Spacey Jane forced to postpone shows despite packed sporting arenas

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Spacey Jane, who placed 2nd in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2020 with ‘Booster Seat’. Credit: Daniel Hilderbrand.

Popular indie band Spacey Jane was set to play their rescheduled Brisbane shows last week but were forced to postpone at the very last minute.

After touching down in Brisbane, the band was told there was a possibility they would have to isolate due to the recent COVID outbreak in their hometown of Perth.

Reacting to the news immediately each member took seven rapid tests that all came back negative and planned to establish ‘bubbles’ at the venue to play safely.

But Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young denied their requests for leniency or exemption.

The band was authorised to reschedule both shows and endure a two-week quarantine period in Brisbane.

On the same day as this decision, AFL club North Melbourne was exempted and given permission to travel to Perth to play Fremantle during the lockdown without having to quarantine on arrival there or back in Melbourne.

The discrepancies in treatment across the states for sporting games compared to music events has been confusing and frustrating and created huge hiccups throughout the band’s national tour.

Spacey Jane’s drummer Kieran Lama said it was a shame they were not a footy team.

“It’s sad to see how undervalued music and the arts in general are by State and Federal governments, at least compared to certain other industries,” he said.

“We were really disappointed that every attempt we made to make the shows by all intents and purposes ‘COVID-safe’, were thrown out the window.

“It felt like there was a serious lack of willingness to work with us, whereas a few other sporting events could manage to get ‘all-clears’ in similar situations seemingly without problems.”

After their 14-day isolation period Spacey Jane performed two thrilling sold-out shows at Brisbane’s Riverstage.

 

Spacey Jane proved to be well worth the wait at Brisbane’s Riverstage (REVIEW)

Spacey Jane plays the Brisbane River stage.
Image: Darcy Goss

After over a year of postponed shows Spacey Jane make their highly anticipated return to Brisbane with their biggest headline to date.

The sold-out show was originally set to take place at The Zoo with a capacity of 400 people but due to COVID’s tornado effect the show was upgraded to Brisbane’s second largest venue Riverstage, which holds a cap of 9500. A massive stint for a band so early in their career, the outdoor amphitheatre is a venue that artists dream of performing in but Spacey Jane conquered it on their debut album cycle.

Opening acts were astounding performances from South Australia’s Jess Day and local Brissie boys The Moving Stills, providing light summery tunes. They warmed up the stage to a full Riverstage crowd, who swayed along to every melody.

Image: Darcy Goss

A little after 8.50pm the stage lights dimmed, and the eager crowd squeezed to the front of stage like sardines. The pent-up energy was palpable; fans had been waiting for this moment for months.

The four-piece band quietly walked on stage, as the crowd erupted with an explosive rumble of cheers and squeals.

Lead singer Caleb Harper apologised for the “hiccups” before flowing into the opening notes of Skin. The crowd was already on their feet as the venue echoed into a synchronised sing-along.

Harper vigorously bopping and bouncing along to every song with a navy-blue Rickenbacker. Joining him was lead guitarist Ashton Le Cornu who had the crowd in awe with his metre high Pete Townshend-style scissor jumps and mesmerising sounds from his six string.

Bassist Peppa Lane could be seen from any position in the amphitheatre as she circled across the stage jamming out behind Harper – who says bassists are boring?

Drummer Kieran Lama kept the energy high with his emphatic drumming drive.

The rest of the set covered a huge chunk of the debut album Sunlight, but their performance of Booster Seat was a clear crowd favourite. The opening chords saw punters already climbing onto each other’s shoulders to assume the best position for belting out the biggest sing-along of the night.

Image: Darcy Goss

The band briefly thanked the crowd and swept off stage before returning just as quick as fans belted out the anthemic One more songchant. The encore included more of Hardman Le Cornu’s jump kicks as punters head-banged along to Still Running and Thrills before finishing the evening off phenomenally with their breakthrough hit Good For You.

Spacey Jane’s mammoth Riverstage gig proved just how much the band has blossomed since their last performance in Brisbane. Through their intense musical growth and encouragement from such a loyal fanbase, the bands confidence and stage presence has skyrocketed.

The explosive energy possessed by the WA quartet is sealing them as one of Australia’s hottest acts of the age. Just ask anyone.