The recently opened Rabbit Hole Ideation Café in Fortitude Valley was a perfect setting to display all aspects of what goes into the 2High Festival.
Trying to combine such a vast range of talents could have been a cluttered mess.
However, between the art displayed around the upstairs area and musicians performing periodically downstairs, it managed to showcase all the aspects without any impact being lost from the individual pieces. Every person there was impressively articulate and passionate about their role with the festival, whether it was one of the music coordinators, the troupe of physical theatre actresses or a set designer.
Kitty Gatling, aka The Gatling Gun, was at her dynamic best, proving that ‘90s music can start any party, especially when she dropped Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ to an incredibly loud squeal of delight from the crowd.
Looking strikingly like Tom Odell, singer Jackson James Smith set an enchanting atmosphere among the fairy lights dripping from the trees. His melodic voice weaved superbly with the music and had captured the attention of nearly the entire crowd by the time he finished his set to a thunder of cheers.
Putting a group of young emerging artists and art producers in one room for the 2High pre-event could have been a night of self-congratulatory pretension. Instead it was an entertaining and thought-provoking insight into Brisbane’s up and coming artists and what they have to offer.
2High Festival Pre-event was held at the Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe Oct 11.
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