The Ice Cream Factory Phenomena: Broods are Back
Returning for the second year, Perth’s Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival continues to deliver — and with Broods headlining, it did not disappoint.
Normally a carpark, Bar Pop transformed the Northbridge space into a bustling venue boasting 7 stages, 12 bars and enough activities to keep you going all night.
Opening at 4, the venue really started to hit its stride around 7pm with most stages starting to fill up. The Ice Cream Tower and Jack Rabbit Slim’s Silent Disco were major attractors on the night — although this left the Corona Beach Island Stage feeling a little left out. The Dream Swinger ride was worth its weight in gold, flying countless attendees high above the event with wonderful views of Perth. The multiple VIP decks and bars throughout the venue gave a nice breather from the excitement below, boasting beautiful views of the city with comfortable seating arrangements.
The main factory stage was held by emerging Australian talents, with DJ’s Elise Keddie and DAWS keeping the crowd warm throughout the night. They were joined by Perth electronic artists Sun City, Angus Dawson and Lilt. Cxloe held the stage down with her dark, indie pop, getting the crowd bumping to her latest single ‘Show You’. Lilt’s synthy electronic soul got the audience well prepared for what was to come later in the night from the Kiwi siblings, Georgia and Caleb.
After being well warmed up by DAWS’ pumping set, Broods emerged with ‘Hold The Line’, which immediately commanded their stage presence. The packed out venue was absolutely loving the duo, cheering on to their songs and singing along to a point Georgia said they were louder than she was. The siblings were joined by a backup vocalist and pianist, as well as a drummer.
They brought out their explosiveness even in their slower songs, blasting out their 2014 hit ‘Never Gonna Change’ whilst Georgia busted out her moves, even twerking during the instrumental.
The duo played through most of their 2016 album Conscious, but ‘We Had Everything’, ‘Free’ and ‘Heartlines’ were crowd favourites that had everyone dancing and singing along. We were even gifted with a cover of Australian artist Gotye’s ‘Eyes Wide Open’ and ‘Hearts a Mess’, tweaked by Broods to make it their own — fitting in perfectly into the set.
The atmosphere in the room and the energy from all on stage made for a memorable experience, with Georgia even admitting this was the most she’s ever danced in a Broods set.
The night ended with an explosive performance of their latest hit single ‘Peach’, sending everyone home all sung and danced out. Overall it was a night to remember, and I commend Bar Pop for their amazing activation of this Perth space, and bringing 2018 to an end on a tremendously high note.