LIVE REVIEW: Ruby Fields – The Brightside

Seeing an 11pm start time for a Thursday night show is almost like a death wish. It’s nearly the end of the week and you just need to get through one more day before the weekend but what happens when one of your favourite artists is playing a show that clashes with your bed time? You turn up and rock out, no matter how late it may be. And that is what happened for Ruby Fields’ first night of her Permanent Hermit Australian Tour. Exceeding expectations, the Cronulla singer-songwriter sold out three Brisbane shows at The Brightside which saw her turn the place into an exciting three night residency. With the crowd packing in nice and tight, Ruby and her band made their way out onto the stage for opening tracks ‘I Want’, ‘Libby’s Pink Car’ and ‘Ritalin’. It was her first show back in Australia after some overseas shows which saw her end up in Nepal for a much needed little holiday. “I didn’t shave my legs whilst I was in Nepal and to be honest I haven’t shaved them since being back yet because I just want to be warm all the time” she laughed. And that’s where most of her banter layed for the night, in between humour and honest confessions that she didn’t want to hold back on. The crowd immediately began screaming along to every lyric to tracks like ‘Redneck Lullably’ and ‘Climate’ which saw Ruby’s microphone losing power but she didn’t have to worry as the crowd had her back and sang for her until she got the sound back and she thanked them by restarting the song. 

Isaac from Miss June joined the band on stage to play keyboard for ‘Trouble’, ‘Fairly Lame, Fairly Tame’, Dingo’ and ‘God Bless Turbulence’. The crowd were so excited to have her back that someone yelled “I Love You Ruby” mid set which she jokingly quipped back by saying, “I’m really awkward with affection, why would you out me like that”. With all the playful banter put aside for a moment she confessed that ‘Conny’ was going to be really hard for her to play as it was about one of her best friends passing away. And with the final lyric “God I miss having a friend like you” echoing through the venue she fell into her bandmates arms and wiped away her tears. Moving on with the show she performed her Triple J Like A Version cover of The Church’s ‘Unguarded Moment’ and the absolute riot of a song ‘Dodgy Neighbours (& Tax Envaders) which she confessed nearly didn’t make it on the EP as she didn’t think it was good enough. She was wrong. Thanking the crowd for selling out the first of three shows she closed the show with ‘P Plates’ and the absolute anthem ‘Dinosaurs’. As they were finishing the song their sound was turned off as they hit the midnight curfew but that didn’t stop the crowd from screaming the lyrics to the last part of the song for them. Over the years Ruby Fields’ live show has come a long way and it’s become a very anthemic and fun space full of humour and feel good energy. 

Supporting the show all the way from New Zealand was Auckland’s Miss June who apologised to the crowd for their slight jet lag after only arriving earlier that day. But to be honest they showed no signs of exhaustion as they bounced through their highly energetic punk-rock tracks. Lead vocalist Annabel Liddel was a force to reckoned with. Her stage presence was captivating and after they finished their riot of a set you honestly just wanted to re-watch them because they were THAT good. 

Check out the full gallery captured by Zac Montgomery Photography HERE; 

Photos by Zac Montgomery 

Permanent Hermit Australian Tour

Friday 17 May – The Brightside, Brisbane *Sold Out*

Saturday 18 May – The Brightside, Brisbane *Sold Out*

Wednesday 22 May – Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle

Thursday 23 May – Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle *Sold Out*

Friday 24 May – Crowbar, Sydney

Saturday 25 May – Crowbar, Sydney

Tuesday 28 May – Hotel Esplanade, Melbourne

Wednesday 29 May – Hotel Esplanade, Melbourne *Sold Out*

Thursday 30 May – Hotel Esplanade, Melbourne *Sold Out*

Friday 31 May – Torquay Hotel Motel, Torquay *Sold Out*

Saturday 1 June – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide *Sold Out*

Sunday 2 June – Badlands Bar, Perth

Friday 7 June – ACU, Canberra

Saturday 8 June – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart

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