I’m 18 and I’m wrapped under covers in a hotel room in Malia. My friends have gone to the main strip, celebrating A-Level completion by getting drunk and searching for more attractive company. Sniffling and feeling sorry for myself, these emotions of loneliness and anxiety were indicative of who I was about to become. When Bazzer was 22, he was on a rooftop rave in Magaluf before succumbing to his own panic attack, leading to a traumatic event he’s not ready to face quite yet. Especially as tonight, 13 years later, is the Year 6 leavers’ disco, his biggest gig of the year! However, the school board is trying to cast fresher talent, a severe conflict that reopens DJ Baz’s deep-rooted wounds.
The show took me on a wild rollercoaster of certified bangers and heavy drops. One minute I was enthusiastically popping shapes to YMCA, the next caught off-guard by such honest introspection – a brutal juxtaposition smoothly executed. Jack Sutherland's charismatic performance as Bazzer carries a one man show that bounces off the audience, sometimes literally with a beach ball. Sitting in the front row secured me involvement, no spoilers though because ‘I’m safe like that’. Though both Bazzer and I may be stuck in the past, trauma as well as music-wise, the fact we’re both recognising it means we’re slowly catching up to the present.
Unfortunately, the baggage doesn’t leave but it does lessen, and I hope we can all find some respite doing the Macarena.