If you’re looking for an entertaining start to the weekend, head to Jive this Friday night for an evening of psychedelic grunge rock performance poetry.

Dirt Playground will bring their signature fusion of middle eastern influenced psychedelic rock to the stage, supported by Lost Cosmonaut and The Realm Of.

10171913_10152388736983648_4246612651968812049_nDirt Playground are renowned for their visually spectacular shows with lights, lasers and effects, and lead singer Paraskevi Kontoleon reckons Jive is just the venue for them.

“Jive is a venue Dirt Playground have been wanting to play for years. I think it’s one of the best venues in Adelaide in terms of atmosphere, stage and a really cool vibe. A lot of acts I’ve seen at Jive sound really good and I’ve always thought the set up would be awesome for a Dirt Playground experience,” she says.

Dirt Playground in action
Dirt Playground in action

“We’re going to have the lighting, the lasers and projections; the whole experience. The percussionist is playing as well. Jive is great because it’s big enough to make our laser lighting projection show really effective, but small enough to be an intimate experience.”

The Realm Of will open the gig and Paraskevi warns people to keep an open mind about the, somewhat unique, act.

“The Realm Of consist of two members and they play a sort of avant-garde style music with poetry. Some people might find it a bit confronting. But if people keep an open mind, they will hopefully see the fun in it,” she says.

“They opened for us on another occasion and it was quite an experience. People in the crowd were quite intrigued. It’s actually quite entertaining to watch but I am offering a warning because some people might find it confronting. I’m not really allowed to give much away because they’re mysterious!”

Paraskevi rocking the stage.

If that doesn’t spark your interest to check out a night of live music at Jive, Paraskevi says second band, Lost Cosmonaut are also worth checking out.

“I rate [vocalist] Josh Bills very highly as a musician in Adelaide. He’s one of my favourites. He normally plays with These Wild Animals but some of the members weren’t available; Lost Cosmonaut were keen to hop on the bill and I think they’ll be a really good fit for the show.”

This Friday night will be the first gig of 2015 for Dirt Playground and Paraskevi is keen for what she says will be a big year for the band.

“We’re hoping to have an intense first six months of the year,” she says. “We’re travelling to Melbourne to play at the Espy on the 19th of February and then we’ll be working on an album and hoping to release it at the end of the year.”

And if a new Dirt Playground album isn’t exciting enough, Paraskevi says they’ll be gifting their music to their fans next week.

“After this week we’re releasing our EP to download for free on our website. We want our music to be accessible to everybody. We also want to do something for our fans, especially everyone who has supported us for the last 12-18 months with the new lineup,” she says.

Pre-sale tickets for Friday’s gig have now sold out but you can still grab tickets from the door or through Moshtix.

Doors open at 8pm at Jive: 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

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Story by Libby Parker

Photos courtesy of Dirt Playground