Boney M were coming back to town and I was pretty excited to see what was on on offer. Like many people of, “ahem”, my generation, we grew up on Boney M. Loads of our parents had the albums around the house and the catchy tunes seemed to follow you around on radio and in night clubs, getting stuck in your brain.
Boney M, brainchild of German producer Frank Faran, were huge in the 1970s, with hits such as Daddy Cool, Sunny, Ma Baker, and Rasputin becoming club staples in the era of disco. This tour featured Maizie Williams, one of the original members of the group. It was a balmy Sunday evening with an early start, and the crowds were streaming in.
The support act, Winter Moon, were from Melbourne and they got the crowd revved up with their unique brand of alternative rock, underlined by the powerful voice of front woman, Milly Moon, belting out tracks from their upcoming album, Make Real, Make Believe.
In break between the support and main act, the place really started to fill up. It was a very diverse crowd, and it was pleasing to see so many age ranges with a love of disco.
The session musicians rolled on stage, and the MC started to whip the crowd up. Maizie and the crew strutted on stage in disco attire, a riot of glittering sequins as they kicked proceedings off with their mega hit Sunny.
The crowd was very energetic, loving every minute of it as they danced and waved their hands through hit after hit, such as Daddy Cool, Ma Baker, and Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday. The singers took a little break during an intermission of sorts, but the backing musicians remained on stage and were each given a chance to show case their impressive individual talents.
The set was rounded out with some more disco mega hits, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rasputin and the Rivers of Babylon, which had the crowd singing along rapturously. As they walked off the stage they crowds yelled for more, and Boney M come back on to finish off aptly with Gotta Go Home – recently sampled by dance duo Duck Sauce in their hit, Barbara Streisand.
It was a great performance, with lots of audience participation and a reminder of the good vibes and fun times of the disco era.
Live Review by Jeremy Watkinson