Next to grace the stage were Adelaide band City Riots, who've been trekking about with Ball Park Music for the whole of their tour. Busting out some poppier rock songs, I wouldn't be surprised if I saw these guys making it in the mainstream world. The second half of the set started to warm up when they got to 'the business end of things' playing us their singles and more refined tracks. The crowd was lapping up the music, and it looked as though they already had quite a few fans in the crowd singing along to their songs. After a good, fun set, the climax came when Brisbane boy Dan James (Drawn From Bees) was invited to the stage to share in the vocal duties for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark. It was legendary, and topped off an awesome set from the Adelaide boys. It also didn't hurt that they continuously stated how much they detest their city and lavished praise on our town instead.
Most of the crowd was there of course to see the amazing Ball Park Music, and considering the gig eventually sold out, it's no wonder the floor suddenly started to fill up. Launching straight into their first big hit iFly, it was obvious we were in for a treat. If you were to spot lead singer Sam Cromack in the audience earlier in the night, he would come across as being quite tame and unassuming, but the second he takes the stage he lets it rip. Charisma oozes everywhere as he spends half his time crowd surfing, and might I add, he does an admirable job of singing at the same time. With spot on harmonies and a bit of fun trombone every now and then, Ball Park Music put on a show to be remembered that got the crowd jumping. Newest single It’s Nice to Be Alive and another few newies show how promising their upcoming album is going to be, but as the finale, Ball Park Music finish with Sad Rad Future Dude. It was a ridiculously fun performance. The audience screamed their lungs out matching word for word even when Sam Cromack stopped the song just to repeat the second verse, ‘cause it’s that fucking awesome. I fucking love you, Ball Park Music. x