RE­VIEW Disco leg­ends de­liver a night to re­mem­ber

Bay of Plenty Times - - OPINION - An­nemarie Quill

Sun­shine, moon­light, good times, boo­gie.

This re­view summed up in those five words — thanks Jack­sons.

Move over Mo­town, this is Mount Maun­ganui!

You know you had a good night when you can hardly walk the next morn­ing. From danc­ing! I went from high heels, to sneak­ers and, in the end, bare feet. Blame it on the boo­gie.

Six hours of danc­ing to six of the world’s big­gest disco leg­ends — in­clud­ing Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Jack­sons. The six groups per­formed in Mount Maun­ganui on Thurs­day night for a one-off New Zealand show, A Sum­mer’s Day Disco.

Disco icons Kool and the Gang, Vil­lage Peo­ple, The Pointer Sis­ters, Sis­ter Sledge and Sounds of the Supremes joined The Jack­sons’ Jer­maine, Jackie, Tito and Mar­lon.

It was an in­cred­i­ble line-up right here in lit­tle old Tau­ranga. That dream the or­gan­iser Pato Al­varez has of mak­ing the Bay of Plenty the mu­sic cap­i­tal of New Zealand is not a dream — it is hap­pen­ing.

The at­mos­phere was up­beat and elec­tric, with a crowd of all ages ready to get their beat on. I knew it was go­ing to be a great day when we walked in and bumped into local He­len Brown, in an afro and sun­glasses, wear­ing the same disco out­fit she boo­gied down in as a youth.

There were se­quins and glit­ter, big hair and plat­form boots, satin hot pants and psy­che­delic flares.

Ev­ery act brought their best en­ergy to the stage. It was like time had stood still as these stars still had the moves, still had the voice . . . and man, did they have the hits.

The Sounds of the Supremes belted out one of my favourite songs of all time, Re­flec­tions, as well as re­mind­ing us of great hits of the Mo­town area, such as Baby Love, You Keep Me Hang­ing On and You Can’t Hurry Love.

Sis­ter Sledge rolled out an­other great set, the high­light Lost in Mu­sic

mak­ing us all want to give up the nine to five and just dance all day.

The Pointer Sis­ters fol­lowed, prov­ing girl power was born in the disco era.

The Vil­lage Peo­ple had ev­ery­one back on their feet, with the­atri­cal per­for­mances to Ma­cho Man, In the Navy and YMCA.

Kool and the Gang in glit­tery shirts com­manded the stage with an im­pres­sive mix of jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop. The crowd got down on it to their hits, like Ladies Night and Cel­e­bra­tion.

Could it get any bet­ter?

It could.

The Jack­sons came on stage and as though tuned in to the vibe from the crowd, the leg­endary broth­ers kicked off with Can You Feel It?

Yes, we can.

The big screen flashed up some old footage, but it was though time had stood still. They have still got the moves, and they have those songs that you never tire of.

I had never been to a disco mu­sic fes­ti­val be­fore and I want to go again.

Let’s do it all again next year, please?

Disco Dreams, any­one? ● ●

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