A gaze at Summadayze

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It was a hot line-up on a steaming day… My first Summadayze will be one to remember.

Bikini-clad babes and buff blokes stripped off shirts and more, in a bid to stay cool while getting down to dance to some of the world’s best DJs and producers. A crowd of thousands turned out in Perth to judge a new venue at Paterson’s Stadium. Admittedly I had heard how, in previous years, the Esplanade was the place to be for Summadayzing. But Paterson’s played host galantly with three outdoor stages – one set up where footballs normally soar through goal posts, and the Stadium’s Bill Walker room turned into a disco – surely a first in footy history.

On the outer stages, Sam and The Womp (above) began their set in full 34 degree heat… The brass section impressively cutting through the soaring temperatures. The group’s single Bom, Bom, Bom was surpisingly good in a live setting. Full marks to lead vocalist Bloem de Wilde de Ligny for looking so cool in such stifling conditions.

nglish DJ extraordinaire Mark Ronson wowed the audience with a memorable mix of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and countless other contemporary gems. While Fedde Le Grande (above) proved a crowd-pleaser with favourite Put Your Hands Up For Detroit. Headline act, The Chemical Brothers (below) were welcomed by a sea of green glow sticks and pumped out two hours of hard-core dance music.

But the act that most impressed out editor was M.I.A. (pictured, top of story) who, after a disappointing performance at her last Australian festival appearance, showed out in fine form on this particular day. It’s like the heat brought out the best in the girl who delivered hits including Bad Girls, Paper Planes, Boyz and more.

All up, an excellent day out. Summadayze, we will be back.

Photography by Antonino Tati.