REVIEW: Outkast at Splendour in the Grass 2014
It’s not every day you get sex advice from Andre 3000 – but that’s exactly what Splendour punters received when they packed into the Amphitheatre for last night’s headlining performance by the Atlanta duo.
Playing their first Australian show as the complete Outkast outfit, the twosome took to the stage for an energetic performance, playing a mix of chart toppers and less-famous tunes.
Decked out in in a white wig, matching shades and a black bubble jumpsuit (with the words ‘Thinking deeply about shallow s**t scrawled across the front’), Andre 3000 took of the stage, starting off strong with crowd favourites ‘AtLiens’ and ‘Gasoline Dreams.’
In case that outfit wasn’t statement enough, the rapper also had a price tag / sold sign attached to his shirt while he hollered the lyrics to ‘Ms. Jackson.’
Big Boi took the reigns while Andre headed backstage, joined up front with Sleepy Brown for big time hits ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘GhettoMusick.’
Andre returned in a white bathrobe that looked rather angelic, before dishing out some dirty sex tips and advocating for some cheeky finger action during ‘Prototype’…
“I want you to hold your woman real close,” the rapper said, adding: “And if you don’t get any tonight… well, I tried.”
Clearly enjoying himself, 3000 went one step further – inviting a bunch of (“panty-less”) females on stage to “Shake it like a polaroid picture” during ‘Hey Ya.’
Big Boi returned to keep his main man in line, before taking us on a trip down memory lane to their 1994 record Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik as well as their first ever single, ‘Player’s Ball.'
Andre still managed to cause trouble, however, grabbing a bra thrown on stage and using it as his new set of shades.
After a hour of hits and old school faves, the duo finally asked the crowd if “Anyone had seen Caroline?” before launching into ‘Roses,’ and getting the crowd fresh with ‘So Fresh, So Clean.’
The boys concluded the set with anthem ‘The Whole World,’ shouting a final thank you to the crowds before grooving into the wings with swag that can only belong to a Grammy Award-winning rap duo.
The performance marks 20 years since the release of their first album, ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmusick,’ and is part of their massive 40 date global festival tour lined up over the next few months.
— Alyce Wearne
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