Live + Photos: St. Lucia at Parklife, Sydney


All photography by Melissa Scheinberg

As an avid St. Lucia fan ever since first hearing “We Got It Wrong”, I’ve been anticipating his Sydney debut at Parklife for quite some time. Even with that massive buildup of anticipation, I was still blown away by the Brooklyn-via-Johannesburg musician’s brilliant, sun-drenched synth pop – a perfect fit for the perfect weather.

Even with a not-so-coveted 2pm slot, St. Lucia – moniker of former Drakensberg Boys Choir member Jean-Philip Grobler – put on quite a party of a show for the sparse crowd that only continued to thicken throughout his short-but-sweet set. And I sure I know I don’t only speak for myself when I say that his synth-laden indie pop had everyone up on their feet as the synths, 80s grooves, and distinctive falsetto guided everyone’s dancing shoes.

Donning some stylish seafoam green pants, Grobler and his backing band (including his keyboardist girlfriend) ripped through St. Lucia’s way-too-short catalogue along with some new tracks(!!) from his long-awaited debut album, due for release in early 2013 via Columbia Records / Neon Gold, all of which confirmed that he has plenty more flawless synth gems up his sleeve.

Grobler & co. definitely put on one of Parklife’s top sets of the day, whose highlights included self-titled EP-standouts “We Got It Wrong” and “Before The Dive” along with the recently released “September”, a jam even more epic performed live with its massive drums and buildups: an appropriate way to end the set – as well as an aptly-titled way to end the month of September.