Got FOMO for Coachella but don’t want Covid or the environmental destruction and to inadvertently fund homophobic bigotry? Then you were probably at the free event Lilypad on May 8. Lilypad took place at new venue Lilyworld almost a month after we went into Orange. It’s a venue complete with fake astroturf, plenty of RTDs, and spring rolls—what more could you want?
It’s a strange time for Tāmaki Makaurau; we haven’t yet forgotten all the outbreaks and lockdowns. I certainly hadn’t, so I was nervous to attend this four-act performance. Had I forgotten how to dance? I needn’t have worried. The soothing sounds of Bic Runga’s greatest hits did indeed remind me how to ‘Sway’ (sorry), and with everyone keeping a respectful distance, a week later I am confidently Covid-free. I think copious amounts of alcohol helped.
Live gigs are back, and Lilypad was the perfect reintroduction. The vibes were chill, the music a good level, and there was a strong sense of community as people lay on their picnic blankets and ate the last of summer’s strawberries. It was a clear, warm evening, and as nightfall came, The Veils played us out with a funky light show.
A warm welcome back to live music.