‘Where are we?’ A punter asks with starry eyes as he enters the gates of the sold out event... But it isn’t the point. According to the Alison Wonderland team of the Scarehouse Project, the vibe is set to mystery and fear.
The festival, being a secret location, is accessible by an organised bus ride. The crowd finds themselves at Ivory’s Rock Event and Convention Centre. It’s a beautiful and alluring setting for an extensive lineup: Alison Wonderland, A$AP Ferg, SACHI, Danger and plenty more. The genres vary across hip-hop, dance and electronic, focusing on the desire to get people hyped.
SACHI, a New Zealand electronic band, have a pure white vibe. They seem like angels within the mass of creepiness. They send the crowd into a heaven-like state, encouraging movement to dependable synth breakdowns.
The darkness begins to settle across the property as French musician Danger arises. He supplies bangers that allow the crowd to move like obeying zombies. His visual aspect is a highlight, exhibiting a fascinating audio reactive backdrop. Although on the smaller stage Brownies and Lemonade brings an electrifyingly grim vibe, aligning with the theme of the event. Fear and mystery absorbs him.
‘The Scare House’ stage equips the main acts. While walking in deep darkness across the field, there is a strong smell of woodchip and body odor. The crowd is young, friendly and obsessed with the journey that unfolds before them. They are in awe of Alison Wonderland’s ability to compose a dance festival.
A$AP Ferg rises to the stage bringing with him a chorus of punters who relay his lyrics with divine passion. People leap onto shoulders, tempted by the lights. The hip-hop music truly captures the audiences' attention. He performs ‘Aw Yeah’ and has the people moving with gunshot-body sways.
The crowd want more. They are motivated to let Alison Wonderland guide them to this mysterious and fanciful gathering, and they are ready for her. She provides with a fantastical display of trap, hip-hop and her overall theme of mystery and fear. Behind the crowd stands a neon sign that reads ‘Kill Them All’. Alison Wonderland uses her music to slay the crowds’ expectations, and exceed them. The chosen lineup for the event endorsed this to happen, putting on a truly spectacular dance party.
Review by - Becci Writes