Saturday, February 09, 2013

Too Old for Fun...

 Friday evening saw Joanne, Lurline and I at the opening night of the I WAS HERE tour featuring Adam Brand and Beccy Cole.

I am a Beccy Cole tragic so that is why I was there. And the Mundaring Weir Hotel concert venue has been on a MUST VISIT list for a few year.

So, after a 1 hour drive from my home in the eastern suburbs of Perth via Ellenbrook in the Swan Valley to pick up my sister Lurline we arrived at the Mundaring Weir Hotel where we were greeted by Military precision parking marshalls who knew exactly where we should park. {I had my doubts that we would be blocked in but after the event, getting a way was an absolute doddle.

Mundaring Weir Hotel Amphitheater

The venue was spectacular... seating close to 1600 people.

And the organisation was very very professional. We had an exquisite fish and chips... see Lurline eating and enjoying hers here... and apart from it being expensive, it was FANTASTIC and the service was QUICK!!

The concert got started ON TIME with a couple of support acts none of us had heard of and as there was no program to check, we were none the wiser.

Beccy Cole was the support act so she was on by 8.30 and did a great set of music, including some of her greats, a couple of new songs and my personal favoutite Post Girl. [ watch it on YouTube] Unfortunately by 9.30 there were many audience members the worse for wear from drinking continually from 5pm... but I will get to that later.

The main event was Adam Brand... and the crowd was obviously waiting for him as they rushed to the mosh pit [?] and danced from the first cord of his music.

This is where I start to question myself: Am I "Too Old for Fun..."

I remember learning about country music from Slim Dusty when s a kid in Margaret River we would go and see Slim and his family sing "A Pub With No Beer." It was fun and engaging.

But Adam Brand... unless you were "into his music" it was neither fun or entertaining. It was not what I thought of as Country either. It was LOUD HEAD BANGING and, did I say LOUD!! The guys up the front, well oiled by now, were enjoying the music immensely... and Adam was saying that he hoped they would remember tomorrow what they were doing tonight.

So, what is my beef here?? Obviously not the music because I hadn't heard any Adam Brand music and therefore that I liked it was not of any importance other than I wanted to but my expectation and Adam's music were "poles apart."

My beef is this... the last 15 minutes of Beccy Cole's set was interuppted by obviously drunk young people with no respect for their fellow patrons or for the beautiful music of Beccy. How did they get so drunk?? Well, either they smuggled the alcohol in [a possibility but not likely] or the bar staff were turning a blind eye to responsible service to be obviously over the sensible limit.

So, maybe my fault, but I like to think as a 2 glasses of merlot a night indulger I am not a wowser, a drunken crowd spoiled a GREAT family night out...

Am I being too precious or should we hold liquor licencing standards to account??

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