Every year Brisbane Festival offers a unique line up of theatre, cabaret, art and music but this year boasts one of their biggest and most ambitious line ups yet featuring the likes of London Grammar, Angus And Julia Stone and Megan Washington. Joining those names is the dynamic Sydney four-piece The Preatures who are currently touring the country in support of their second studio album “Girlhood”. For their Brisbane show they headlined the famed Spiegeltent for an exclusive gig apart of Brisbane Festival’s 2017 season. The sold out crowd packed the inside of the tent for what was going to be an electric, vibrant and intimate show. Opening with the punchy “I Know A Girl” lead vocalist Izzi Manfredi bounced across the stage and instantly had the whole crowd captivated by her rock star persona. The band didn’t waste a second on stage with their limiting hour time slot and launched straight into the singles “Girlhood”, “Somebody’s Talking” and “Cruel”. Quickly addressing the crowd Manfredi exclaimed how excited they were to be back in “Brissy” and how they would be playing all the songs from their new record as well as some fan favourites. The boppy “Lip Balm”, “I Like You” and “Mess It Up” followed before the shows first intimate moment of the evening, “Magick”. The Indie-pop ballad saw Manfredi standing still and belting out the emotional track which gave me little goosebumps. She then joined the rest of the band and played keyboard during “Cherry Ripe” before transporting the crowd back to a 80’s dive bar with the nostalgic “The First Night”. They paid their respects to the traditional Indigenous languages through their anthem (and pure bop) “Yanada” before wrapping up with “Ordinary” and “Nite Machine”. Returning to the stage solo Manfredi performed the vulnerable “Your Fan” and then was joined by the rest of the band to close the show with the smash hit “Is This How You Feel?”.
The Preatures are really one of those bands you need to witness live. It’s clear that they were born to perform with their confident and bold stage presence that seemed effortless. Manfredi took control of the crowd and had them dancing, singing-along and reminiscing through the reflective and emotional lyrics. Their energy on stage is contagious and with their big infectious hooks it would be hard to not enjoy this show.
You can catch The Preatures this September on the reminding dates of their massive Girlhood Album Tour.
September 22 – Uni Bar, Adelaide
September 23 – Capitol Bar, Perth