Live Review: Todd Terje & The Olsens, Roland Tings, Andy Garvey

8 December 2017 | 4:45 pm | Shaun Colnan

"The Norwegian monarch of summer jams ignited a boisterous celebration in the audience."

Metro Theatre was once again in a festive mood with revellers passing up the stairs, under the decadent chandelier, over to the bar and then into the sultry theatre space where people chatted and beamed, waiting for a sonic smorgasbord fit for Scandinavian royalty.  

Local Sydney DJ and FBi programmer Andy Garvey kicked things off with an array of sonic jewels from her years of crate digging. The mood was festive and jovial, bolstered by a mix of disco, house and a little bit of techno to introduce a soundtrack to the night.

Melbourne producer Roland Tings kicked things up a notch with his unique instrumental anthems, transporting the audience into some kind of jungle wonderland. Tings, who continues to be one of Australia's most in-demand DJs, shared a raw, tropical haze of up-tempo rhythms and dirty, eargasmic bass hooks, all under kaleidoscopic lighting.

The crowd were now primed for the main event: Todd Terje & The Olsens. The Norwegian monarch of summer jams ignited a boisterous celebration in the audience. Visiting Australia for the first time with live band in tow, Terje and co produced an electrifying melange of Latin-infused rhythms, staggering drum solos and strange sounds akin to a goat.

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Touring in support of Maskindans, Terje's latest single and teaser for an upcoming album, Terje and co played this sweltering single in all its glory to a spellbound audience. The crowd swayed and cavorted as Terje delivered a masterclass in revivalist disco as the lights buzzed and whirred about the darkened space.