Entertainment Hive 2017

The Magnets in Can You Feel It

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Factory, until March 19

Review by Honey B

The Magnets have been spectacularly magnetised for this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. So much so, that you might not be able to recognise the six pitch- perfect, hunky singing sensations. The UK lads joke that they have been botoxed and, basically, they have been man-scaped to the extreme. What has really happened is our favourite a cappella group has had a big line-up change with five new members coming in and Callum McIntosh the last Magnet left standing. There was definitely an electric vibe to the lads’ latest show, Can You Feel It, as the guys showed off their vocal chops – and wow bass-hunk Duncan Sandilands, chatty Aussie Damion Scarcella, cheeky Welsh high-tenor Michael Conway, world- class beat-boxing legend Ball-Zee, melodic Billy Boothroyd and the familiar Scots-man McIntosh sang their hearts out. It’s a huge call, but these lads may be vocally better than our original faves (Nic, Mikey, Fraser et al). And while the boys banter was smooth, it wasn’t quite as familiar and comfy as the old lads’ – but that’s really just picking hairs. The guys can all move, Ball-Zee wowed with his beat-boxing skills and the humour is still there with a hilarious take on Barbie Girl, which was performed in many different musical styles from country to reggae and opera. Highlights included Feelin’ Good, a breath-taking version of Adele’s Hello, Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down and Minnie The Moocher. It was certainly an eclectic mix of musical styles which the boys performed brilliantly. The Magnets are again treating Adelaide Fringe audiences to a new album Can You Feel It, the first since 2013’s All This Time, and it is on sale for the first time in Adelaide. Grab one after the show. Fall in love with The Magnets all over again and don’t miss these sonically blessed singers.
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