A Taster of Jungle Love: Concrete Jungle @ The Foundry, 15th August

The effort put into pulling off Concrete Jungle’s second coming seems never to cease. After being relocated on the day of the event – wonky Queenslander and all – from previous home, Serafini Chains, to Brisbane’s new music hub, The Foundry, it’s a surprise the elaborate showcase went ahead at all. Concrete Jungle is a taste of the past and future for eccentric boutique parent festival, Jungle Love. It must be encouraging for the organisers to see an abundance of familiar faces from past events.

The Foundry is an interesting labyrinth of dark corridors, locked doors and expansive outdoor areas, which creates a mesmerising effect when fused against the fluorescent lighting and tropical themed stage settings of the event. Although the performers seem to draw in waves of various crowds, the mood is firmly set on a pulsating positivity; it is not hard to draw the firm comparisons between the Jungle and Concrete experiences.

A very fulfilling lineup traverses psychedelic hip-hop, effortless punk, synthy funk and more. The boastful list includes Astro Travellers, The Brains Trust, Dubmarine, Go Van Go and The Mouldy Lovers. Each new performance seems to absorb the reservoir of energy left over from the last, and although each eclectic act is strong independently, the night melds into a whole experience rather than a showcase. It’s not long until I’ve found myself lost amongst the vibrating tropo-sets, through psychedelic pinwheels sprayed on walls, white smoke shrouding the crowd, and an energetic warm feeling flooding the dance floor. It really does feel as though Concrete is the much-too-large entrée, filling us up before Jungle – the main event.

If this year’s Concrete showcase is anything to go by, Jungle Love is going to blow last year’s effort out of the water. The upcoming event is destined to impress with a fantastic array of local and well-loved acts, including MKO, Resin Dogs, The Cairos, The Belligerents and more. This time around, we’ll be taken to a serene pocket of Imble (north-west of the Sunny Coast), which boasts its own trickling river and palms a plenty. As per last year’s event, Jungle Love is BYO, although there will be bars and pop up ‘gourmet canteens’.

Tickets to Jungle Love are on sale now, but will be gradually rising up until the event itself on November 27. If you’re looking for an escape or simply a weekend to remember, get those tickets while they’re hot and start planning your few nights away in the jungle.

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