On Friday the 24th of August Sydney’s Enmore theatre was packed with people of all ages, all uniting to party along with the famous Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, also known as Flight Facilities. The talented girl trio Haiku Hands warmed up the audience with their catchy dance music and had everyone bopping up and down all anxiously awaiting the arrival of Flight Facilities.
The boys opened the night with a little light show synced to the music to signal take-off. Through the smoky stage the shadows of the two boys in their pilot outfits arose from behind the Dj station and they hit it off with one of their newest top songs ‘Need You’. From the get go as soon as the keyboard chimed in everyone was immediately airborne. The hypnotising lights had everyone transported, swaying along in their own world totally taken control of by the music. The talented Owl Eyes from Melbourne took the vocals for the first few songs and alternated with Sydney singer Ric Rufio. Both these two captivated the crowd with their incredible vocals and got everyone singing along.
The boys then went on to perform ‘Stand Still’ released in 2014 from their album Down to Earth. The blue lights had the boys shadows peaking as we saw the figures busily moving across the Dj station and whipping out a few instruments here and there. Their songs all tended to seamlessly merge together, adding a few covers now and again to keep the crowd on their toes.
Heading back to their more disco roots, ‘Foreign Language’ and ‘Sunshine’ were a few of the crowds stand out faves. Owl Eyes tackled ‘Foreign Language’, the funky rhythms of the electric guitar had everyone charmed. Ric Rufio took on ‘Sunshine’ and its central groove had everyone having a bit of a boogie under the orange lights. They then transitioned to ‘Clair De Lune’. This slow dreamy song captured everyone swaying, Flight Facilities got us all to shine the lights on our phones to light up the whole theatre. The boys didn't say much throughout the night but they captivated everyone with their mysteriousness.
As the concert came close to the end they made sure to end the night on a high by saving their most popular songs till last. Their top song ‘Crave You’ was a huge hit and had heaps of people up on shoulders so they could get a better look at the talent on the stage. They surprised the audience by paying their respects with a cover of 'Respect'- a tribute to the so-very-great Aretha Franklin. Haiku Hands, Owl Eyes and Ric Rufio all joined in for this one and created a massive party on the stage, everyone dancing freely in their own unique style. The rainbow lights spread some excellent feel good vibes throughout the theatre. Ending the night on a massive high the boys said farewell and everyone was sombre as we all landed back in reality.
Words by Eliza Colley