Hometown shows are always a little special and looking at WAFIA’s beaming smile you could tell that it was also very special for her too. Staring out at the sold out Brisbane crowd which had tightly packed into Woolly Mammoth she didn’t hold back as she gave them all the hits, deep cuts and personal favourites. Kicking off the show with the vulnerable ‘Only Love’ she grooved her way across the stage and nervously said hello to the excited crowd. She was notably really excited but also seemed quite nervous with just how many people were singing along to every word. As she moved through the setlist she seemingly became more and more confident with the way she was interacting with the passionate crowd. ‘Meet in The Middle’, ‘Window Seat’ and ‘Breathe’ eased her in before she stripped it all back with a cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Lost’.
Touring is always a great time to road-test new songs and she did just that with ‘Wide Open’ which was a very catchy and dreamy synth lead track. It showed a continued growth in her songwriting and excitingly makes me interested to hear her future releases because she only seems to keep on getting stronger as an artist. ‘Love Somebody’, ’83 Days’ and ‘Heartburn’ had the crowd ecstatically singing along again before she threw it back to one of the first ever covers she released which was Mario’s ‘Let Me Love You’.
But it was then time to dance with her for the Louis The Child collaboration ‘Better Not’ which is hands down the best pop track of 2018. The playful tone and DIY beat drop is just so different to everything else that has been released this year and instantly took me back to early 2000’s. Closing the show with the smash hit ‘Bodies’ she just stood on stage with the biggest smile as she took in all the people screaming back at her. As she said good night she soon re-appeared for the real reason everyone was there, which was to celebrate the release of her groovy new single ‘I’m Good’. The hour set quickly finished and left the crowd wanting to keep on dancing. Her vocals were so pure throughout the whole show and didn’t hear her getting tired at any point. She just belted out each track as well as delivered a very humble and cute live show.
‘I’m Good’ Australian Tour Dates
October 12 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
October 18 – Mojo’s, Fremantle
October 19 – Sewing Room, Perth
October 20 – Jive, Adelaide