The rain came on Sunday night as promised, but that wasn’t enough to keep the keen crowd away from seeing City Calm Down at Shimmerlands. The crew behind Shadow Electric have occupied the grounds of the University of Melbourne for a summer series of food, outdoor cinema and live music events.
Together with the rain, Gretta Ray being unable to perform as the opening support act and a last minute change in set times, there were two choices on this night – try to squeeze into some undercover space near the bar, or bear the full brunt of the wind and rain pelting down (most likely in an oh-so-flattering, one-size-fits-all plastic poncho – stylish stuff!)
The Harpoons did their best to keep spirits high in the interim, and City Calm Down pulled off a brilliant set despite everyone and everything getting a drenching. But it really didn’t matter – from kicking off with Border on Control, right through to Rabbit Run there wasn’t a fault to be heard. A few new songs made their debut on the night in conjunction with recording commencing for album #2, and a stellar cover of Foals’ Spanish Sahara was dragged out from hiatus – all coming together for a solid hour of great tunes.