LIVE REVIEW: Alison Wonderland – The Tivoli

Alison Wonderland’s gruelling touring schedule has taken her all over the world. She’s played some of the biggest EDM music festivals and is quickly winning over a passionate fanbase along the way. Following the release of her sophomore studio album ‘Awake’ it only seemed fitting that she returned home to Australia for a national run of shows. In the past the producer and singer-songwriter has thrown some of the country’s biggest warehouse parties but this time she’s doing it a little differently. For this tour she’s headlining some of Australia’s most well known concert theatres and turning them into some massive carefree parties, and lets be real, it’s a vibe.

Kicking off the tour in Brisbane with a sold out crowd at The Tivoli, the fans that packed into the theatre did not care that it was a Thursday night because they were ready to turn up. Following a laser projection of her infamous logo on the LCD screen whilst a stripped down version of ‘When Doves Cry’ played she appeared on stage for a little Cello solo. As she jumped up to her decks she exclaimed to the screaming crowd “What the fuck is up?!” before dropping ‘Good Enough’ and ‘I Want U’. Her set saw her gliding through favourites from her albums ‘Run’ and ‘Awake’ as well as some of her most famous remixes and fun trapp and hip-hop tracks that kept the vibes flowing. Looking out to the sea of hands and smiling faces she couldn’t stop smiling herself as she graciously thanked the crowd for turning up. “Thank you for letting me play my music for you” she confessed before later thanking them again, “If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be here tonight, so thank you!”. Fan favourites ‘Happy Place’, ‘Run’, ‘Sometimes Love’. ‘High’ and ‘Easy’ continued the singalongs and hardcore jumping as drinks spilled left, right and centre.

Her multi-level LCD set up allowed her to climb up and down the structure to interact with the crowd whilst in between producing on the decks. Visually her light show was on another level. It was sometimes hard to even watch because you constantly felt like you were on a trip even if you were sober, but it made it fun. Remixes of Post Malone ‘Better Now’, ‘Two Door Cinema Club ‘Cinema’, Dua Lipa ‘New Rules’ and Disclosure’s ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’ kept the good vibes rolling whilst a remix of Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ became an unexpected crowd favourite. But where the heart of the show really layed was in her original material. The crowd passionately sang along to ‘No’, ‘Cry’ and ‘Church’ which really showcased her impact on EDM music.

She kept the high energy moving until midnight when it was finally time for the venue to close up for the night but it’s safe to say no one was ready to really go home just yet. Over the course of the night she transformed one of Brisbane’s most loved concert venues into a grungey club on a Thursday night and that’s an impressive feat.

Check out the full gallery captured by Zac Monty Media HERE;

Photos by Zac Montgomery

Remaining ‘Awake Australian Tour’ Dates

Friday November 23 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Saturday November 24 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Thursday 6 December – UC Refectory, Canberra

Friday 7 December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney


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