RAVING IN THE ‘80S

Stirling Times - - Let’s Eat - Sara Fitz­patrick

THIS is the dumb­est idea To­mas Ford (pic­tured) has ever had – and also the most suc­cess­ful.

It’s his crap mu­sic rave party, a sur­pris­ing lit­tle money (and record) spin­ner earn­ing the Perth cabaret per­former a stack of fans around the world.

For the past four years, Ford has toured his con­cert around Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the UK.

“I put this thing to­gether as a bit of a joke and it ended up be­ing huge,” Ford said.

“It’s me mess­ing around and hav­ing a good time and it’s a bless­ing be­cause it means I can tour my cabaret stuff – which is pretty niche – off the back of it.”

Now the self-con­fessed id­iot – and self­ind­ul­gent mu­sic snob at the core – takes his winning for­mula and ’80s it up with hy­brid show, the Crap Mu­sic 80s Work­out Rave Party.

“I re­ally like get­ting into some Du­ran Du­ran, some early break danc­ing mu­sic; A-ha Take On Me is al­ways a win­ner, as well as Bros, Rick Ast­ley – if it’s ter­ri­ble and you can dance to it, then I’ll play it,” Ford said.

“I can’t be play­ing New Or­der be­cause ev­ery body likes them – you can re­quest what­ever song you want as long as it’s aw­ful.”

The home­grown en­ter­tainer doesn’t sim­ply spin records at his dance party – rev­ellers are in for a treat.

“I run around the room touch­ing lights and try­ing glow sticks, chuck­ing on wigs and var­i­ous cos­tumes and gen­er­ally mak­ing as much of a fool of my­self as pos­si­ble, so I can es­tab­lish a base level of stupid in the room, “Ford said.

“It’s like when you’re at a party and some­one goes on the dance floor first and they break the ice – I’m the ice­breaker.

“This is a re­ally fun, light-hearted night where you can let loose and do what­ever you like on the dance floor be­cause no one is go­ing to look like a big­ger id­iot than me.”

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