Flight Facilities – Down to Earth World Tour @ Forum Theatre

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Flight Facilities are in the midst of their nearly entirely sold-out tour, and they’re just about to embark on the international leg with Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin, New York and LA getting some sweet, sweet electro pop coming their way in the next couple of weeks.

art felicis saw the duo at one of Melbourne’s three sold-out shows at the beautiful Forum Theatre. Flight Facilities had brought a posse of Aussie music talent with them – Andras Fox and Client Liaison opened, with the help of triple j Hack host Tom Tilley helping out on bass – plus Owl Eyes stunned the audience with supporting female vocals and Kurt Kristen on male vocals.

They opened with their album intro and then jumped straight into the beautiful and oh-so-sexual “Two Bodies”, complete with the highly charged video playing in the background. Fellow art felicis writer Huggett and I both had an epiphany at the same time that we never realised the lyrics go “I don’t mind if you take advantage of me.” Contentious!? You can thank the audio quality at the Forum for that one.

They stormed through all their original hits, of which there are so many – “With You”, “I Didn’t Believe”, “Crave You”, “Heart Attack”, the list goes on. Soaring aviation visuals and graphics accompanied the music in the background, and there never really was a boring lull in the set.

In an interview with news.com.au, Hugo Guzman says “There’s live vocalists, but at the heart of it we’re DJing. We make no excuses for that, we want to exert ourselves as DJs. DJing is very common these days but we’re trying to do it in an interesting way that makes people more engaged than just watching one dude on stage playing a whole bunch of EDM bangers, drinking Grey Goose and putting their hand in the air.”

The Wave Racer remix of “Stand Still” also made an appearance, mashed up with Major Lazer’s “Get Free”. Another cool little display of DJ talent was this Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory sample “Pure Imagination” played over the top of one of their tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g

They finished up the night with an encores of the glorious “Sunshine” featuring Reggie Watts and then on a somewhat more left-of-centre choice “Love Is In The Air”.

The whole posse came out on stage during this last track and the boys got the audience to get on the floor to jump up during the classic belting chorus. “We want to wow people and make them feel like they’re part of something unique.”  This definitely rings true – wishing the boys luck on taking their music to the international scene!

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