“When I say yee, you say haw” an excited Musgraves chanted along with the crowd during the up-beat ‘Velvet Elvis’. Looking around at the sold out theatre, it’s crazy to think that it had been four years since she was last in Australia because the crowd that was packing into The Tivoli were vividly ecstatic to see her. Since her last visit, Kacey Musgraves has released the highly acclaimed ‘Golden Hour’ which won Album Of The Year as this years prestigious Grammy ceremony and she’s become a bit of a pop culture threat. Last month she played a massive set at Coachella whilst last week she was invited to The Met Gala where she stunned everyone with an incredible Barbie inspired transformation. A bit of transition for the humble plaid wearing country songwriter that we saw on our shores all of those years ago.
As she walked out onto the stage to massive applause, she was rocking thigh high boots with a patterned dress and holding her acoustic guitar in her hand to kick of the show with the cinematic ‘Slow Burn’. The stage was aesthetically set with a red curtain and dreamy lights with her taking centre-stage as her band stood behind her wearing matching brown turtle neck suits and glittery dress shoes. “Hello Brisbane!” she excitingly exclaims. “I promise I’m going to correctly pronounce Brisbane tonight and not call you BrisBANE” she giggled as she instantly won over the crowd with her humble banter. With the red curtain opening behind her to reveal a giant white screen, bright visuals casted behind her for ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Butterflies’, ‘Lonely Weekend’ and ‘Happy & Sad’. “You guys have so many scary animals that will like kill you here” she confessed before asking the crowd if anyone had ever seen a huntsman spider before. She was taken aback when everyone in the crowd put their hands up. “You guys are fucking with me” she gasped in disbelief. It was little intimate moments like this that really had you falling in love with the genuine personality that was behind these emotional and cinematic songs.
Taking things back to her previous two records, she performed ‘Merry Go Round’, ‘High Time’ and ‘Die Fun’ for her long-term fans before getting a little more intimate. With her band joining her at the front of the stage, she stripped things back for an acoustic session that see her delivering fan favourites ‘Mother’, ‘Oh What A World’, ‘Family Is Family’ and ‘Love Is A Wild Thing’. It was during these vulnerable moments that she interacted with the crowd more and pointed out fans who had made shirts with her outfit from the Met Ball printed on them. As the crowd made an “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” chant she was a little taken aback. “Excuse me, what just happened?” she laughed as the crowd tried to explain to her the classic sports chant. Picking up the pace a little, ‘Velvet Elvis’, ‘Space Cowboy’ and ‘Follow Your Arrow’ created some big singalongs before she said goodnight to the grateful crowd. Returning back to the stage momentarily, ‘Rainbow’ saw a colourful inspired lighting casting over the stage as she performed the reflective track before she closed out the show with the disco infused anthem ‘High Horse’.
Her stage presence was humble and relaxed as she interacted with the crowd and serenaded them with these chilled out country-pop moments that became the soundtrack to a lot of peoples 2018. It had been a long time in-between Australian shows and hopefully after this run of sold out dates she will be back in Australia sooner rather than later.
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Photos by Jordan Rogers-Smith