A$AP Ferg and Lunice shine at Belvoir Amphitheatre
On a scorching summer Sunday, the gorgeous Belvoir amphitheatre welcomed back Alison Wonderland for the final stop on her Warehouse Project 3.0 tour.
She was joined by a host of talented artists from around the world, most notably Harlem rapper and self-professed trap lord, the one and only A$AP Ferg!
For those game enough to arrive early and brave the sweltering heat, the festival began with sets from Pilerats DJs, before Kiwi producer Quix hit the decks with his minimalist trap and trademark wonky sound design. He was followed by DJ Taco, a 23-year-old artist and influencer from Los Angeles. Interestingly, or perhaps just lazily, he simply played songs straight off his laptop.
As the sun slowly set, the weather cooled, and the trees began to provide more shaded areas to offer much needed respite from the roasting conditions. The mist tent also proved to be a valuable resource to escape the harsh environment and avoid overheating.
But Norwegian producer and rapper Lido turned the heat back up with a powerful set showcasing his badass beats and dope drumming skills. With a gospel-influenced sound reminiscent of Kanye, and a few Yeezy remixes even thrown in, Lido’s performance clearly demonstrated why he's a rising star in the electronica scene.
The Norwegian sensation was the ideal warm up to arguably the highlight of the festival (along with Ferg, of course); Montreal born and raised sonic trap producer, Lunice. He was simply incredible, hitting the decks with unrivalled energy and charisma, demonstrating his impressive repertoire of rhythmic talents, from his mad breakdancing abilities to his potent blend of electro synth layered over booming drum and bass.
The extraordinary energy and artistic virtuosity of Lunice was always going to be difficult to match, but American EDM producer Party Favor tried valiantly, keeping the dance vibes going with his electro house beats.
He was scheduled to be followed by the legendary A$AP Ferg, but it soon became clear that there had been a shuffling of the set times, as electronic trip hop began to build rather than Ferg’s East Coast hip hop. In his place was synthwave musician Danger.
The French producer’s set was difficult to dance to but absolutely captivating. If you could only use one word to describe his sound and visuals, it would definitely be summarised as epic. Dressed in his trademark all-black attire and his spooky glowing eyes, Danger was powerful and enchanting to many, yet somewhat baffling to others.
Personally, I was entranced. His music was supported by a brilliant backdrop of two hooded men with ominously illuminated featureless faces determinedly beating boulders with lightsabre-esque drum sticks against an ever-changing environment ranging from raging storms to the moon, Aztec ruins and psychedelic apocalypses. I don’t know man, meaningful stuff.
After a cinematic respite from dance-centric music, it was finally time for A$AP Ferg to start striving. Unlike most American hip hop or trap stars that tour down under, Ferg has always loved and been loved by fans in Perth. “Perth is so Perth-ect,” he announced over and over. Ingenious, right?
Ferg was remarkable, commanding the stage with his dope beats, tight rhymes, imposing presence and plenty of provocative imagery behind him. The crowd went particularly wild for his lit tracks East Coast, New Level, Work, Shabba and Yamborghini High, which was preceded by Ferg encouraging the audience to shout, “Rest in peace, Yams” into the night sky, in an attempt to awaken A$AP Yams in heaven. He finished his sensational set with Plain Jane, one of the hits from his latest album, Still Striving.
Ferg may have been the climax, but the night was far from over, with the tiny in figure but large in influence Alison Wonderland delivering the final set of her festival. The cute as hell girl-next-door DJ was all the rage a few years back, seemingly performing at almost every festival in Australia and touring with various projects. But inevitably, many people began to grow tired of her persistent festival presence.
But Alison has certainly come a long way since her inebriated post break-up rants at Groovin The Moo, stepping up her game with some impressive new material including a yet-to-be-released track with rising US rapper Trippie Redd.
There was a little bit of everything during her one hour set — from her own tracks, new and old, to remixes of heavy metal and blink-182, and of course Kendrick Lamar’s instant classic, Humble. Say what you will about Alison Wonderland, but she’s forged a memorable and marketable identity, as evidenced by her international presence. She's also proven to be a fantastic networker, with her impressive ability to bring incredible artists from around the world together.
With a spectacular line-up, ideal weather and an amazing outdoor venue with ample space to spectate and boogie, the festival proved to be arguably the best night out of the year, with A$AP Ferg and Lunice the stand-out performers.