Review by Gurvin ‘Our Man In The West’ Dhillon
Images by @thedevinephotography
It was 2-weeks-ago now since Origin NYE opened the doors to their new venue, The Compound, for a run of shows at sure to make waves in Perth.
After a last minute relocation of the original launch party featuring Feed Me, Flux Pavilion, Marshmello, Enschway and Twerl; The Compound got the green light and were finally able to give the people of Perth what they were waiting for – a huge opener that would include Diplo, Post Malone, and a huge B2B set from Nina Las Vegas and Anna Lunoe.
Over 4,000 people entered through the shipping container gates, and were facing a venue never seen before in Perth for some of their favourite acts. With ample choice of food around to sate your hunger if you skipped out on dinner to skull back half a bottle of vodka at pres, or to line your stomach before you caught an Uber or bus back to the closest train station once it was all over, The Compound had it all. If you were one that rocked up to pres late, you didn’t have to wait in line very long either to smash back a few drinks with the bar on lock with card and pay pass facilities meaning they didn’t have to deny rowdy patrons and send them to the plentiful and accordingly spread out ATM’s around the space.
Opening the show up was well known and renowned Perth DJ Peter Payne who got things underway, as the first artist to grace The Compound stage. He then handed the decks over to the two best girlfriends’ going B2B, dropping your favourite nostalgic club and festival tracks from over the years. Included amongst Nina and Anna’s set was some new and exclusive singles from NLV Records as well as Anna’s own singles mixed effortlessly and with ease, as the crowds started pouring into the venue in anticipation of the debut set from America’s White Iverson.
Before Post took the stage, his DJ and producer Fki1st got the crowd going with your favourite rap songs new and old. Fki1st responsible for majority of the production off Posts ‘August 26th’ mixtape, played for 30 minutes before Post finally emerged with a red cup in hand. With only a short time to please his fans Post got straight into it, teasing the sweaty compound patrons with ‘White Iverson’ before quickly cutting to tracks like ‘Big Lie’ then carrying it on with fan favourite’s off his debut album ‘Stoney’. They were treated with ‘Go Flex’, ‘Too Young’, ‘No Option’ and ‘I Fall Apart’ before getting the whole crowd in sing a long mode to songs like ‘Déjà Vu’ which features vocals from Justin Bieber.
Finally, he circles back to his opening teaser and plays out his breakthrough track ‘White Iverson’ and ends it on his newly profound platinum single ‘Congratulations’ which originally included Quavo Huncho, 1/3 of Atlanta’s rap group MIGOS.
At last, the final artist of the night came up and it was none other than the boss-man of Mad Decent himself, Diplo. With The Compound almost feeling like a festival in itself the crowd weren’t afraid to get into old ways and get right into it.
Diplo dove into huge tracks such as ‘Cold Water’ and the whole Jack Ü EP, but also showcased as a mix of unreleased solo cuts and collaborations. Nevertheless, the crowd adapted to the change of fast pace tracks like RL Grime’s classic ‘Core’ to the emotional and euphoric ‘Get Free’ Major Lazer classic. Diplo, a worldwide name to the scene of electronic and dance music showed what he’s shaped and what he is still capable of even if he’s 39.
Rounding off the 1st of many shows in this captivating and spacious venue, you can be ready for the next one looming come April long weekend on the 24th. With an all-star cast of Drum and Bass to Dubstep acts like Andy C, Culture Shock, Doctor P, 12th Planet B2B Megalodon, Dimension and J:Kenzo. With tickets already on sale be sure to grab one before the warehouse fills out to capacity.
But don’t fret, because The Compound could be home to the most diverse and well known acts, acts that might grace our shores for their debut appearance just like Post Malone.