It was only 18 months ago when I saw an up-and-coming Northeast Party House play in this very room. Playing as support act that time, there was potential there, no doubt, but I would have been hesitant to suggest they would go on to selling out the same room on their own headline tour, as well as playing an extra show due to demand barely 18 months later. Their almost freeform approach back then has been replaced by clinical, breathless and bouncing dancefloor anthems that saw crowdsurfers and ravers together as one, revelling in the moment that Northeast Party House had brought them.

Earlier, Adelaide 3 piece Flamingo set an ambient tone with their James Blake-esque haunting vocals and soft instrumental use. Kacee Heidt’s dream like vocals, along with the swirling guitars and keyboards took the audience on journey through space and time, even if it wasn’t the in the same vein as the main act.

From the moment the curtain opened to reveal the band in waiting, vocalist Zach Hamilton-Reeves was the darling of the audience, and the moment wasn’t lost on him, seemingly in awe of the following his band has drawn. Their set drew heavily from their debut album Any Given Weekend, and with good reason. It’s one of the most energetic, fun time albums released this year, and with songs like ‘Sick Boy’, ‘Fake Friends’ and ‘The Haunted’ working their dancefloor magic across the hallowed ground of the Corner Hotel, it was a wonderful example of a great album coming to life in the live setting.

Slower moments such as ‘You and I’ show their versatility, not comfortable with being pigeonholed as a single formula band, it worked wonders to punctuate a set of banging party tunes. ‘Any Given Weekend’, ‘Youth Allowance’ and the guitar-gods gift ‘Embezzler’ continue to get the anthems flowing, and by this time, there are members of the audience crowd surfing like it’s DZ Deathrays amongst ravers like they’re at a Soulwax warehouse gig.

They sheepishly reappear for what seemed like a genuinely unplanned encore, with the crowd demanding they hear at least one more from their local lads. The unmistakable synths from their self-titled EP hit ‘Dusk’ send the audience into raptures, whilst the band look on with smiles as wide as the Great Barrier Reef.

Northeast Party House have certainly come a long way in their short careers thus far, it’s now a question of how big can they be?

Dean Forte

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