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The Betoota Entertainment centre was last night treated to an array of international musicians, and some incredibly shit local ones, as part of the opening acts for touring big-beat-electronica artist DJ Howsyafather from Manchester, UK.
While a Thursday night blow out is not ideal for the greying Gen X ticketholders that fit into that weird Fatboy Slim-esque demographic – the vague start time of the main act meant that the
“When’s he coming on?” asked local contract lawyer, Emily (39).
“The gates have been open since 7pm? Its 10pm and we’ve still haven’t seen any of the touring acts”
The fact that DJ Howsyafather had brought two other DJs with her from North England was also quite concerning for the prudes who used to do ecstasy at uni in 1999 – as it looked very much like no one was getting out of the venue until at least 1:00 AM.
Andrew (42), a local digital content director for some shit Newscorp affiliated online media company, was similarly ropable.
“Who the fuck are these guys on stage now?”
Andrew was of course talking about VIN SENSE & CORE LEONE, two of Betoota’s most social-media-heavy local barbecue rap rappers.
Colloquially referred to as VS&CL, It is not known how many of tonight’s concertgoers would actually call themselves fans of Western Queensland’s skip hop heavyweights.
In fact, it seems that a large majority of the two-thousand-strong crowd of late 30s corporate creatives have no idea who they fucken are.
This hasn’t stopped the rap duo from trying to lift the roof, a good 90 minutes before the main event. Which is a DJ who makes very, very different music to this poorly booked opening act.
“Everybody make some mothafuken noyazz!” shouts VIN SENSE, as loud as his over-exaggerated Aussie accent will allow.
The crowd kind of yells back with guarded enthusiasm.
CORE LEONE is inspired by the rapport they are building with this mostly sober crowd, most of whom are constantly checking on the babysitter.
He decides to get political.
“When I say FUCK!”
“You say TRUMP!”
The crowd doesn’t give him an inch, so VIN SENSE has to fill the gaps.
By the end of the chant, its just VS saying FUCK and CL saying TRUMP.
The awkwardness of their failed crowd integration is immediately buried by the soft opening hook of their 2003 Triple J classic ‘Australian Men Sometimes Suffer From The Pressures Of Everyday Life”.
“Yeah, this is a serious one” says VIN SENSE, in a somber tone.
“Yuh huh” says CORE LEONE.