LIVE REVIEW: Allday, Mallrat, E^ST & JXN – Fortitude Hall

To celebrate the release of his third studio album ‘Starry Night Over The Phone’, Allday has headed out on his biggest Australian tour yet. Packing out huge venues across the country, he’s made these events extra special by having one of the strongest local touring line-up’s of the year. With frequent collaborator Mallrat, the electric E^ST and rising star JXN joining him on the road, this show highlighted some of Australia’s finest new artists that you may or may not have been already acquainted with. 

With these shows marking JXN’s first run of live shows, the social media personality (also known as Jackson Brazier) has exploded onto these stages like the big star he is destined to be. Shaking off any sign of nerves before he bounced on stage to opening track ‘Red Lights’, he breezed through a set which was energetic and engaging and included his recent single ‘Goin Off’ and a cover of ‘Gorgeous’ by Mansionz. With this short set serving as an introductory to his pop infused RNB and Hip-Hop artistry, he decided to premiere a new track called ‘Just Okay’ which impressed with it’s strong hook. 

Throwing his jacket into the crowd like a pro-rockstar, he proved that he ain’t no shy performer. Even only two shows into his first tour, he’s already a pro and knows how to work a room. Closing his set with his debut single ‘Solitude’, he had a strong portion of the crowd singing along with him and anticipating future releases from him. 

E^ST is no stranger to the touring circuit. She’s opened for huge acts like Panic! At The Disco, performed at festivals and conducted heaps of headline shows. But tonight, she’s opening for Allday and is using her limited stage time wisely as she re-introduces herself to the crowd ahead of the release of her new music which is coming soon.

Opening her set with ‘Alien’ joined by a bunch of people dressed up in Alien costumes, she bounces across the stage and immediately turns the energy up. Her alt-pop is slightly different to all of the other artists on this line up but she doesn’t let that worry her as she knows how to entertain. ‘Heavy In My Mind’, ‘I Don’t Lack Imagination’ and ‘Friends’ highlights some of her strongest materials before she introduces the unreleased ‘Talk Deep’ which she confesses should be out in October. The groovy sound reminds me of K.FLAY’s ‘Blood In The Cut’ with a 90’s electronic pop twist thrown into the mix. Which is very exciting. 

Throwing a nostalgic cover of All American Rejects ‘Gives you Hell’ into her set, she had every post scene kid screaming at the top of their lungs before euphorically closing her fun set with her biggest hit to date, ‘Life Goes On’. 

This Brisbane show doubled as a homecoming return for Mallrat who is absolutely killing it right now. On the back of three sold out headline tours over the last year and a half and 1 x Platinum accredited single and 2 x Gold accredited singles, she is ready to do it all over again with her forthcoming third EP ‘Driving Music’ (Out September 6). 

With DJ Denim taking to the stage to hype everyone up, Mallrat walked out onto the stage for singalong opener ‘Tokyo Drift’. Diving into her old material first, she had everyone jumping to ‘Sunglasses’, ‘Inside Voices’, ‘For Real’ and Oh Boy collaboration ‘Bunny Island’ as she spun around in her beautiful red dress. 

Highlighting her artistic progression, she brought out Tyne James Organ for an acoustic session which saw her performing a cover of Florence + The Machine’s ‘Girl With One Eye’ as well as her new single ‘Charlie’ which highlighted where she’s at sonically right now. With Denim returning to the stage, the dreamy ‘Better’ and ‘Groceries’ continued the singalong’s while the Basenji collaboration ‘Nobody’s Home’ had the crowd dancing hard. Closing the set with ‘Sunglasses’, it would have been cool and different for her to showcase an unreleased song from the EP as majority of the crowd have seen her live over the past year and a half. 

With the main purpose of this tour to celebrate the release of his new album, Allday closed the nights proceedings with his tightest live show yet. Growing as an artist over the years, his live show has evolved and come a long way just like his sonical artistry has too. 

With the backing LED screens showing a sparkly night sky, the man of the hour walked onto the stage for opening track ‘Right Now’ which had the singalong sessions in full motion. The slick stylings of his recent albums dominated the start of the set like ‘Wonder Drug’, ‘Protection’, ‘Sides’ and ‘Push You Away’. But for his long-term fans he threw in old favourites like ‘Claude Monet’ for a good balance. 

With himself and his live band all donning a full suit, he took a moment to pay his respect to the original owners of the land before thanking the Brisbane crowd for coming out to see him and selling out the show. With Mallrat returning to the stage for their collaborations ‘Baby Spiders’ and ‘UFO’, the crowd was slightly disappointed when The Veronicas didn’t join him for ‘Restless’. But that was quickly made up for when he performed old favourite ‘Girl In The Sun’ which had his long term fans freaking out. 

Closing the show with the anthemic ‘You Always Know The DJ’, the crowd left with sore voices and tired calves from dancing the night away. Which is exactly how it should’ve been done. 

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

Photos by Zac Montgomery 

Allday, Mallrat, E^ST & JXN Australian Tour 

Friday 30 August – HQ Complex, Adelaide 

Saturday 31 August – Festival Hall, Melbourne 

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