The Condor and Massive music parties in Cannes are the stuff of legend. In the year 2000 we felt that “politics” would be the key theme, and created an entire concept event around sleazy politics. There were balloons filled with 100% hot air. There were posters asking you to vote for either Condor post production, or Massive Music. There were scandalous headlines and free phallic-shaped cigars at the venue. There were piles of mystery white powder with rolled up dollar bills stuck in them.
The performers of Nepko joined us once again, and we had a 76 centimeter tall lady dressed as Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mister President” on stage, while her “poodles” danced around her. Later, MCs from the famous comedy club “Boom Chicago” announced that the most important man in politics would soon join us on stage, working the crowd up to a roar. The most important man turned out to be a man in a penis suit, and as he danced he sprayed shaving foam all over the audience to roaring laughter. A good time was had by all, as witnessed by Boards Magazine.
Rising up against the typical party schtick of recycled beats, chat-up lines and general ad industry wankery, a trio of nimbly-minded creatives from Amsterdam buck the trend with an evening of well-conceived debauchery at the Cannes Ad Fest.
David Bell of KesselsKramer, freelance art director Åsk Wäppling (the proprietress of ad-rag.com and commercial-archive.com) and Dirk Bouw of SWH met at London’s School of Communications Arts and wound up working at Dutch agencies. An intellectual yet festive bunch, the three friends threw their first Cannes party four years ago for Dutch music maker Hans Brouwer of Massive Music and Amsterdam/London/Berlin’s Condor Post Production and have made an annual tradition of it.
This year the party theme was corrupt, American-style politics, highlighted with crowd pleasers such as a midget-Marilyn Munroe impersonator who sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” and later patrolled the party with two leashed poodle impersonators.