Ivy throws a full-fat, fun pop party, with everything from ABBA to Beyoncé. By Jordan Kretchmer
As a part of March into Merivale, Ivy will be hosting a night all about celebrating musical guilty pleasures. It’s a high-quality but ultimately cheesy party of pop, disco, dance tracks, R’n’B and soft rock, where you can hear anything from Hanson to Haim to Soft Cell to Whitney to Beyoncé, accompanied by dancers, cabaret performers, balloons and a lot of glitter. Our friends at Time Out London even dubbed it “one of London’s best parties.” Created by UK disc jockey and radio host Sean Rowley, the party will be raging on every Friday night through to March 18. We chatted to Rowley to see what we can expect when he brings his Guilty Pleasures night down under. Sean, what are five of your favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ tracks? ‘Boom! Shake the Room’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. ‘You Get What You Give’, New Radicals. ‘Freedom!’ – George Michael. ‘Roar’, Katie Perry. And ‘Never Forget’, Take That.
Why is it OK to indulge? Indulgences should be a balance to sensible living. I tend to listen to really obscure music from the ’50s and ’60s in order to stay sane and not overload on Britney. If something is over-indulged on an everyday level it ceases to become a guilty pleasure and, let’s face it, man cannot live by cream cake alone (you need a bit of spinach).
How did you come up with the concept? It was born out of my weekly radio show on BBC London. I played a song which I declared as my GP (because it was a bit naff) and the phone lines lit up with listeners declaring they loved it too. From there it became a regular feature on the show with people requesting their own GPs and soon after a compilation CD, which then led to a club night, it just grew very quickly. We’ve even DJed for George Michael at Wembley Stadium and Take That at the O2 on New Year’s Eve. And had our own Saturday night TV show.
What sets it apart from other retro parties? I’ve never thought of GP as a nostalgic night. Although we do play music from back in the day, we also bring a lot of contemporary pop into the mix. Wed take you from Buggles to Beyoncé, Wild Cherry to Katy Perry, Hanson to Haim, Daft Punk to Depeche Mode. The crowd is such a mixed bag of nationalities, race, sexuality and ages that the music is really about connecting with them all and giving them the time of their life.
Palings Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney 2000. 02 9240 3000. whatson.merivale.com.au. Fri 8pm-late. $20. Feb 26, Mar 4, 11 & 18.
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