LIVE REVIEW: Jessica Mauboy – Brisbane Convention Centre


Jessica Mauboy is Australia’s own pop princess. She’s come a long way from her audition on the 2006 series of Australian Idol, releasing 3 studio albums, starring in two feature films as well as performing all over the world. She’s finally returned home for a massive national tour in support of her brand new album ‘Beautiful’.

Opening for Jessica tonight was 2012 X Factor finalist Nathaniel Willemse who warmed the crowd up with an acoustic set. He performed songs that have inspired him as an artist as well as songs he performed on X Factor last year. His voice is very smooth and his falsetto is highly impressive. His show was stripped back to acoustic due to Nathaniel undergoing a knee reconstruction recently. Usually Nathaniel also wows the crowd with his slick dance moves but his voice was all he needed tonight. He finished his set with his debut single ‘You’ which is now available on ITunes.

Tonight was all about Jessica’s story, her career and her experiences and the show was structured around this so well that it seemed seamless. Opening with ‘Up/Down’ she kicked off the first segment of the show which was dedicated to her first album ‘Been Waiting’ where she performed ‘Burn’, ‘Let Me Be Me’, ‘Running Back’ as well as the title track. She then took the audience on a journey through her next album ‘Get Em Girls’ where she performed ‘Get Em Girls’, ‘What Happened To Us’, as well as album favourites ‘Scariest Part’, ‘Foreign’ and ‘Handle It’. She then stripped it down by performing her audition song for Australian Idol ‘I Have Nothing’ from Whitney Houston followed by acoustic versions of ‘Time After Time’ and ‘Because’. This was one of the best segments of the show because she interacted with the crowd with funny anecdotes and showcased her incredible vocal range. After another costume change and interlude Jess returned to the stage to perform a couple of tracks from The Sapphires soundtrack. This movie has made her a global artist and opened her up to so many more experiences. She was telling the audience “I had to tell Darwin the other night I was no longer just there Jess, I am now Australia’s and the worlds Jess, they are so proud”.

The final segment of the show was to showcase her new album ‘Beautiful’. She performed ‘To The End Of The Earth’ as well as the title track ‘Beautiful’ which she announced will be the third single. I would have liked to have heard more of the new material performed live but hopefully she will be back on the road again soon and will perform more of these songs live. The 2 hour show came to a finish as she belted out ‘Saturday Night’, ‘Inescapable’ and ‘Pop A Bottle’ getting up close and personal with fans and said good night to Brisbane.

The crowd had the atmosphere and enthusiasm of a cinema full of people watching a movie. They got better towards the end of the show when some fans ran down to the front of the stage and started a little mosh pit in the encore. Jessica’s show was full of energy and upbeat fun songs that felt awkward with everyone took scared to stand up and dance.

This was a real show with multiple costume changes, an incredible set list and a mind blowing live band all making this her best tour to date. Jess’ personality really shines on stage, she really gets into the songs when she performs them and you can tell that this is what she loves doing. One thing I did learn from the show was that Jess definitely likes to say ‘deadly’, a lot.


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