LIVE REVIEW: Club Six Twenty – Cortney Dixon, MXYM @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle (12.12.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Entering Club Six Twenty is like entering another world; a cocktail of neon, cheesy retro disco, 70s hipster, cabaret, glowsticks and glitter in a teacup. It is truly an immersive, art-filled experience. There are surprises at every turn, including resident dog Rex, roaming about with a poorly leg.

Upon entering we’re given cocktails and canapes; for the under-dressed there is a roaming glitter station and we are quickly adorned. Behind a curtain a confession booth lurks with a question on a card and a post-it-note. Once absolved of our sins it is time for the pop-up cabaret. Quirky singer-songwriter MXYM plays piano and guitar while also collaborating with the Too Sexy Man singing I’m Too Sexy For Your Party. Cue Rex on backing vocals. Later MXYM showcases one of his own songs about past relationships and how “you’re kept alive baby on my hard drive“. If you don’t like audience participation, look away now, as MXYM delves into the audience to serenade the lucky ones.

The entertainment continues with DJ drag queen Gladys Duffy, playing disco hits, “rave circus shit” in the semi-dark, complete with lit-up hula hoops and acrobatics, before a tribute to Gladys’ dead cat and some ‘un-traditional’ carol singing, all followed by a glow stick rave.

Through to the main room and the main scheduled act of the night is set against a backdrop of graffiti art and film installations; local songwriter Cortney Dixon certainly has her own style, the epitome of an American country singer, tonight she has her big blond curls tied up in a head scarf. Her music though ranges from structured mid-tempo pop tunes to upbeat, infectious, singalong guitar pop; all with a strong, rhythmic backline. Tunes like What You Wanna Do show off Cortney’s ethereal vocals whereas Body Shaking starts with a drum solo, driving the start of the song to an up-tempo beat. The crowd are encouraged to shake their glowsticks to the music as an energetic Cortney jumps around the stage.

All too quickly the night is over and it feels almost surreal to emerge back into the real world. Come back soon Club Six Twenty.

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