Spin Off 2022 is back! It is fantastic that after a couple of tough years that music festivals are back in a big way with punters feeling upbeat and confident venturing out in big numbers to the Adelaide Showgrounds to make this event a sell out. Hopefully that is a big statement that Adelaide is worthy of being able to have more events of this type. The line up to get in sprawled right down Rose Terrace and with a few tweaks, particularly for under 18’s this process might speed up a little for next time. Teenage Joans sounded awesome from outside but thankfully I was in just as Beddy Rays rocked through their set. These guys were unreal and really did capture the festival vibe. Current single Milk was awesome and the ACDC Highway To Hell tease got the crowd excited.
The Chats have had a massive year and should of been high up the bill in my opinion but set themselves a challenge to squeeze in as many songs as they could in thirty minutes. Nambored got things going and Eamon Sandwith spoke about sinking a few pots at the Grace Emily Hotel the night before. Bus Money, Casualty, 6 LTR GTR and Identity Theft were rock solid. There were plenty more salvos fired with AC/DC CD, Temperature and monster hits Smoko and Pub Feed which were seperated by Kiss cover Rock and Roll All Nite.
Genesis Owusu had plenty of stage presence kicking things up a notch in his thirty minute set. There is no questioning his talent as he lifted the bar on the Spin Off stage. Suited up his set was super tight and choreographed with great precision. Owusu has some killer tracks that were played at Spin Off including Waitin’ On Ya, GTFO and Good Times. Definitely worth checking out next time he is in Adelaide.
Canadian singer and dancer Tate McRae had a massive following at Spin Off and you get the sense she is on the cusp of something even bigger where we will be saying “do you remember seeing her play at Spin Off in 2022?” Thirty minutes only seemed enough time for her to dip her toe in the water but there were plenty of hits to keep it more than interesting including Stupid, What Would You Do, Feel Like Shit, the just released Don’t Come Back and You Broke Me First.
Well, didn’t Oliver Tree bring it to Spin Off! Bringing plenty of mayhem and hijinks to the Spin Off the crowd was certainly entertained. Plenty of f bombs and c bombs littered his set which included When I’m Down, Fuck and Triple J classic Mr Regular. After every song he did prompt the crowd if they wanted to hear one more song. It was started to get “rowdy” and little intense down the front as some fans were getting crushed. Oliver Tree brought out the kung fu moves changed in to a cowboy outfit for Cowboys Don’t Cry finishing on Miracle Man and Cash Machine.
American rapper Jack Harlow is super massive right now and was a big get on the Spin Off line up. For many people he was probably worth the ticket price alone to see one of the hottest properties going around. People were cramming in to get the best vantage point as Harlow played his first Australian festival as well as playing Adelaide for the first time. He could feel that “hometown energy” asking the crowd to talk to him and where are the Crows supporters. The crowd went nuts when we performed his massive hit First Class.
Spacey Jane in short were brilliant. Riding high after the release of their new album Here Comes Everybody it really does seem as if they are riding the perfect wave that doesn’t look like breaking any time soon. Drummer Kieran Lama said that whilst he didn’t have a lot to say that this was their biggest show to date. The sounded great, looked great with their set including plenty of awesomeness with Sitting Up, Sawteeth, Weightless, Pulling Through and their big hit Booster Seat.
Glass Animals took to the stage to headline and bring Spin Off to close for 2022. Arguably one of the biggest bands on the planet and as they mentioned in their set that it was a special day headlining their first Australian festival. When everyone was starting to feel tired a bit weary after a long day they definitely lifted the collective spirits one last time. They genuinely looked excited to be here and played a stellar set loaded with great songs including opener Life Itself, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance), Tangerine and Space Ghost Coast To Coast. Singer Dave Bayley said “Oh Australia, we’ve missed you, it’s been to long”. Gooey was awesome as was Tokyo Drifting and the song that started it all in Australia like a “tidal wave” when their world like everyone else’s was locked down and couldn’t tour as everything was cancelled came one the brightest lights shining from that period in Heat Wave. This was a Spin Off magic moment and one of many highlights for the festival seeing everyone singing and seeing everyone happy with what they experienced on the day.
Spin Off was a great day and well done to all those behind the scenes who made it possible. No doubt Spin Off will be back bigger and even better than ever before. Time to starting speculating and putting together that wish list for Spin Off 2023.
Live Review By Rob Lyon