Epic! The Valo Adelaide 500 has well and truly delivered in many ways for South Australia and it is great to have this much loved event back in the heart of Adelaide. With another big day of racing done it was the final after concert and no doubt the pinnacle of what was experienced. Flying the Adelaide flag proudly as part of Bands On Track was Oscar The Wild and Bermuda Bay. Both were fantastic and what an opportunity playing in front of such a massive audience. Hopefully, more fans get on board and support these awesome bands when they are gigging around town.
Something For Kate return to the Kingdom for the third time this year playing another stellar show in front of what seemed like forty thousand plus. Opening with Come Back Before I Come Back To My Senses from Modern Medieval it was fifty minutes of gold. Situation Room and Three Dimensions were fantastic moments but it was surprising to hear Paul Dempsey say he was getting electric shocks of the microphone. Pushing through the technical issues Dempsey added that they felt spoilt being back in the Kingdom for the third time and was grateful that the weather gods were on our side this time compared to other festival dates in recent weeks. Miracle Cure, Monsters, Pinstripe and Electricity were big highlights for me but the pleasant surprise was the Calvin Harris/ Florence Welch cover Sweet Nothing. There was plenty more to come with Waste Our Breath, Star Crossed Citizens, Truly and stellar set closing Captain (Million Miles An Hour). Really looking forward to what’s next in 2023 for Something For Kate.
Amy Shark has had another big year and continues to ride the crest of wave that doesn’t seem likely to break any time soon. Packing plenty of star power they came from the sides and at the back to squeeze in or push their way in at the front to get up close to see Amy Shark go through her paces. After the first tune Everybody Rise, Amy said she was feeling the love and that she was “the entertainment for the next hour”. That she did! All Loved Up, The Idiot was followed by a question about whether it was to early to play a sexy song which led in to Miss You. Sway My Way was uber popular with the masses. Amy spoke about her favourite TV show The O.C., her love for The Killers and being able to share the same stage is the best day of her life which made the next song awkward to sing, Worst Day of Life, but suggested that everyone knows the truth.
Psycho, C’mon (featuring the world’s best drummer Travis Barker according to Amy who wasn’t there) were precursors to another question are you ready to Mess Her Up? Baby Steps then Adore, the song that started this journey, both went down a treat. Amy spoke about her celebrity hall pass who happened to be Brandon Flowers and cheekily said that if he is late on stage that she might have him in a dark room. Finishing on singles Only Want To Be With You, Love Songs Aren’t For Us and I Said Hi left the stage well and truly warmed.
The event organisers would have been licking their lips when they locked in The Killers as the headline act to close out the Valo Adelaide 500. This was a dynamite performance and headliners don’t get any bigger or better than The Killers from “fabulous” Las Vegas, Nevada. The front section was absolutely jammed packed with everyone trying to find the best vantage point to experience one hour of greatest hits magic from The Killers. With streamers and confetti fired out to the crowd the intensity rose ten fold with opening song The Man. Wowsers! The Killers brought the heat kicking things up a notch playing back to back hits Somebody Told Me, Spaceman and Smile Like You Mean It. Front man Brandon Flowers is the ultimate show man and had the Adelaide faithful in the palm of his hand as he worked every inch of the stage. Shot At The Night, Run For Cover, Read My Mind… hells bells, my mind was blown! So good! The CBC Oval was absolutely jumping and race goers no doubt finding a second wind to sing and dance their way through the rest of the set. My fav When We Were Young was stellar as was Caution and Human. The defining and memorable moment was Mr Brightside. Wow! What a finish to the Valo Adelaide 500 and now we can speculating on next year’s line up!
Live Review By Rob Lyon