It may be a Wednesday night but Sydney still knows how to party. It’s been 3 years since Swedish songstress Tove Lo opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour in Australia and while she was here briefly in November last year for a promo tour this was the first time she has properly played shows Down Under. She played to a packed Mix Up Tent at Splendour In The Grass and then headlined sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Sydney indie-pop outfit Tigertown ignited the stage with the euphoric “Make It Real” and instantly had the eager crowd dancing. With an ambitious 40 minute set they won everyone over and breezed through the infectious “Papernote”, “What You Do”, “”Bullet From The Gun” and new single “Warriors”. The even did a funky cover of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Somethin” before closing their set with “Lonely Cities”. Their onstage vibe is very contagious and had you feeling apart of their performance even if you knew their music or not.
With the sounds of sirens and bashing drums Tove Lo bursted onto the stage with “True Disaster” kicking off the 90 minute show with a bunch of tracks from her latest album including title track “Lady Wood” and “Influence”. Thanking the crowd for coming out on a weeknight she talked about how the last time she was in the country was to play songs from her debut album. She then performed a couple of fan favourites from it including “Moments”, “The Way That I Am”, “Not On Drugs”, ‘Thousand Miles” and “Got Love”. The crowd were singing every line back at her and you could tell from her beaming smile that there was no place she would have rather been than in that moment. “Talking Body” was the first of her smash hits and saw her flashing her boobs to the crowd before the final chorus to ear deafening screams. She then stripped it back completely for “Imaginary Friend” and just played the keyboard solo on stage before inviting her band back out to finish it off with the big studio version production. For “Keep It Simple” and “WTF Love Is” she jumped into the crowd and covered them in glitter which added to the euphoric party vibe she created. And then it was all about the hits. “Say It” and “Cool Girl” had the whole venue dancing like crazy before she got intimately sexual with herself during the b-side “What I Want For The Night”. Closing the show with “Habits (Stay High)” was a bittersweet moment because it’s such a banger but you also didn’t want the show to finish.
Her stage presence is unlike any other pop artist at the moment. She is so free onstage and comfortable with herself and her body that she comes across with this rockstar “fuck everything” attitude. She was born to be a performer. She was born to share this message of love, heart break and self love. She knows how to put a live show on and if you didn’t witness her at one of these side shows or at Splendour then you really should be kicking yourself.