This Sunday, travel back in time to when Crazy Frog topped the charts, Shakira’s hips didn’t lie and Sneaky Sound System saw a UFO
Nobody quite embodies the mid noughties in Australia quite like Sneaky Sound System ... right about now you’re starting to hum, “I saw a UFO and nobody believed me ...”
Relive those glory days on Sunday as the Ministry of Sound Reunion Tour takes you back to 2005-08, headlined by Sneaky duo Angus McDonald and Connie Mitchell.
“For us those years were pure and utter chaos to be honest; it was mental,” Angus says. “We were touring incessantly, here and abroad, and in the studio writing on the run, doing so much radio and TV. It was a bit of a blur and dare I say slightly hedonistic. There was a fair bit of party action, but we made a conscious effort to take note of what was going on.”
Although the couple are happily shacked up with a new baby in tow, if there’s anywhere that can get them in the mood to party, Angus says it’s the Gold Coast.
“I’ve got many stories from the GC – I don’t know if you can print any,” he laughs.
“The GC holds a special place in our heart because, other than Sydney, it was the very first place we started playing. We played at Berlin Lounge for many years before it closed down and I gotta tell you, people on the GC know how to party, they’d have to be No. 1 in the country.
“It’s really true, I don’t know what it is, it’s just a really good young party crew.
“Maybe it’s the coastal thing because it’s the same worldwide ... it’s got the same feeling as Miami, Ibiza, Mykonos.”
Their set and the entire evening will be strictly limited to that era, which was more iconic than people may realise. It was the major leadup into commercial dance music. Angus remembers it wasn’t overly easy to break through, but when they did the scene changed forever.
“We had a lot of problems having major record labels releasing our stuff as they thought it was too niche. But there were other artists at the same time – Presets, Cut Copy, Fedde le Grand – and you felt like there was this other thing happening, the tides were turning.
“So when it happened it wasn’t a surprise – the scale was. Everyone was pumped. It was fresh. But today every track is a dance track.”
Being a throwback tour, it’s natural to compare then to now, and while it feels like not much has changed, Sunday will be proof it has.
“I think we had the luxury of being a bit more creative, we didn’t follow any rules and we didn’t copy anything,” Angus says.
“We were doing something fresh and that was liberating.
“There’s so much pressure on artists to copy ... it’s the same old s--t over and over again. There’s still lots of amazing exciting music but it is harder to be original.”
Also on the bill is Bang Gang Djs, Goodwill, John Course, Kid Kenobi, Mark Dynamix, Riot In Belgium, Stafford Brothers, Tonite Only and Van She Tech.
Ministry of Sound Reunion Tour, NightQuarter, Sunday, Oztix