ‘hard soft opening and a warm up’ to the Adelaide Festival. Whether it was strutting the stage, rolling around on the floor belting out the tunes or her fierce female energy leg kicks during her songs the whole performance was electric. We couldn’t dance this night as restrictions would be lifted at 12am but she asked the audience to put their hands straight up in the air and air dance in our own space. Let’s hope next visit we can dance, sing loud, jump to her music and throw back some of that kick ass energy that is Jaguar Jonze.

Adelaide Festival Review By Anastasia Lambis

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