You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.
Sounds dramatic, I know, but life hasn’t been the same without live music. Obviously, there are much larger issues at hand, but the live music scene has taken a serious beating from COVID-19, and while most of society drifts toward business-as-usual, the music industry is well and truly behind the 8-ball with any chance of a big sweaty mosh pit still miles away. However, the Sydney music scene is slowly creeping its way back, and last Friday The Vanguard hosted Flight To Dubai for one of Sydney’s first live shows in God knows how long.
In adherence to the current laws, the show was attended by 50 seated patrons only, with food and drink aplenty. Admittedly, I was skeptical about how a sit-down rock and roll show would turn out, but, man, it was good. Performing for an entire 90 minutes, Flight To Dubai treated us to a variety of stripped-back originals and covers. There are very few bands who have the same dynamic range as Flight To Dubai: at one show Atlas (lead vocalist) might be bludgeoning himself with the microphone—the next he’s covering The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’. These boys can do it all.
Although the law demands that the 50 patrons must be seated, Flight To Dubai’s set proved that a very hard rule to obey. As the show rocked on, people slowly rose further and further out of their seats to shake a tail feather. Sydney’s live music industry still has a long way to go before returning normal, but now more than ever, local bands and venues need our support. Whether that be by attending small shows like this one or purchasing band merch, anything and everything helps. Don’t be scared to get out there and resume enjoying what you can while practicing all the appropriate safety measures. Rock and roll is back baby!