“Cape Town, are you ready to dance?!” comes the voice across the dancefloor. A crowd of alcohol-fueled partygoers roars back.
In near darkness, the familiar beats of Dance Yrself Clean start bouncing from the stage. The defining song of the rock-dance movement explodes and everyone seems to get sucked up in the moment.
It’s not LCD Soundsystem, of course. It’s DJ LCD and DJ Soundsystem – a tribute act that exclusively plays songs and remixes of the iconic New York group.
For the next hour and a half, they pump out hit after hit. Some in the crowd clearly haven’t heard of LCD Soundsystem. Those who have, seem to respond to the set as if it were the real thing. If you weren’t a fan before, you would be one afterward.
Tribute acts have existed for decades, going back to the Elvis impersonators in the 1950s.The Rolling Stones started out as a cover act, so did Two Door Cinema Club (albeit as an inside joke). What at a time was a mere novelty has turned into an integral part of the concert industry.
Excerpt from Cape Argus print edition (Sep 2017)