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A throwback to Darwin Festival with Young Hearts Run Free

It’s been 20 years since Baz Luhrmann turned the greatest love story ever told into the greatest soundtrack ever sold. Radiohead. Everclear. Garbage. Des’ree. The Cardigans. Butthole Surfers. The kid with the amazing voice. It was sold as the ultimate 90’s masquerade party but what we got was so much more!

A sold out Lighthouse enjoyed a hedonistic recreation of the Capulets’ house party circa 1996 and a hefty dose of nostalgia. NT artists Serina Pech, Caiti Baker, Stevie Jean, Ben Evolent, Dave Garnham, Broadwing and Electric Fields joined creator Tom Dickens and a backing band of talented local musicians to perform the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s cult film, Romeo + Juliet.

When Serina Pech floated on stage in a pair of angel wings and sang the absolute classic love song Kissing You with Tom Dickens, you could have heard a pin drop. Her voice is like honey and it felt like she was made to sing that song. With visuals of the iconic fish tank song playing on the screen behind her and Tom, I was definitely not the only one covered in goosebumps, sneakily brushing away tears.

Electric Fields’ Zaachariaha Fielding absolutely stole the show with his rendition of Young Hearts Run Free and the song that made a young Quindon Tarver famous, Everybody’s Free.

But every single song was brilliantly performed and seemed to be perfectly suited to the singer. Incredible visuals of the movie played for the entire show, matching up to each song and brought an added element to tug at the heartstrings. The band was fantastic and it was lovely watching the camaraderie on stage.

The night culminated in all the artists on stage singing When Doves Cry and the crowd poured out of the Lighthouse, swimming in a sea of nostalgia.

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