Entertainment Hive 2018

Christa Hughes in Oz Rockin' The Ladies Lounge

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, Friday, June 5

Review by Honey B

Christa Hughes is one of Australia's female rock gods. She knows how to push the envelope and she knows her rock. Inviting audience members into her rockin' ladies lounge was an eye-opening delight as she took an Aussie classic tune and re-invented it into a Hughes rock special with a cabaret twist. Joe Dolce’s classic Shaddap You Face, which was sang to the tune of Cabaret, was a recurring highlight. Hughes also won the audience over with the "unreleased recordings'' of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. The versatile rocker mashed-up several Kylie songs including Devil You Know, Spinning Around and Locomotion to Cave's eerie Red Right Hand. Hughes even got a little bit nostalgic over her Machine Gun Fellatio days and performed (Let Me Be) Your Dirty Fucking Whore. She even sliced and diced with her infectious Carrot Day song. There were a few political issues raised throughout the show and Hughes even had a KK Juggy moment while changing costumes on stage. The wine came out as she sang the Cold Chisel hit Cheap Wine and her cover of The Angel's Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again was a beautiful restrained ukulele version with a beautiful echo in the audience's reaction. Don't miss the cheeky rock cabaret humour of Christa Hughes - one of our finest female rockers.
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