Recap: Freedom Time with Hugo Mendez, Sadar Bahar, and Jeremy Underground
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Recap: Freedom Time with Hugo Mendez, Sadar Bahar, and Jeremy Underground

Though Summer has most certainly said goodbye, a good day festival certainly has not. 

Such was the case this past Saturday at the Coburg Velodrome in Melbourne, where 2,500 revellers descended on the outdoor venue for Freedom Time’s massive lineup of Hugo Mendez, Sadar Bahar, and Jeremy Underground.

The 8 hour event was a breath of fresh air in terms of sound production and practicality in contrast to other festivals – lots of free water stations, a handful of food trucks, two stages, and Funktion Ones delivering the first tunes of the day via locals Strictly Vinyl and Wax’o Paradiso. Disco, soul, and house filled the air of the Velodrome as ticket holders continued to stream in, the sun starting to slowly peak behind the clouds and warm up to its estimated 28 degrees.

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While the lines may have been long at first, the organisers dealt with it accordingly and people eventually began moving fluidly for their chance for a boogie. The crisp sound, comfortably angled Velodrome seating and scattered hay bales, as well as the large grassy dancefloor, meant that everyone was able to have a good time regardless of their stamina.

The crowd was indecisively split come 6pm, with both Hugo Mendez and Sadar Bahar playing on separate stages. Although, it seems the majority did eventually opt for Bahar’s feel-good soul and disco tracks. Starting with a few slow jams, Bahar eventually worked his way through his catalog, until he had the crowd fist-pumping and head-bobbing their way through the remainder of his 2 hours, closing with the always-fantastic You Can Win by Bileo.

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On the other side, Hugo Mendez was entrancing his crowd with some afro-centric 4×4 bangers. While the stage was smaller, the sound system and music definitely didn’t shy away from the challenge, drawing in people from far and wide to come and watch the UK native.

With the sky starting to evolve into a pinky oil painting, punters knew the time was coming for the main event.

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My Love is Underground head honcho, Jeremy Underground started his set slowly, with some softer chords, but nonetheless heavy kicks. Within the first 20 minutes he had already gotten the crowd hooked with the popular French track If Only by Liem. From there, he evolved his 2 hour set into a journey of groovy basslines and piano stabs, with nearly everyone on the day watching the maestro do his thing. Cruising through classic French and UK house, Jeremy Underground closed with disco and soul, to reinvigorate life back into the crowd and finish the entire day on a high note.

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