This weekend was major for Tones And I. From becoming the 18th Australian act to get a UK #1 to also breaking the record for longest #1 on the Aria Charts with ‘Dance Monkey’, she’s absolutely killing the game. But on top of all of that she also returned to Brisbane for two sold out shows on her biggest headlining tour to date which see’s her cementing her status as Australia’s biggest newcomer.
Running on stage dancing, the excitement was clearly real for Tones And I. Boldly opening the show with the unreleased ballad ‘Happy’, she immediately highlighted her powerhouse vocals as she confessed “you can’t be happy all the time” during the solemn hook.
While she was pouring her heart out, the crowd towards the back of venue wouldn’t stop talking and this happened throughout the night except for during her three radio tracks which was really disappointing. After all, this show has sold out instantly and with a lot of people being scammed for trying to get tickets, there were people who missed out who would’ve probably appreciated this intimate show a lot more. The respect didn’t seem to be completely there and it was so distracting and embarrassing because one of Australia’s biggest artists is on the stage trying to deliver a powerhouse show and some rude drunk people were at the back not respecting her or the people around them.
But with the rude minority put aside, Tones powered on and delivered a very special show. ‘Never Seen The Rain’ and ‘Jimmy’ ignited the first singalong’s of the evening before she dropped a deep house inspired version of ‘Colourblind’ instead of the ballad you’ve become accustomed to on her EP.
“I cannot believe I’m playing at the mother fucking Triffid! Holy shit!” she confessed to the crowd. “I love finishing my tour in Brisbane because you guys are psychos”, and I mean, she’s not wrong.
Paying homage to her busking days she played a cover of ‘Drop The Game’ before delivering a goosebump worthy performance of ‘Forever Young’ which she had a little exciting confession to make about it. “I’m not meant to say this, but fuck it. This is going to be my Like A Version”.
With only one EP out in the world, she played a few unreleased tracks to lengthen out her set and to give fans a sneaky preview of where her musical direction is going. ‘Monday Train’ was a groovy track about having to make money doing a job you don’t love while hustling on the side with a creative dream. But the sassy ‘You’re So Fucking Cool’ was a clear standout as she reminisced on her recent Los Angeles trip and all the fictitious people that only cared about fame and social media presence.
As she neared the end of her set, she confessed that she liked to dance and got the whole audience on her side for ‘Johnny Run Away’ and the record breaking hit ‘Dance Monkey’. Thanking the crowd for coming out and supporting her, she closed the show with the future anthem ‘The Kids Are Coming’
Tones And I is an artist that has broken records already, and that’s really exciting because she’s only just getting started. Her stage presence is humbling and you can tell she genuinely loves what she does as she grooves across the stage. All she needs now is the confidence to call out people who are talking loudly throughout the show and not respecting her and the rest of the crowd.
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Laneway Festival 2020 Tour Dates
Saturday 1 February – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday 2 February – The Domain, Sydney
Friday 7 February – Hart’s Mill, Adelaide
Saturday 8 February – Footscray Park, Melbourne
Sunday 9 February – Esplanade Reserve & West End, Perth