Entertainment Hive 2017

The Magnets in All This Time

Adelaide Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Vagabond, until

March 16

Review by Honey B

The Magnets first came to Adelaide about five years ago as part of the Cabaret Festival - thanks to Lisa Campbell. Fast forward to 2014 and the six tuneful UK lads are performing to packed crowds in the Vagabond venue in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The guys have worked hard to cement their place in the hearts of Adelaideans, which includes launching their debut CD, All This Time, at last year's Fringe. To see them performing to a sold out Tuesday night crowd this year was truly wonderful, but what was surprising was how many first-timers were at the gig. It was almost the whole tent. Word of mouth is a great thing - it's also wonderful to walk into the Garden and hear the boys belting out their tunes. The a capella sextet open the show with a rockin' rendition of AC/DC's It's A Long Way To The Top and the crowd was with them for the rest of the night. This was a versatile show covering rock tunes, Pharell Williams' massive hit Happy featuring a wonderful performance from Fraser Collins and Collins also starred in a brilliant doo-wop version of Together in Electric Dreams - his smooth tone is to die for. The band's musical arranger, Steve Trowell, does a fantastic rendition of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines - with a little bass help from Collins. Another highlight was the Madness/Dire Straits medley It Must Be Love and Romeo and Juliet. The harmonies are pitch perfect and the moves are fun and smooth. This year the group has a new member, Billy Booth, who "halves the age of the group'' and he has some strong vocals and fits in beautifully with the boys - which is wonderful as he's only been performing for a few weeks with the older Magnets. Of course, it wouldn't be a Magnets show without a mash-up at the end and this year it was an Aussie medley featuring Men At Work, Kylie and Jason, INXS and Jet to name a few. With a week to go, don't miss this musical must see show.
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