Mad Racket Feat. Jamie Lidell + Mad Racket DJs
Yep, you read right. This party went down in a bowling alley. And not the youth-oriented, ten-pin kind of bowling, either...
Mad Racket Feat. Jamie Lidell + Mad Racket DJsCity: Sydney, AUS
Venue: Marrickville Bowling Club
Yep, you read right. This party went down in a bowling alley. And not the youth-oriented, ten-pin kind of bowling, either. We’re talking the “played on a village green by an old-aged pensioner wearing nothing but white while cursing the youth of today” variety. But don’t worry -- the place was on loan for the night. The Mad Racket crew have cottoned onto the fact that you can hire out a bowling club -- even one usually reserved for people with Zimmer frames -- and throw an undisturbed all-night party in an inner-city industrial wasteland. They’ve also realized that if you do it with alcohol at genuine ‘70s prices, things tend to get pretty wild. Sheer bloody genius! The Mad Racket parties have been running for about eight years and are famous for serving the best in tech and house without doing too much damage to the hip pocket. Of course, these days, Mad Racket is also where late-20s/early-30s ex-clubbers and ravers go to age disgracefully. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, as the lack of Glamazons and image-conscious scenesters meant that everyone could just let go, get down, and enjoy the Mad Racket crew’s heavy grooves. We arrived close to midnight, walking in to the sound of heavy beats. It was the first whiff of the Minimal influence that pervaded the night’s proceedings, complemented by a healthy dose of house-friendly hip-hop a la Spank Rock. The whole New Year’s angle was downplayed, and midnight was marked somewhat cursorily. At a few minutes past 12, the tearing beats stopped for a few seconds, and a voice came over the PA and announced, “Umm, yeah, it’s 2007.” And then the tearing beats started right back up again.