Bluejuice – The final Sydney show
The fun-loving, leotard-wearing, crazy cats Bluejuice had their highly anticipated final Sydney show at The Metro Theatre last Sunday (26th October). We sent Heather Vousden along to photograph and review the madness:
Known for their infamous live performances, there were high expectations from all, given they are calling it an end. Anything could have happened, as Bluejuice have no limits. Before the main attraction, mystery support act, Aston Shuffle, got the dance party vibe started, lifting the crowd’s energy and mood with danceable, loud beats. The all-ages crowd were caressed and responded by shouting back the lyrics, while dancing and pointing their fists and fingers at the stage in unison to the beat.
In preparation for Bluejuice, the fans were amped up with a WARNING message promising lots of strobe lighting and naughty delights, before the band leapt on to the stage, immediately living up to their lively reputation. Dressed in their usual fluoro ensemble and the letters spelling out ‘LAST BJ SHOW’ on their t-shirts, they pounced from one end of the stage to the next, as vocalist duo Jake Stone and Stavros Yiannoukas shot out fountains of water in to the ecstatic crowd.
They took the audience on an endless ride of entertaining surprises, holding their attention throughout. Various items were dispersed into the crowd, including fake money, glow sticks and water. Jake Stone crowdsurfed and walked out on their supportive arms, before the cliffhanger moment where he hung from the ceiling and leapt with caution into the crowd below.
A highlight was the band’s cover of ‘Video Games’ by Lana Del Rey and also crowd-favourite, Triple J’s hottest 100 track ‘Vitriol’, which went off with a bang as the last song before the encore, allowing audience members to come on stage and join in. Another highlight was Jake’s track “George Costanza”, a “song about nothing” which had George Costanza clips and animations of his head rolling around on the backdrop graphics. The fans were entranced the whole way, shouting the lyrics and dancing the entire show.
Bluejuice showed without doubt they are at the top of their game, which makes it hard and sad to believe it’s over for them. They have said goodbye at their prime, living up to their name while pushing it even more. They created the ultimate last show, a memorable high-energy performance infused with entertaining surprises, making it one that will be remembered fondly.
Best of luck Bluejuice!
Here are some more of Heather’s amazing photos. Click to enlarge.
You can find out more about Bluejuice/say goodbye to them, at their Facebook page.