It’s always a bold move to hold a show on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Day in Australia but it seemed nothing was going to stop the sold out Brisbane crowd turning up to see George Ezra on his biggest Australian tour yet. It was only a year ago that the English singer-songwriter was playing to a sold out crowd in the intimate setting of The Tivoli and now he was playing to a giant all-ages sea of people at The Riverstage. The euphoric vibes of the long holiday weekend saw his fans crowding the hill with picnic blankets as the sun set and Eves Karydas strutted her way onto the stage for an energetic set of slick pop songs. Kicking it off with her debut single ‘There For You’ she had people quickly singing and swaying along to album favourites ‘Honest’, ‘Wildest Ones’ and ‘Balance’. Excitedly confessing that Brisbane was her hometown she explained how her debut album ‘summerskin’ was all about growth and self-discovery. But to break up her original material she decided to throw in a fun cover of Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head’ which had the packed venue singing the iconic “la la la’s” loud and proud. As she crept closer to the end of her set she added in the bold ‘How Bound’, ‘Couch’ and ‘Damn Loyal’ before wrapping it all up with ‘Further Than The Planes Fly’ which was robbed from featuring in this years Triple J Hottest 100. Her confidence has grown so much from her first shows as a solo artist last year when she was opening for Cub Sport. Her dreamy synth-pop is memorable, catchy and really thrives on the live stage.
With the classical circus styled music welcoming George Ezra and his band onstage the crowd roared with excitement as he launched into ‘Don’t Matter Now’ and ‘Get Away’. “These new songs are about escaping and tonight we are going to be playing some old songs and some new ones. So dance and sing with us” Ezra told the crowd before launching into favourites ‘Barcelona, ‘Pretty Shining People’ and ‘Listen To The Man’. In-between songs he would candidly open up about the inspiration behind the songs and speak about his hilarious travelling stories. ‘Paradise’ created a massive euphoric singalong as people climbed on-top of each other’s shoulders and screamed the catchy hook back at him. He perfectly floated between old and new material all night with the likes of ‘Saviour’, ‘Did You Hear The Rain’, ‘Song 6’, ‘Hold My Girl’ and ‘Sugarcoat’. Throughout the whole 80 minute the crowd was captivated by his distinctive and soulful lyrics and his humble stage presence. “Just so you know, when I stand back and clap, I’m not clapping at myself, I’m clapping at you Brisbane” he confessed with a massive smile on his face. Wrapping the set up with ‘All My Love’, a latin influenced ‘Blame It On Me’ and ‘Budapest’ he turned up the notch on the singalongs and walked off the stage to the supportive screams of the sold out Brisbane crowd. With the crowd chanting for more he finally returned to the stage to close the set with ‘Cassy O’ and the number one smash hit, ‘Shotgun’ which is undeniably one of the most memorable songs of 2018.
With only a year in between shows it’s quite impressive that so much has changed for George Ezra. His live show is tighter than ever before and sees him comfortably preparing for his massive UK arena tour. His humble persona makes him so likeable and makes these emotional and vivid storylines so genuine and that’s what this live show perfectly highlighted.
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Photos by Tam Schilling