LIVE REVIEW: Lily Allen – The Tivoli

As the chant “Lily, Lily, Lily fucking Allen” broke through the speakers, the sold out Brisbane crowd screamed along with anticipation. Walking on stage donning her classic black wig to pay homage to her sophomore studio album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ which celebrated its tenth anniversary this week, the crowd lost their mind with excitement. New favourites ‘Come On Then’ and ‘Waste’ kicked off the show before she cheekily asked “should we play an old one?” and threw ‘LDN’ into the mix.

The UK singer-songwriter is back in the country for a sold out headline tour in support of her fourth studio album ‘No Shame’ which saw her introducing a relaxed indie-pop meet trap sound. Her live show reflected this stripped back and relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful theatre setting, a trippy light display and just a pianist and guitarist joining her on stage. Usually Allen has a big band, dancers and a big set design but this time she just stripped it back to the music and crowd interaction which her fans definitely weren’t complaining about. It felt intimate, special and unique. As she graced through new album tracks ‘What You Waiting For?’, ‘My One’, ‘Lost My Mind’ and ‘Party Line’, old favourites ‘Knock Em Out’ and ‘Smile’ made a welcomed addition. Giggling through her in-between song banter she admitted “I’m so hot” and was quick to clarify that she was talking about the weather and not herself. She came across so genuine and grateful to be back in Brisbane nine years after her last show at The Riverstage. But this wasn’t her first time playing to a sold out crowd at The Tivoli as she had previously played this iconic Brisbane venue in 2009 and there were a couple of fans in the crowd who were there all those years ago as well as new fans who were seeing her for the very first time.

After playing the romantic ‘Pushing Up Daisies” she immediately confessed “we’re not together anymore”. But she didn’t seem to be bitter about it. “I’m single now and I’m okay with it. Luckily I have a good vibrator and a premium porn collection to keep me entertained”. Enthusiastically laughing she admitted. “That was a really weird segue into a song about my kids, but here’s a song called Three”. The 90 minute show kept rolling with the punches with old favourites ‘The Fear’ and ‘Who’d Have Known’ creating big singalongs whilst ‘Everything To Feel Something’, ‘Higher’ and ‘Family Man’ brought the reflective vibes. Closing the show with ‘Not Fair’ she dedicated the song to all the ladies and asked the men to turn around and take notes from the lyrics.

After walking off stage the crowd immediately started chanting for her to come back. Changing out of her glittery jumpsuit she returned to the stage in a nude coloured dress and giant heels for the chilled ‘Apples’ before turning up energy with ‘Trigger Bang’. Explaining how she got into some controversy at the start of the week for calling Liam Neeson a racist she dedicated the closing number ‘Fuck You’ to all the internet trolls that were attacking her for being truthful. Walking off stage and doing a little curtsey to the crowd they screamed hoping she would cheekily do one more but she didn’t. However the crowd walked away with a massive smile on their face after witnessing her in such an intimate and stripped back setting.

Opening the show tonight was Australian indie-pop producer Japanese Wallpaper who delivered a slick and moody set of dreamy synths. Opening with the unreleased ‘Ready, Waiting’ he went into Triple J favourite ‘Cocoon’ and a synth driven cover of Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. Welcoming special guest and Brisbane local Megan Washington onto the stage they performed his new single ‘Fooling Around’ which is a high-key banger. “Hey Brisbane, thanks for coming out early tonight and watching us. Up next is Lily Allen!” he exclaimed before closing their brief set with ‘Between Friends’.

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