By Olivia Henry


Heartache & Drum Breaks is “not a dance party. It’s a listening party.” Created by DJ and sound designer, Tim Whitt, this show is a collection of his 300 favourite songs, set to a unique visual experience created by Trav Nash.

It is a simple concept, three years in the making: the audience is immersed in a hypnotic soundscape of music through the ages. Some recognisable, like Paul McCartney and the Gorillaz, and others less recognisable but catchy nonetheless. As the audience listens, they are presented with an intriguing visual mix of films, television clips, commercials and the like. This aspect of this show was almost psychedelic, featuring scenes like the famous hammer fight from South Korean film Oldboy, colourful elephant scenes from Dumbo and even Winnie the Pooh.

This 45-minute show is located in Deluxe in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The venue is cosy, with beanbags in the front rows, fold-out chairs in the centre, and booths around the edges. As someone in the fold-out chairs, I felt slightly cramped and got a little restless towards the end of the show. I feel I would have enjoyed it much more sitting comfortably, drink in hand, in the beanbags or booths instead.

The music style, while not boring, does use repetitive beats. As such, this show is for lovers of modern music, pop culture, and those who can appreciate the intricacies of music production. Enjoyable overall, this immersive experience could very well pave the way for a series of similarly immersive experience for Adelaide’s audiophiles.


There’s only one show left, check it out at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Monday March 2 at 8:30PM. Click here for more info and More of Tim’s work:




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