Guilty Plea­sures

Time Out (Sydney) - - TIME OUT + TASTE OF SYDNEY -

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. what­ Fri 8pm-late. $20. Feb 26, Mar 4, 11 & 18.

Sean Row­ley

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