Strolling into The Tivoli on a low key Thursday night, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a rather intimate affair. Jhene Aiko is one of the most talked about rising stars with three Grammy nominations and a very supportive fanbase that has been constantly growing since her early mixtape days. Even with the venue only at half capacity the vibe and energy the crowd was giving was electric enough to transport you into the magical realm.
As a support act you always have a tough role and for Thandi Phoenix she had some big shoes to fill but she had nothing to worry about. Commanding the stage with confidence and an impressive set of lungs she belted out future hit after hit. It was one of those performances that made me fall in love and crave more and more.
After a brief interval the crowd excitingly welcomed Jhene Aiko onstage with “Limbo Limbo Limbo” which kicked off an hour of soul and RNB vibes. She graciously interacted with the crowd and explained her excitement to be finally in Australia after wanting to tour here for a long time. she performed a set list of old mixtape material that kept the long term fans happy while she also played tracks from her debut album “Souled Out”. She has this unique charm that immediately captivates your attention and further creates the intimacy that her show thrives on. Set highlights included “W.A.Y.S”, “Post To Be”, “The Worst” and “Bed Peace” which had you floating between bopping along and internally reflecting. This was one special, beautiful and intimate show that didn’t rely on theatrics or clichés, just pure talent.