The Fomo By Night festival showcased a myriad of niche international artists in a highly intimate setting. The music was diverse, the youthful crowd were enthusiastic and the vibes were off the chain.
Your Girl Pho’s performance was enchanting, serenading the growing audience with her glistening neo-soul vocals and charming personality. The esoteric R&B cuts High Low, Bad Habits and Going Back stood out for their melancholic impressions and nonchalant lyricism.
Arno Faraji oozed charisma with his simmering delivery, electronic soundscapes and whimsical anime references. The progression of this young and budding emcee has been remarkable, as he continues to unremittingly cultivate his sound.
Carmouflage Rose had an atmospheric set, captivating the audience with his impressionistic lyricism, tribal harmonies and sensual swagger. The track Late Nights was the peak of his performance, showcasing his exceptional stage presence and vocal diversity.
Dutch EDM Producer San Holo brought his A-Game, exhibiting a tapestry of his notorious future bass mixes. After a relatively slow start, the vibe immediately picked up after he dropped We Rise and Light consecutively.
Rae Sremmurd were the headline attraction of the evening, delivering an hour of overblown, uninhibited trap music. The new wave Atlanta duo are known for their hypnotic flows, tropical melodies and grimy, simplistic lyricism. Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have been on a cathartic mission over the past two years to legitimatise themselves as serious artists in the eye of the public, while feverishly defending their chosen style of pop-rap in the process. While the pair may not necessarily be acquiring the same type of respect bequeathed upon the classical artists they grew up listening to, they had the Perth audience raucously singing along to every word of their mainstream bangers Swang, Black Beatles and No Type.
After professing their love for Australian culture, the group interacted with the crowd all night long. They opened up mosh pits, invited girls up on stage to dance with them and at one point, Swae even attempted a shoey.
Rae Sremmurd’s live performance drew power from it’s simplicity, with the duo never once feeling inclined to step out of their comfort zone. They stuck to only performing their commercially successful hits, preserving the audience’s attention from start to finish.
The first ever FOMO By Night festival achieved everything it set out to accomplish. Despite Lil Pump’s unfortunate cancellation and a last minute venue change, the event went smoothly on the night and all of the performances lived up to their respective expectations.